Wisdom from the Four Agreements (Mini Book)

By Don Miguel Ruiz

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justin vass
I enjoyed the book thought the cards would serve as support for the teachings. I used them as daily affirmations. I wording is simply stated and I the art work is welcoming.

Delivary and price were great!
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lauralee summer
I absolutely love this little book. This is a summary of the full version but it is a wonderful way of encapsulating all of that in a concise manner. It's a nice one to have close by to read and reread again.
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victoria rodr guez
Complete understanding and simply amazing! We need to have a better world and not just on your terms. This book will help you see and feel better about our world and hopefully unite humanity! Accept what is and stop hating and being violent! President Trump is trying to make our world a better place and so in The Four Agreements! Hand in hand we are stronger together.
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sarah mashek
I have read the Four Agreements and value the teachings in the book. That is why I wanted these cards, to have a desktop reminder to reinforce integrating these teachings into my daily life. Unfortunately, the cards come in a box. It would have been more helpful, for me, if there was a stand to display one card on my desk, to catch my attention and reinforce that teaching throughout my day. I still find the cards useful.
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brad yeutter
I guess maybe I missed it, but I didn't realize that this was the pocket edition? I'm not positive if anything is compacted because it is the smaller version OR if it DOES have all the information in it that the regular sized book has in it. Either way.. Not SUPER impressed for the $ that I paid!!
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eskimo princess jenkins
I do NOT "NOT" like some truth mixed with a whole lot of falsehoods, I would
not recommend this book to anyone ! EXAMPLES: '95 % of all we have learned
is lies !' = NOT even close to the truth ! AND 'I have to forgive God !' FORGIVE
Him for what ? ? ? For saving my soul from the devil ? ? ? I don't even believe one
word of that, and I also do not have to forgive my parents, my brothers, my sisters,
they've never been unkind with me - - but I do need to forgive myself . . . . see how
these things are mixed with truth and falsehood ! I could go on and on, but I'm not
going to spend 'my' time on this book of nonsense =
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amanda nurre
This is a 48 card deck containing words of advice and wisdom that reproduce the principles mentioned in Ruiz's eponymous book. There is no interpretation book as the message of each card is written at the back, while the front is a painting with a summary of the message conveyed.

The cards are divided in four coloured groups, each one corresponding to Ruiz's four principles or agreements, and the advice on each card is related to that specific agreement within that group.

This is not an oracle or tarot deck, and it is not for you if you want a deck to develop you intuition or get messages from the divine.

This is the sort of deck you use in the mornings, when you get up, to get a pearl of wisdom to remember and apply during the day.

If you don't want to read the book, and still want to learn from Ruiz, this is a hassle free tool which summarises the book perfectly.

If you have read the book, and want a reminder of it, this is also a perfect tool for it.

I find the naif artwork used in the cards uninspired and simplistic. However, the message in each card is what matters.

The format of the cards is a bit odd. Small square cards, not the usual rectangular regular-sized ones, but they shuffle OK and the material is good.
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angelique du plessis
The Four Agreements Cards are a stunningly beautiful deck of 48 high-gloss cards of sturdy stock. Five artists illustrated this deck, so there is a lot of creative diversity to the lush images and scripts on each card. There are 12 cards dedicated to each of the four agreements. On each, the main agreement is printed at the top of the card, and a whimsical, flowing phrase is weaved throughout the image. On the back of each card are insights about that particular phrase and agreement. Some insights are only one sentence, and others are several sentences.

The cards come in a square box that features the same image that is on front of the book. What is great about the container is that it's a matte finished, flip top box constructed of sturdy cardboard. Thus, it's easy to take the deck in and out of the box when wanting to look at the cards, or just drawing one to meditate upon for awhile.

Some examples from the deck:

One card about Always do your best features a woman with an enormous beehive hair-style. She is adorned with gold jewelry, and different shades of blue and green swirl about her. There is a golden hue that seems to emanate from behind her hair, while 2 birds have made a nest therein. The phrase? Don't Overdo. The back of this card says Always do your best, but don't overdo! When you overdo, you deplete your body and go against yourself, and it will take you longer to accomplish your goal.

A card about Don't take anything personally features a man with his eyes closed, orange and yellow hues and clouds surrounding him. Several small objects seem to swirl around his head, including a hand, a planet that looks like Saturn, several tiny stars, an eye, an open book, a ribbon, etc. The phrase on the front says Everyone lives in their own dream. On the back, the card says all people live in their own dream, in their own mind. They are in a completely different world from the one we live in.

