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Das Enneagramm ist ein bewährtes System zur Darstellung von Persönlichkeitstypen und beschreibt genau, wie wir als Menschen gestrickt sind. Es gibt bereits viele Ratgeber zum Thema. Doch dieses Buch ist etwas ganz besonderes! Die Autoren beschreiben praktisch und verständlich das Konzept und stellen dabei gut nachvollziehbar die Verbindung zur christlichen Spiritualität un Das Enneagramm ist ein bewährtes System zur Darstellung von Persönlichkeitstypen und beschreibt genau, wie wir als Menschen gestrickt sind. Es gibt bereits viele Ratgeber zum Thema. Doch dieses Buch ist etwas ganz besonderes! Die Autoren beschreiben praktisch und verständlich das Konzept und stellen dabei gut nachvollziehbar die Verbindung zur christlichen Spiritualität und zum Leben als Christ her.


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Das Enneagramm ist ein bewährtes System zur Darstellung von Persönlichkeitstypen und beschreibt genau, wie wir als Menschen gestrickt sind. Es gibt bereits viele Ratgeber zum Thema. Doch dieses Buch ist etwas ganz besonderes! Die Autoren beschreiben praktisch und verständlich das Konzept und stellen dabei gut nachvollziehbar die Verbindung zur christlichen Spiritualität un Das Enneagramm ist ein bewährtes System zur Darstellung von Persönlichkeitstypen und beschreibt genau, wie wir als Menschen gestrickt sind. Es gibt bereits viele Ratgeber zum Thema. Doch dieses Buch ist etwas ganz besonderes! Die Autoren beschreiben praktisch und verständlich das Konzept und stellen dabei gut nachvollziehbar die Verbindung zur christlichen Spiritualität und zum Leben als Christ her.

30 review for Wer du bist - eBook: Mit dem Enneagramm sich selbst und andere besser verstehen

  1. 4 out of 5

    Leigh Kramer

    The names Suzanne Stabile and Ian Morgan Cron may or may not mean something to you. When I heard they were writing a book about the Enneagram, I paid attention. Stabile is a well-known Enneagram teacher. I've never been able to attend one of her workshops but I've followed her online for a while. Cron is probably better known as an author and Episcopal priest, although he's done some speaking on the Enneagram in recent years. The combination of Stabile and Cron- her extensive knowledge plus his The names Suzanne Stabile and Ian Morgan Cron may or may not mean something to you. When I heard they were writing a book about the Enneagram, I paid attention. Stabile is a well-known Enneagram teacher. I've never been able to attend one of her workshops but I've followed her online for a while. Cron is probably better known as an author and Episcopal priest, although he's done some speaking on the Enneagram in recent years. The combination of Stabile and Cron- her extensive knowledge plus his gift for the narrative- results in an easy to read and understand resource that will surely help many people identify and better understand their type. The Road Back To You provides an introduction to the Enneagram, my favorite personality type system, and why it's beneficial to figure out your type. They then devote a chapter to each type. As I read, it struck me how truly readable the book was. I'll forever sing the praises of Rohr's The Enneagram and Riso and Hudson's The Wisdom of the Enneagram but they have a more academic, almost clinical tone. Cron includes many examples from his and Suzanne's lives, including their friends and family, and this roots the type descriptions better than other Enneagram resources. His writing style is engaging, though his attempts at humor didn't always work for me, including I must add one specific line in the Type 5 chapter that is ill-advised. This is written from a Christian perspective but for people who care, there are one or two light swear words in it. (This doesn't bother me but I can think of several people in my life for whom it matters.) But overall, Cron is able to depict the types in a way that is personable, gracious, and incising. People should see themselves reflected on the pages. I have two minor complaints. First, Cron references his children's Enneagram types and the examples provided are generally when they are not adults. I'm in the camp that believes our personalities continue to form into our 20s so I'm very wary of typing children and teenagers. They may have the tendencies of a certain type but I don't want to put anyone in a box. (The Enneagram of Parenting does a great job of laying out the fine lines, while also providing guidance.) I think Cron is probably in this camp, too, but I don't want people to read about his children and then start typing their own children. So there's that. Second, each type chapter includes celebrity examples when we have no idea what their type is. It's unfair to caution people against typing/labeling others, than proceeding to do the same thing. In most instances, the celebrities are listed in a bubble at the start of the chapter but there are some actual examples, such as Bill Clinton being a Nine. For the record, that would not have been my guess, which brings me back to my original point. We can have a guess for what a person's type might be but they're the only one who knows their internal motivations- the very thing the Enneagram is built upon. Moving on... I've lost count of how many descriptions I've read of my type (4) so I was not expecting to be so completely and fully pegged when I read these lines: "As you might guess, Fours are prone to melancholy. Like the Old Testament figure Job they can steep in lament. After all, it's hard to be chipper when the now-dated U2 song "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" or the Radiohead song "Creep" play like the soundtrack in the movie of your life." (p. 156) How did Cron know what songs I turn to on sad days?! I could not stop laughing. I also really liked this part: "Fours are the most complex of all the types on the Enneagram: what you see is never what you get. There are always more layers of things going on underneath the surface." (p. 158) Finally, I liked the emphasis on how learning about our type is both a benefit for ourselves and for our relationships, as well as our worldview. Throughout the book, the call is to become more aware of how we go through life and what mistakes we continue to make so that we can "get out of your own way and become more of the person God created you to be.'" (p. 17) Figuring out my type has allowed me to have so much more compassion and understanding for myself and others. That's why I continue to encourage people to learn more about the Enneagram. I can't help but imagine a world where we all had this level of compassion and understanding. Disclosure: I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maxwell

