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

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

by Mark Nepo
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Book of Awakening 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 142 reviews.
Claire_Moores More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Victoire More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Ashiee121xoxo More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Very inspirational. It's very Zen-like. Wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
EBHMI More than 1 year ago
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.
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steff0 More than 1 year ago
Whats not to love about it!
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Brilliant
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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 More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
mjb43ca More than 1 year ago
awesome, inspiring, uplifting Have purcashed 2 x-tra 4 family
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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