Product DescriptionThe Book of Awakening is a modern classic—written in the year 2000 in response to the author’s journey through the trials of a cancer diagnosis, and catapulted to fame in 2010 when it made Oprah’s annual list of her “Favorite Things.” Having touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of readers, Mark Nepo’s wisdom continues to be a daily guide for living life—in hard times and good times—and, most importantly, living authentically.
Now Tarcher is proud to offer this inspiring journey as part of its Inspiration Cards series, featuring beautifully designed cards with insights that, in the author’s own words, “will help people meet their days and inhabit their lives.”
Winner of the 2014 Nautilus Award represents “Better Books for a Better World”—the Silver Award in the category of Gift/Specialty.
Amazon.com ReviewThe 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