    If you are new to and curious about the Enneagram, I think this book is a fantastic way to start digging into it. Cron wonderfully explains each type, giving context to them in many ways (work, childhood, relationships) as well as details the various elements of the Enneagram (wings, stress, security). It was insightful, accessible and entertaining, and has truly opened my eyes to how I see the world in a particular way as well as how other people very unlike me see the world—and that gives me t If you are new to and curious about the Enneagram, I think this book is a fantastic way to start digging into it. Cron wonderfully explains each type, giving context to them in many ways (work, childhood, relationships) as well as details the various elements of the Enneagram (wings, stress, security). It was insightful, accessible and entertaining, and has truly opened my eyes to how I see the world in a particular way as well as how other people very unlike me see the world—and that gives me the ability to reframe my relationships with other people so I am slower to judge, quicker to listen and overall more gracious. On the other hand, if you have absolutely no idea what the Enneagram is, you can take this free test (granted you can also just read about the 9 types and figure out which one you are, but I think the test is a helpful starting place). I'd encourage you to do some research and read up on your type because it's truly changed my life and interactions in such a positive way! #enneagramforlife

  3. 5 out of 5

    Britany

    I kept hearing about the Enneagram, took a quiz and got multiple answers, that's when I decided to go digging... Many of my very favorite podcasts mention the Enneagram and I got curious. This book was a wonderful introduction. There are 9 categories that you can fall into with wings and shades of others. What does this all mean? Cron spends time explaining what a healthy number looks like vs someone struggling with their related deadly sin. I kept trying to think of this as it relates to my clos I kept hearing about the Enneagram, took a quiz and got multiple answers, that's when I decided to go digging... Many of my very favorite podcasts mention the Enneagram and I got curious. This book was a wonderful introduction. There are 9 categories that you can fall into with wings and shades of others. What does this all mean? Cron spends time explaining what a healthy number looks like vs someone struggling with their related deadly sin. I kept trying to think of this as it relates to my closest friends and family members. Changing and adapting my thought process when dealing with conflict and added some new life mantras to help me move forward and own my truest self. I would highly recommend checking this one out if you have any interest in personality and bettering yourself. Slight tinges on religious undertones, but not heavy handed. PS I'm a 3 (Achiever) with the energy/sin of a 9; Which one are you?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barnabas Piper

    Super helpful and enjoyable introduction to the enneagram. I'd read nothing on it previously other than a couple inline summaries, and this was an accessible and relatable entry into what seems to be a rich and complex thing. It moves quickly, it is concise, it is funny in parts, and it is strikingly insightful.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Iman Malone-Dirige

    My love and I have optimistically embraced personal growth and deeper self-awareness since our beginning almost nine years ago - to better ourselves as both a faith-based married couple, mothers to our two adorable children, assertive individuals, mirrored souls with a beautiful life journey together, our best-friendship, and philanthropists with a profound love for humanity. Together, we’ve gracefully developed in an all-encompassing matter alongside the in-depth knowledge we've gained on cognit My love and I have optimistically embraced personal growth and deeper self-awareness since our beginning almost nine years ago - to better ourselves as both a faith-based married couple, mothers to our two adorable children, assertive individuals, mirrored souls with a beautiful life journey together, our best-friendship, and philanthropists with a profound love for humanity. Together, we’ve gracefully developed in an all-encompassing matter alongside the in-depth knowledge we've gained on cognitive functions, Myers-Briggs, and Big Five personality traits - only in recent months have we delved into the ancient enneagram system. We’ve taken both the official Enneagram Institute type indicator, the Tritype enneastyle theory questionnaire, as well as numerous unofficial enneagram personality tests online. All have been conclusive with the same results... This enneagram type nine with four and seven (Tritype 947 - 9w1 4w5 7w6) is happily married to an enneagram type eight with five and three (Tritype 853 - 8w9 5w6 3w2). Not surprising results for us considering that my cognitive functions are FiNeSiTe and my equal half's are TeNiSeFi - both fine-tuned. We’ve confirmed our enneagrams along with this highly insightful book - an assistance of self-discovery, encouragement, transformation, and understanding from a Christian perspective. Coupled with lighthearted humor and compassion - this book is a must read!🌿

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ali M.

