Inside the Miracle
Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness

“Miracle is a process, not an event,” reflects Mark Nepo. In this book, he speaks with the authenticity and compassion of one who's been there as he relates his own journey through cancer, to share insights into how we can each find the resilience and medicine that awaits within our suffering.

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Awards and Acknowledgements:

  • Spirituality & Practice Best Spiritual Books of 2015 selection
  • Spirituality & Health Top 10 of 2015 selection

An honest and illuminating resource for those struggling with a crisis of health, loss, or life change.

Many are familiar with teacher and poet Mark Nepo's books on inner transformation, relationship, and the emergence of purpose in our lives. But less well-known is the journey that shaped his vision as a teacher that began in 1987 when he was diagnosed with cancer. The revelations during that time would inform every dimension of his work to follow.

With Inside the Miracle, Mark Nepo shares what he discovered along this challenging terrain, and the insights most essential to those of us who now find ourselves there. These lessons and stories are for all of us, ill or not, when the inevitable question arises: How do we move through an overwhelming crisis—whether from physical illness, grief, or a major life change—into the rest of our lives?

This offering presents in its entirety Nepo's 1994 literary gem Acre of Light, written shortly after his recovery. Here, he expands and enriches its themes with new poems, essays, and teachings gathered in the decades since. Throughout, Mark includes compelling questions and exercises from his popular workshops, to invite us to personalize the experience.

What emerges is a reading companion to be explored in many ways: as a memoir, as a “survival kit” of wisdom and verse that helped Mark during his own journey, and as a conversation to spark our own contemplation, journaling, and discovery.

“To live in wonder on the other side of suffering and disappointment,” reflects Mark Nepo, “is to know how magnificent and fragile it is to be here at all.” Inside the Miracle calls us to leap into our lives with  tenderness and courage, so we can fully inhabit the miraculous moments that await us.

Mark Nepo is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over 40 years. He devotes his writing and teaching to the process of inner transformation and the life of relationship. A New York Times #1 bestselling author (The Book of Awakening), his books have been translated into 20 languages and are frequently used at spiritual retreats, medical programs, and healing centers worldwide. Mark has been featured on Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday and Good Morning America. For more information, visit

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Hardcover Book

Contents Hardcover book (237 pages)
Date Published November 01, 2015
ISBN-10 1-62203-491-0
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-491-8
Dimensions 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
Product Code BK04299


Contents eBook (237 pages)
Filetypes EPUB, PDF, JPG
Date Published November 01, 2015
ISBN-10 1-62203-554-2
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-554-0
Product Code BK04299W