The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz & Janet Mills Book Summary

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.

•  A New York Times bestseller for over a decade
•  An international bestseller translated into 46 languages worldwide

"This book by don Miguel Ruiz, simple yet so powerful, has made a tremendous difference in how I think and act in every encounter." — Oprah Winfrey

“Don Miguel Ruiz’s book is a roadmap to enlightenment and freedom.” — Deepak Chopra, Author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

“An inspiring book with many great lessons.” — Wayne Dyer, Author, Real Magic

“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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About the Authors

Don Miguel Ruiz is the bestselling author of The Four Agreements (a New York Times bestseller for over a decade), The Four Agreements Companion Book, The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, The Circle of Fire, and The Fifth Agreement. The teachings of Ruiz are best known for transforming complex human issues into simple common sense — a talent that has earned him millions of fans and international acclaim.

Janet Mills is the founder and president of Amber-Allen publishing. She is also the co-author, with don Miguel Ruiz, of six books in The Toltec Wisdom Series, creator of “The Four Agreements for a Better Life” online course, and editor of Deepak Chopra’s bestselling title, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Her life’s mission is to publish books of enduring beauty, integrity, and wisdom, and to inspire others to fulfill their most cherished dreams.

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- Straight to the point for a life changing summary!5 star

Definitely learned a lot and opened myself to myself and really made me think and realize things. Definitely would recommend this book and definitely looking forward to applying it to life and reading again!!

- Great book5 star

A book I reread

- Short read, not much depth3 star

The principles are wonderful. But I feel like he added a LOT of filler. Honestly, some it sounds purposefully made it to fit the narrative, even though I doubt he was doing that. Additionally we read this as part of a book study. In the group we would start of positive, but inevitably with each chapter we would ultimately find enormous and glaring flaws in his “spiritual logic” That being said. I still read and recommend this book. But primarily to people struggling to identify and use spiritual principles in their daily life.

- OK3 star

I mean it is OK. Basis stuff: don’t judge yourself & others, don’t get offended when people say bad things... but I don’t get why this is so popular. It didn’t change my life or give me an inspiration. It is easy to tell people “hey everyone’s life experience is different, so don’t get offended by anything” ... that was the entire book

- My Entire View Has Changed4 star

Since I’m stuck at home during quarantine and trying my best to work on loving myself, I decided to give this book a try. I’ve seen it recommended on a lot of social media platforms saying that it “changed their lives.” I can say that this is true. When I was reading this, not only did I breakdown, I realized that my entire way of thinking was an entire lie. I’m going to take the four agreements with me everywhere. This novel is seriously transformative, and I wish I would’ve read this when I was younger. If you’re thinking about reading this, please do!

- Changed my life immediately5 star

This book hit me in the right place at the right time. Gave me the confidence to just be myself.

- First book I actually read!!5 star

No regrets on buying this book, really opened my eyes and got me thinking about my way of being. This book is really helping me with my marriage . Really recommend this book

- Awesome5 star

Best book ever that I ever read in my entire life. Best recommended book for every ages.

- Absolutely Mind Blowing5 star

I have never read something more powerful in my life. Hands down the best book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Everyone needs to read this book, at least once in their lives.

- Life Changing5 star

Full of wisdom, light, and love

- Inspiration & truth5 star

This book has opened my eyes and mind on another level. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

- Must Read✨5 star

This book should be explained as nothing less than Life Changing. 💞📖✨

- The Four Agreement5 star

Amazing! You will find a connection with it if you believe in yourself! I’m blessed to have learned a lot for a positive new chapter in my life! It’s never to late, Don’t stop dreaming

- Absolutely love it5 star

I agree with all agreements and I think everyone should adopt them in there life

- Amazing book...5 star

I read this book during quarantine times in March of 2020... once you fully read this book (the lung part) in the book really had me... speechless because this virus that is spreading right now is a respiratory illness & i felt i really needed to say that prayer in this desperate time. I loved everything about this book, the Four agreements are something i will honor for the rest of my life & this book will be re-read when forgotten...for the rest of my life too.