    Knowing my Myers-Briggs type never did much for me. Knowing my Enneagram number has deepened my self-awareness, given me practical and specific tools for growth, and helped me better understand people who are wired entirely differently than me. Part of what makes this ancient personality typing system so compelling is the fact that your number is not a static description of yourself; it's a spectrum you're constantly engaging with as you learn to recognize the behavioral patterns, coping mechanis Knowing my Myers-Briggs type never did much for me. Knowing my Enneagram number has deepened my self-awareness, given me practical and specific tools for growth, and helped me better understand people who are wired entirely differently than me. Part of what makes this ancient personality typing system so compelling is the fact that your number is not a static description of yourself; it's a spectrum you're constantly engaging with as you learn to recognize the behavioral patterns, coping mechanisms, and ways of seeing the world (both healthy and unhealthy) that are rooted in your number... and how they evolve as you do. The idea that your greatest strength is simply a conquered/integrated version of your greatest weakness—i.e., your struggles and victories emerge from two sides of the same coin—fascinates me, and echoes wisdom found across many spiritual traditions. Meanwhile, reading up on the other numbers tends to inspire a needed dose of compassion for people that might otherwise frustrate and/or mystify you. Since becoming familiar with the nine Enneagram types, I've largely stopped asking the question "How could anyone think that way?" Cron and Stabile don't bother getting into niche Enneagram topics here, like the instincts, subtypes, or levels of development. For that kind of depth, check out any of the more detailed tomes written on the topic by Riso/Hudson or Richard Rohr. Instead, this is an accessible, well-organized primer on the basics—one I know I'll be referencing in abundance, and no doubt handing off to friends and family left and right. (Bonus: It's also laugh-out-loud funny in places.)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brooke — brooklynnnnereads

    This was an informative read for those that have an interest in the enneagram, whether it be as an introduction or for those that have previous knowledge surrounding these personality types. As someone who's new to learning about the enneagram, I find this content fascinating. It may not be scientifically objective or measurably sound but I find the information regarding these personality types interesting. For those that know their enneagram type, it's tempting to solely flip to that section; ho This was an informative read for those that have an interest in the enneagram, whether it be as an introduction or for those that have previous knowledge surrounding these personality types. As someone who's new to learning about the enneagram, I find this content fascinating. It may not be scientifically objective or measurably sound but I find the information regarding these personality types interesting. For those that know their enneagram type, it's tempting to solely flip to that section; however, it was really eye-opening to read the information on the other personality types (can you tell I'm a type five). Reading the other personality types not only allows you to gain insight on different people but it also allows you to firmly conclude you are not another personality type. There will be many people who will be quick to dismiss this method (or any method really) of personality typing but I found this book to be an interesting and thought provoking read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Charlsa

    I discovered this book by listening to Anne Bogel's #whatshouldireadnext podcast, episode #141. She and Ian Morgan Cron were talking about the Enneagram #s of various authors and characters in books. I had already taken to test to determine my Enneagram type, but I still wasn't sure. I listened to the audiobook first, narrated by the author, then purchased the book. I needed to go through it in detail. This book really helped me to narrow down my type. I like that he shared the h isotry of the E I discovered this book by listening to Anne Bogel's #whatshouldireadnext podcast, episode #141. She and Ian Morgan Cron were talking about the Enneagram #s of various authors and characters in books. I had already taken to test to determine my Enneagram type, but I still wasn't sure. I listened to the audiobook first, narrated by the author, then purchased the book. I needed to go through it in detail. This book really helped me to narrow down my type. I like that he shared the h isotry of the Ennegram. He explains it and gives examples that shows the reader that it isn't just your actions by the motive behind your actions that determines your type. I'll be referring to this book often.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    Summary: Describes the Enneagram and each of the nine types, and how these may be helpful in Self-discovery, uncovering one's true self and experiencing spiritual growth. John Calvin, and many others have observed that knowledge of God and knowledge of self often go hand in hand. Often, what we do not know or knowledge that has been colored by the wounds of our upbringing deflect us from knowing God and ourselves truly. One of the tools that has been found increasingly helpful by many spiritual d Summary: Describes the Enneagram and each of the nine types, and how these may be helpful in Self-discovery, uncovering one's true self and experiencing spiritual growth. John Calvin, and many others have observed that knowledge of God and knowledge of self often go hand in hand. Often, what we do not know or knowledge that has been colored by the wounds of our upbringing deflect us from knowing God and ourselves truly. One of the tools that has been found increasingly helpful by many spiritual directors and others who work with spiritual formation is the Enneagram. It's roots go back to a fourth century Christian mystic, Evagrius, who developed a system based on the seven deadly sins, plus an overarching sin of self-love. G.I. Gurdjieff first developed the Enneagram figure and two personality psychologists, Oscar Ichazo and Claudio Naranjo developed the modern theory that underlies the Enneagram. It was introduced into spiritual formation circles by Catholic retreat leader Richard Rohr and several other Jesuit priests. Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile provide a readable and witty introduction to the Enneagram with chapters on each of the nine types. They begin by giving some of the background of the Enneagram and list each of the nine types and the corresponding deadly sin each type is most susceptible to. They are The Perfectionist (Anger) The Helper (Pride) The Performer (Deceit) The Romantic (Envy) The Investigator (Avarice) The Loyalist (Fear) The Enthusiast (Gluttony) The Challenger (Lust) The Peacemaker (Sloth) They explain that these come in three triads of three: Anger or Gut: 8, 9, 1 ; Feeling or Heart 2, 3, 4; and Fear or Head: 5, 6, 7. Also each type is modified by one or both of their wings (the types adjacent to them) and have a type the gravitate to under stress and when they are secure. Sound a little confusing? Cron and Stabile walk us through all this both in introduction and the survey of each type. Starting with the Anger or Gut triad and Type 8, they devote a chapter to each type, beginning with a list of 20 points of what it is like to be that type, describing the type in its healthy, average, and unhealthy expressions, and talk about its deadly sin. Then they give a more detailed description, talk about the type as a child, in their relationships and at work. Then they explore how the "wings" and the types they tend toward when feeling stressed or secure shape the expression of their type. They conclude with what spiritual transformation looks like for the type and ten steps for each type to take in transformation. Throughout, they give examples of the type from people they know (including themselves and their families) as well as famous individuals (I discovered that Oliver Sacks, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer were/are likely the same type as I am--except they are all far more intelligent!). I found myself laughing as they describe the different types, until I got to my own, where I found myself alternately saying "yes" and "ouch!" Like other writers like Richard Rohr, they don't offer a test to find your type. Rather, here is what they recommend: "If while reading a description you begin to feel squeamish because it's captured your inner world in a way only someone who hacked into the server where you back up your personality could know about, then you are probably zeroing in on your number. When I first read my number I felt humiliated. It's not pleasant to be the rat in a dark kitchen who is so focused on devouring crumbs that he doesn't hear the stealthy homeowners approaching and therefore doesn't have time to take cover before they suddenly switch on the light and catch the rat in the act with a bagel in its mouth. On the other hand I felt consoled. I didn't know there were other rats like me. So if this happens, don't despair. Remember each number has its assets and liabilities, blessings and blights. The embarrassment will pass, but in the words of novelist David Foster Wallace, 'The truth will set you free, but not until it's done with you.' " That gives you a pretty fair picture of what you are in for, both in terms of writing and your experience as you read this book. The one thing worse than knowing this stuff about ourselves is for it to be present in our lives and to not know it. Knowing helps us pursue paths of growth along the lines of who we are rather than who we aren't. And it helps us to be gentler with all those other types, whose unique predicament parallels our own. Most of all, it begins to help us understand the depths of the grace of God that meets each of us uniquely and in the depths of our own deadly sins. If you are ready for and hungry for that kind of knowledge, then this book is a good place to begin.

