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The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have

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This guide provides a year's supply of wise thoughts to be taken, one a day, like vitamins for the soul.
Paperback, 434 pages
Published May 31st 2000 by Conari Press (first published May 31st 1999)
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Mary Schumann
Aug 03, 2012 Mary Schumann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone looking for higher awareness, more satisfaction with where they actually are in life
Recommended to Mary by: friend
I really like this book. I am reviewing a copy from the library, but will make a purchase. It's a daily meditation, the author gives a short quote or thought, then a deeper exploration of the meaning of that quote, and follows it with an exercise to do on your own, if you wish. My perception of it so far is that it simply changes the angle at which you see things and opens your eyes to a new way of approaching your life or your thoughts. It doesn't INSTRUCT you to think in any particular way, bu ...more
I found each daily entry thought provoking and inspiring. Mark Nepo's book is balanced and creatively written with great reflective questions. He gently nudges you to become more aware, awake and present. His book touched me deeply by his simple storytelling "awakening" a sense of longing for better living and connection within me.

Daily reads take 2-3 minutes, are filled with great quotes, subtle humor and a touch of mysticism. Wholesome soul food at its best.
Kim Stalling
Jan 13, 2011 Kim Stalling is currently reading it
Some days, the message is exactly what I need. Earlier this week, I was feeling very insecure about some career issues and wishing I were a bit like others. There was a story about a man (Akiba - I believe) who was sorry he wasn't living his life like Moses. The message reminded us, God wants us to live our lives as ourselves, not as someone else. It was exactly what I needed to remember at that moment.
Debbie "DJ" Wilson
This is by far the best daily reader I have ever read. I no longer have a stack of meditation books, as this surpasses them all. So far each daily read has left me with a sense of "WOW!" His writing is deeply profound and the messages go straight to my heart. He also includes a short meditation after each read which carry the message even further. You will be amazed...I love this book!
Jun 23, 2014 Amy added it
Note added on 2/22/13: I want to add a word of caution to my previous remarks. The entry for February 20 in this book, titled, "Nicodemus and the Truth" is not what I would consider anti-Semitic writing, but as a Jew it really bothers me to read it in a book that seemed to be more openminded about different cultures and religious faiths. In the story Nicodemus is a Pharisee who secretly visits and believes in Jesus, but doesn't acknowledge it in public. So it says Nicodemus was "traumatically th ...more
Reading this daily. Each reading gives such a window to a deeper, richer, examined life. Nepo is a gifted writer who has really taken this journey. Grateful for his insight which helps
Improve mine.
Elii Vela
A mí me gusta, de vez en cuando, leer algún libro de meditación o temas parecidos. Cuando vi que la editorial anunciaba éste, decidí darle una oportunidad, aunque no había leído a Mark Nepo antes. Un libro para renacer cada día es una especie de diario, hay una entrada para cada día de año, donde el autor nos da una reflexión o un pensamiento sobre ese día y entonces nos pide que hagamos algún ejercicio, algo sencillo, que tenga que ver con lo que estamos leyendo en ese pensamiento.

No es un lib
Roman Stadtler
Nepo is a wonderful poet and storyteller, so don't let the "self-help" title turn you off. These short vignettes of his experiences of loss, of his own cancer, and lighter moments, contain all sorts of wisdom and surprising little moments of self recognition. I've given this book as a gift many times, and keep returning to it myself. One of those books I'd want on the proverbial deserted isle.

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Nepo is a wonderful poet and storyteller, so don't let the "self-help" title turn you off
For someone like me who struggles with acknowledging and exploring my feelings, I appreciate how Nepo concentrates on mindfulness and self-awareness. I was curious about him and looked into his life. It's nice to know a bit more about someone if you are considering taking their advice...maybe it's the librarian in me? Nepo and his former wife were diagnosed with cancer around the same time in midlife. It seems this was a catalyst for them to diverge from one another eventually. Nepo is now marri ...more
Kenneth Ferber
This is a kind of daily reflection 'Bible' for me and almost always 'primes the pump' when it comes to personal reflection as well as an incentive for my own writing. Mark Nepo is a cancer survivor which was his 'hitting bottom' so to speak and part of his transformational experience. Nepo is also able to effectively combine the spirituality of the world, embracing so many branches, from Christianity to Buddhism, Hinduism and much more in his personal and thoughtful year of daily reflections. Th ...more
a beautifully written book of daily meditations. Set up to coincide with the calendar. thought-provoking, calming, insightful

