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The time when we walk in the shadow of death is, ironically, a time when we feel illuminated by life's true meaning. Poet and philosopher Mark Nepo has firsthand experience with this mystery--he had cancer. During his arduous recovery, he sought inspiration and guidance that would reflect his growing appreciation of life. Although this daybook is exactly what Nepo longed for as he struggled with a difficult disease, , it can be appreciated by all readers.
This collection of essays, one for every day from January 1 through December 30, offers a poet's sensibility and sensuality and gives the reader Nepo's well-harvested wisdom. "Water reflects everything it encounters," Nepo writes in a May 5 essay. "This is so commonplace that we think water is blue, when in fact it has no color.... But the water, the glorious water everywhere, has taught me that we are more than what we reflect or love. This is the work of compassion: to embrace everything clearly without imposing who we are and without losing who we are." After each entry, Nepo offers a short list of suggestions or questions to help carry the essay into the day. There are many inspirational daybooks out there. What sets this one apart is the mature poet's voice rising from a seasoned soul. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"A year's supply of inspiration every day and the perfect gift for yourself and your friends." -Oprah Winfrey --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Hands down best devotional I have EVER used. Mark Nepo is a sage. His tender and real words open my heart and I am a better person for spending 10 minutes each morning with this... Read morePublished 1 day ago by T. D. Thompson
This is a great book, it's taught me how to look at life in a different prospectivePublished 2 days ago by Moni
I find this book a daily treasure to read each morning. Mark Nepo's words and wisdom are so beautifully crafted that i often read a passage several times just to absorb their full... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Linda M. Sacha
The style, the poetry, the sayings, the softness that invites full attention and the wisdom that weaves throughout the book, integrating
many traditions just fits for me,... Read more
It was a good book, at the same time it lacked consistency in the quality of the writing. Some sections blew me away while others left me scratching my head and checking to see if... Read morePublished 16 days ago by c.a. leibow
Very thought provoking and uplifting. Great way to start your day. Mark Nepo has been through the "dark night" and helps others find their way.Published 20 days ago by shama
Very good for daily reflection and contemplation. Beautiful metaphors for life situations. Mark Nepo writes with such clarity. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Laurie