  10. 4 out of 5

    RuthAnn

    Recommended I'd been avoiding it for a long time, but I finally read The Road Back to You. I put it off for a long time because I was reluctant to dig into the Enneagram, aka, the type indicator that deals with your junk. Can't I just do another StrengthsFinder, please? But after reading Dare to Lead and Braving the Wilderness, it was time. Well, in no surprise to anyone, I am a big ol' Enneagram 1 (perfectionist/reformer). I really hoped I would be the investigator (5), because I like to think of Recommended I'd been avoiding it for a long time, but I finally read The Road Back to You. I put it off for a long time because I was reluctant to dig into the Enneagram, aka, the type indicator that deals with your junk. Can't I just do another StrengthsFinder, please? But after reading Dare to Lead and Braving the Wilderness, it was time. Well, in no surprise to anyone, I am a big ol' Enneagram 1 (perfectionist/reformer). I really hoped I would be the investigator (5), because I like to think of myself as logical and cerebral, but apparently, I act out of my gut/instinct because of a need to prove my goodness out of perfect living. OKAY FINE. Even this level of self-examination is uncomfortable, and I DO NOT LIKE IT. But I know it's for the best. I'm glad I read this book so I have a clue what the heck everyone is talking about. I'm at the stage of Enneagram learning where I read the type descriptions, type my husband, and see all my actions through the lens of my type, but I haven't got to the point of listening to podcasts or reading more books. I guess we'll see? At this point, I'm just trying to chuckle at my 1-ness and not berate myself when I observe unhealthy patterns. But you KNOW I'm making an action plan because ones gonna one. Sidenote: I didn't realize that this book was written from such a clear Christian worldview. I didn't mind, because it helped me interpret the types and next steps, but it really surprised me that this book is so widely recommended. How must it have felt to others reading this book who didn't share this worldview??

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christina DeVane

    My favorite quotes from this book: • The Enneagram should only be used to build others up and help them advance on their journey toward wholeness and God. ❤ • When we stop trying to change people and simply love them that they actually have a shot at transformation. The Enneagram is a tool that awakens our compassion for people just as they are, not the people we wish they would become so our lives would become easier. • Each type is at its core a signpost pointing us to travel toward and embrace My favorite quotes from this book: • The Enneagram should only be used to build others up and help them advance on their journey toward wholeness and God. ❤️ • When we stop trying to change people and simply love them that they actually have a shot at transformation. The Enneagram is a tool that awakens our compassion for people just as they are, not the people we wish they would become so our lives would become easier. • Each type is at its core a signpost pointing us to travel toward and embrace an aspect of God’s character that we need. ❤️ I did enjoy the explanation of the Enneagram for a novice like me. This book makes a deep subject easy to read although I have many questions coming out of this book. The Enneagram does a great job at revealing our faults “deadly sins” showing us why we make certain choices or react a certain way. Each number by itself seems extreme so categorizing people can be difficult because they only fit a few of the descriptions. I truly sense an awareness of seeing people through their own eyes and my heart giving compassion and love to them instead of getting frustrated at why they they struggle and have problems with things that seem so basic and trivial to me. Typing yourself takes time and study, but I believe this can be very helpful when not obsessing but kept in balance of why I do this in the first place. (First quote)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Cole

