The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

by: Don Miguel Ruiz

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Book Summary:

I would recommend The Four Agreements to anyone who is feeling down on their life and needs to hear some positive encouragement about how they might turn their life towards a more positive note.

The beginning of the book had me a little lost as it is out there in terms of concepts.

But if you are able to stick it out and get through the first 20-30 pages you will find some pieces of wisdom.

Overall I would rate this book as a worthy read because it does leave you feeling optimistic about your future and more in control of your destiny.

In addition, I think this book teaches some of the key principals in all religions but put in a simple way. It doesn’t go deep into anyone of them other than to say what the author believes to be true.

The only negative critique I would give this book is the author’s examples are very superficial and don’t really get deep into what actually causes us the most angst.

The book’s main points can be a little redundant but not to the point where it’s overly wordy and not worth reading.

The prayers at the end of the book were nice and if you really focus on what they are saying they are peaceful and insightful.

Biggest Takeaway:

If you would like me to save you some time…

The Four Agreements are:

1. Be Impeccable with your Word: Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

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