The Fifth Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz and Don Jose Ruiz

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The Fifth Agreement* is a collaborative effort by Don Miguel Ruiz and his son Don Jose Miguel. It builds upon the concepts laid down in the previous book, The Four Agreements which I reviewed previously. This book provides you with the tools to be your true self and live an authentic life.

The authors go over the first four agreements stated in the previous book but with a different spin on it. You could get away with reading this book only, but I still advise you read the first book. Even though I enjoyed this book, I found myself easily distracted and bored at times. I found the contents to repetitive with similar phrases used throughout. I understand that this was done for emphasis but it was a bit too much. Maybe I just didn’t connect with the writing style or feel this time around.

Despite that I still read out the entire book and enjoyed the concepts brought forward. As with the previous book, this had me continuously thinking and questioning my own beliefs. The fifth agreement states to be skeptical but learn to listen. Do not take everything someone says to you as truth because everything that we communicate through words is simply a reflection of the truth based on your perspective and beliefs. Doubt must be a part of your mindset as you approach information, even the contents of the book and my review. However, there is value in listening to what others say because it allows you to understand another’s story and point of view. By listening you learn more about a person. Yet by adhering to the fifth agreement, you also know that what you are hearing is simply a story, the story of another’s life, the story they created for themselves.

These books are great reads to help you question your mindset and make you think and re-evaluate your life. This book is most suited for anyone interesting in personal development, philosophy and Toltec teachings. It is not a religious book but it is spiritual in nature. Several stories from the bible are referenced and dissected.

I think I did a better job of providing useful information in this review compared to the previous one 😅. In conclusion, I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Thank you for reading. I hope this review was helpful and informative.

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