    Maybe it's because I came to this book already equipped with a basic working knowledge of the enneagram, but I found The Road Back to You to be a bit more helpful in my understanding of the enneagram than Richard Rohr's book (The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective), which was my introduction to the enneagram and a major source of guidance for many others (and which, frankly, left me a little confused). Ian and Suzanne's writing made the characteristics of each number much more clear to me, and I Maybe it's because I came to this book already equipped with a basic working knowledge of the enneagram, but I found The Road Back to You to be a bit more helpful in my understanding of the enneagram than Richard Rohr's book (The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective), which was my introduction to the enneagram and a major source of guidance for many others (and which, frankly, left me a little confused). Ian and Suzanne's writing made the characteristics of each number much more clear to me, and I appreciated the fact that they tried to avoid stereotyping the numbers. I also enjoyed the introductory stories in each chapter—cute, funny, and insightful. Will definitely be recommending this book to friends who are curious about the enneagram—and to those upon whom I force my own enneagram curiosity. :)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*

    One of the most accessible, readable books on the Enneagram I've encountered.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    I haven't read or learned extensively about the enneagram, and truthfully this was my first exposure to it. I doubt that I'll read much more. I'll start with some positives about the book and my understanding of the enneagram as a result. The book is an easy read. Cron's writing style is colloquial and his humor lighthearted. The lists at the beginning and end of each chapter, "What It's Like to be a #" and" Ten Paths to Transformation for a #. " I also like that they attempt to come at this from I haven't read or learned extensively about the enneagram, and truthfully this was my first exposure to it. I doubt that I'll read much more. I'll start with some positives about the book and my understanding of the enneagram as a result. The book is an easy read. Cron's writing style is colloquial and his humor lighthearted. The lists at the beginning and end of each chapter, "What It's Like to be a #" and" Ten Paths to Transformation for a #. " I also like that they attempt to come at this from a Christian worldview and acknowledge sin and our need to change as well as the encouragement to view others and ourselves with compassion. The last few pages are also an attempt to encourage Christian readers to view their identity in light of who God created them to be. And in reading the description of my suspected number (2), there were some helpful insights, though overall pretty common sense. But that's about all the positive I can ascribe to it. The glaring fallacy in the book is that the prescribed transformation for each number begins with self and takes no look at the power of the gospel to transform our lives. I would have LOVED for a pastor (Cron) to tackle this... That our personality "stressors," "deadly sins," "childhood wounds," relational and work shortcomings can be transformed by the power of the gospel, by knowing who God is and rightly fixing our minds on him. Instead, we have another introspective self-help book for searching people who fail to receive the truth of the good news they so desperately need to hear. Instead we're pointed to examples of Buddhist teachers, Jesuit priests, politicians, and Catholic monks. Cron's attempt at this is a mere 2 pages at the end of the book where--unsurprisingly--our instruction to embrace our God-given identity is nestled amongst the sage advice of a Buddhist teacher and Catholic monk. No words from our Messiah or Heavenly Father. What a powerful book this would be if the authors fully understood and embraced what it means for a Christian that their identity begins and ends in Christ, not in a personality number or type, not in childhood experiences or wounds. Do those all shape us? Absolutely, but they are not the essence of who we are. Any "Christian" teaching that starts with US, our personality types, etc., has already missed the mark. After digging a bit more into the history of the Enneagram as well as its most well known proponent (Richard Rohr), I am convinced that a book like this is more damaging than good. For those wishing to read a really well written and thought out review, please see Kevin DeYoung's review on The Gospel Coalition's blog. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/bl...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda Smith

    I’m way behind on the Enneagram craze, but since I’ve cracked the pages of this book I’m fully intrigued. For over a year I’ve mistyped myself as a three (faulty online testing) but this book made me take a step back, actually a few steps back, and really study the good-bad-ugly in my life. No doubt about it, I’m a seven. I’ve had a lot of fun digging through this book, as well as some painful (but necessary) moments.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carol Ann