Finished thos on Dec. 31st and had a little yearning to start it all over again this year. I think I will move on to something else this year and come back to it next year. Really liked this one. Neop pulls quotes from wellj-known and not so wellj-known authors as well as his own thoughts and expands on one each day to help the reader gain a better knowledge of themselves.
Nia Ferrell
I am doing a project for my sophomore English class in which we were to find a topic that we were passionate about, and do research as well as impact the community. There were not very many guidelines for this project, what we call the passion project, however one of the things required was we were to find a book related to our topic. My topic is appreciation, and I actually had a very difficult time coming across a book that showed appreciation the way I want to display it-- in a positive light ...more
Lisa Brummit
I start every morning with an inspiration from this book. I take the time I need to reflect on the daily passage and have found it to be a way of learning about the real person I am. I have been searching for inner peace for so long , this book has helped me to meditate on the important things to make my life and my inner self more complete and at peace. I love this book and want to give everyone I know a copy.
I need to make a shelf for the books that I want to own one day. I might start with this book. I borrowed it from the library but three weeks isn't nearly enough time to delve into all this book could teach me. It's laid out as a daily journal thing with little short stories to help guide you on your journey. If I owned it I'd use it as a daily meditation tool.
Elizabeth Olson
Poet Nepo's book of daily readings has definite Buddhist leanings, but doesn't exclusively follow that or any other tradition. Its inspiration is a mix of faith writings from various times and traditions, plus poetry from Nepo and others, and his own introspintrospections on life, love, loss and growth. There is much beauty here, and plenty of wisdom.
This is a master piece of living life insights--not so much of a self help book, but one of just think about this concept or ponder on this way of looking at a particular aspect of life. You will especiallt like this if you are a lover of the natural wold and see and experice in the natural order of things.
Jenny Benn
I'm loving this book. The daily inspirations are simple and profound, and totally accessible to the average person. I find myself remembering the reading thoughout the day. It's the best book of daily inspirations I've ever had.
Marc Byerley
Saw the author on Super Soul Sunday with Oprah. Had to buy the book. Such great wisdom & insight in what I've read so far. It's a daily devotional.
Simon Vandereecken
Premier audio livre de ma vie que j'ai terminé, rempli d'apprentissage et d'énormément de sagesse. Il permet de vraiment se recentrer sur soi, ses émotions, et ce que l'on veut vraiment. Il m'a appris à me retrouver en partie, me permettant de mieux voir ce que je ressentais vraiment et de pouvoir l'exprimer de façon à me sentir mieux et en paix avec moi même. Un livre à conseiller qui permet vraiment de démarrer un travail important et intéressant sur soi, de façon très paisible. Il rejoint les ...more
This is the best daily meditation book I have ever read. Love it!
John Girard
An exquisite book of daily meditations. One of my very favorites.
This book is a great new year's resolution. Have you tried to meditate but sitting and doing nothing is an unconquerable challenge? I've always liked the idea of meditation but never actually enjoyed the practice- until the words of Mark Nepo. Reading a nightly passage in this book offers a peaceful time for me to calm myself and dive into my emotions in order to heal life's daily struggles and hidden disturbances. I use it to calm me to sleep and help me sort through turbulence and show gratitu ...more
Having spent every morning for a year with Mr Nepo, I have developed a much keener appreciation for the role nature can play as a guide for balance and wholeness. Whether it be the salmon swimming up stream pressing against odds to find peace, birds taking flight exposing their hearts, or the freedom of sinking below the surface relaxing and being buoyed up, Nepo provides some insightful analogies between natural phenomena and spiritual/emotional healing. We all have been placed in the rock tumb ...more
Marsha Larsen
I’m approaching (as you are) the end of 2013, thus finishing (for the third time) The Book of Awakening, a year’s worth of wisdom, including a daily meditation exercise. As I read the daily reflections, I turn down the page of the ones that are most helpful to me at that time. From year to year, the meaningful passages change because I change. It’s like getting a brand new book every January 1st. (Except for the dog ears, of course.)

Although Nepo’s prose can be a bit purple at times (for exampl
This book found it's way to me a few months ago, and it has simply changed my life. Instead of reaching for my phone the minute I wake up to see what I've missed or what I need to get to, I take a few minutes and read. Sit. Contemplate. Breathe. Set intention. Well crafted, personal, thoughtful, all encompassing tales, stories, prayers and advice from the heart that has brought a new sense of peace and creativity back into my life, my relationship and my parenting. I heart Mark Nepo.
liz Y Valentin
Inspirational! A book for all!

I chose to give this book a 5 star rating because it kept me turning the pages. It has provided me with insight, stories and comfort. Since I started to read this book I have shared many of its pages, stories and sayings with family, friends and co-workers of all faiths and walks of life. It is a precious gem that I will read again and again!
Troy Doughty
The timeliness of the meditations seemed like this book was written for me...or maybe it is just so well written that it is easily applied to many situations. A particularly memorable excerpt was about his struggle with his dad and him about being a poet...very thought provoking.

Good to read and share as well. so many ways writing can be internalized.
Not my favorite style of book. Some interesting insightful sections, but too much daily boringness for me. This is more of a pick-up-randomly and read-just-a-bit type of book, not how I do my reading since this is a library book and had to be returned in 3 weeks. There is an entry for each day of the year, no chapters. The author rambles on and seems depressed. He starts with one observation, and wanders onto something unrelated. Not for me, yet it's highly recommended by Oprah and Amazon.
Kierstin Martin
Uplifting book full of wisdom and tools for mental meditation. Originally bought at Barnes & Noble for $30. Returned the next day when I found it on eBay for $7. Be sure you find a good deal on this one- pricey but great to have on hand for tough times. Also contains poetry by the author.
Tricia McKean
This book was okay but it could have been better. No doubt, there were many wonderful lessons contained within its pages, and on certain days it is EXACTLY what you need to hear. While there are many wonderful stories, quotes, meditations, etc. to enjoy within this book I thought that it would have been even MORE improved if the author had not included soooooo many personal stories. I wanted this book to be a little more objective in its advice and parables; I did not need yet another story abou ...more
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