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Red Hot and Holy: A Heretic's Love Story

Red Hot and Holy: A Heretic's Love Story

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by Sera Beak

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When one person dares to speak her truth, it challenges us all to live our own. With Red Hot and Holy, Sera Beak offers a provocative and intimate view of what it means to get up close and personal with the divine in modern times.
With a rare combination of audacious wit, scholarly acumen, and tender vulnerability—vibrantly mixed with red wine, rock


When one person dares to speak her truth, it challenges us all to live our own. With Red Hot and Holy, Sera Beak offers a provocative and intimate view of what it means to get up close and personal with the divine in modern times.
With a rare combination of audacious wit, scholarly acumen, and tender vulnerability—vibrantly mixed with red wine, rock songs, tattoos, and erotic encounters—Sera candidly chronicles the highs and lows of her mystical journey. From the innocence of her childhood crush on God; through a whirlwind of torrid liaisons and bitter break-ups with Christianity, Buddhism, Sufism, Hinduism, and the New Age; and finally into committed monogamy with her own Red Hot and Holy Goddess, Sera shares transformative insights, encouraging us all to trust our unique path and ignite our own spiritual love affair.

Sera Beak's luscious writing and renegade spiritual wisdom that slices through religious and new age dogma made her debut book The Red Book a breakout success. With Red Hot and Holy she offers a far more personal book—an illuminating, hilarious, and above all utterly honest portrait of the heart-opening process of mystical realization. This hot and holy book invites you to embrace your soul, unleash your true Self, and burn, baby, burn with divine love.
As a child, I was madly in love with God.  Gaga for God.  In grade school, I used to write “I (heart) God” at the top of all my homework assignments and in the margins of the notes I passed to my girlfriends about which boys we thought were cute.  Next to The Little Princess, a children’s bible was kept on my bedside table for nightly reading.  Miracles?  Prophetic dreams?  Angels?  Healing the sick?  Sign me up for those gigs!  And every Thursday I believed J.C. dropped by my bedroom so I could ask him personal questions and tell him which sister was annoying me the most.  I was magnetized to rosaries, prayers, and pyramids the way other kids were to doughnuts, MTV and the Cabbage Patch Kids, and every time I saw a religious figure (priest, nun, Buddhist monk, Hare Krishna) out in public, it would take an enormous amount of willpower not to stalk them.
When Career Days at school would come around, my questionnaire would look a little something like this:
Favorite subject?  God
Favorite hobby?  God
What do you want to be when you grow up?  God
(Okay, there was a brief time when I was six years old when the answer to that last question was “an albino.”  I thought albinism would make me glow in the dark.)
When I was a child, God was not a belief of a magical Santa Claus type.  He was as real as my heart.  I felt Him (inside me).  I recognized Him (everywhere). I knew Him (personally).  We hung out together, and I never wanted our rendezvous to stop.  I only wanted us to draw closer.  I assumed I was experiencing what many Catholics refer to as “the call” to be a priest, so I matter-of-factly informed my parish priests and Sunday school teachers of my future vocation.  They laughed, patted my head, and told me I couldn’t have heard the call to be a priest because I had a vagina.
Okay, they didn’t say that last part, but believe me, it was implied.
They did tell me that only men were allowed to be priests because Jesus only had male disciples (to which Mary Magdalene juts out her left hip and slaps her round cheek with The Gospel of Mary Magdalene).  But, of course, I could always be a nun.

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Red Hot & Holy is stunning on so many levels. This, ladies and gentlemen, is what the Divine Feminine looks and feels like—embodied, immediate, down-to-earth, and completely accessible. Bravo, Sera Beak!”
—Christiane Northrup, MD, author of the New York Times bestsellers Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

“Sera Beak's memoir will take you on a passionate, provocative, and revealing journey through one woman's soulful sojourn into her true self. Red Hot & Holy makes no apologies, bares all, and crosses boundaries into uncharted mystical and emotional lands. If you're looking for a spiritual page-turner, you don't wanna miss this phenomenal book. I couldn't put it down!”
—Kris Carr, bestselling author of Crazy Sexy Cancer

Red Hot & Holy is wildly original, hilariously funny, and deeply wise. I think it can start a movement of the great and good and maenadic ladies of the Red persuasions. It is truly cataclysmic and magnificently dangerous! I would join up even in my now-76th year. It is what life is all about . . .”
—Jean Houston author of The Wizard of Us: Transformational Lessons from Oz

