The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom [NOOK Book]

Overview

• A New York Times bestseller for over 7 years
• Over 5.2 million copies sold in the U.S.
• Translated into 38 languages worldwide

In The Four Agreements, bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

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Overview

• A New York Times bestseller for over 7 years
• Over 5.2 million copies sold in the U.S.
• Translated into 38 languages worldwide

In The Four Agreements, bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
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Editorial Reviews

Unknown - Deepak Chopra
Don Miguel Ruiz’s book is a roadmap to enlightenment and freedom.” — Deepak Chopra, Author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
Unknown - Wayne W. Dyer
“An inspiring book with many great lessons . . .” — Wayne Dyer, Author, Real Magic
Unknown - Dan Millman
“In the tradition of Castaneda, Ruiz distills essential Toltec wisdom, expressing with clarity and impeccability what it means for men and women to live as peaceful warriors in the modern world.” — Dan Millman, Author, Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Wayne W. Dyer
“An inspiring book with many great lessons . . .” — Wayne Dyer, Author, Real Magic
Deepak Chopra
Don Miguel Ruiz’s book is a roadmap to enlightenment and freedom.” — Deepak Chopra, Author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
Dan Millman
“In the tradition of Castaneda, Ruiz distills essential Toltec wisdom, expressing with clarity and impeccability what it means for men and women to live as peaceful warriors in the modern world.” — Dan Millman, Author, Way of the Peaceful Warrior
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013987647
  • Publisher: Amber-Allen Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/25/2012
  • Series: Toltec Wisdom Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 4,698
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Don Miguel Ruiz is the international bestselling author of The Four Agreements (a New York Times bestseller for over seven years), The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, Prayers, and The Fifth Agreement.

Born into a family of healers in rural Mexico, Ruiz was expected to carry forward his family’s centuries-old legacy of healing and teaching. Instead, distracted by modern life, he chose to attend medical school and become a surgeon. Late in the 1970s, a near-death experience changed his life. Ruiz decided to devote himself to mastering the wisdom of the ancient Toltec, and to this day, he continues to share this wisdom in lectures and journeys to sacred sites around the world.

The teachings of don Miguel Ruiz are best known for transforming complex human issues into simple common sense — a talent that has earned him millions of fans, international acclaim, and a vote of approval from Oprah Winfrey. Sales of his Toltec Wisdom Series have soared to nearly 8 million copies in the United States alone, and have been translated into more than 38 languages worldwide.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2007

    The road to love is paved with pride?

    Many people seem to like this book, but I am not quite sure why. This book is full of very common platitudes and dangerously self-centered ideas. The main premise of this book seems to be that each person should treat themselves like the center of the universe. He states that if someone criticizes you or is angry with you, it is because of their own issues, and not you, and therefore you have no responsibility to address it (he terms their feelings and words 'black magic' and 'poison'). Well, sometimes you ARE the problem, and pretending that you are not will not lead you to any sort of 'heaven on earth,' especially for the people around you. He also contradicts himself (i.e., we are all God but there is also a Creator who is separate - how does that work?), misquotes the Bible to support his statements, and has a tough time staying on topic. Do not waste your time reading this - find something substantial that will move you to exhibit real love to those around you and to yourself.

    62 out of 98 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2004

    excellent

    I am not a 'how to' reader, but I love this book and frequently give it as a gift. I am also a Christian, while at the same time being open-minded and willing to hear other people's points of view. The basic 'agreements' do not infringe on my beliefs. Those that are offended should try not to 'take it personally' (one of the 4 agreements). If all religions could apply these principles we would be much better off.

    31 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2009

    Amazing and life changing

    I'm in recovery for Bulimia and my therapist actually recommended this book and I'm so glad she did! I thought it was amazing and everything seemed to hit so close to home. It all seems so simple but he elaborates on all the agreements and really makes you want to follow them.

    One person wrote that he says if someone else is angry w/ you or whatever it's their problem, etc. And the reviewer said maybe sometimes it is your fault. I interpreted it differently. He definitely makes it clear that you are in control and if you judge someone or are angry w/ someone, it has to do with you and your beliefs. So he was saying if someone is angry with you it has to do w/ their beliefs, so it works both way.

    I like how he really makes you feel like you are in control. Other reviewers have said it's self centered, but the only thing you can truly control is indeed yourself! So if you life isn't going right, etc then it's most likely you and not any of the things you're blaming.

    29 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2006

    Some True Points, Could be better

    This is the first time I rate a book here. I bought this book and read it in three days. It does contain some good advices, but I think its lessons are just repetitive. The message of this book is well known by most of us. Be careful when you talk, don't take everything so serious, ask questions before doing something, and do your best at what you do. I was a little disappointed with this book.

    20 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2001

    I hate to disagree with a best seller

    I have read many spiritual authors and after reading the reviews of this book I decided to give it a try. The book has a lovely cover and a lovely premise I just found that it did not ring true for me. I ordinarily do not leave reviews but I thought it might be helpful to give a counterpoint to the lavish praise of this book. I found this prescription for happiness not only simplistic but also a denial of the human condition. I don't even think I'd like living in the heaven that Ruiz describes. Some of his ideas are thought provoking, perhaps even disturbing if a person was to take them to heart. Not for everyone.