    "There are others [personality typing systems] that describe and encourage you to embrace who you are, which isn't very helpful if who you are is a jerk." This is wonderful introduction to the Enneagram Personality Typing System. The authors break down a complicated subject into a clear, concise, and entertaining guide to self-discovery. The authors tell it like it is and provide relatable and often humorous examples. As I read through the different personality types searching for myself, it seem "There are others [personality typing systems] that describe and encourage you to embrace who you are, which isn't very helpful if who you are is a jerk." This is wonderful introduction to the Enneagram Personality Typing System. The authors break down a complicated subject into a clear, concise, and entertaining guide to self-discovery. The authors tell it like it is and provide relatable and often humorous examples. As I read through the different personality types searching for myself, it seemed at first that all of them held pieces of me. But then I came to the chapter that powerfully resonated with me. How did it make me feel? Relieved. Understood and accepted. Liberated. Empowered. It explained why I see the world the way I do, why I do what I do, that I am not alone, and provided manageable tips to save me from my self-defeating self and move toward my wiser more compassionate self. What I like best about this typing system is that it removes judgement from the equation and focuses on the motivation behind the behavior. But it doesn't stop there. Accountability is addressed, too. "...once you know your Enneagram number it takes away any excuse you might have for not changing." When we learn to recognize behaviors and understand the root of them, doors will open to healthier communication and relationships. This book leads you to the glorious, attainable path of becoming your best self.

  17. 5 out of 5

    K.M. Weiland

    Sound basics of the Enneagram. I feel like it’s obviously just a starting place, but it helped me find my own surprising number and opened my eyes to some areas of personal understanding and growth I hadn’t previously considered.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Claire Johnson

    I’m a believer .. so eye-opening & spot-on.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shawna

    I was curious to read this as I am hearing about the enneagram from so many people. I've done a fair amount of reading about Meyers-Briggs so I was happy to learn about another tool for understanding people. However, I found this to be quite general. While I think I was able to figure out my number, from reading the chapters the only one I definitely eliminated for myself was three. Because the of the generality, I identified with almost all of them. My husband, when told about this, said it rem I was curious to read this as I am hearing about the enneagram from so many people. I've done a fair amount of reading about Meyers-Briggs so I was happy to learn about another tool for understanding people. However, I found this to be quite general. While I think I was able to figure out my number, from reading the chapters the only one I definitely eliminated for myself was three. Because the of the generality, I identified with almost all of them. My husband, when told about this, said it reminded him of a horoscope a bit. However, where I really have a problem with this book is in the fact that it claims to come from a Christian perspective. With MBTI, I knew that there was nothing spiritual about it so I was able to see it very clearly as a tool that I could use to understand why I do the things I do but not stay there. With the understanding came an ability to see where to go. And I knew that in myself, I would not be able to change but had to depend on Christ for that life transformation. With this presenting itself as Christian, I was disappointed that it did not speak more of the need for the rejection of sin and dependency on Christ to truly effect any change. From reading, I think someone could easily do a great job of self-love. I also found the lack of Scriptural foundation concerning coupled with the appeals to other religions like Buddhism. The book was well written and easy to read with a good flow. There is certainly appeal in this kind of information, and people are always interesting so it is helpful to have insight into others. The need is simply to see this as a tool not an excuse.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Karyssa

    Some of my family members introduced me to this book. I had never heard of it before, and they were going to read it and then discuss it together. Once I found out it was about personality types, I really wanted to get in on the discussion. So I bought the book so that I would be able to contribute to the conversation. Even if we don't end up discussing it, I'm really glad that I got the book. I really enjoyed it, and it's very interesting how the Enneagram works. Most of my friends (who are into Some of my family members introduced me to this book. I had never heard of it before, and they were going to read it and then discuss it together. Once I found out it was about personality types, I really wanted to get in on the discussion. So I bought the book so that I would be able to contribute to the conversation. Even if we don't end up discussing it, I'm really glad that I got the book. I really enjoyed it, and it's very interesting how the Enneagram works. Most of my friends (who are into personality types stuff) really like the Myers-Briggs, and I like it too, but I think I kinda like the Enneagram more. This would have gotten five stars, but there were a few times when not-so-nice words were used. And the author said some things (that didn't really have to do with the Enneagram per se) that I just didn't agree with. But, overall, this was a really good book and if you're interested in personality type tests, then maybe give this one a try. :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dkbbookgirl

