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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573245313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573245319
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The word courage comes from the Latin cor, Nepo explains in a densely worded, poetic meditation on this essential quality. If to find our way to the core is to face the lion, then to stand by our core is to be the lion, he says. Nepo, a poet, philosopher and teacher, believes there are two paths to manifesting courage: going within and knowing oneself, and turning outward, steadfastly facing life, allowing oneself to be vulnerable to experiences. The cost of not doing so is numbness, or living death, Nepo believes, and he sees courage as an ongoing series of choices. Nepo relates his own experiences surviving cancer and overcoming certain fears. While the book is filled with verbal images, stories and analogies, including the archetypal tale of Jacob wrestling with the angel, some of the extended imagery is vague (for instance, big waves and water in the lungs and inhaling the smoke of burning ropes). What makes the book valuable is Nepo's quiet understanding of the constant interplay of surface and depth in our lives, the need to let go of judgments and exercise compassion as we view our own flaws and the flaws of those around us. (Oct.)
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'A poetic, profoundly thoughtful rumination on how we might live' Howard Zinn. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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This book has helped me tap into the strength and conviction of my inner core.
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In the end it's a brave book, one to be savored and not read for speed, that's often beautifully written and offers many moments of illumination.
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He uses short stories and anecdotes to make his point in small bite-size chapters.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Gary Grossman on October 2, 2010
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Mark Nepo's small classic "FACING THE LION, BEING THE LION: FINDING INNER COURAGE WHERE IT LIVES" makes bold promises and largely delivers. I could quibble with elements of construction, and espouse frustration with the sinuous curves of narrative, or take issue with what sometimes feels to be disconnected topics, but in the end that's just life and that's what this book is all about. It's a small jewel that not only refracts and reflects but also generates light where there was darkness.

His core theme is courage and he leads an exploration that's centered on two facets. The first is how to get in touch with your core; that is, getting to know who you are, why you are that way, and then learning to just be yourself. He argues that this takes courage. We have to break through our ego attachments, the numbing of a thousand and one distractions, the reality of being spirit in a corporeal body, and shedding the inauthentic masks we wear to protect ourselves. These are significant tasks that require courage of self-reflection and a willingness to own what is ours. This is what he means when he talks about facing the lion.

Being the lion is the willingness and ability to show-up in the world while being true to our core. That extends to any and every situation where we have choices to make and where we interact with others. This is how he defines the spiritual life and notes that it isn't easy. There is risk in being misunderstood but the reward is a feeling of universal connection, not only with ineffable but with all of our fellows. Often the crucible is in relationships where Nepo asserts that we all screw-up and sometimes with considerable frequency. That's because of the inherent wear and tear of days.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Annie on January 5, 2009
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This book is filled with pearls of wisdom and deep insights into the ageless wisdom. We get a glimpse of the author's own journey through life and the courage he has had to nourish. This is a deeply moving book and would be most enjoyed by anyone who is on a spiritual path and in need of courage during times where life seems to only bring trials and tribulations.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 6, 2008
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FACING THE LION, BEING THE LION: FINDING INNER COURAGE WHERE IT LIVES comes from a poet and teacher who offers many examples of courage and surveys some of the crushing effects of life and how to overcome them. From first-person experiences and lessons learned from other philosophers and teachers to historical references and case histories, FACING THE LION, BEING THE LION is packed with insights.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Jones on August 25, 2008
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mark nepo is an engaging writer, he pulls from many wisdom traditions to make his points in his prose. thoughtful, personal, well written. highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Hernandez on December 27, 2012
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This is a deep read. Mark is able to make the connection between theory and soul. Over the past couple of years I have been developing a framework of though relating anything from getting every things done to the meaning of relationships and life goals. This book has helped me tap into the strength and conviction of my inner core.

This book cannot be read just once and absorbed. It is like a pointillism painting where each point is a beautiful idea. The collection of ideas paint a cohesive portrait of spirit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Diane Chesson on February 10, 2014
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Really, my title says it all. This book is so wonderful that I just had to write a review. It has deep truth beautifully written from the heart. It tells my truth so well that it had me crying several times. That hardly ever (never) happens, and I'm a professional ghostwriter, so I do a LOT of reading.

The thing that happens when someone has the courage to tell the truth as Mark Nepo does is that it makes everyone who reads it feel understood at last, validated, and not so alone. Mark, you gave me courage to keep following my dream and even to step up the action.

I think that this book probably tells everyone's truth many, many times. Mark, if you've been wondering what the gift is that you will give to the universe, you can stop wondering. Thank you so much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Niki Phillips on January 28, 2014
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This glorious book inspires me every day to be brave in the world and negotiate each life event with clarity and poise.It is a book which teaches us how to think and reflect on a much deeper level within ourselves than general every day ways of seeing the world which we are conditioned to.Enrich your life by reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Intercon on January 10, 2014
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I really appreciated the insightful reflections of Mark Nepo. I read some chapters several times and I have bought copies for some of my friends.
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