From Ashes Into Light

Gudrun Mouw’s award winning novel From Ashes Into Light was published in 2016. Mouw’s debut novel, in part about reincarnation, is Visionary Fiction at its finest. In this video, Mouw talked about some of her inspiration for the book. Mouw is a long-time meditation teacher (more than 30 years), and gave this talk to a room full of her students. From Ashes Into Light is available to purchase online, or order from your favorite bookstore.

From Ashes Into Light Cover


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.


  • Hardcover
  • 240 Pages
  • ISBN 978-1-941203-07-1
  • Distributor Ingram Content Group
  • Publisher Raincloud Press
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Advance Praise:

“From Ashes into Light by Gudrun Mouw is a lyrical rendering of transcendence, transformation and redemption through three lives and one soul in different time periods. There is Ruth, victim of the Holocaust, Elfriede, an East Prussian child and her refugee family, and the medicine man Saqapaya. The phoenix as narrator provides a broad overview of compassionate awareness. As the story unfolds, we learn how we carry the spirits of others in our dreams as well as our waking lives, and how those gifted with heightened consciousness and through suffering are able to heal the wounds passed on from generation to generation. Mouw’s poetic, detailed descriptions scene after scene bring all the players together. The book shows how thin the veil is between life and death, and how strong is the power of love over hate to raise us all from the ashes of ignorance into light.”

Perie Longo, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Emerita, Author of With Nothing behind but Sky and Baggage Claim

“Three lives, three places in time, one single thread of truth. This is a transcendent novel that speaks to the cycle of souls, the terrible wheel of human suffering, and the ultimate capacity we all share for hope and healing.” —Karin Rita Gastreich, author of Eolyn

“Vivid, engaging, and full of unexpected connections… Reads like a metaphysical memoir… Unique and powerful!” —Jenny Jaeckel, author of Siberiak

One Comment

  1. Susan Jaques said:

    In From Ashes into Light, Gudrun Mouw engages the reader on a personal level, touching on the subtle layers of our humanity, softening the harshness of our suffering. With each character we are able to explore our own pain with a tenderness and in a non confrontational way.

    On a physical level Ruth shows us how to surrender to the horror of her situation, transporting us to another possibility in an otherwise impossible situation. Frieda Mai shows us the window of opportunity, to see beyond the assault on her energetic body and mind, throughout her young life and eventually fashion her adult life in a fulfilling and productive way, on her own terms, in spite of her tragic childhood. As the reader we are reminded of wisdom and love with Saqapaya and the deep place of knowing and eventual peace we all have but don’t access, caught up in the stream of our own personal difficulties. Finally the Phoenix weaves it all together and delivers us back to our true nature, of eternal light.

    This book allows you the opportunity to explore your life’s difficulties from a more delicate perspective. While engaging the reader in heavy life situations, Gudrun Mouw gives us the subtle means to navigate our way through and beyond. I recommend anyone on the path of self discovery to read this book.

    November 14, 2015

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