Another card, dealing with Don't make assumptions, features a woman with a lampshade on her head that has flowers dangling from it. Peach and pink tones surround her as she waears a black dress with pink flowers. On the back of this card, it says The biggest assumption that humans make is that everyone sees life the way we do. We assume that others think the way we think, feel the way we feel, judge the way we judge, and abuse the way we abuse. We are afraid to be ourselves around others because we think others will judge us, victimize us, abuse us, and blame us as we do ourselves.

An dark-skinned man wearing a hat strums a guitar while four birds surround him. The phrase Create a beautiful dream graces the front, and speaks of Be impeccable with your word. The back of the card says Your word can create the most beautiful dream, or your word can destroy everything around you. Impeccability of the word only creates beauty, love, and heaven on earth.

What stands out about this deck is the rich colors. Both sides contain colorful images that differ from the front of the card--and the rest of the cards. Vibrant and alive are two words that come to mind when I see and feel this deck. It is not necessary to have read The Four Agreements book to enjoy this deck, but the cards are a beautiful and gentle reminder of the truths laid out in the book. The Four Agreements Cards would make a wonderful addition to mindfulness and meditation practice, as well as a cheerful and profound reminder that we can choose heaven over hell at any time.

(To see 6 card images from this deck, visit the Reviews--Decks section at [...])
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narendran
Miguel Ruiz has an alluring introduction that mixes myths, with ancient mexican wisdom. After the enchantment of the introduction the core of the book becomes totally practical, step by step his words made me make my own commitment. To remember the main facts After I read it I wrote on my mirror:
1. Be irreproachable with my words, no more bad thoughts and gossips towards others I thought " My life is so interesting (and if its not I'll make it interesting) that I don't want to waste my time in others businesses"
2. Do not take anything personal. When Miguel Ruiz wrote "Nobody does things because of others, we do things because of our selves..." I got an epiphany!! I understood that my soured past was not created by others on purpose is just that we are trying to survive in this world that is human to be selfish and only look for us.
3. Do not make any assumptions: Ask! This sounds very simple, but for me had an extraordinary meaning. I usually spend a lot of time dreaming with my eyes wide open.. what I imagine are only illusions suppositions of situations that did not happened or would never happen. These images come to my mind trying to be solved towards a happy ending based on suppositions of others attitudes, thoughts or behaviors. I am living in dreams this is not reality. What I fool I've been!
4. Do your best: This chapter challenge us, but at the same time protects our soul for being damaged in this demanding world, it creates the healthy environment facing our possibilities with our capabilities.
Finally the book gives us again a hint of spirituality, and mention the importance of living the moment, of finding the meaning of life which can either be interpreted as inner peace or eternal happiness.
Of easy reading this substantial book will maintain your attention till the end.
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sewlyfluff
I really hate to give bad reviews, but I got suckered into getting this book, and I feel it's my obligation to give my $0.02 to save someone from doing the same. If you are having problems in life, there are some really GREAT books that will give you some peace. This isn't one of them. Check my other reviews if you want something substantial.

This book was tepid. A friend highly recommended it, and I had extra points on the store.com (I have an the store.com credit card, which is great!), so I got the book.

The book started off weak with a bunch of ancient hooey about how these secrets have been kept through the ages, but now they will be revealed. Seriously?! You have got to be kidding me! I would have put this book right back on the shelf if I was in a bookstore. OK, I bought it, it's in my hands, it was recommended, so I will keep reading.

Unfortunately, there is NOTHING NEW here. He's telling me things that are pretty basic to anyone. Common sense, even. The importance of keeping my word is not a revelation. I didn't sit up and say, "Hey, you know, I never thought of that."

And I don't particularly like this guy's style. He gives an example of a mother who tells the daughter that she has an ugly voice, then suggests that the mother loves the daughter more than anyone else, but has poisoned her. Is it a natural assumption that the mother loves the daughter?

Maybe, just maybe, there isn't all this love in the world. There wasn't in my family. Maybe it isn't simply bad habits and learned responses that cause us to gossip and cut people (who he claims we "love") down. I think M. Scott Peck got closer to the truth--he says evil stems from laziness. Check out The Road Less Traveled . . . that was a book that got me thinking.

What bothers me is that the store reviews were so far off the mark. When so many people give such high praise, well, dang. My other indicator that something might be afoot was that it was approved by Oprah. Now, there is nothing wrong with Oprah, but having her approval is about as mainstream as it comes.

