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Publisher's Summary

Beloved spiritual teacher, poet, and philosopher Mark Nepo returns to the inspiring short-chapter format of his number-one New York Times best seller, The Book of Awakening, to map an insightful and resilient path for inhabiting the soul by engaging in the world.
Mark Nepo has been called "one of the finest spiritual guides of our time", "a consummate storyteller", and "an eloquent spiritual teacher". With the rare ability to communicate stirringly profound truths directly to each individual heart, Mark inspires audiences of more than 15,000 people as well as small, intimate groups. Now, in The One Life We're Given, Nepo's personal stories, questions, and meditations take us on a deep and uplifting journey to know our own hearts and enliven our souls.
"In order to fully live the one life we're given," Nepo writes, "we each must affirm how precious this one life is and open ourselves to loving whatever life puts before us. Whether that is suffering, pain, fear or loss, or surprise, beauty, love or wonder, we work to stay in touch with our hearts in order to make sense of our experience. As we learn when to try and when to let go, when to give our all and when to surrender and simply receive, we unfold the moments that reveal meaning and ready us for grace. This is how the heart breaks a path to our soul's work, leading us to our authenticity and to how we can be useful to others and the world."
By illuminating the art of finding and restoring what matters and by exploring the craft of awakening, The One Life We're Given affirms our purpose as not just to stay alive but to stay in our aliveness.
©2016 Mark Nepo (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
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5 out of 5 stars
By gkrieger on 02-01-17

I see more clearly now. Thank you Mark!

What can I say when I've come to the end of this incredible book. Thank you Mark. Thank you for shining the light on things that have been buried in darkness for years. The more I see, the more I can understand. I understand myself better now and I am more open than ever before. Open to expanding the whole of me.
You're words flow so easily from your mouth to my ears but the work ahead is not easy. I am determined now more than ever to break the chains and live a full and free life.
You're teachings are raw and real and I love how you don't candy coat the pain of this life. But it's a choice to stay down or rise up.
I will rise.
Thank you so much Mark.
With great gratitude,

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4 out of 5 stars
By jwillin on 08-11-16

Good book, easy listening

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I like Mark Nepo. I've read most of his previous books. This one is good also. His words are beautiful poetry and the stories are heartwarming and thoughtful.

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