Don Miguel Ruiz has dedicated his life to sharing the wisdom of the ancient Toltec. For more than two decades, he has guided others toward their personal freedom. Today, he continues to combine his unique blend of ancient wisdom and modern-day awareness through journeys to sacred sites around the world.
©1997 Migeul Angel Ruiz; (P)2003 Amber-Allen Publishing
"Despite the New Age-sounding language, Ruiz is refreshingly clear in the presentation of his ideas. Reading aloud, actor Coyote sounds every bit the enthusiastic old hippie, genuinely excited by the concepts he is spinning." (Publishers Weekly)
I thought this was going to be a self-help, kind of 'attitude-adjustment' book. Instead it began trying to inspire me due to the fact that the molecules in my body were once part of the stars. I lost patience with the author as he slid further and further down a silly metaphysical oratory hole and did not finish listening. I realize that may disqualify me as a reviewer, but is a statement on its own. I have not quit other Audible books and almost always tough it out to the end in reading.
I doubt that anyone who has a science background will feel their money was well spent.
The teachings here I found to be less compelling than I expected. There are nuggets of wisdom, but somehow I didn't find here something that could change me spiritually. Tolle's "The Power of Now" and "New Earth", or Chopra's "7 Spiritual Laws" and "Synchrodestiny" are more enlightening.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (personal development) - So I was at a day-long seminar listening to boring professional stuff presented by various speakers. Then a woman came to the podium to speak. She was radiant and exuded personal acceptance and joy. She recommended this book, so I decided to check it out.
The book is pretty "deep," but it presents some simple, worthwhile principles to live by. It is based on ancient Toltec philosophy and religion, but the teachings are timeless and valid today. Some of it is commonsense stuff that is presented in a different light that will make you think. There is some coverage of God and religion, but the book is more about setting yourself emotionally free from personal baggage and beliefs that keep you from becoming the best and happiest person you can be.
PERFORMANCE - Peter Coyote (yes, the actor) reads the book and does a great job, although his talents are somewhat wasted reading a non-emotional, informative text. There is also flute music.
OVERALL - Enjoyable and informative with good reminders of things to work on. Not a must-hear, but it is worth the sale price and the short time I spent listening. Unfortunately, I haven't been transformed into a radiant personality like the speaker at the seminar....
Personally I do not generally care for audio books, I get too distracted & find myself not paying attention. However, when this book was recommended to me, I had no time to read. So instead, I downloaded it to listen to in the morning on my way to work. I didn't want to stop. I finished it that day. For this particular book, I always tell people to listen, rather than read. Listening to the storytellers inflections & pauses really brings the message to life, more than I think just reading it in your head, which could possibly be boring.
None that I have read, however i literally recommend this book to everyone I know. I was told about it by a co-worker who was helping mentor me through a difficult time at work. However, as soon as I read it, I was so moved, so excited by it's message I immediately rushed home & made all 3 of my teenagers/young adults listen to it & I recommend it to people all the time.
No I have not, but I thought his voice was perfect for this book.
Many, this book has basically become my new mantra. I had the four agreements written on like 3 different sticky notes, posted around my work area so that throughout the day I would stop & think about them & reflect how my day was going & remind myself to apply those rules to my responses. This book really changed my life & how I view or respond to the things that happen to me on a daily basis. It definitely made a difficult & stressful work environment much more tolerable.
READ THIS BOOK!
Well actually JUST LISTEN!
Trust me you will not regret it!
I highly reccomend this wonderful audiobook. One of the best I have come across. I like all of the books by this author, with this paticular one being his best in my opinion. I like the content of the book as well as the narrarator's voice.
Beautifully read, wonderful uplifting content. What more could one want. Even the most jaded and cynical of you won't fail to be captivated. Colonic irrigation for the soul!
So, the fist part..the introduction and set up if you will is hard to grasp. It sounds hoakie until you get to the actual agreements. Then it gest very real. Definitely a very good read and I fully intend to practice the four agreements....
"Tools For Life"
This is a brilliant book with an excellent audio edition. It describes four simple agreements to make with yourself, which allow you to increase your control over how you experience your life: 1) Be impeccable with your word; 2) Don't take anything personally; 3) Don't make assumptions; 4) Always do your best. Simple does not mean easy! Don Miguel's book helps the reader have the power of these agreements and use it. Peter Coyote's reading is a delight which helps the learning process. This is timeless work that can be referred to time and again. I found the Four Agreements even more powerful than Stephen Covey's Seven Habits, which is saying a lot. And just like the Seven Habits, the Four Agreements are powerful in all aspects of your life including family, work and leisure time.
"An interesting perspective"
I was initially put off by the rather religious stance at the beginning of the book. I decided to stick to it and keep listening. I was rewarded as the book laid out some useful principles:
1. Be Impeccable With Your Words.
2. Don't Take Anything Personally.
3. Don't Make Assumptions.
4. Always Do Your Best.
Simple, not always easy to practice but resonates with me!
A wonderful book
I love the prayers at the end, they are for people from all religions or not, and i feel connected to the universe by listening to this chapter daily.
Thank you to Mr Ruiz
"A MUST READ"
I have been on the path of spiritual awakening for the last 25 years, and I wish I had come across this book at the beginning of my journey! Now it is a perfect summary of what I have found out myself over the years, wrapped into a beautiful mystical story, the Toltec way of looking at it.
I cannot recommend this book enough to anyone who is looking to find a way to lead a happy life, be free from the fog of limiting beliefs and other effects of our domestication. The four agreements are simple, yet difficult enough to keep in every moment of our life, which is why the fourth agreement is so important.
I will keep this book at the top of my list of favourite books for a long time to come, and certainly read it again to get even more wisdom out of it.
Great sound, easy to understand, simple and life changing wisdom. I loved it all. Thank you.
"great read, read great"
Such an easy listen. this is the 4th time I've listened and I'll keep listening until I get that inner peace. Very much recommended.
"New Dreams are possible"
I loved this book. It was really inspiring. It really makes you aware of the power of words .
"Better than expected."
I was a little sceptical, but I actually quite enjoyed listening to this audiobook. There is no particular religious bias to the teaching, but it was interesting and made complete sense.
This is an audiobook that I will re-listen to at some time.
"a lot to learn... and I'll do my best to"
really good book. gave me lots to think about. I'll enjoy putting it into practice
narrator excellent. thoroughly enjoyed the book definitely one to listen to many times most insightful
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