Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness

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About the Author

Mark NepoMark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over 35 years. A New York Times #1 bestselling author, he has published 19 books and recorded 14 audio projects. Mark has been interviewed three times by Oprah Winfrey as part of her Soul Series radio show, and was interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America. As a cancer survivor, Mark devotes his writing and teaching to the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. Mark's work is widely accessible and used in spiritual retreats, healing and medical communities, and more. His work has been translated into 20 languages, and he continues to offer readings, lectures, and retreats. Visit for more info.


"Philosopher-poet, cancer survivor, and best-selling author Nepo (Seven Thousand Ways To Listen;The Endless Practice) invites readers on a particularly arduous journey through suffering. He suggests that people welcome adversity in order to move through it and provides remnants, such as poems and journal excerpts, from his own experience as well as "questions to walk with" directed at readers facing their own struggles.VERDICTAmazingly honest and inspiring for those confronting serious illness or dramatic transitions. While Nepo writes with academic references, his message is for everyone." --Library Journal, starred review

"Nepo was in his thirties when he was diagnosed with cancer and his life changed all the way through to its core. He speaks of his transformation with eloquent insight. Three decades after his illness, he's still garnering the lessons that came buried in that experience. Practically, it's become his life's work. This book, which draws on journal entries made during and since his illness, contains a collection of poems and prose that grew out of his experience with cancer and its aftermath. He speaks of the touchstone of grace, the current of life, embracing the will to live, the raw truth of my journey, the inner rhythm of healing, and enduring the miracle. Let customers know that while this is a straightforward discussion of his struggle with cancer, it remains uplifting and strangely lyrical throughout. The book includes Questions to Walk With which are intended to help readers express their own unexplored inner lives." --Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight

"In Inside the Miracle, Mark Nepo gathers almost 30 years of writing, teaching, and thinking about suffering, healing, and wholeness, drawing on his own transformative experience with illness. With everyday lessons and hard-earned wisdom, he has given us a beautiful testament to the resilience of the human heart, and a guide to facing life's challenges with strength, grace, and gratitude." --Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive

"Inside the Miracle is simply the best book I have read in years. Mark Nepo invites us to live a human life, fully, joyously and without reservation, using all our experiences and vulnerabilities as a precious opportunity to encounter and serve the Mystery. He has blessed us all." --Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather's Blessings

"Inside the Miracle will be a miracle for those who read it, especially those going through a difficult time, a big change, a loss, a confusion, a trial by fire. That means everyone born human. Our trials may differ in heat and length, but at the core, we are the same. We need each other, we need insight, and we need help. This book is help. It helps me every time I pick it up and read a poem or a teaching or the brave story of Mark Nepo's descent and rebirth." --Elizabeth Lesser, author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, cofounder of Omega Institute

"In the canyon of his soul, scoured into truth by pain and uncertainty, joy and Mystery, Nepo navigates the deeper currents with prose and poetry that masterfully invite us to those places where only rarely language can reach. Relentlessly refusing to resolve paradox into mere piety, this book is a rare soul-confirming and soul-stretching gift." --Sharon Daloz Parks, author of Big Questions, Worthy Dreams

"A sensitive sharing of the truth. I recommend it highly." --Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Love, Medicine, and Miracles

"This is a moving testament to the human spirit." --Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are

"Inside the Miracle is about elegance of language and elegance of spirit. This is a wise and beautiful recording." --Body Mind Spirit

"Mark Nepo is one of the finest spiritual guides of our time." --Parker J. Palmer, author of A Hidden Wholeness and The Courage to Teach

"Mark Nepo is a Great Soul. His resonant heart--his frank and astonishing voice--befriends us mightily on this mysterious trail." --Naomi Shihab Nye, author of You and Yours, 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, and Red Suitcase

"Mark Nepo is a rare being--a poet who does not overuse language, a wise man without arrogance, a teacher who always speaks with compassion, and an easygoing love-to-listen-to-him storyteller." --James Fadiman, PhD, cofounder, Institute for Transpersonal Psychology

"Mark Nepo is an eloquent spiritual teacher." --Herbert Mason, professor of history and religious thought, Boston University, translator of Gilgamesh

"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, Cofounder, Omega Institute, author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow

"Mark Nepo's work is as gentle and reliable as the tides, and as courageous as anyone I've known in looking deeply into the mysteries of the self." --Michael J. Mahoney, author of Human Change Processes