The book overview: The book of Awakening by Mark Nepo
The Book of Awakening offers small doses of what really matters: daily life’s basic truths and tales, with inspiration from the great traditions of wisdom. Every day’s entrance is followed by commonplace but meaningful activities, built to help us achieve the life we desire by being present to the life we have. The Book of Awakening is a book to keep your head up, your heart open and your foot on the ground, because, in the words of St Francis of Assisi,’ you are what you are looking for.’ A daily guide to an honest life in tough times. ‘It’s true,’ writes Nepo, ‘If you can’t find what you’re looking for, see what you’re looking for. Enough of it.’
The Awakening Book is the culmination of Nepo’s soul search and will encourage others to start on their own. He talks of spirit and fellowship, reminding readers, no matter the struggles, to remain vital and in love with this life. Nepo ‘s words, which encompass many cultures and voices, provide insight into suffering, wonder and devotion. Each entry is followed by an exercise in its mind-waking capacity that will confuse and delight the reader.
The book review:
Mark Nepo, the philosopher-poet and cancer survivor, unlocks a new season of liberation and pleasure, a release from deadening, asleep-at-the-wheel sameness, both insightful and clarifying.
His spiritual daybook is an opportunity to regain life, free yourself, take one at a time every day, and savour the beauty provided by the unfolding of lif. It is like being given second sight to read his beautiful prose, introducing the reader to the various aspects of creation, each drawn with wonder and love.