Reduced to Joy
Mark Nepo is emerging as one of the truly significant writers and thinkers of today. Nepo has a singular way of distilling great truths down to their essence. Moreover, during his cancer journey, Nepo relied on the power of expression and the writing process to keep him tethered to life. In Reduced to Joy, Mark Nepo explores the places where pain and joy are stitched to resilience, uncovering them with deep wisdom, poetic passages and personal revelations. Nepo reminds us all of the secret and sacred places within, forgotten in the noise and chatter of our busy distracted 21st Century lives. Reduced to Joy is a lesson in stillness, in standing in the mystery and, above all, in the work of love.
From the Back Cover Mark Nepo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awakening, has been called one of the finest spiritual guides of our time, a consummate storyteller and an eloquent spiritual teacher. Now in his sixties, he has written Reduced to Joy, a book of seventy-three poems about the nature of working with what we're given till it wears us through to joy. Nepo says, Poetry is the well from which all my books rise. It's where I always go to listen, always stunned by what arrives. I bring these poems back from the deep like shells from the sea that we can look at together. Profound and accessible, Nepo's poems are tools for staying close to what matters.
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