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Finding Inner Courage Where It Lives
by Mark Nepo
Reviewed by The Editors on Dec. 1, 2007
“Hitler, like Osama and Saddam and Milosevic, obliges us by representing an uncomplicated picture of evil. But nobody wakes up one day and slaughters thousands. They make choices, one at a time, and they do it because they do not have the courage . . . to give up illusions and look within and accept one’s humanity.” In his new book, poet-philosopher Mark Nepo shares stories of people from all walks of life who demonstrate in all sorts of circumstances the difference it makes when we summon the courage to live from our cor, literally our heart. How do we face our own broken places in a way that doesn’t inflict more pain upon ourselves and others? Fortunately, like flutes,we all have the capacity to release our “unique song of spirit through the holes carved by our experience.”This beautifully written book encourages us to turn life’s wounds into openings as it reminds us of our bond with all living beings.