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Posted June 23, 2012
Lessons on bravery, love, devotion, understanding, and paradoxes
Lessons on bravery, love, devotion, understanding, and paradoxes fill this book. I really enjoyed the fact that this is a collection of his actual thoughts and journeys that doesn't have another person putting their thoughts on every little detail so that you can determine it's meaning for yourself. I highly recommend this book for everyone, even for people that aren't religious because the morals of the stories and the ideas and perspective of Rumi are truly intriguing and incredible.
The positive critiques that I have of this book are: the font used was an excellent choice and it really just gives the message to the reader very well without distracting them, the ideas on concepts in the book are of course astounding and interesting, and the size of the font and book are perfect.
The not so positive critiques are: the cover art doesn't really grap the reader when put besides other books which is probably why it isn't read as much, the table of contents is extremely long and cumbersome, I think that they needed an index where that could be listed alphabetically as well as being categorized, and the categories needed some explaining also I believe because I didn't understand their purpose to helping the book.
I undertand many things now form reading this book. In general, I've learned of a whole other cultures perspective on the world, but what I myself have learned is the destruction is necessary for birth and growth. I also learned that love can only be explained between two lovers and no one else and that all dichotomies are within us so it's up to us to choose how we live our life.
I truly admire Rumi's work.
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