    Easy to read- not too academic Great info V insightful

  22. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    Unfortunately, much of what I want to say about this book is bad. The overall premise of this book is that God made us unique individuals whose show aspects of his character. Each type has a tendency toward certain sins that they will need to work on. The way we should use this book is to better understand ourself and others to learn how to get to know ourselves better. Ultimately, when we know ourselves better we then understand God and become who we were made to be. I find this thinking deeply Unfortunately, much of what I want to say about this book is bad. The overall premise of this book is that God made us unique individuals whose show aspects of his character. Each type has a tendency toward certain sins that they will need to work on. The way we should use this book is to better understand ourself and others to learn how to get to know ourselves better. Ultimately, when we know ourselves better we then understand God and become who we were made to be. I find this thinking deeply faulty as a Christian (which, this book would advertise itself as firmly in the Christian camp). You doesn’t need to learn about yourself to understand God; you need to learn about God to understand yourself. You are starting from the wrong viewpoint. I also deeply object to how the author portrays God. He is represented as our Creator, but as someone who thinks that we all are too hard on ourselves and that we need to forgive and love ourselves. He sees us as lovable, why can’t we? While there are slivers of truth in here, this does not accurately reflect the Gospel. His alarmingly lax view of God can be seen in his joking remark, “Angry parents, teachers and coaches find it all but impossible to discipline puckish Sevens. They can talk their way out of almost anything. If Adam and Eve had been Sevens we’d all still be living in the Garden of Eden.” As if God could have the wool pulled over his eyes, or see our sin as something we could wiggle out of with a bit of persuasion and personal magnetism. His view of people is equally skewed when he comments, “We owe it to the God who created us, to ourselves, to the people we love and to all with whom we share this troubled planet to become “saints.” How else can we run and complete the errand on which God sent us here?” This completely circumvents the doctrine of sin, grace, man’s depravity, and God’s omnipotence (to name a few). This is not the Gospel. He also offers skewed (read: unbiblical) advice for how “overly emotional” types should deal with their emotions. The fact that this man was once a pastor makes me very concerned. He did mention that we can’t be complacent and each type must fight against our sin tendencies. I will give him a small nod for this. I will also give him props for sharing that this book is to used as a tool for compassion toward others. This is commendable. I also don’t find the meat of his explanations on the enneagram to be revolutionary or different than what a quick search on the Internet could provide. He does not offer new or interesting thoughts to the dialog. He fills his books with anecdotal tidbits from his personal life and the lives of those around him. Thus book felt like a long personal ramble with surface enneagram talk and some jokes and “inspirational” quotes thrown in. I would bypass “The Road Back To You” in your reading journey. This book is not worth your time.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kiko

    Recommended for: Christians who have already read a non-religious take on the Enneagram Not recommended for: Everyone else. *Listened to the audiobook I guess I am not the target audience for this, being non-religious, but reading the Goodreads Q&A above stating that is not religious save for the short spirituality sections and because I've listened to Ian's podcast where it was more "discussion on the Enneagram while the people happen to be religious", I gave it a shot. Boy was I disappointed. Recommended for: Christians who have already read a non-religious take on the Enneagram Not recommended for: Everyone else. *Listened to the audiobook I guess I am not the target audience for this, being non-religious, but reading the Goodreads Q&A above stating that is not religious save for the short spirituality sections and because I've listened to Ian's podcast where it was more "discussion on the Enneagram while the people happen to be religious", I gave it a shot. Boy was I disappointed. I really should have put more weight on the book description. Having read Riso & Hudson and Beatrice Chestnut's books, I am aware that the system has some very vaguely defined Christian roots and is also sometimes passed through these religious groups. However, it is clear in these books, once they start to describe the system, that it is fundamentally a psychological framework, not a religious or spiritual one. The Christian ideology injected and laced into the Enneagram through the Road Back to You, in my opinion, diminishes the system's power and usefulness. A very good example of this is in the intro section where he describes the basic types. "6s look for safety and security in authority figures and systems of belief instead of ____" If you read Riso & Hudson or Chestnut, you'd say "themselves" or "their own power and capabilities". Cron says, "god". Newsflash: Christianity both imposes an authority figure and is a system of belief. This completely dismantles the objective of the Enneagram. It is just replacing a crutch for another crutch. You are right back where you started. The book is laden with this type of stuff: "the shadow of the personality blocks love from god". Cron states that this is the only system that is both psychological and spiritual. In truth, this version of the Enneagram is spiritual and religious only because it is deliberately soaked with Christian agenda. As a Type 5, what I am looking for is truth and knowledge. I grew up in a very religious environment but even from childhood it never sank into me and I eventually completely removed it from my life. I guess this would be par for the course for a 5w4, Iconoclast. That's why this distortion leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Even if you are Christian, I recommend you read the other, more secular, takes on the Enneagram FIRST before reading this one. Understand the core system first, objectively. You can link it to your spiritual objectives afterwards. While I recognize that I shouldn't give this book a low rating because I am not its target audience, I will give it 2 stars for taking a good system and replacing parts of it with its own Christian agenda.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chrystal

    Wow. The enneagram has opened up so much to think on. I have learned so much about myself and have so much more to learn. I love that this book takes the approach of the enneagram through the lens of the Gospel. I think I've figured out my number (a 6) but I'm not still not certain (which I think is pretty characteristic of a 6!) I would love to dig deeper with an enneagram class. I also love how this book helps you see each number's strength and weakness, where you tend to go in stress and wher Wow. The enneagram has opened up so much to think on. I have learned so much about myself and have so much more to learn. I love that this book takes the approach of the enneagram through the lens of the Gospel. I think I've figured out my number (a 6) but I'm not still not certain (which I think is pretty characteristic of a 6!) I would love to dig deeper with an enneagram class. I also love how this book helps you see each number's strength and weakness, where you tend to go in stress and where you tend to go in security. I highly recommend this if you want to learn more about yourself and others and learn to have more compassion for those who behave differently from you.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I listened to this book and when I was about 3/4 of the way through it, I hopped online and ordered a copy of it. Definitely a book I want to own and know I will find myself coming back to to help refresh my understanding of the enneagram. I've heard from several people who have thoroughly studied and read about the enneagram that this is a great book for beginners, and I'd have to say that's true. It was a quick listen that had me thoroughly engaged as he explored and combed out the differences I listened to this book and when I was about 3/4 of the way through it, I hopped online and ordered a copy of it. Definitely a book I want to own and know I will find myself coming back to to help refresh my understanding of the enneagram. I've heard from several people who have thoroughly studied and read about the enneagram that this is a great book for beginners, and I'd have to say that's true. It was a quick listen that had me thoroughly engaged as he explored and combed out the differences of the nine types.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    I listened to audiobook on audible, and the author was a great narrator. I think I'll listen to parts of this again and again. It would be nice to have the hard copy for reference, though. This knowledge will actually change the way perceive myself and others. Hopefully, it will also influence my actions as I seek to become healthier.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This book was written with lots of compassion, humor, and insight. It would be a good introduction to the Enneagram or a good supplement for those who are already familiar--it does a better job than most of reflecting on being in community with different Enneagram types.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Nixon

