2016 International Book Awards Winner ~ From Ashes Into Light


From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw has won the 2016 International Book Awards in both the Visionary Fiction and New Age Fiction categories. Gudrun Mouw and everyone at Raincloud Press are very excited! We appreciate the recognition!

From Ashes Into Light is available online or through your local bookstore.

Description for the Award Winning From Ashes Into Light

From Ashes into Light is a transpersonal tale of epic tragedy, spirituality, family, and personal redemption. It is told through three distinct voices: the haunting story of Ruth, a Jewish adolescent during Kristallnacht in World War II Austria, Saqapaya, a stalwart Native American from coastal California during the time of the Spanish conquest, and Friede Mai.

Friede is born during WW II to a Bavarian soldier and an East-Prussian mother. As those around her struggle with the inevitable chaos and paradox of war, young Friede opens her heart to gruesome enemies, at times helping her family members escape atrocities.

With war behind them, the Mai family immigrates to the US, where Friede, her veteran father and ex-refugee mother, struggle with reverberations of trauma, suspicion and prejudice. Upon leaving home, Friede meets her spiritual guide and confidant in her fiancé’s Rabbi, who helps her see that the voices from her past are teachers and the horrors of history also contain beacons of light.

Three electric characters weave a narrative of raw consciousness, a moving example of transforming the ripple of suffering through the incredible strength of vulnerability.


Post by Erika Lunder, Publisher at Raincloud Press

Contact her at: raincloudpress @ gmail dot com


  1. Elizabeth Wilson said:


    May 25, 2016
  2. t plog said:

    richly deserved
    so happy for you

    May 25, 2016
  3. Sharon Brown said:

    This is well-deserved news!

    May 25, 2016
  4. Erica Cohen said:

    Congratulations to writer and publisher, so well deserved.

    May 25, 2016
  5. Perie Longo said:

    Congratulations on this well deserved award! Your book is trascendent from beginning to end. I couldn’t put it down and felt uplifted and hopeful for the read.

    July 8, 2016

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