"About the Book A bestselling poet and philosopher leads audiences on a journey to discover just how art and creative expression can bring the deepest truths to bear in the world in this collection of interconnected essays and poetry. Book Synopsis A deeply heartfelt weave of reflections and poems about what it means to live the creative, expressive life. ""I cherish the wisdom and embrace the practices offered in this luminous book."" --Mirabai Starr, author of Caravan of No Despair and Wild Mercy ""Meaningful art, enduring art--and the transformative process it awakens--keeps us alive,"" writes Mark Nepo. With Drinking from the River of Light, this bestselling poet and philosopher will lead you on a journey to discover just how art and authentic expression can bring our deepest truths to bear in the world. In this collection of interconnected essays and poetry--covering subjects ranging from the importance of staying in conversation with other forms of life to a consideration of how innovators such as Matisse, Rodin, and Beethoven saw the world--Nepo presents a lyrical ode to the creative urge that stirs in each of us. Whether it's the search for a metaphor to reveal life's beauty or the brushstroke that will thoroughly capture the moment, Drinking from the River of Light examines what it means to go "". . . beyond the boundaries of art, where the viewer and participant are one."" Here you will discover: - The importance of openly embracing the full scope of your emotions - The need for raw honesty and self-exploration in education - Why a new perspective always waits only a ""quarter turn"" away - The importance of staying in constant conversation with other creative voices - The crucial difference between giving and getting attention - Concrete guidelines for respectful peer review - What it means to channel the sound of your innermost being--and the universe In Nepo's words, ""This book is meant to be experienced and journeyed with."" Including dozens of journaling prompts and personal exercises meant to enliven the reader's creative instincts, Drinking from the River of Light traces the search for our most essential selves and the importance of the life of expression to bear witness to the sorrow, depth, and joy of life. Review Quotes Independent Publisher Book Award 2020: SILVER AWARD for SELF HELP A 2019 NAUTILUS SILVER AWARD WINNER FOR PERSONAL GROWTH and SELF HELP A passionate testament to the spirituality of expression. --Publishers Weekly ""Mark Nepo will guide you to the very source of your own creative spirit and inspire you to inhabit, trust, and express its radiance. This beautiful book is a gift on the journey of awakening."" --Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge ""Hundreds of thousands of readers, including me, have found new life in Mark Nepo's writing. We know that a great 'river of light' flows through this good man and out into artistic expression. In this heartfelt and beautiful book, Mark aims to help his readers find the river of light within themselves and learn how it wants to express itself. As Mark says, 'all forms of expression . . . are meant to awaken the love that is possible in the world.' Want to be a bearer of love and light in a world that too many find dark and loveless? This new offering by a spiritual virtuoso of our era will help you find the way."" --Parker J. Palmer, author of On the Brink of Everything, Healing the Heart of Democracy, and Let Your Life Speak ""I love all of Mark Nepo's books, but this one is especially beautiful, luminous, wise, and helpful--a river of light for the thirsty traveler. We need beacons of light to guide us through these times. Mark offers a river."" --Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of the Omega Institute and author of The Seeker's Guide, Broken Open, and Marrow ""Sacred seeing is an art, and creative expression is a sacrament. In Drinking from the River of Light, Mark Nepo invites us into a living encounter with the Holy, as the birthright of all humans in relationship with the wild beauty of creation. As a writer dedicated to naked authenticity, I cherish the wisdom and embrace the practices offered in this luminous book."" --Mirabai Starr, author of Caravan of No Despair and Wild Mercy ""In Drinking from the River of Light, Mark Nepo's words land like dew on a thirsty leaf. He helps us see the artist within and takes the reader on a dance between oneself and Nepo's shared wisdom. I couldn't put it down and drank in every word of it."" --Zainab Salbi, author of Freedom Is an Inside Job ""Mark Nepo's latest book is filled with achingly moving and poetic anecdotes, wise reminders, and terrific quotes you'll never find on quotes.com. The invitation is writ large among these pages to pay attention to the world (and your presence within it) in all its rough glory--to love the truth of what is, using whatever mode of expression enchants you--as your very gateway to the divine. This is a book of refined wisdom, insight, and great reminding. "