I stopped reading about 1/2 way through, which is funny considering that it is a short book, and I could have finished it in an hour. I spent 15 minutes writing this review--it wasn't just about wasting my time. This book's message isn't wrong or bad, it's just at a substantially junior level. It would be like an eminent author looking through a child's primer that defines a noun as a person, place, thing, or idea.

I will give this to the local library or the Salvation Army. Someone might find it useful.

As for my friend who recommended it, I hope, hope, hope that he doesn't ask me what I thought about it.
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lawrence medina
Loved reading the "Four Agreements" Book. These companion cards are a great addition to the book as they are bite sized reminders of the four agreements discussed in the book & they help you stay focused on keeping the four agreements in mind.

There are 48 cards in this deck--- with 12 cards focusing on each of the four agreements. The art work on each card is phenomenally beautiful and the cards are wonderful just to look at for their beauty. I find that if there is an agreement that I am having a difficult time practicing, then I can easily refer to the 12 cards that deal with agreement to help bring that agreement back into focus.
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paulash
I thoroughly love this book. Briefly, The Four Agreements are: 1. Be impecable with your word. 2. Don't take anything personally. 3. Don't make assumptions. 4. Always do your best. This is such a moving book because it is the real truth. You will 'feel' that as you read. Don Miguel Ruiz explains that we (humans) have become mired in others 'black magic',others 'mitote.' That we have been domesticated by others from birth. We have choosen to believe what we have been programed to believe .... that we are imperfect, we are bad, that we are seperate, etc. He explains that we can create a Heaven on Earth by reclaiming ourselves, our happiness, that is our birth right, by not believing all the lies we've been given. I don't want to give too much of this book away because it is so wonderful. The words of an incredibly wise Shaman. With each reading, the meaning becomes greater. If everyone read this book, the world would be tremendously better off.
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blou4432
As a Spanish teacher I am always interested in cultural beliefs and practices of the ancients. I think much can be learned by going back to simple things such as these four things.
Ruiz has a nice style, but the only drawback I found was the first couple chapters took away somewhat from the impact of the rest of the book. The stars are lights, lights are stars, etc was kind of out there. I found myself putting up with that part to get to the wisdom I found later in the book.
I found these four agreements useful and I loved the book overall. I just think some people won't get to the good stuff because the first part is so abstract.
It's only my opinion. :)
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cherlina works
This is a great and quick read but takes a lot more to put into practice in your daily life. I highly recommend this book to patients wanting to make significant changes in how they treat themselves and see the world around them.
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jolie graf
This charming petite is the mini-version of the original book. The Four Agreements, if applied, WILL change your life. This is a great gift idea, in addition, to being able to carry it with you wherever you go. It's a much smaller version to the real book.

