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The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life

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A powerful personal journey to find meaning and life lessons in the words of a wildly popular 13th century poet.

Rumi's inspiring and deceptively simple poems have been called ecstatic, mystical, and devotional. To writer and activist Melody Moezzi, they became a lifeline. In The Rumi Prescription, we follow her path of discovery as she translates Rumi's works for herself -
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Tarcherperigee
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Melody Moezzi
Jan 20, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm not rating this book because I wrote it, so I'm a tad biased. Leaving this note here to welcome my readers and invite you to get in touch if you're interested in having me visit your book club in person or via video chat: https://www.melodymoezzi.com/#/contac....
Pixie-Ann Healy
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing

The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life is a tonic that inspires hope and positivityprecisely the book the world needs right now. With the same humor and searing honesty that made her previous book, Haldol & Hyacinths, a compelling, un-put-down-able read, in The Rumi Prescription Melody Moezzi brings the reader smack-dab into her quest for solutions to issues that plague us allwanting, isolation, haste, depression, distraction, anxiety, anger, fear,
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Kim D
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible read. I couldnt put it down and devoured it in two days. It left me feeling inspired and connected. Its work like Melody Moezzis that changes the world. The power between these pages will leave any reader transformed. The translations of Rumis poetry and how to apply it to lifes hardships resonated somewhere deep within me. Read this book because it will uplift you and it will change you. The Rumi Prescription has heart, and it moved me through all of the emotions, ...more
Deonna Kelli Sayed
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Melody's book is the perfect book to read right now as we are facing this unprecedented, COVID-19 moment. Why? Because her memoir writes about how to deal with despair, uncertainty, and un-knowing filtered through her study of the mystic-poet, Rumi.

Melody writes through a deeply personal, often humorous, reflection as an Iranian-American feminist, a Muslim, who also lives with Bipolar Disorder. She embarks on a journey to study Rumi, in Persian, with her father. The experience is humbles her:
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Brian Hayes
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Rumi Prescription by Melody Moezzi
Tarcher Perigee, 2020
This book a follow-on in spirit to Haldol and Hyacinths is a description of the authors journey into Classical Persian, some of the worlds best poetry, the parent-child relationship, and self-discovery all the while being candid, entertaining, enlightening and inviting us to start our own journey. The book opens with the author in the grip of writers block and searching for a cure returns to her parents home in San Diego to renew her
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Kimberly Warner
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book should be required reading for everyone on this planet right now. We are all experiencing elevated emotions - anxiety, fear, anger, helplessness - during our current pandemic and we need strong, wise leaders to help guide us safely to shore. Melody Moezzi's book The Rumi Prescription draws wisdom from the poetry of Rumi and provides profound, practical and universal advice for all humans as we navigate the uncertainties that come from being alive. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of ...more
Pam
I met Rumi about 10 years ago, introduced by a Benedictine nun. and I love when he pops up in my life occasionally. A random quote on FB always draws me in to ponder again the wisdom and deep insight. This book was thus a delight to win from Goodreads Giveaways. It wasn't initially fun to read. Relating to the descriptive emotions of a bipolar experience in the first chapter put me in the depths, being bipolar myself. But it did prepare me to listen to her journey through the poetry and all the ...more
Seema Yasmin
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A stunning memoir. Melody Moezzi merges medieval poetry with modern dramas, exploring love,  politics, and mental health. Original translations of Rumi's poems are interspersed with ruminations on fatherhood, feminism, and self-care, offering insights that will change your life. I wish I could prescribe this memoir.
Amy
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have fallen in love with The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life and highly recommend reading it as an antidote to the worries and stress we face living in these turbulent times. The author, Melody Moezzi, spent a significant amount of time on translating and more importantly, figuring out how to apply Rumis writings to real life frustrations and distractions. As a young Iranian-American Muslim growing up in Ohio, whenever she would face trying times her ...more
Carolyn Halliday
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think self-help books can be wildly useful and I applaud people who read them and consequently adapt their strategies to better cope with their struggles, but in my experience, every self-help book that I open seems like its just a new spin on what has been said a million times over, and there really isnt a need for more books saying the already said.

What caught my attention about The Rumi Prescription was my fondness for a Rumi poem that I first heard in my hippie college days but heard again
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Alexis
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a tour de force journey of Iranian-American born Melody Moezzi. Through her father's guidance she studies Rumi's poetry and how it relates to her own emotions. Skilled at writing memoir, Moezzi shares her bipolar recovery and her understanding on how to recover from life's slashes. Her second book was Haldol and Hyacinths a memoir about her bipolar journey. Moezzi's writing grows up from this excellent book and she now writes this new memoir not only about her own story but ...more
Foojan
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I interviewed Melody about this book, check it out ( https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast...). Melody shares with the audience her experience regarding her growth, her relationship with her father, her relationship with her roots, her relationship with her condition and most of all integrating all of these areas together to share the wholeness that she feels. This book is a great inspiration for any one who is struggling with a mental condition. I also loved her translation of Rumi, this book ...more
Holly
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars. Only books Id read again and again get 5 stars from me. This book is beautiful! I got the audiobook from the library during the COVID-19 self quarantine of March 2020, but Im buying it just as soon as safely possible. ...more
Enda Hackett
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A beautiful book and my first introduction to Rumi, so thank you Melody. The books strikes a perfect balance between the authors life and the mystic writings of Rumi.
Barbara Mcnicholas
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent!
Learned so much about Rumi, bipolar disorder and Muslim life from a female perspective. Beautifully written.
Shah Alam
I picked up the cue for this book from a NY Times article titled "How a Persian Mystic Poet Changed My Life". Regrettably, the book is still not available till Mar 3 just 4 days away though. I'm essentially an audio-books listener and hope Mozhan Marnò, the narrator, does a good job of it. I'm keenly awaiting for the book to hit the shelves and will rate it soon after listening. ...more
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Melody Moezzi is an Iranian-American Muslim author, attorney, activist, and visiting professor of creative nonfiction at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Kirkus calls her latest book, The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life, a heartening narrative of family, transformation, and courage that could shatter a variety of prejudices and stereotypes. ...more

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