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Reduced to Joy
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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"Mark Nepo has a great heart. His poems are good company." —Coleman Barks, translator of The Essential Rumi
"Mark Nepo joins a long tradition of truth-seeking, wild-hearted poets—Rumi, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Mary Oliver—and deserves a place in the center of the circle with them." —Elizabeth Lesser, author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow
"Mark Nepo will make you fall in love with the world. Again." —Wayne Muller, author of A Life of Being, Having and Doing Enough
"These poems touch the soul, reminding each of us what it means to be fully alive." —Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., author of Prayer of the Heart
"If you have never had the pleasure of experiencing the world through Mark Nepo’s eyes, begin with Reduced to Joy." —Gayatri Naraine, coauthor of Something Beyond Greatness
MARK NEPO is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry, health and spirituality for forty years. A New York Times number-one-bestselling author, he has written fourteen books and recorded eight audio projects. Mark has appeared with Oprah Winfrey on OWN TV’s Super Soul Sunday and has also been interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages.
In 1987, Mark was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma. The heart of that journey and its aftermath have greatly informed his work. Ever since, he has been a student of all paths. His work explores the common center and unity of all spiritual traditions, focusing on how we can experience that unity when we can lean into life and hold nothing back. Ultimately, he encourages us to live wholeheartedly, so we can inhabit the gifts we are born with and find the language of our own wisdom.