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40 Rules of Love by Elif Shafak Book Review

By Mira Khatib


When a friend of mine recommended this book I didn’t know what to expect, all she said that it was a very good book with great meanings. From the moment I began turning its pages, I knew it was unlike other books, she was right it had meanings lots of them very deep and profound.

Although I’m the kind of person that once started on a book won’t put it down till I’ve finished it, but I couldn’t do that with 40 Rules of Love, I found myself putting it down to let the things I read sink in, sometimes I needed a few days to just contemplate and think about a scene, a paragraph, a sentence or even a word.

This book challenged me at so many levels, I began to question some of my beliefs and values, and it wasn’t easy to allow myself the freedom to do so. But once I opened that door and accepted the challenge I embraced some of the many valuable lessons or “rules” expressed in the book.

Once I have finished the last page, a sense of lightness came over me, realizing that this book allowed me to make peace with myself and with others.

This story takes history and mirrors it in today’s world, with Rumi and Shams of Tabriz stimulating characters taking one into a deep journey filled of inspiration and self-depth.  Although it is not for everyone yet a highly recommended read indeed.

“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.”
― Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

“How we see God is a direct reflection of how we see ourselves. If God brings to mind mostly fear and blame, it means there is too much fear and blame welled inside us. If we see God as full of love and compassion, so are we.”
― Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

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  1. A great book indeed. Pure genius.

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