Don Miguel Ruiz

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Don Miguel Ruiz
Born (1952-08-27) August 27, 1952 (age 71)
Pen nameDon Miguel Ruiz
GenrePersonal growth, self help
Notable worksThe Four Agreements, The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, The Fifth Agreement

Miguel Ángel Ruiz Macías (born August 27, 1952), better known as Don Miguel Ruiz, is a Mexican author of Toltec spiritual and neoshamanistic texts.

His work is best-received among members of the New Thought movement that focuses on ancient teachings as a means to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Ruiz is listed as one of the Watkins 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2018.[1] Some have associated Ruiz's work with Carlos Castaneda, author of The Teachings of Don Juan.[2]


Don Miguel Ruiz was born in rural Mexico, the youngest of 13 children. He attended medical school, and became a surgeon.[3]

The Four Agreements, published in 1997; was a New York Times bestseller for more than a decade. Other books have followed: The Mastery of Love, The Voice of Knowledge, The Circle of Fire, The Four Agreements Companion Book and The Fifth Agreement, a collaboration with his son Don José. His The Toltec Art of Life and Death was published in late 2015.[4]


  • The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book), 1997, Amber-Allen Publishing, ISBN 978-1-878424-31-0
  • The Mastery of Love: A Practical Guide to the Art of Relationship (A Toltec Wisdom Book), 1999, Amber-Allen Publishing, ISBN 978-1-878424-42-6
  • The Four Agreements Companion Book: Using The Four Agreements to Master the Dream of Your Life (A Toltec Wisdom Book)", 2000, Amber-Allen Publishing, ISBN 978-1-878424-48-8
  • The Circle of Fire (Toltec Wisdom), 2001, Amber-Allen Publishing, ISBN 978-1-878424-52-5
  • Wisdom from the Four Agreements (Charming Petites), 2003, Peter Pauper Press, ISBN 0-88088-990-X
  • Wisdom from the Mastery of Love (Charming Petites), 2003, Peter Pauper Press, ISBN 0-88088-425-8
  • The Voice of Knowledge: A Practical Guide To Inner Peace, 2004, Amber-Allen Publishing, ISBN 978-1-878424-54-9
  • The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to Self-Mastery, 2010, Amber-Allen Publishing, ISBN 978-1-878424-68-6
  • The Toltec Art of Life and Death: A Story of Discovery, 2015, HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0-00-814796-9
  • The Three Questions, 2018, HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0-06-239109-4


  1. ^ Watkins’ Spiritual 100 List for 2018
  2. ^ Tipton, James. "The Four Agreements And The Mastery Of Love : Mexico Culture & Arts". Retrieved April 10, 2020.
  3. ^ Nawotka, Ed (April 2, 2021). "All the World's a Stage: PW Talks with Don Miguel Ruiz". Publishers Weekly. Archived from the original on April 2, 2021. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  4. ^ Ruiz, Don Miguel; Emrys, Barbara (October 27, 2015). The Toltec Art of Life and Death: A Story of Discovery (9780062390929): Don Miguel Ruiz, Barbara Emrys: Books. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0062390929.

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