The Four Agreements: Review


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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz 

Book Description:

“In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. The Four Agreements are: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don’t Take Anything Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions, Always Do Your Best.”

Genre: Self-Help/Inspirational 

Katerina’s Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Katerina’s Review: 
    I like to read a lot of self-help books and came across The Four Agreements through an old co-worker of mine. She had seen that I was going through a hard time and urged me to read it. I think that in reality, the title says it all. If used properly, this book is in itself a guide to personal freedom. While I do believe that we must always be critical and not just agree with everything that someone writes, I think that there is so much that we can take from it. 

    The book introduces four agreements/principles, derived from Toltec Wisdom, that we should make to ourselves and try to live by:

          1. Be impeccable with your word.

          2. Don’t take anything personally.

          3. Don’t make assumptions.

          4. Always do your best. 

Throughout the book, you will see how each of these is important. Each agreement has it’s own chapter. The author goes into detail about understanding the meaning behind each one and then goes on to explain how we should agree to incorporate each agreement into our daily lives. I really enjoyed the chapter about being impeccable with your word. It talks about the power of the word and how we often misuse it to blame ourselves and those around us. In doing so, we fail to realize that we are giving these words power for evil, instead of good. By making good commitments and spreading love through the power of the word, we can change such habits. 
This is only one small aspect of what this book brings to light and if you haven’t done so, I strongly urge you to read it. If you’re in need of some guidance and self-reflection or simply just want a good eye-opening read, then this book is a great choice. 

Katerina’s Favorite Quote:

“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.”

    I particularly like this quote because it brings to light the fact that we are in charge of our own happiness. I think that in many ways, our life is a sort of blank canvas. We choose which colours we want to paint with and what we want to create. We paint with black when we are feeling despaired because it is much easier to coat the canvas with darkness and be done with it. It takes much more effort to choose which colours we want to add to the white paint and mix them together to create a different hue. 

You are the artist of your life. You paint what you wish to paint and so your life is what you make it out to be. Paint the picture that you have always envisioned and make it breathe colour. 


Juliet’s Answer: Review


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Juliet’s Answer by Glenn Dixon

Book Description:

“When Glenn Dixon is spurned by love, he packs his bags for Verona, Italy. Once there, he volunteers to answer the thousands of letters that arrive addressed to Juliet—letters sent from lovelorn people all over the world to Juliet’s hometown; people who long to understand the mysteries of the human heart.Glenn’s journey takes him deep into the charming community of Verona, where he becomes involved in unraveling the truth behind Romeo and Juliet. Did these star-crossed lovers actually exist? Why have they remained at the forefront of hearts and minds for centuries? And what can they teach us about love?

When Glenn returns home to Canada and resumes his duties as an English teacher, he undertakes a lively reading of Romeo and Juliet with his students, engaging them in passions past and present. But in an intriguing reversal of fate and fortune, his students—along with an old friend—instruct the teacher on the true meaning of love, loss, and moving on. An enthralling tale of modern-day love steeped in the romantic traditions of eras past, this is a memoir that will warm your heart.”

Genre: NonFiction Travel Romance
Katerina’s Rating: ♥♥♥

Katerina’s Review: 

    I don’t usually read many memoirs, however when I came across Juliet’s Answer, I was immediately intrigued. I’ve watched the movie Letters to Juliet (and absolutely loved it), so of course when I saw that this book had a similar theme, I was really excited to read it. I absolutely loved the idea of the Secretaries of Juliet and was surprised and marvelled by the fact that they actual exist and answer all the letters written to “Juliet”. I actually googled “Juliet’s Club” and discovered that you can actually volunteer in Verona as a secretary and can help answer the thousands of letters that are received! 

    Okay, so while I really did enjoy the book, it failed to meet my expectations in the sense that I thought that it lacked a little bit of excitement, or a big climax. However,   the author was always super honest in his writing, which I must admit was extremely refreshing to read since he didn’t sugar-coat anything. He was cynical about love, in the same way that we all may be at some point I suppose. Yet, he wasn’t afraid to admit it. Ultimately, this book is about a professor and well, I guess just a regular man, really, trying to understand love and heartbreak. I think that that’s what was so real about it…the fact that he asked the questions that we all wonder sometimes. 

     I also loved the fact that throughout his memoir, I felt as though I was actually in Verona. The way that he described being there made me feel as though I was seeing this beautiful city for the first time too! Also, if any of you are interested…here is the link to the “Juliet’s Club” website:    (I definitely think that you should at least check it out ha ha).

Katerina’s Favorite Quote:

“Maybe … what you need to do is love yourself first. Then, I guess, others can follow your example.”

    To be honest, I really loved this quote because I think that it holds a lot of truth to it. This book was definitely about a lot more than love…it was about self-discovery and in a way I think that we can only fully love another after we learn to love ourselves. If we do, then we can influence those around us to do the same and perhaps that love will be reciprocated (in various forms). It is true that love can create, destroy and heal. But I think that love can also inspire. Maybe that’s something that we should all keep in mind…