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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780757315718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757315718
  • ASIN: 0757315712
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Nepo's As Far As the Heart Can See is an ambitious set of short stories. Designed to help readers initiate self-dialogue, Nepo's writing resonates with authenticity. This remarkable book is a collection of parables, dreams, and the stories of Mark's heart offered as a wonderful tool for self-reflection.
--COUNSELOR MAGAZINE

Best-selling author Nepo is telling stories that are meant to trigger insight. They are stories in the tradition of Kabalah. They are emotionally charged to provoke discussion and propel the reader down the path of self-discovery. Nepo's tone is intelligently lyrical, with the rich conciseness of Haiku
--NEW AGE RETAILER

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Issue: July 1, 2011

As Far as the Heart Can See: Stories to Illuminate the Soul.

Nepo, Mark (Author)
Sep 2011. 246 p. Health Communications, paperback, $15.95. (9780757315718). 204.

Much like his previous work, The Book of Awakening (2000), poet and teacher Nepo takes another turn at helping readers practice the art of being mindful, or, in his words, being present. But rather than give readers another daybook with pithy instructions on mindfulness and compassion, Nepo instead turns to storytelling to provide a framework for internal investigation. There are more than 40 stories, each presented with its own set of journal questions, table questions (to inspire conversation), and meditation points, and readers can choose to work straight through or pick and choose stories based on specific areas of interest. To that end, Nepo has grouped the stories into four sections:'Living on the Spiritual Path,' 'Handling Life's Obstacles,' 'Dealing with Suffering,' and 'Dealing with Personal Growth.' The stories are short and accessible, and Nepo's work as a poet shines through in his writing. Those who prefer their spiritual examinations to be soothing as well as thought provoking will be right at home with this volume.

— Taina Lagodzinski

(Taina Lagodzinski Booklist)

Tuesday September 20, 2011

As Far as the Heart Can See

By Mark Nepo

Review: Like most talented authors who finally hit the mainstream with a bestselling book, Mark Nepo (who has been writing for decades) is now finally "on the map" after writing the blockbuster hit, The Book of Awakening.  It opened my eyes to his extraordinary gifts as a writer and storyteller, and I was eager to read his latest book, As Far as the Heart Can See.

Nepo uses a similar format to his last book–but rather than short entries for each day of the year, this book is comprised of short (spiritual) stories.  What differentiates the book from the many short story collections out there is the time and thought he has given to how readers can use each story to inspire deeper insight and awareness.

Each story ends with a series of Journal Questions, Table Questions and A Meditation.  In my reading of the book, I used the Meditations when I was reading alone and the Table Questions when I was with one or two friends.

The stories themselves are an interesting collection of new and re-told stories that read like fables.  They are short, dense and rich with meaning.  With fall coming, the book seems like a good one to have in the house for the long winter nights when you want to do something more than watch a DVD or read a fictional novel.

Recommended for: This book will be a wonderful gift for families looking for ways to enliven the dinner table discussion or for couples or groups who want to explore spiritual topics through conversation.

Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/aliteraryspirit/2011/09/new-release-as-far-as-the-heart-can-see-by-mark-nepo.html#ixzz1ag2CEGO9

--Posted by Taz Tagore
(Taz Tagore Beliefnet.com)

"Through his musings, essays and poems he shares his very personal journey with us. He shares his love for life's inherent sacredness and his wiliness to peal away all the scales that we unknowingly cover ourselves with. In doing so he inspires us to do the same, to open to that same sacredness and to explore deeply our experience of how that sacredness manifests in our life. In reading his work one immediately feels the power of our connected humanity. His journey, while uniquely his, parallels our own. His words enliven the beauty within ourselves that he has touched within himself. His ability to dwell deeply with open questions, ones that have the power to take us out of our egoic thinking and into a deeper experience of ourselves, is profound. That coupled with his talent of articulating his inner journey in such tender, concise, and non-pretentious language makes Mark Nepo one of the more influential spiritual narrative writers of our time. . . . As Far As the Heart Can See, as like all of Mark's writings, is a treasure that will open many gifts within the reader. It has the power to lead us to the nobility of our own spirit and our own heart. A worthy journey indeed."

--David A. Cronin (David A. Cronin)

"Mark Nepo is a poet, philosopher, New York Times bestseller (The Book of Awakening), and master of metaphor. In this book he has assembled a collection of soulful stories about 'staying awake and staying close to what is sacred' that go straight to the heart. Drawing from his musings, dreams, or an abiding wisdom tale, he draws readers into the 'marrow of the story' with a rare gift for making the invisible visible. Questions and a meditation conclude each vignette, deepening mindful reflections into the complex interiority of being alive that each story has already loosened. Poignant and poetic, As Far as the Heart Can See illuminates the soul so that we can find our find home. Highly recommended."

--Julie Clayton   

(Julie Clayton New Consciousness Review)

Mark Nepo appeared on a different list recently—the bestsellers list—thanks to, who else, Oprah Winfrey, who liked an earlier book (The Book of Awakening) by the poet-philosopher. As Far as the Heart Can See: Stories to Illuminate the Soul is Nepo's newest, and the author, a cancer survivor who has been teaching and writing for decades, has always had fans.

  Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)

        The Martin Buber quote at the beginning of this book sets the stage for what's to follow. Best-selling author Nepo is telling stories that are meant to trigger insight. They are stories in the tradition of Kabalah; they are parables. They are emotionally charged to provoke discussion (and/or inner dialogue) and propel the reader down the path of self-discovery. For those who are reluctant to take the stories into their own hands, Nepo offers suggestions for exploration at the end of each of the forty-five tales. The stories themselves are brief, perfectly tailored to modern readers' stressful, multi-tasking lives. Nepo's tone is intelligently lyrical, with the rich conciseness of Haiku. This will make a great, feel-good gift item. Consider pairing it with journals and with books of modern poetry, ethnic folk tales, and easily-readable versions of ancient myths. You might want to gather feedback by asking customers to tell you which of the stories was their favorite.

(reviewed by Anna Jedrziewski)

(New Age Retailer)

Review

"Part poetry, part spiritual narrative, As Far as the Heart Can See offers us a grounded experience of life seen through a spiritual lens. Mark Nepo invites us into a sheesh mahal--a palace of mirrors--where the soul sits on its immortal throne, sparkling like the Kohinoor diamond. Each narrative touches a unique facet of life and draws the reader into reflection--oh soul, look into the mirror of your heart and see with love. See the whole being, the visible and the invisible; the image and the reality; the shadow and the light. This precious book places truth in the core of the heart and shows how pure feelings set it free."

Gayatri Naraine, author of Something Beyond Greatness

(Gayatri Naraine)

More About the Author

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry, health, and spirituality for forty years. A New York Times #1 bestselling author, he has published fourteen books and recorded eight audio projects. Mark has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on her Super Soul Sunday program on OWN TV, and has also been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Mark keynotes regularly for conferences and corporations, works with healing and medical communities, including chaplains and therapists, speaks and offers workshops for colleges and universities, and leads spiritual retreats.

In 1987, Mark was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. The heart of that journey and its aftermath has greatly informed his work. Ever since, he has been a student of all paths and his work has explored the common center and unity of all spiritual traditions, focusing on how we can experience that unity when we can lean into life and hold nothing back. Ultimately, he explores with others how to live wholeheartedly, so we can inhabit the gifts we are born with and find the language of our own wisdom.

Please visit Mark at: www.MarkNepo.com, http://threeintentions.com and www.simonspeakers.com/MarkNepo.

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Bought this book for my Mother and she loves it!
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I have always been illumined, comforted and challenged by reading Mark Nepo's prose and poetry, and this new book of stories is no exception to the rule.
Parker J. Palmer
I love all his book and this one is a great one to pick up and start reading anywhere!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ronald K. Pendleton on October 2, 2011
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This book was given to me by a friend, an angel who has come into my life to help me discover my own truth as it continues to unfold and the various truths of others that often confound me. The stories are beautiful. The questions are profound. This is book I will give to many and recommend to all.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Stevenson on September 26, 2011
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I bought this book for myself because I'm currently reading other Mark Nepo books.
I decided to give it to a friend who is recouperating from a sickness. Mark speaks so eliquently about change and the things one goes through when change happens in life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Parker J. Palmer on October 31, 2011
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I have always been illumined, comforted and challenged by reading Mark Nepo's prose and poetry, and this new book of stories is no exception to the rule. Mark is a writer who "shows up" fully in his writing -- and the person who shows up in all of his books is trustworthy and true. I recommend this book highly for people who do not want or need "rules" or a well-defined "map" for spiritual journeying, but who love the unpredictable adventure of the journey and would welcome a compassionate companion walking alongside them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KRyder on February 16, 2012
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Mark Nepo is a genius with words. He strikes right at the heart of any issue and uses wonderful meditations, questions, and guidance through some very tough situations. This is an excellent book that covers many bases of life. It makes for wonderful dinner-table conversations. Try it, you'll love it! It is very thought provoking and written in wondeful prose that only Nepo can produce.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ron on February 1, 2013
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Reading this book quickly connected me to the author. He establishes a bound with his readers. We both have travel the road of cancer. Friends can be people we have never met. This author I count among my friends

Ron
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MaryGrace on October 29, 2012
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These stories are so encouraging and uplifting. It does the heart so good to sit and read these! If you're having a hard time or a pity party, read just one story and it will help you feel so much better!
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These are wonderful stories to read alone, with a partner, or with a group. At the end of each story are questions to think about and discuss, write about, and meditate/pray about. My husband and I read this aloud and worked through it as we drove across country this summer. It was a great bonding and discussion tool that passed the time as well as drew us closer together.

I have always loved Mark Nepo's work and was glad I had the opportunity to work with him for a weekend several years ago. He is a lovely person and excellent teacher as well as writer.
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This book by Mark Nepo is an extraordinary tool which can help to deepen your understanding, broaden your vision and expand your horizons spiritually. Nepo uses meditation, journaling and discussion questions to assist the reader. Readers of many ages, disciplines, interests can benefit from this publication. I have given it as gifts to students, friends, and family.
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