    No exaggeration, as I was reading the chapter about my type I kept looking over my shoulder wondering "who told? how does it know this?" For the past year or so I've heard people mention enneagram. A few people 'recommended' learning about it to me on social media (back when I did social media) and it came up once or twice in my support group. I grabbed this book off my library app by accident (I was looking for another book with a title starting with "Road Back" The first two chapters are UBER No exaggeration, as I was reading the chapter about my type I kept looking over my shoulder wondering "who told? how does it know this?" For the past year or so I've heard people mention enneagram. A few people 'recommended' learning about it to me on social media (back when I did social media) and it came up once or twice in my support group. I grabbed this book off my library app by accident (I was looking for another book with a title starting with "Road Back" The first two chapters are UBER Christian-y. It was so thick and hyped up sermon that I was going to return the book... until I had lunch with a friend who referenced being a 4 when talking about her relationship. I thought that was weird so I asked her what she meant by being a 4 and she said "Oh I was raised with enneagrams..." I took it as a sign to read the book. Once Cron get's into the Types (1-9) he isn't as preachy. When I got to the chapter dedicated to my husband's type, not only was I saying "OMG YOU KNOW HIM SO WELL" it helped me see him and some things he does totally differently. Cron describes an experience where his friend, who helps parents with children who have severe vision issues, gives the parents glasses so the parent can see for themselves what their child is dealing with, which shocks the parents but then also helps them understand situations better/have more compassion etc etc. I feel reading these Types gives you that glasses experience with each person you know (assuming you know their Type). What I REALLY appareciated about this book is that Cron gives "homework" and helpful/actionable things for each type for how you can live more in balance AND he describes what your type looks like when they are unhealthy and healthy. This is by far the most helpful "self-help" book I've come across in terms of where to start when you feel unbalanced, that your life is unbalanced, unmanageable, you have a spiritual malady and feel discontent or irritable without an obvious reason why. It's where I would tell anyone to go if they feel down or bleh but everyone around them is an asshat saying "You have bullshit problems"

  29. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Zee

    What an insightful book. After briefly explaining what the Enneagram is, Cron just jumps right into the descriptions. From there, he expects you to read the different types and try to place your type yourself, and while I was accurate that I'm a type 8 (The Challenger) I found that the work description of type 3 (The Performer) was 100% me. Backing it up by taking multiple online tests (my favorite being https://www.eclecticenergies.com/enne... - no email needed), apparently I alternate in being What an insightful book. After briefly explaining what the Enneagram is, Cron just jumps right into the descriptions. From there, he expects you to read the different types and try to place your type yourself, and while I was accurate that I'm a type 8 (The Challenger) I found that the work description of type 3 (The Performer) was 100% me. Backing it up by taking multiple online tests (my favorite being https://www.eclecticenergies.com/enne... - no email needed), apparently I alternate in being either of them (one test had me at .7% more type 3 - very close!). Honestly, this was really fun to read and see your personality explained. I will admit that some descriptions seem a bit more favorable than others (I didn't really like the overall view of "The Performer" which made it seem like we were fake and materialistic, even if we were in the "healthy" mindset) but all had a bunch of personal stories and explanations. I even had my fiance do it too, and through figuring out that he was a 2 (The Helper), hopefully we can continue to support each other in ways that work. It's a really fast and fascinating read and I highly recommend it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Blythe

    I’m not sure how to rate this book, as I don’t read this genre often; I read this for my bookclub. That said, for what it is, I really loved it. It’s super insightful and helpful, and I loved his pastoral perspective—the focus on our identity in Christ, his celebration of our personalities reflecting aspects of who God is, and his advice on how each number struggles and how we can love them. Easy to read. I highly recommend for someone wanting to learn more about the Enneagram from a Christian p I’m not sure how to rate this book, as I don’t read this genre often; I read this for my bookclub. That said, for what it is, I really loved it. It’s super insightful and helpful, and I loved his pastoral perspective—the focus on our identity in Christ, his celebration of our personalities reflecting aspects of who God is, and his advice on how each number struggles and how we can love them. Easy to read. I highly recommend for someone wanting to learn more about the Enneagram from a Christian perspective!

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