Book Review: The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak 

The book that left me in a really weird mental state. The book that left me unable to be anxious anymore. The book that made me feel there is no such thing as coincidence in God’s scheme, He has planned everything for us,  already,  beforehand. I was meant to read this book right now,  at this time. I do not even remember how or when someone mentioned the book to me and I picked it up on impulse.  This is once in a lifetime kinda book. 

The story is about a married woman Ella who is living an ordinary life, as we all are! The typical wife with typical womanly problems. She comes across a book about a dervish & the impact he made on a mawlana,  that turned the mawlana into world famous poet. While reading about this beautiful story of friendship and love,  she herself falls in love with someone who reminds her of the character from the story.  Like it happens in all true love stories and friendships, her heart transforms right in front of her eyes. 


The story is deep,  there is nothing that you can take literally or on the face value. The words are deep. They touch you deep. Lots of your ideas about love, life and belief systems are challenged and changed.

 After reading this book, there has been a deep silence inside me. For the first time in life, my head is completely silent. Some say,  its the peace finally settling inside me, but I’m not sure.  I want to read this book again, because reading it once does not do justice to the depth the words carry. 

I would recommend this book to everyone who is searching for something we all know as “love”,  everyone who feels alone and is looking for someone to complete them,  everyone who feels  trapped in a situation,  loveless and lost. 

Basically, I recommend this book to everyone,  searching.  

Love and light x

Zb

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