“Reduced to Joy” is a book of seventy-three poems about the nature of working with what we’re given till it wears us through to joy. Author, Mark Nepo says that poetry is where he goes to listen and is always stunned by what arrives.
When Mark asked me to read the manuscript I knew that it required me to move away from sound to silence, from thinking to feeling. Mark invited me into a space to experience the world through his eyes — and I was reduced to joy! Each poem holds its own charm but the one that moved me the most was ‘Rumi Goes to Washington.’ Rumi in Washington! Incredible Imagination! So in praise of “Reduced to Joy” I said — Rumi would have described this book of poems as a crystal chandelier with so many jewels, each like a treasure God has placed in the heart of Mark Nepo.
So folks, if you already know Mark’s work, you won’t want to miss this collection. And if you have never had the pleasure of experiencing the world through Mark Nepo’s eyes, begin with “Reduced to Joy.”