-Rivka Edery, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Author of: "Hear Me Sing: Book I" (2016)
“Trauma and Transformation: A 12-Step Guide” (2013)
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zeyad
The cards are simple and portable. I enjoy the messages embedded in the deck and the art work makes the cards fun to look at. I first got the cards, then I read the book. Honestly, the cards could stand alone by themselves. I just wasn't that into the book.
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amenar
This little book says it all! It is a synopsis of the book, The Four Agreements.
It is the perfect gift for people that are struggling, and need to figure out
why their life is not working. It outlines the agreements that you have with
yourself, and then, how to change them, which will eventually change your life.
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anastar
After reading the four agreements my life was changed. I just wanted to carry the book around and read bits and pieces each day. When I noticed that they sold a pocket sized book with the basic four agreements I bought it and carry it with me everyday. It is the perfect little reminder. I bought one for each of my children too! I love it.
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noelle delorenzo
I was introduced to these cards at work. We were working on a very stressful project, harping on each other, and one of the gals I worked with brought these in and started a new tradition. Whenever we were feeling low, someone would yell out 'we need a card break'. We'd whip out this box and each person would take a card and we would take turns reading them. It was amazing how often it pertained to our particular issue and it never ceased to pick up our spirits. It taught us beautiful lessons like "don't take anything personally" and how to be a better human being. Its things we know but so often don't remember for ourselves. These serve as a great reminder.
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emin
Such a simple volume, yet so very powerful. The Four Agreements are promises you make to yourself that can take the sting out of painful interactions with other human beings. Such simple words but what an impact. I am always more willing to trust people who say they have read this book and enjoyed it. It makes a great gift for a friend who may be hurting. Keep a copy for yourself to peruse when you are feeling down. Simple and eloquent, it's a gift that keeps on giving.
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abedalbaset
After reading THE FOUR AGREEMENTS and recapturing what I had learned to friends & family I ordered 5 of these charming petites so that I could share Mr. Ruiz's knowledge. They are wonderfully convenient to carry along with you everyday as a reminder of the proper way to think and live.
I will definately order more of these tiny little gems and highly recommend the same for everyone who reads this.
I'm very happy with the store.com. It's always the first place I look when I need help finding a product.
Thank you, Mal
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glenda bell
This is a cute item. But it is a VERY condensed version of the original. Not exactly what I had wanted. It was a gift for someone whom I thought might never actually read the entire original book but I wanted to introduce them to the ideas. So, I suppose it will suffice. Very nicely presented, it was worth the money anyway.
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annesha
Ruiz has discovered four of the greatest laws that we should adhere to in order to become masters of our own destiny. The four laws are easy enough to understand, but harder to apply in every day life. A must-read for those on The Journey.
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lindsay wriston
I so enjoyed the full text of The Four Agreements and wanted to share that with my friends. For Christmas, I gave away a total of eight (8) of the petities and almost every recipient has expressed their pleasure. Many have now purchased the full text. Others have said they will treasure the petite.
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concordea
This is a beautiful set of cards. Nice artwork, substantial paper. I use them for helping clients connect with the meaning of each agreement. Cards make the four agreements more accessible for some, the book is better for others.
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diane carter
Give this book to my group participants ... it is a bite sized version of my favorite book on a healthy perspective on life. The wisdom in this book helps all of my clients, whether they are trying to quit smoking, lose weight, health their relationship with food or make other nutrition or lifestyle changes.

Beth Eckhaus
Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor
Integrative Family Medicine Center
Leesburg, VA
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wells crandall
This is the most wonderful little book. One that inspires you to live each day with the utmost care for others and yourself. It is pocketbook size so you can enjoy a quick read anytime you like. Very uplifting and rewarding. A must have in my pocketbook!
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subham
For some reason, I thought this was a full-sized book when in fact it's a teeny little memento decorative gift edition version. Page numbers and dimensions of the cover would have helped determine that this was not what I had in mind. But now I know what it meant by "charming petites". Ah well.
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rahim
I have conducted a women's book study a few times on the 4 Agreements in my home. We incorporate these into our lives and this little book is wonderful to carry around when you need the extra support or a gentle reminder of the life changing 4 Agreements.
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denise hendrickx
THis is a wonderful book to help you deal with the stress life can throw at you. Follow the simple yet effective guidelines and feel more empowered. I share my copy with many people and they all agree.
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r j vaccarelli
I got this book bc it's on Oprah Favorite List. I ordered this mini book off Ebay with attached 24 kt gp charm leaf. For me, it told me nothing new and was confusing at times. It talked about things weren't all about "Me" but then said I(Me) was the "Master". It talked about not taking things personally, do everything the best that I could(very elementary). It talked about a story of a man talking to Budda for guidance? but then turned around and said do things that please God;I can't relate to both in the same chapter. It said Sin is how you judge or blame yourself. No, Sin is what displeases God. Being Impeccable with your Word, IS doing your Best. Gave definition of Impeccable as being without Sin. But then Sin is not defined accurately according to the Bible I own. Not taking taking anything Personally, is something too hard to constantly think and dwell on for the average person unless they have pysch issues. Oh, let me stop for a second,... did I take that too personal. Let me back up. Most people don't have time to play that song in their head. I just couldn't get anything out of this mixture of vague and detailed ways to be a better person. I had an unclear direction of how these seemly similar ideas (4 agreements)all fit together in the book. I felt I wasted $9(book, ins and shipping. I came away totally confused and untouched. Try, Don't Try. Stay, Go. Let's try one direction please. Biblical, Budda, and Mental Issues Scattered into compact book. I may keep the charm and sell the book.
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katya reimann
This book contains ideas that most high school graduates already comprehend. The author used 138 pages to deconstruct common sense and reformat it into his four agreements. It is somewhat reminiscent of The Golden Rule (Do unto others, etc); albeit there is nothing wrong with that aspect of it.
Perhaps I have my life together and I do not need this kind of book to make me feel better. Perhaps there are others who might need "help"; and good luck to them.
I would not recommend this book to anyone that I know. I only read this book because Oprah had it on her list.
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