The Book of Soul: 52 Paths to Living What Matters

The Book of Soul: 52 Paths to Living What Matters

by Mark Nepo


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"It's easy in these times to allow ourselves to slip into resignation, isolation, or despair. The Book of Soul is an antidote."
—Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global and Founder, Huffington Post

"I recommend The Book of Soul for all of us wanting to stay connected to a deeper purpose."
—Melinda Gates, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Moment of Lift

"There is much to explore and savor in this [new] book [by] this incredibly talented writer, storyteller, poet, and teacher. The spiritual practitioner will rejoice in Nepo’s uncanny ability to consistently stretch our minds and souls with fresh musings."
—Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice

"I love all Mark’s books because of his deep insights and his amazing way with words, but there’s something truly special about this one. It feels like a compilation of the best and most profound ideas from his work. I want to savor each and every chapter."
—Katy Koontz, Editor, Unity Magazine

A powerful new book of spiritual awakening from #1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Nepo

In The Book of Soul, Mark Nepo, the bestselling author of The Book of Awakening, offers a powerful guide to inhabiting an authentic and wholehearted life. After we are physically born, we must be spiritually born a second time, a process that takes place through the labor of a lifetime as we develop into more fully realized beings. The Book of Soul delves into the spiritual alchemy of that transformation in all its mystery, difficulty, and inevitability.

The book is divided into four sections that mark the passages we all face: enduring our Walk in the World, until we discover Our True Inheritance, which allows us to live in the open by Widening Our Circle, as we Help Each Other Stay Awake. The Book of Soul is a piercing guide, replete with beautiful truths and startling insight, that leads us deeply into the process of transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250262967
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 101,673
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mark Nepo has moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, his numerous books—including The Book of Awakening, The One Life We're Given, and Drinking From the River of Light—have been translated into twenty languages. Mark has appeared several times with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday program. In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation, and in 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People.

Table of Contents

Where All Souls Meet xiii

Our Walk in the World

1 Living with Meaning, Truth, and Kindness 5

2 The Speed of Our Age 8

3 Always Part of Something Larger 14

4 Immersion and Devotion 19

5 The Pull of Existence 23

6 Being Wholehearted 26

7 Pushing On 32

8 As Many Times as Necessary 35

9 The Prison Tree 38

10 Student-Self and Teacher-Soul 45

11 Original Steps 51

12 Distributing the Weight 55

13 Our Walk in the World 59

Our True Inheritance

14 The Fire of Aliveness 67

15 The Slowing of the Land 74

16 Staying Possible 77

17 Lessening Fear 83

18 What to Bring Forward 91

19 Our Original Talent 98

20 Initiating the Gift 103

21 The Art of Being Sensitive 107

22 Chasing Paradise 111

23 As We Keep Searching 116

24 Our Dream of Life 121

25 Standing on and Standing For 124

26 Slowly Is the Way 128

Widening Our Circle

27 What the Elks Were Staring at 137

28 The Covenant of Practice 141

29 Unwavering 146

30 Honoring the Anonymous 149

31 Looking at Things Freshly 153

32 A Child of the Sixties 159

33 Prosperity Blindness 162

34 The Wanting Place 168

35 The Constant Unfolding 171

36 Four Small Lessons 176

37 Our Orbit of Concern 180

38 Glide, Pull, Walk, and Carry 185

39 Presence and Absence 189

Helping Each Other Stay Awake

40 How Day Follows Night 197

41 Each Time I Begin 200

42 The Finitudes 205

43 Sweet Teachers 210

44 The Greater Prayer of Being 213

45 An Inner Right-of-Way 218

46 Helping Each Other Stay Awake 223

47 Without Words 228

48 What If? 232

49 Try, Accept, Begin Again 236

50 The Fragrant Cuff 240

51 The Agents of Kindness 243

52 The Temple is the World 248

Gratitudes 251

Notes 253

Permissions 265

About the Author 267

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