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Book Title: The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective|
Date of issue: September 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9780824519506
The author of the book: Richard Rohr
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 13.96 MB
Read full description of the books The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective:In this book Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert explain the enneagram, an ancient personality test used first by Christian ascetics and monks and later by Muslim sufis. It divides people into nine personality types which can be described by their primary need ("need to be perfect", "need to succeed", etc.), their primary sin ("pride", "anger", etc.), or other features. These nine types are arranged in a continuum around a circle, with lines connecting them indicating various relationships to each other.
The authors give a Christian perspective on the enneagram, meaning that they attempt to show Christians how this can be a very effective tool for personal spiritual growth (which they do very well) and how it is connected to Christian scripture (which they don't do so well).
In the end I found the book incredibly helpful. I read it hoping to gain some new ground in dealing with my own brokenness and kindle new growth as a person, and I was not at all disappointed. Seriously, this has been sooo useful, and even 6 weeks after finishing it I find myself thinking about it frequently. It is worth pointing out that the authors recommend not reading the book or making use of the enneagram until one is at least in their 30s--old enough to have realized that our youthful attempts to do away with our flaws through self-improvement aren't going to work. As they see it (and I think I agree) the enneagram is for people who are ready to acknowledge their complete brokenness and throw themselves on the mercy of God.
This book is not without flaws. Before the nine types are described there are a few different chapters/essays, some of which are a bit dull and not as helpful as others--I definitely skimmed some. Also, people who place a big emphasis on the Bible as the word of God will likely be bothered by how the authors interact with the text in places. Finally, the enneagram itself comes out of an ancient worldview that at times left me feeling a bit skeptical--there is definitely a mystical view of numbers and geometry, and more than once I found myself wondering how seriously I ought to entertain all the concepts. But again, the overall approach more than made up for the eyebrow-raising aspects.
So, despite the flaws this book still gets five stars. It has already been very meaningful and helpful to me and I am sure I will come back to it time and again in the future.
Read information about the authorFr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.
Fr. Richard is author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam’s Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, Immortal Diamond, Eager to Love, and The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation (with Mike Morrell).
Fr. Richard is academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity's place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Living School is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings. Visit cac.org for more information.
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