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The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Courageous, Honest, and Motivating

This short series of motivational vignettes address the author's (a poet) experience of life. His love, loss, friendships, fight against cancer, moments of joy...it's all there in a lyrical thrust of wisdom and perspective on what's to be valued in this life. Like, Emot...
This short series of motivational vignettes address the author's (a poet) experience of life. His love, loss, friendships, fight against cancer, moments of joy...it's all there in a lyrical thrust of wisdom and perspective on what's to be valued in this life. Like, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, it's the kind of book you want to keep by your bedside and check in with nightly. I thumb through it as I drift off to sleep and reading passages on those mornings where it's hard to find the motivation to leap out of bed and seize the day. Leaning on their wisdom makes life that much sweeter.

It may sound too simple at first from afar, but once you experience the book you'll see how much it helps you to appreciate each day that you've been given on this earth.

posted by Claire_Moores on January 10, 2011

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9 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

Pass Go (this book) and Go Directly to God !

I was given this book as a gift by a friend. While I was touched by the intent of the gift, I could not believe the "hooey" in this book. I had a hard time getting past the introduction where the author describes the "orange light" of clarity he saw through his orange...
I was given this book as a gift by a friend. While I was touched by the intent of the gift, I could not believe the "hooey" in this book. I had a hard time getting past the introduction where the author describes the "orange light" of clarity he saw through his orange juice ! No where in this book did I see any reference to God (or ANY higher power). He seems to think that surviving cancer has given him some great wisdom or insight into the "ways of the world". I am the first to admit that surviving cancer may give one a heightened sense of how they spend their time left on this earth; but many, many people survive cancer and don't go around perpetuating the religion of the "orange light". Pass on this book, for sure.

posted by 3848866 on January 15, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2011

    Pass Go (this book) and Go Directly to God !

    I was given this book as a gift by a friend. While I was touched by the intent of the gift, I could not believe the "hooey" in this book. I had a hard time getting past the introduction where the author describes the "orange light" of clarity he saw through his orange juice ! No where in this book did I see any reference to God (or ANY higher power). He seems to think that surviving cancer has given him some great wisdom or insight into the "ways of the world". I am the first to admit that surviving cancer may give one a heightened sense of how they spend their time left on this earth; but many, many people survive cancer and don't go around perpetuating the religion of the "orange light". Pass on this book, for sure.

    9 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2011

    Not a daily devotion!

    I made the mistake of buying this thinking it was a daily devotional. While the words or nice and full of "fluff", there is no mention of God and the book is not written with any reference to the bible or based on biblical principles or morals. Mr. Nepo may very well be a nice guy with good writing skills, but he is also a man who was healed of cancer by the grace of God....the only One who can truly save us.

    3 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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