Book review

The Four Agreements

A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom

by Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz

Some useful advice, buried under many layers of mysticism. So yes, the principles of the Four Agreements are sound psychological advice. They are: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don’t Take Anything Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions, and Always Do Your Best, and all four are indeed excellent advice in general terms.

But no, the trappings in which it was wrapped did not work for me. Although it’s possible that the wisdom of the Toltec culture survives, the reality is they were a mesoamerican culture that died out nearly a thousand years ago and left no written records, although they certainly left some impressively large stepped pyramids. My conclusion: directionally interesting, but the terrain over which one traveled wasn’t helpful. Two stars, regardless of how much Opra loves it, because it’s recycled and wrapped in too much mystic claptrap.