- Great wisdom!5 star

Everyone should read this book!!

- Awesome Book5 star

The Four Agreements is a good book because it helps people to critically analyze their own thoughts in a good way to break free from misconceptions they have allowed to run their life. The ending of the book is especially special through the visualization and prayer!

- Great5 star

Very inspirational.

- Amazing5 star

This may be the best book I’ve ever read for myself. If I can master these four agreements my whole life will truly change for the better. It is absolutely a must read, again and again.

- Awesome5 star

Awesome book with practical knowledge you can use in everyday life.

- Life Changing5 star

I really enjoyed this book. It definitely helped me to see the toxic things I say to myself and others and the repercussions of those words. I’d recommend to EVERYONE.

- Epic information5 star

This book helped me understand how to better deal with my own personal issues and communicate with others. By applying these principles day by day it helps clear your mind of all the voices and gives you a chance to hear that one voice that can make all the difference and bring you the most happiness.... your own voice, without all the other voices you heard during your domestication process

- Be Open4 star

This book made me really reflect on the way we should pause, hear ourselves, and speak.

- Recommend to anyone who’d like to better themselves5 star

This book changes you gives you a better view and way to go about your everyday life a new perspective to view the world through I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone because we all need to consistently better ourselves and this book helps to do that.

- Love the four agreements5 star

Great book! No other words needed

- Excellent5 star

This book is very well written and easy to digest. Love the clear truthful advices. It helped me to see certain things in life from a different point of view.

- This Book Saved my thoughts!5 star

Gotta read this if you’re into changing your lifestyle and perspectives. Five star rating!

- Amazing...5 star

This book came to me at the right time. I often have books for a while that sit on my shelf. Then the time comes where one stands out. The Four Agreements gave me a fresh perspective and reminded me that life is something to be grateful for. That during my time here on this planet, I choose how and what my experience will look like. When all is said and done, I don’t have to continue in the belief system that was giving to me. I’m not just talking about one belief system. I’m talking about my life overall. I can change what destroys my energy. I can make new agreements.:)

- Very Inspiring!5 star

Changed the way I live my life and my outlook on everything!

- Life changing5 star

I felt very disconnected with myself and the world , and I asked myself a question and went on reddit and found someone who recommended this book , said it had “ helped “ them and “ transformed “ them tremendously, and after reading this book , I am very happy and great full I came across it , for it has change me and has truly change the way I think. Very well put and truly a good book. I look forward towards reading the rest of the Authors books , definitely recommend

- Awe Inspiring5 star

This book really opened my eyes on how we perceive the world as a people as well as how we can change the programming/domestication we’ve been enculturated into.

- Amazing book!!5 star

I absolutely loved this book.

- The four agreements5 star

Every time I read this book I learned something new that is good for my life it is definitely help me become a better person I would recommend it to anybody and I have many people but many copies to hand out this world would be a much better place if everybody read this book

- My life has changed thanks to this book5 star

This book has done so much for me it helped me so much with my depression if I could make this a book that’s mandatory for kids to read it would be this !!!! The messages this book share are life changing.

- Thank you5 star

I’ve never been into reading but one day I decided to shut all my social media’s down, and pick up a book this is my second book I’ve read, I am beyond happy I took the time out to read because this book has opened my eyes to a lot of things and I can’t wait to take in the 4 agreements and watch my life change thank you

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- Thoughts3 star

Great but, could provide more examples. I was mind blown by some of the ideas at the beginning about always dreaming but, have some different theories on the agreements. Like I think there is laughter provoked by joking which can come from someone being offensive/negative or cruel. Does this mean they are living in a hell? Maybe, or they are being truthful creative and helping the other grow. When this is done without humorous intent I could see that but, this anger may only be for certain people. It’s a tough balance. I would like to evoke love but there is also so much garbage that comes from people, homeless, bad drivers, stupidity in simple actions. How does one rise above?

- Wow5 star

This book has given me a whole new outlook on life. This is only my first read through and I will definitely have to go back and read again to fully grasp the concepts but despite this I do feel like I will enter the world with a new set of eyes

- Amazed!5 star

One of the most simple, shortest read. However, it will make you question so much as well as put so much in perspective.

- Garbage1 star

Not only is the content fanciful and bizarre, but it’s also poorly written and difficult to follow. Avoid at all cost.

- Good and wordy!4 star

I really like and appreciate the ideas conveyed in this book. It is, however, quite repetitive and reads almost like an essay with a minimum word requirement. It could probably be effectively reduced to 20 pages or less. But the concepts within are new to me, and eye opening. Thanks!

- The Four Agreements5 star

What a terrific read. So uplifting and simply amplifying. I want to thank my precious daughter for suggesting I read this for she knows me better than anyone as we are so connected and knew I needed this.

- A few good points, very simple3 star

The book starts off with a few good messages that I believe many readers can relate to. However, halfway through the book becomes very simple and hard to finish.

- Peace of Mind5 star

This book helps you understand life in a different way!

- Absolutely stunning5 star

I'm currently reading this book and I believe it is one of the most important things I've ever done. A huge life changer, for the better. Whenever I read it I have such an unrivaled feeling of peace and warmth, and it provides some of the wisest life advice you will ever hear. I'd absolutely recommend this book to anyone who's lost or wants to live a better life.

- Very disappointing book1 star

I am very disappointed with this book. The beginning started out ok. Based on past books I've read, books usually start out slow and get better after a couple chapters when the plot is setup but it was not the case with this book. The second half of the book was specially frustrating for me as it seemed the author kept repeating the same message over and over again. It was draining to read to say the least. The last 100 pages I was able to read in around an hour because I was looking for any sort of insightful information that would cause me to slow down my reading and contemplate a little more but it just didn't happen. Very surprised that this book got the reviews it did and I felt compelled to write my first ever book review because of how bad this book actually was. Read at your own risk.

- Epic:5 star

This book has changed my life.

- The four agreements5 star

Great book recommend this book for all who seek knowledge about themselves and to find happiness

- Life changing5 star

I thank the Creator for leading me to this book. At Life Study/Bible Study, Apostle Michael Waller [from Christ Life Disciple Assembly in Federal Way, WA] recommended our church to read it. I encourage you to read it and to study the part(s) that resonate with you the most..then be sure to encourage your family & friends! Grace & peace!

- Simple and Profound5 star

Easy to read. Easy to understand. Sound principles to guide us to a happier life. Enjoy

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- The book that changed my life5 star

If you want to take your life to the next level please read this book. In a simple way but yet complex you get to understand your life and learn to share the knowledge with others.

- The Four Agreements2 star

Far to much religion in an attempt to solve relationship problems. Some solid points but they are few and far between. The solving advice is suffocated in trying to sell God or Jesus to the reader.

- Great book!5 star

Great read, take advantage of this eye opener... It's terrific! I am definitely going to get some of his other books

- Amazing.5 star

This is definitely a life-changing book. I'm still young, and was told this would be a good book to read. It has no "story-line" which is a new expirience for me. Nothing bad to say about this book-- though if I could, I could go on forever about how good this book is. (:

- Baloney1 star

New age baloney mush. Wish I hadn’t wasted my money. :-(

- Inspirational And Life Changing Book5 star

This book will fuel the mind in the right ways possible

- The beginning of the journey5 star

It’s so simple, and yet it means overturning everything you learned, so it’s really quite hard to follow. That’s okay, it just means you have to practice! Practice makes the master.

- LIFE CHANGING5 star

Firstly, WOW, & thank you x I am so grateful for this book. I am a yoga teacher who reads a lot of books about self-discovery, self-love, inner healing, engaging with the universe/the earth & all energies of life. I can honestly say that The Four Agreements is my favourite. It’s beautifully written, not pushy on beliefs, & explains everything in such an un’rambling way that you can’t help but be engrossed by every page, & absorb every beautiful word. I have read this book in 36 hours & I’m going to read it again, starting tomorrow. Absolutely - love it. With every page, my mind & body felt lighter, happier & so excited by the prospect that I am a warrior - & without putting any pressure on myself, I am going to love without fear & without judgement. The future is going to be fabulous, because I’m focusing on today, & I will focus on tomorrow - tomorrow. Thank you so very much x

- 👌4 star

Great read had some good concepts...

