So, something really huge about me is that I’m an avid reader. I’ve been reading since I was four years old, and although I have much less time to do it now, my love of it has not changed. I’ve been trying to read more books lately in varying genres, and one of my favorite genres is that whole “self-help/empowerment” genre (Judge me, do it). I’d heard nothing but great things about the book “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, and a few weeks ago, I decided to purchase and read it. It took me ages (got distracted, shocker), but I finally finished it, and wanted to do a quick review.
This book draws upon ancient wisdom from the Toltecs, and essentially seeks to provide you with four “agreements,” or truths to live by, in order to rid your life of needless suffering. It essentially states that we are living in a reality created by society in which there is suffering, oppression, etc., and that basically we are not free to make our own choices or live by personal freedoms. We have “agreements” with the “dream” in which we live, and the current agreements we have are things that society has taught us. By rejecting those and taking on these four agreements that Ruiz provides, we can be truly happy and live in a so-called version of heaven on earth.
Sidenote: Ruiz does a MUCH better job of explaining all of this.
I’m not going to tell you what the agreements are; that takes the fun out of the book. But I will say it is one of the most interesting, philosophically intricate books I’ve ever read. It wasn’t difficult, per say; there were moments when I had to go back to read things again, but that’s mainly because I was trying to really digest it and live it.
I will say, too, it is pretty helpful. I’ll catch myself doing things at various points during the day and just go, “Nope. Truth #2. _____.” And while it doesn’t instantly fix everything, it helps to refer back to.
I’d give this book a 9/10, and would absolutely recommend you read it. You can purchase it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. I bought mine for my Kindle, and it was great to have while riding the train or the ferry!
I hope you enjoyed this “On My Bookshelf!” I’d like to do some more in the future!
Talk to you soon!