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)
Marty Jacobs consults in the areas of strategic planning, board governance, leadership development, and community engagement.
Our personal power is based on the agreements we make, and often we make those agreements to please others, rather than being true to ourselves. In doing so, we give away our personal power. The Four Agreements is about taking back our personal power by being authentic and by adhering to our true selves. The four agreements are: 1) Be impeccable in your word, 2) Don't take anything personally, 3) Don't make assumptions, and 4) Always do your best. While simple, these agreements are anything but easy. Ruiz encourages readers to practice these agreements everyday and forgive ourselves when we are not perfect. The effort is what's most important. This book is a quick read (or listen) and should be reread repeatedly if you truly desire to keep your agreements with yourself.
This is a fairly good book; a condensed light version of tougher, less-accessible metaphysical stuff. It rambles a bit and tends to promise enlightment but overall it is efficient in the way that it keeps it simple and basic to four manageable principles of action. A remedial reader for those on the journey and an excellent intro for those thinking about it.
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!
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 am a creative, brainstorming genius! Ok maybe not a genius... but close! I am an avid runner, marathoner and student of exceptional living!
I got this book on the recommendation of a friend and am absolutely thrilled that I did. If you can get through the first chapter which I found to be a little odd and confusing, the rest of the book is absolutely amazing. New ideas and concepts and by the end of the book the first chapter made complete sense.
If more people in the world would choose to live their lives according to the four agreements, I think the world would be a much better place.
My 10 year old daughter listened to this with me while traveling and still to this day talks about it and comes up with examples to explain concepts in this book! I highly recommend it!
This book has some very useful information that helps the reader establish a new perspective. The message is simple so that a person can take practicle steps that can be used day to day in order to initiate change.
I am in my late twenties, a commuter, a romantic, & am loving life.
This book truly falls into the genre of 'self-help'. I can't imagine any walk of life or type of person for which this book would not be applicable. The four basic agreements, if applied, could be life changing. Although, it's not ground breaking stuff... I will most likely go back and listen to it again every few months - just because it's a great reminder that all we can really control in life is ourselves.
The concept of 'always doing your best' will stick with me. What's to feel guilty about in life if you can truly say you did your best?
Thirty year old book geek finds his new home in audio. Love of non-fiction, self-development, philosophy, contemporary independent fiction.
I love the simplicity and grace with which don Miguel writes about how we can live life to its fullest. As long as we practice engaging in the four agreements we can change the way we live and see life forever.
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!
"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 Way Of Living"
Yes: I listen to it everyday while out walking, this way the message will be imprinted into my memory bank and eventually become a way of being
The sheer ease of listening, there is no patronizing language, no miracle cures, just suggestion for a more fulfilling contented life with the need to control or fear!
No, I bought it to walk to
I would definitely recommend this book
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