“Sera Beak blazes with bold and flowing passion for the direct mystic transmission and primal creative power of the sacred feminine. Red Hot & Holy is juicy, funny, raw, and a wonderful contribution for modern-day soul adventurers.”
—Shiva Rea, yogini and author of Tending the Heart Fire

“‘Red Night of the Soul!’Only Sera Beak could approach the classic spiritual emergency as an occasion for make-up sex with the Holy One. Sera embraces the whole of soul-life with fearless and often hilarious directness, from the most harrowing plunges into the depths of emptiness to the most intimate reunion with the Sacred Self.”
—Mirabai Starr, author of God of Love and translator of Dark Night of the Soul and The Interior Castle

“I heard that once a young person came to Hafiz, asking for permission to use some of his poems in another language. And after permission was granted, said, ‘What is the most important quality in the translation I need to make the poems . . . true?  And Hafiz replied, ‘My poems—like great art—lift the corners of the mouth, the soul's mouth, the heart's mouth—and affect any opening that can make love.’ I think there is some grand art in the work of Sera Beak.  Go for it; grab hold, dance, fly, applaud life.”
—Daniel Ladinsky, international bestselling Penguin author

“Sera Beak's Red, Hot & Holy is a permission slip to bring your most soulful self to the spiritual table without limiting restrictions. In a world full of spiritual self-help teachers who are either feeding your ego, nourishing their own, or asking you to be less of Who You Really Are, Sera Beak is a refreshingly disruptive breath of light. Don't read this book if you're not willing to get out of your comfort zone. But if you're ready to unleash the full potential of your true self, dive in. This book will ignite fireworks in the heart of your soul and leave your spirit dancing a red hot tango.”
—Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine
“If you’re looking for a spiritual book filled with raw passion, brutal honesty and uncompromising integrity look no further; Sera Beak’s Red Hot & Holy is it. Sera’s heart fans the flames of Divine Grace and fierce wisdom. Read this book and let it burn baby burn.”
—Chris Grosso, bestselling author of Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality

“Sera Beak is the real raw deal. She is a direct hotline to the divine feminine. The consequence of encountering her—in person or through her glorious book—is that the intensity of your connection to your own divinity turns on and turns up to a luscious new volume. A blast of Sera is as good as dancing naked in the moonlight.”
—Regena Thomashauer, creatrix of Mama Gena's School of Womanly Arts
“What do you get when you combine a weird, hip angel of a thirty-something woman, advanced training in the study of religion, laugh-out-loud writing, God as Girl, and a direct encounter with a cosmic soul no longer ‘tricked into a tradition’? You get Sera Beak. You get this book. Which is really not a book at all, but a living revelation, and American Gnostic gospel posing as a spiritual memoir.”
—Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred
“This is a brave, untamed, and yes, holy and hot book. Sera Beak describes a spirituality unfettered by dogma (traditional or new age). Like all true mystics, Sera’s words compel us to fearlessly confront whatever stands in the way of our awakening. Sera Beak is pioneering new pathways.”
—Gail Straub, teacher, activist, and author of Returning to My Mother’s House: Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine
"Sera Beak is the real deal, and her fearless, fabulous book is on the must-read list for all of my soul sisters!"
—Kathleen McGowan, bestselling author of The Expected One

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Sera Beak
Sera Beak is a Harvard-trained scholar of comparative world religions who spent years traveling the world studying spirituality with Sufi dervishes, Tibetan monks, Croatian mystics, shamans, and more. She is the author of The Red Book: A Deliciously Unorthodox Approach to Igniting Your Divine Spark and Red Hot and Holy: A Heretic’s Love Story, has appeared in The New York Times, People, and Publisher’s Weekly, and on NPR, The Dr. Oz Show, and Oprah and Friends. She lives in San Francisco, CA. For more, visit serabeak.com.

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Red Hot and Holy: A Heretic's Love Story 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
A memoir this wild, fresh, and sexy may not have been so popular ten years ago, but right now we are ready for it. I know I love shunning taboos and sharing the ugly truth with my friends, and I appreciate artists who do the same for audiences in theatre, comedy, and cinema. This is the first time I have seen a writer do the same so successfully. Well, I am suddenly reminded of the goddess Allison in Tom Robbins' Roadside Attraction, but that was fiction! Sera Beak has an incredible and almost unbelievable life story that she shares beautifully. There are rave reviews everywhere, and I am happy to add to the applause. We need more genuine role models like her. Pleased readers should also take a look into Impossible Love: Or Why the Heart Must Go Wrong for a provocative look at why we are so taken by tragic romances, and how we can survive them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago