As with many self-help books, what you’ll find with The Four Agreements by Miguel Angel Ruiz, is that the four main concepts he discusses: 1)Be impeccable with your word, 2)Don’t take anything personally, 3)Don’t make assumptions, and 4)Always do your best, are good principles to live by. Many of the stories and examples he gives about these concepts are valuable insights into the principles and appropriate applications of them, although a few are not. But the beginning and ending of the book put forward his own worldview and personal value system that includes many ideas that we don’t consider true principles. That’s why this book is controversial and you should be careful as you read and discuss it to take what’s true and leave the rest.
Themes: personal responsibility; commitment; dreams; agreements; personal integrity
Principle: Be impeccable with your word
Read with: Mere Christianity; Understanding the Times; A Theory of Everything; The Alchemist
1- Define Ruiz’s words: God; dreams; agreements; prayer; gratitude. Does Ruiz define these ideas that same way you do? What are the differences? Are the differences important? Why?
2- Are the four agreements principles? Why or why not? How you can better live them?
3- Answer “Why” to each of the agreements: Why should we be impeccable with our words? Why should we not take anything personally? Etc.