A warm, highly galvanizing, and proactive memoir about the power of spiritual satisfaction and self-integrity.



A self-made successful businessman shares how he unlocked the true key to inner peace and happiness in this debut book.    

A writer, lecturer, and innovative creator of Mind Adventure Inc., a consultancy program for professional and personal growth, White describes his humble beginnings as a child growing up enveloped in the friendly company of his beloved aunt and uncle. Yet he found himself confined to struggle in a poor Massachusetts mill town “scrambling for money.” This lean living motivated him to treat his youth as an atmosphere to grow from, not toward. As an adult, the author developed a talent for making money in business arenas such as real estate, restaurants, and entrepreneurialism. Still, even amid the great wealth he’d amassed by middle age, the perks of a luxury lifestyle and an accomplished professional reputation left him feeling incomplete. “My exterior world reflected material wealth, but my interior world was spiritually bankrupt,” he lamented. At age 50, a crisis of conscience brought White to the threshold of a higher understanding and valuing of peace and joy with a national and international quest for enlightenment. The inspiring life stories in White’s book (many have appeared in the Huffington Post) offer a thoughtful profile of his youth and the guidance gurus and unassuming life teachers he met and learned from. From a mother in a Maasai village in Kenya and a 50-something Boston peanut vendor to the more popular spiritual coaches like Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, they all encouraged the author to embrace a vast assortment of large and small personal transformational experiences. Even a grade school student named Margaret managed to awaken in him “the possibility of starting a new life, as a new person.” Informed by meaningful encounters and leavened with humor, wit, and grace, White’s narrative is powered by the theory that everyone thrives on a beneficial combination of internal wisdom and serendipity. Whether or not readers ascribe to this process is not the point. The message remains a clear and hopeful one, and the life lessons closing each chapter form a friendly reminder of the possibilities of genuine human potential if it is gilded in kindness and compassion.

A warm, highly galvanizing, and proactive memoir about the power of spiritual satisfaction and self-integrity.   

Pub Date: Jan. 13, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9802299-6-7

Page Count: 196

Publisher: Mind Adventure Press

Review Posted Online: Feb. 6, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2017

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This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. No, this is the original Hoffmann tale of 1816, in which the froth of Christmas revelry occasionally parts to let the dark underside of childhood fantasies and fears peek through. The boundaries between dream and reality fade, just as Godfather Drosselmeier, the Nutcracker's creator, is seen as alternately sinister and jolly. And Italian artist Roberto Innocenti gives an errily realistic air to Marie's dreams, in richly detailed illustrations touched by a mysterious light. A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 1996

ISBN: 0-15-100227-4

Page Count: 136

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 1996

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An extravaganza in Bemelmans' inimitable vein, but written almost dead pan, with sly, amusing, sometimes biting undertones, breaking through. For Bemelmans was "the man who came to cocktails". And his hostess was Lady Mendl (Elsie de Wolfe), arbiter of American decorating taste over a generation. Lady Mendl was an incredible person,- self-made in proper American tradition on the one hand, for she had been haunted by the poverty of her childhood, and the years of struggle up from its ugliness,- until she became synonymous with the exotic, exquisite, worshipper at beauty's whrine. Bemelmans draws a portrait in extremes, through apt descriptions, through hilarious anecdote, through surprisingly sympathetic and understanding bits of appreciation. The scene shifts from Hollywood to the home she loved the best in Versailles. One meets in passing a vast roster of famous figures of the international and artistic set. And always one feels Bemelmans, slightly offstage, observing, recording, commenting, illustrated.

Pub Date: Feb. 23, 1955

ISBN: 0670717797

Page Count: -

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Oct. 25, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1955

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