The ecstatic love poems of rumi a persian poet and sufi mystic born more than eight centuries ago are beloved by millions of readers in america as well as around the world rumi has been compared to shakespeare for his outpouring of creativity and st francis of assisi for his spiritual wisdom. Brad goochs rumis secret has been a journey of delight for me having loved various translations of rumis poems over the years knowing his amazing story of meeting shams of tabriz and of his long and productive life living true love in the midst of a world in catastrophic crisis i still had no real sense of who he is. To ask other readers questions about rumis secret please sign up be the first to ask a question about rumis secret for me this was a fantastic introduction to the life of rumi and the world around him i was not familiar with either and found this treatment to be informative lucid and . Rumis secret the life of the sufi poet of love by brad gooch the acclaimed new york times bestselling author of smash cut flannery and city poet delivers the first popular biography of rumi the thirteenth century persian poet revered by contemporary western readers. Many would find it surprising that a thirteenth century sufi mystic is one of the best selling poets in the world in fact in 2014 the bbc declared the persian poet rumi to be the best selling poet in the united states with his ecstatic verses of love loss and enlightenment clearly finding a universal audience
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