Mark Nepo's Reduced to Joy Hailed As "Medicine for the Soul"

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Spirituality & Practice featured Mark Nepo's new collection of inspirational poetry.

Reduced to Joy, by Mark Nepo

"When [Mark Nepo] writes, he writes purely from the heart.” —Oprah Winfrey

Spirituality & Practice recently spotlighted bestselling author Mark Nepo's latest work, Reduced to Joy. The collection of poems features writing that cuts to the core of humanity and emotion, with elegant and evocative simplicity.

Spirituality & Practice describes the work as a harvest of "the meanings and memories of a rich and full life, which has been criss-crossed with pain and elation." Nepo is a survivor of two different cancers, and has found inspiration in the process of healing and writing.

The article further pinpoints the special quality in Nepo's works, as "there are not a lot of bestselling authors who are always on the lookout for connections and epiphanies which illuminate the human condition."

Mark Nepo will be appearing in person at these upcoming events:

10/24-10/25 Sr. Mary Rose PcPhee Lecture and Workshop on Leadership and Spirituality, Austin, TX
12/4 Books, inc. Opera Plaza, San Francisco, CA
12/5 Book Passage Marin, Corte Madera, CA

Nepo will also be appearing on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday for two special episodes:
November 10 11am EST "The Big C: Healing Body and Soul"
November 17 11am EST "Oprah and Mark Nepo: Listening to the Soul"

What people are saying about Reduced to Joy:

"Reduced to Joy has many different kinds of poems, all of them clear, wise, beautifully put, spare. The ones I like best have small stories in them, like the one of his father's four uproarious Russian uncles around a pool table in the 1950s. (Running the Table) Mark Nepo has a great heart. His poems are good company."
—Coleman Barks

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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