- Hmmmmm.........settling : o )4 star

If you are lost and needing a point of reference in order to make sense of the everyday confusion of merely living life, to have a starting point to gauge your interaction with others, then the four simple discussions in this book can help to make these things clearer. If you are hurt, then take a leap and trust that you will find renewed strength and the beginnings of calmness by just allowing a little of what is said in these teachings touch you. No fast track new age cure, but only some wisdom for your consideration and acceptance, does help : o )

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- Great read5 star

Short and simple, easy to pick up and read and doesn't take weeks to finish

- Joyful5 star

It's been a while since I took out some time to sit and read a book in less than a day. I don't even believe I have ever highlighted as much as I just have in the last couple of hours. I am overcome with emotions I cannot explain, however I do feel a lot of peace within. As I type these words I have tears in my eyes, I have learned a lot.. and I'm sure I will have to scan through the book again to begin embedding these words into my mind. Someone I was in disagreement with sent me this book, and at first when I began reading it I wondered why would they send me this? Have they even read anything in this book? Because their poisonous words and actions toward me were not in alignment with this book. But then I had to stop myself. Whatever is done to me, I cannot control.. but I can control my emotions towards it. Instead of me adding fuel to the fire I could've simply let it go, and continued to just love as this book states. If I felt in any way that I was being abused, I could've simply walked away. You have to accept people the way they are, and if you can't then you must move on.. in order for you to continue living in perfect harmony with self.

- Great book5 star

I read this book in 2 days. It's an interesting new way to view my upbringing and opened my mind to a different thought process.

- Freaking amazing!!!!!5 star

Must read!

- Common Sense1 star

You could edit this down to a page for each agreement. Endlessly repetitious and verbose to the extreme. Simply read the chapter head for each agreement at your local bookstore. Don't lie, cheat or steal and always do your best, my Dad taught me. That is what you need to go through life.

- The Four Agreements2 star

Nothing new here. These sentiments have been expressed since the Vedic hymns, through Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Christianity ( no matter how perverted ) and every new age manual since the 1960's. Did the Toltecs really leave and record of this stuff...I think not.

- Amazing book!!5 star

This was an amazing and enlightening and extremely encouraging book! One of the best self helps I've read in a while

- I felt very good instantly5 star

Great book! I felt good instantly as I read this book. Highly recommend it. Only four agreements you make with yourself will change your life.

- Motivational5 star

I've heard about this book for some time now, I definitely was not disappointed! Couldn't put it down! Highly recommended

- The Four Agreements5 star

Excellent read, wish I had read it a long time ago

- Life Changing5 star

Often it has been said I wish there was a manual or a script to live life .Someone heard us and wrote The 4 Agreements Learn it Live it Love it

- I love it!5 star

This book helped me a lot! It helped me to forgive myself, others and accept my past yet move on happily. It has taught me so much, it's hard to explain but I love this book. It's not a book you just read once, it's a book you have throughout your lifetime to read again & again (: I recommend this book to all my friends & family.

- The 4 agreements5 star

I enjoyed this book! It's all about love & our Creator! I recommend this to everyone, regardless of race, creed or color & your religious background! My 28 year old son suggested that I read it! Good choice. 5 stars

- I love you just the way I am5 star

Same as I love you just the way you are?

- Changed my life5 star

Can't thank Ruiz enough for writing this. It was a pivotal moment of realization in my life.

- Great!!5 star

Wonderful book!

- Thought provoking4 star

Easy read and yet filled with ideas to better yourself and by doing so, making better the world around us.

- Life changing5 star

This book has given me so much knowledge and more patience with my self and towards loved ones. I enjoyed this book and I ave been talking about it to every body that I know.

- Awesome!5 star

This book helped me get through a rough patch of my life. Read and reread this several times.

- Simple but helpful.4 star

This book really helps a lot with your own personal struggles.

