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

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Philosopher-poet and cancer survivor, Mark Nepo opens a new season of freedom and joy--an escape from deadening, asleep-at-the wheel sameness--that is both profound and clarifying. His spiritual daybook is a summons to reclaim aliveness, liberate the self, take each day one at a time, and to savor the beauty offered by life's unfolding. Reading his poetic prose is like being given second sight, exposing the reader to life's multiple dimensions, each one drawn with awe and affection. The Book of Awakening is the ...
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Philosopher-poet and cancer survivor, Mark Nepo opens a new season of freedom and joy--an escape from deadening, asleep-at-the wheel sameness--that is both profound and clarifying. His spiritual daybook is a summons to reclaim aliveness, liberate the self, take each day one at a time, and to savor the beauty offered by life's unfolding. Reading his poetic prose is like being given second sight, exposing the reader to life's multiple dimensions, each one drawn with awe and affection. The Book of Awakening is the result of his journey of the soul and will inspire others to embark on their own. Nepo speaks of spirit and friendship, urging readers to stay vital and in love with this life, no matter the hardships. Encompassing many traditions and voices, Nepo's words offer insight on pain, wonder, and love. Each entry is accompanied by an exercise that will surprise and delight the reader in its mind-waking ability.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780857386915
  • Publisher: Quercus Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011

Meet the Author

Mark Nepo, a poet and philosopher, has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for more than thirty years. He has published eleven books, among them most recently As Far As the Heart Can See (2011) and Finding Inner Courage (2010). As a cancer survivor, Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. Visit him online at www.MarkNepo.com or www.threeintentions.com.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    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, 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.

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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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 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2010

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    Highly Recommended? Definitely!

    This is often the first thing I pick up to read to start my day in the morning and the last thing that I read before bed. It is very uplifting and would definitely make a great gift this holiday season. I'd also recommend that you buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score," an intimate look at the power of God and forgiveness. Given the chance, this book too will change your life.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    A good companion

    I try to read this book every night before I go to sleep. It puts my mind in a peaceful, yet present state, ready for dream land. I love how each day has a very specific message and meditation exercise...and the chapters are at the longest a page and a half...so they are really tightly packed with spiritual wisdom. Sometimes, I find that he overdoes it with the language. It's very flowery sometimes, and I find that that tends to cloud the more important message behind how he's saying something: WHAT he's saying. I care about WHAT he's saying, NOT how he says it...and I find that sometimes he goes a little bananas with the language. But I have been very committed to the book, and I anticipate that I will pick it up for the rest of my life as a helpful companion on my journey. I do recommend this book for anybody who wants to have a more centered, peaceful, present and spiritual life.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2005

    An Everyday Must

    I found this book 2 1/2 years ago and it is my everyday companion to gently remind me of what is really important in this world.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    The Book of Awakening.

    I loved this book! Very inspirational. It's very Zen-like. Wonderful.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2001

    Superb!

    This book is a pure joy to peruse. Read one section a day, browse, or from cover to cover, it doesn't matter. This book deserves to be on a list of life's simple pleasures. Presented in daybook format, each section is headed by a quote or passage which relates to that day's reading. I assume the unidentified ones are Mark Nepo's. I am going to attempt to find all his other works. His insights are truly deep, not preachy or pedantic. Each day includes meditations and exercises, which I don't do, but probably should. The writings themselves are enough to enrich my day.

    4 out of 5 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 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

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    This book is one of Oprah's favorite things.

    This is one of Oprah's favorite things. This lovely book of great inspiration is a day-to-day guide from a man who has traveled through battles such as cancer, to give examples that inspire us to carry on and to see the light. Well-chosen quotations help us find that deeper meaning to life and to see ourselves in all our glory. This book should be shared with the people you care about.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Wonderful, inspiring book!

    I loved this book! It is perfect for a quick morning meditation, and great way to start my day. Each day has a simple exercise for you to do and then a meditation. The readings are geared to grow your spirituality day by day. I would recomend this book to anyone who is beginning to meditate and would like a way to start their day our inspired!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

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    Wonderful!

    This book is perfect-very spiritual and thoughtful, without being Jesus-y. Each day has either given me something new to think about, or has shown me a new way to perceive something I thought I already knew. The meditation prompts at the end of each essay are pleasant and peaceful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2014

    Whats not to love about it!

    Whats not to love about it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Mark Nepo

    Brilliant

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Start your 2014 journey with this book!

    My husband and I read a daily passage together. Some is quite moving as it relates to our relationship with ourselves, each other and our planet. Mark Nepo's insight and teachings are soul searching and often humorous but always beautiful. I would like to call it a spiritual companion but it really is an offering to the reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Great read

    Great devotional book. This book is so easy to follow, and speaks to the common every day person. I look forward to reading each morning to see what it will say today. I was not one who ever did this. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Best book ever!

    I love this book! I have been reading it everyday for about 2 years and I am awed and never tired by how much wisdom is packed into each entry. I have bought many copies to give to the special people in my life.
    Mark Nepo has an amazing way of looking into our hearts and describing experiences that we can all relate to, helping us feel part of something bigger and wonderful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Highly Recommended. A must read

    Very intersting and easy to understand book. Very well written and a great read. If you're into the eastern philosphy type of self help books, this one is a must. I'm buying a couple of extra for my children, and hope it will benefit them as much as I!

    I learned enough about myself from this book and the experiences the author suffered through to learn and share, that I took his information to heart and have established a new realtionship with my ex-wife. Neither one of us thought it would ever happen, but grown men can learn and change and improve their lives, with the right information.

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  • Posted August 24, 2013

    Best soul searching & discoveries

    awesome, inspiring, uplifting
    Have purcashed 2 x-tra 4 family

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Though the subtitle may seem a bit cheesy, don't let it fool you

    Though the subtitle may seem a bit cheesy, don't let it fool you. This is one of the most inspirational books I have ever read. It's daily simple readings always lift me up when I'm feeling down. It definitely helps putting things in perspective in an "out of the box" sort of way. One of my favorites. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    The Best Daily Reader!!

    I was given this book as a gift and loved it so much I ordered it for my Nook so I could have it with me when I travel. So well written and inspirational.

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