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The One Life We're Given

Finding the Wisdom That Waits in Your Heart
Paperback Book
Atria Books
July, 2017
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$23.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Beloved spiritual teacher, poet, and philosopher Mark Nepo returns to the inspiring short-chapter format of his bestseller, The Book of Awakening, to map an insightful and resilient path for inhabiting the soul by engaging in the world. Open this book anywhere and the stream is alive; a remarkable book.

Mark Nepo has been called a consummate storyteller and an eloquent spiritual teacher. 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.

We will explore how hard work and authenticity reveal meaning and ready us for grace. By grace, I mean the unseeable force of life that carries us, the way the wind carries a bird and the sea carries a fish. And so, we will unfold how a single life soars and dives in partnership with the unseeable force of life that carries it.


My hope is that, through the threshold this book opens, you will deepen your conversation with life. That through your own path of obstacle and surprise, you will be opened to your gifts and become somewhat freed of all you carry. My hope is that you will begin to discover and experience the particular expression of your own nature.

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.

Among Mark Nepo’s other lovely books are The Endless Practice and Seven Thousand Ways to Listen.

Publisher’s Description: 

I would follow this man anywhere his words want to take us, writes Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, in praise of Mark Nepo and The One Life Were Given. His voice helps us find pathways where we might have believed that no pathway could possibly exist.

Mark Nepo is a national treasure, says Rev. Ed Bacon, author of Eight Habits of Love. Now, Nepopopular spiritual teacher and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awakeningcrafts a new road map for the souls journey. It is a powerful guide to being in the world without being overwhelmed by it. Profound and poignant stories and insights help us survive what life brings us, and to thrive, says Arianna Huffington. The One Life Were Given "shares how to shape the life of the soul, and make sense of pain, fear, and loss, as well as surprise, beauty, and wonder (Library Journal).

Exploring the craft of awakening, The One Life Were Given affirms our purpose: we are here not just to stay alive but to stay in our aliveness. The wisdom presented in the shining pages of this holy book is another luminous gift from a gallant, grateful, and imaginative spiritual master (Spirituality & Practice).

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