The Forty Rules of Love : Elif Şafak By Elif Şafak

    Incredible, fantastic, awesomeare far too less to describe this book. The story is amazing but the best part is after reading this book you'll feel transformed. The language is easy to understand and the work of this author will seem as if the characters are live in front, like a movie than a book.Go ahead,get this masterpiece and thank me later.😊 978-0241972939 I ordered The Forty Rules of Love after it was recommended to me by a friend and I had no idea what kind of book it was until I began reading it. At first glance I thought it was purely religious, and, not being religious myself, I thought I had made a mistake, but how wrong I was!Having been extrememly disappointed with The Alchemist, I can honestly say I was blown away by the plethora of messages in The Forty Rules of Love! So much so that once I had finished reading it I immediately went back to the beginning to re read it, which I have never done with any other book. If you are soul searching, looking for answers, then you simply have to read this book! 978-0241972939 Am in love with this book and am still reading it. The author has a beautiful writing style in which it feels as if she is narrating the stories specifically for me. Halfway through the book and after getting to know the great teacher, Shams of Tabriz, I booked tickets to visit Konya in Turkey, his resting place and that of his illustrious student, Mevlana Rumi. I can't begin to explain the profound serenity that I felt at both their tombs. It felt like I was meeting old friends and although I was sad that I unable to speak with them, I felt eager to complete the book. The forty rules in the book are beautiful and things which every human should live by. Invest in this book and you'll be investing in yourself. Enjoy!Half way through the book 978-0241972939 As a practising student of Sufism, I very much enjoyed the first third of the book but became increasingly irritated with the lack of respect of Islamic laws, which are the backbone of every sincere seeker. Sufism has been criticised by orthodox Muslims precisely because of this.A true Sufi tried to follow the example the Holy Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) in every way, as much as they are able and to follow his manners which were of the highest standard.I find the character Ella very shallow and it seemed she was not at all interested in sufism but some misinterpretation of 'follow your heart'. She desired another man, cheated on her husband and abandoned her children, one of whom had an eating disorder. Sufism is about being self less not selfish.One has to be very careful to put words into the mouths of holy saints such as Rumi (q) and Shams of Tebriz (q), as their inner life is unknown to common people. I certainly question the abandonment of Sham's bride.I get the sense the author has some issues around men. 978-0241972939 If you like your books to make some rational sense then don't buy this book. It doesn't portray Rumi or Shams as they actually were!Sugarcoating everything and packaging it in a way that will appeal to new age woke folk is fine, but when someone adds historical figures in their book and presents them as completely opposite to how they were in reality is unfair to those figures and to the readers as well.I'm all for inspirational, lovey dovey reads as long as they maintain some level of rationality in the book. But this author turns sufism into something that it isn't. 978-0241972939

    *The international bestseller* Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven't loved enough Ella Rubinstein has a husband, three teenage children, and a pleasant home. Everything that should make her confident and fulfilled. Yet there is an emptiness at the heart of Ella's life an emptiness once filled by love. So when Ella reads a manuscript about the thirteenth century Sufi poet Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, and his forty rules of life and love, her world is turned upside down. She embarks on a journey to meet the mysterious author of this work. It is a quest infused with Sufi mysticism and verse, taking Ella and us into an exotic world where faith and love are heartbreakingly explored. 'Enlightening, enthralling. An affecting paean to faith and love' Metro 'Colourfully woven and beguilingly intelligent' Daily Telegraph 'The past and present fit together beautifully in a passionate defence of passion itself' The Times The Forty Rules of Love : Elif Şafak

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