Sunday, August 23, 2009

FINALLY! A Book Review

Title: The Four Agreements
Author: Don Miguel Ruiz
How I learned about this book? Through word of mouth.

This was an interesting read to say the least. The Four Agreements is a book written by Don Miguel Ruiz. Mr. Ruiz is a Master of the Toltec mystery school tradition. His purpose for writing the book is his dedication to sharing his knowledge of the teachings of the ancient Toltec.

The book starts off giving the history and reasoning behind the Toltec. In chapter one, Ruiz starts off by explaining that we are all living in a dream. Now at first I was kind of taken aback with this. It was coming off a little too “hippie/new age” for me (I am more of anal/type A person). Nevertheless after reading the chapter again and getting a better comprehension of it, I got what he was conveying (may not agree, but I got it).

Next the book dives into the “Four Agreements”:
1. Be Impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best.

WARNING: If you are a very religious person, I warned that Mr. Ruiz is not into religion, but more wanting to connect with you on a spiritual/universal level. I hope that this does not deter you from reading the book because even though Mr. Ruiz is not a religious person, almost every religion agrees with Mr. Ruiz and places these agreements in their doctrine.

Now the four agreements are things that we SHOULD already know that we need to do. However I would recommend this book anyway because it explains how we can become free of the old “agreements” and how to incorporate the new ones in our lives.

My own “rant” (I guess that is what I can call it) is that even though it was a short 138 pages, sometimes Mr. Ruiz could be a little wordy. He repeated himself a lot, writing the message slightly different. For me, it would have made a greater impact if he was a little more direct. Sometimes I felt he was writing for the sake of writing.

Other than that, this is a great and simple book to read. If you are aiming to make straightforward changes to your life, I believe that this book is a great start. It helped me get back on track with becoming a more conscious and more spiritual person.

Would I buy it? No.
Is it library worthy? Definitely yes.

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