“The Forty Rules of Love,” written by Elif Shafak, is truly
a life-changing book. I have found myself quoting and referencing
it in daily life.
The central theme of the book is Sufism and preaching the
religion of love. The main character, Shams of Tabriz, is a
wandering dervish, while Rumi is a great scholar.
The way the book is written, the readers live the events
mentioned through many of the important characters. Readers also
live through the story of Ella, a middle-aged women living in 2008,
with children and a husband seemingly living the perfect life.
Then she starts reading the story of Shams and Rumi, and while
reading sees shifts in her own life and discovers herself.
Throughout the book the readers are told the 40 rules covering
aspects of life that readers of all ethnicities and backgrounds
will find helpful and applicable.
The book carries so much weight that after reading a particular
chapter I had to put it down and absorb what I had just read,
taking longer than I would have with any other book.
The book is full of lessons while telling a beautiful story of
all kinds of love. The popularity of the book makes it easier to
find in bookstores. Jarir Bookstore almost always has a copy of the
novel. The audiobook on audible.com is also beautifully read out
— perfect for those wanting to delve into the story but don’t
have enough time to read.
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