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Love, Soul & Freedom: Dancing With Rumi on the Mystic Path Hardcover – May, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568382073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568382074
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,777,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors, a husband-and-wife team who have taught in the areas of religion and philosophy for 20 years, have created a framework that seeks to define the mystic journey by dividing it into 12 areas or stages. These stages are then explored through reference to and reflection on the work of the Sufi poet Rumi (The authors can be commended for resisting the temptation to call the book Ruminations.) The excellent translations used are those of Barks, generally considered to be the foremost translator of Rumi's work. Unfortunately, the commentaries are somewhat unfocused. One of the great qualities of Rumi's poetry is its clarity, and the extra layer of exposition here often seems extraneous. Some readers will find this juxtaposition distracting, not unlike an unsatisfactory taped commentary accompanying a gallery tour, though others will no doubt find the approach fresh and the contemporary context engaging. Most libraries, however, would be better served by collecting the works of Rumi now available, especially the excellent The Essential Rumi (HarperCollins, 1997).AMark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Carol Orsborn on July 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I thought I liked Rumi. After reading this tour de force by Breton/Largent, I not only appreciate Rumi, I love Rumi. This book helps us bridge appreciation of Rumi as an artist and spiritual master, and actually apply his perceptions to our own lives in a practical, accessible way. I now read Rumi completely freshly. In fact, Breton and Largent's explanations of Rumi's poetry contain so much wisdom that even without the poetry as a bonus, I would have gotten more than my money's worth. This is the one that is on my bedstand!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1999
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This is a highly practical yet lighthearted guide for traversing the spiritual path. Liberally interlaced with Rumi's sublime poetry, Denise Breton and Christopher Largent make the transformational journey comprehensible and alluring offering the reader illuminating insights and beautiful prose. Highly recommended!
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By Cornelia Elsaesser on August 9, 2013
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What a wonderful insightful mystical read. Just extremely well written and organized. Christopher Largent is one of the most philosophical writers and also the Cover Art is just beautiful.
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This book is a concise and meaty guide to spiritually. The poetry offered is as applicable to present day as it would have been in the 13th Century. Breton and Largent's commentary helps the modern reader convert it to present day Western readers and Sufism is a great aid to opening oneself up to the gifts of the Spirit.
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful By aimaq on January 24, 2001
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Rumi's mystic is the mystic of love which doesnt have beginning and end,wherever you start from , it does represent a portion of flood-wise that sweep out all conventional understanding.Neither Rumi nor Hafez represent any certain culture but LOVE that emerge in forms of paradoxical verses depend on your preception.I respect Rumi's Masnawi as encyclopaedia of mysticism,but I would ruther love Shams valume that has alot to do with human soul,even verses of blasphemous.Masnawi needs more study-background whereas Shams interduce you to the gigant mainstream of love.
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