His son, Don Jose Ruiz, then published a sequel with his father, entitled The Fifth Agreement, adding another chord: In The Four Agreements, a New York Times bestseller for more than seven years, Don Miguel Ruiz revealed how the process of our formation or “domestication” could make us forget the wisdom with which we were born. Throughout our lives, we have made many agreements that go against ourselves and cause unnecessary suffering. The four agreements help us break these self-limitation agreements and replace them with agreements that bring us personal freedom, happiness and love. Now Miguel Ruiz joins his son Don Jose Ruiz to offer a new perspective on the Four Accords and a powerful new agreement to transform our lives into our personal skies: the fifth agreement. The Fifth Accord takes us to a deeper level of awareness of the power of the self and brings us back to the authenticity with which we were born. In this captivating sequel to the book that has changed the lives of millions of people around the world, we are reminded of the greatest gift we can give ourselves: the freedom to be who we really are. The four agreements© were published in 1997 and have sold about 9 million times. He has been on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly a decade. Everything we do is based on agreements we have made – agreements with ourselves, with other people, with God, with life. But the most important agreements are those we make with ourselves. I couldn`t survive the first two chapters of this book. It`s so repetitive that it drove me crazy. It seems that there is an idea in the book and this is repeated endlessly in different ways ad nauseum.
The idea is not even original. Very disappointing, because I liked “the four chords” of the same author. It`s really boring. A large part of the book is a summary of the 4 chords that is nice to check, but is not fresh content. The 5th agreement, which I cannot spoil for those who do not know it, is a principle that I already apply in my life, and it is a good one, but it is one that should also apply to the teachings of this book and, in fact, to all the teachings. I enjoyed the book and I like the wisdom of it, but I found some of the assertions unreasonable and I found the application of the 5th Convention. As rules of life, the five agreements are valuable and worth a search for. I`m not sure on the part of enlargement on the 5th agreement which was really useful or valuable once you know what it is. It would probably have been helpful to take a deep leap into cognitive prejudice, because it is primarily that. The biblical references/analogies and spiritual stories were a little repugnant to me, but did not nullifying the book`s message.
It is very good to read books from people who have the patience and discipline to write/share things from the heart, soul and spirit of life in which you are simpatico. Although this is a continuation of The 4 Accords, it is NOT necessary to read the previous title. All sections of these pages/chapters are processed. Audio professionals are perfect for this kind of books/authors 1. You can mark in bookmarks certain sections that are important and reproduce them during periods that you might need to hear. 2. Miguel`s universal prayers are always good for typing during trial times. Peter Coyote`s voice is cordial. It is very important that the voice reflects the author and his point of view/prespective especially in this genre. One of my FAVE-St authors! The book itself is awesome and I would definitely recommend it if you haven`t read the four chords.