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The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
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Nov 15, 2011

it was amazing
Read from November 12 to 13, 2011

I liked it. It certainly isn't perfect for everyone, but it covers a complex issue in a simple and easy to read form. There aren't many books I read from cover to cover in two sittings like I did this one. On the negative side, I think some people are turned off by mysticism, and by the hierarchy of authority. The author uses both to frame his ideas in a cultural context...the "Toltec" part. I liked the cultural part myself. I've been to Teotihuacan and climbed the pyramids there. I especially like the cultural part because it puts the need for personal freedom in what I consider to be the right framework, a need that arouse from the shift from hunter-gather to cities with rigid culture coded in written form. I liked the simplicity of how the author framed his core ideas. His use of the word "domesticated", as applied to humans, worked really well for me. I also liked how he explained the internal Judge and Victim, and the need to empower ones self to change patterns set in childhood, without blame. I feel he really covered all the bases that needed to be covered quite well, while still keeping it simple.
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