The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom transforming the minds of people


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Released in 1997, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom was on the New York Times bestseller list for over a decade.

By: Christia Assa, Managing Editor

Don Miguel Ruiz wrote The self-help book The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. In his book, Ruiz introduces four agreements to follow that will guide people to their personal freedom. 

Published on November 7, 1997, the book touches base on ancient Toltec wisdom. If you follow these Four agreements, you will see that there will be a positive change in your life. You will start to focus on the things that matter and not worry about what is less important.

Directly from the book, he states, “powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.”

Where to buy the book

The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Target. It has also been translated into 46 languages worldwide including Spanish and Arabic.


The Four Agreements was a well-written self-help book. Ruiz’s explanations of each of the four agreements go in-depth to the importance of each. The Four Agreements introduced in the book are to be impeccable with your words, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and lastly, if you just do your best, there is no way you can judge yourself.

Unlike some self-help books that only talk about why things are important to follow, it explains how readers can implement each agreement in their lives. Ruiz provides analogies and explanations to help further the reader’s understanding of each agreement. This helps the readers be able to see how they can change their life through these Four Agreements

While reading the book, there were multiple times when I had to stop and really reflect on my own actions and the way I was living life. Personally, it has shifted my mindset positively. I really learned the importance of putting myself first and taking control of my own life. 

The book was also a short read with only 160 pages. It was thought-provoking but short enough to not take a lot time to read. Although it is a best-selling novel, a few people may disagree with the book and ideology. 

One reader from Amazon reviewed, “I can’t wrap my head around the 5-star reviews for this book. The information is very elementary and poorly written. It was painfully repetitive and hardly impactful. The four agreements are simply common sense and a good reminder but nothing more.”

Even though it may seem repetitive, it must be understood that the agreements connect with one another. It may seem repetitive because of how each of the agreements connects, specifically back to the first agreement.