    17 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Personal spirituality not bashing of Christian beliefs

    Amazing how many christians are made about this book This book is about how we how the self is the source of our own happiness All the author is saying is that our thoughts drive our beliefs and actions When we stop judging and hurting ourselves then we can enjoy life even when other people try to hurt or obstruct us You need to look inside u for answers It is not about giving up ur belief in God it is about giving up beliefs that cause u to suffer by ur own hand of the hand of others Stop reading into this as turning against the Bible The book is about finding and attaining inner peace
    That is it The book was helpful to me

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Great book, must read for everyone!

    I recently bought this book again because every copy I've ever owned, I've given away only to realize some months later that I no longer have it when I need to review it for myself! Anyway , this is a wonderful little treasure and a concise way to regain focus and self esteem when the world becomes overwhelming. Life is hard and sometimes we all need a review or a new perspective on how to handle the challenges we face as human beings. Sometimes, the most important relationship we have is the one with ourselves and this book focuses on that and how we all sometimes have mistaken beliefs that effect our daily life in a detrimental way. I think this is a must read for just about everyone and as I've said, I've given away quite a few of these but I always end up buying a copy just for myself to have so I can go back to it!

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2004

    No Stars - Christians, Look to Gods Word and Agree.

    I really tried to give this book a chance, as it was reccomended to me. But being a Christian who believes that we all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God, this book was not for me. As it states the only sins are sins we commit against ourselves. It dismisses the 10 commandments. It starts out stating we are gods and that everything that we have been taught has been lies especially by ministers and priests and 'organized religion', whatever that is. The authors problem seems to be with authority of any kind. I agree with the statements about the power of our words, but to state that if you say someone looks like they have cancer and they agree with you, that they will have cancer in a year is too absurd. I have gone down different roads in my search for God, and it has lead me to where Iam now, which is saved by the Blood of the Lamb. There are many ways that God draws us to himself, and for some this may be a step in that direction. But for Christians there are many other choices out there, The Bible being the best way to get info on how to order your life with others and with God.

    12 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2000

    Far from the Best!

    The basic premise behind this book is conveyed through the book. The problem with this book is that it is overly repetative. The author begins discussing great personal tips, then goes outside of the plain of common sense into a world of non-sense. A prime example is within his chapter on Don't Take Anything Personal', he discusses not to even take it person if someone shoots you in the head! What is he talking about? There are better examples to use of than being shot in the head. This book is really good at times and then meanders into repetative mumbo jumbo. Recommend you look elsewhere.

    12 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2010

    Excellent, practical information for every day living

    I read this book for a 2 year spirituality class and received much more out of it that is practical for people of all ages. I have kids and have found I can simplify the lessions and help them deal with peer pressure and social situations. It's also helped improve communication in my marriage. What interested me is that as I was reading it, several parents called to talk about things that were upsetting them or their kids and I could pass along the insights of Don Miguel Ruiz. It helped me realize that when people get frustrated and say something that sounds hurtful, it's more about what they are going through and not really aimed at me. They've had a tough day, they are stressed about someone in their family, they're running late. Be impeccable with your words, don't take things personally, don't make assumptions and do your best. I also think you'll enjoy his follow-up book The Fifth Agreement.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2003

    It did not speak to me at all.

    I received this book as a gift and quite frankly I was a little disappointed. It was repetitive and the wording was too 'simple' minded if you will. As an intelectual thinker I found it to be quite boring.

    8 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2003

    Not quite what I expected

    When I browsed through the book, it seemed very thought-provoking. However, when I sat down to read it cover to cover, I found the writing style a bit simple for me and occasionally repetitive. Still, there are some interesting lessons to be learned from this book.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    Terrible!

    I thought this book was a bunch of nonsense. I mean I like self-help books as much as the next person but most of what this guy said was garbage. Maybe just maybe he had like 3 good points in the whole book.Save your money and get it from the libraray. This book was a waste of time.

    6 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2010

    Unexpectedly useful

    I brought the book for extra credit for a class and was hesitant to read it at first. I was surprise to find it useful and educational. I started applying these four agreements to my daily life and found it to be true. It was hard to change, but I took it step by step and found that I started being more positive about my future. My job and studies started to improve and don't get in as much trouble as I use to. I see why the professor wanted us to read the book and I want others to read it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    I CARRY THIS BOOK WITH ME EVERYWHERE

    THIS BOOK HAS BECOME A GUIDE BOOK FOR MY LIFE. IT TEACHES SIMPLE ACTIONS AND WAYS TO HANDLE LIFE...IDEAS I WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT OF ON MY OWN.
    IT DEFINATELY KEEPS ME CENTERED AND I REFER TO IT OFTEN.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

    Great book for personal development!

    It was very inspirational to me. I liked it and I will read it again next year.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    I just had to buy this, I loved every part of it. I also Love MY

    I just had to buy this, I loved every part of it. I also Love MYSTIC by R.E
    It has a great focus on a diversity of topics

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Excellent Read

    Ruiz has produced a masterpiece. Simple and straighforward.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2004

    Zero Stars - Stupid Book

    Not well written. Not logical. Full of unsubstantiated assertions. Should a statement that there is no truth be considered true? For genuine ancient wisdom and a deeper understanding of human nature, try the Bible.

    4 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2000

    Some Truths.

    This book contains a number of truths. It should not be considered the 'end all' of wisdom though-- the acquisition of wisdom is not something one can complete by reading 138 pages. 'Wisdom Literature' was a specialty study of mine when I was earning my master's. Solomon, Confucius, Plato and the other 'great ones' are still the best, even after thousands of years, but Ruiz isn't bad.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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