Book Review: The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
By Michael Salpeter
Subtitled “A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom”, author Ruiz, a medical doctor turned expert on ancient Mexican based Toltec philosophy, offers a short but easy to understand blueprint for living more happily. Devoting a chapter to each of the four rules or “agreements” (“Be impeccable with your word; Don’t take anything personally; Don’t make assumptions; Always do your best”) as well as commentary, the book is a quick read. And while it is written in an easy to understand style, and was recommended by Oprah for many years, actually following these guidelines is much more challenging and possibly unrealistic. Still, some of the advice, including avoiding gossip, not speaking badly about others and not letting others opinions of you determine your behavior, are worthy goals.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is available on Overdrive. A variety of summaries/analyses are available on Hoopla.