- Great book5 star

I was referred this book by a very knowledgable doctor I work. It is helpful to make yourself feel better. I think you need to practice this book to get better at loving yourself. I plan to read it again very soon.

- Personal Freedom5 star

This book was great read. It's opened doors in my life that I didn't even realize existed. It's so simple even a child can understand. I will definitely recommend this book to others especially the youth. Just imagine if they're able to grasp this way of living early in life, it will be an awesome world!!!!! Awesome book!!!!

- Powerful!5 star

Great to read and reference often. I highly recommend.

- Life changing5 star

This is a book that EVERYONE should read! Do not pass this one up, the concepts will change they way you relate to other people - for the better!

- I love this book5 star

I love this book I found it was Interesting

- Published earlier5 star

I love this book, these four "agreements" are life changing indeed. However I was given this book in 2007 by a friend. So I know they listed date is wrong. Want to lighten your load? Buy this book.

- Priceless5 star

This was the book that truly set me free.

- Beautiful5 star

Such a powerful and inspiring read. I literally feel like my life took a turn for the better since reading this. I recommend this to anyone in need of some inspiration.

- Amazing...5 star

Read it in one day. Started reading and couldn't stop. Wow.

- Amazing5 star

It is just astounding what one small book can do in your life if you let it. Let it!!! This is an awesome read, and is the roadmap to profound peace and happiness.

- Agreements to live by.5 star

This is the second time I have read this book, and each time I've read the book it reminds me of the right way we should all be living. This book has helped me grow in my understanding of myself. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a deeper understanding.

- Transforming5 star

I read this book in a point of my life where I was going through change initially. Now, I'm in a totally different season and this was so appropriate and fitting to my cause. Grateful for the author and the wisdom. My soul smiles with joy. Namaste.

- Eye opening and powerful5 star

These ideas are simple yet so dynamic. I highly recommend to anyone.

- The Four Agreements4 star

This is a timeless book of wisdom and is a must read for anyone who may feel they are not in control of their own destiny or have difficulty accepting responsibility for their actions. It will painlessly wash away the lies that lead to a life of denial of their true worth.

- changed my life forever5 star

amazing, simple, effective. everyone should read this

- Remembrance5 star

I remember reading this book when it first came out and now that I have taken the time to immerse myself again in its wisdom, I am grateful for having these Toltec Teachings widen my spiritual understanding. This book is a pleasure to read and work with on a daily basis. I recommend to anyone to take the time to read and apply this in their daily living. They will discover so many Blessings of Remembrance and become self-empowered again.

- Phenominal5 star

This book is excellent! You can truly begin to recognize why people are the way they are and discover how to make yourself a catalyst for change! I have read this book twice already and have begun to use its teachings to change my life! A must have!!!

- The Four Agreements5 star

I read this book when it was first published. I bought copies later for my family and friends. One special friend was my mentor and hypnotherapist. He loved this book so much that he made it required reading for all of his clients. I can't say enough good about the principles in this book. Assumptions "used to be" my thing and whoever knew what sorrow I was creating in my own life. This little book has helped me immeasurably and I thank the author and suggest it be read, learned, practiced and read again.

- Admirable5 star

This book helped me through my toughest times... It has now made me a better person. I have the audiobook and I strongly recommend anyone who is willing to make a lifetime change for the better, to purchase the audiobook and listen to it on the way to work, home, school, or even the store. Your life will change for the better, but you must have an open mind and an open heart.

- Love is the way5 star

The most important book anyone could read! Changed my life forever for the better...

- The Four Agreements1 star

Not worth the investment. Some good ideas and principles are found between the covers, but they are often presented as absolutes and oversimplified.

- Everyone needs this book5 star

This is a life changing book. It helps you learn a better way of thinking in turn a much joyful life.

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@vitopersian I felt like that when I read the four agreements. I’m reading the fifth agreement now. I love books like that lol.

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The four agreements is a great book I’ve learned grown so much front his book.

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@fanatality I shall read about 10 pages of The Digital Ape and get through 3 chapters of the Four Agreements audiobook. 📚✨

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