31 books I can’t live without: The Enneagram (5).

This month I’m participating in the #write31days challenge by highlighting 31 books I can’t live without. Check out this post for more information, and otherwise, read on!  

I’m not sure what number on the Enneagram he is, but feel free to take your best guess.

51thcyy2rwl-_sx332_bo1204203200_Book: The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective

Author: Richard Rohr

Synopsis: “Richard Rohr and Andrea Ebert’s runaway best-seller shows both the basic logic of the Enneagram and its harmony with the core truths of Christian thought from the time of the early Church forward.” Not the best synopsis. Let’s instead say, “Want to understand your personality, and why you are the way you are? Rohr’s analysis of the nine personality types through the lens of a Christian perspective will enlighten you like nothing else.” (Side note: Publishers should totally hire me to write back covers. Seriously now).

Why I can’t live without this book: Oh man. Well, considering the seven in me wants nothing more than to avoid pain at all costs and just see the beauty of life with all the exclamation points one can muster, it took me awhile to actually read Rohr’s book. But once I did, um, wow. While there are many different ways to understand the Enneagram (and Rohr’s is the only one I’ve actually read), understanding my personality through this numbered typology lens changed the way I view myself and the world around me. This helped me understand what the healthiest version of myself looks like, and what I need in order to thrive and succeed. Read it!!

(One of my) favorite quotes: “Sevens are curious. It’s as if what they already know or have is never enough. They need change, stimulation, new experiences … Unpleasant tasks, on the other hand, are gladly thrust aside, put off or ignored” (147). Welcome to my life.

So, the Enneagram: are you a believer? Who’s your favorite Enneagram author, and what have you learned about yourself (from it) along the way? 

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6 thoughts on “31 books I can’t live without: The Enneagram (5).

  1. I’ve read 3 books about the Enneagram so far, but have not read Rohr’s book. I need to fix that soon! As a One, I do feel the need to read them all so I can do this thing right. 🙂 I recently finished Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile’s book, The Road Back to You, and really benefited from it. I’m going to their conference this weekend on Know Your Number. Very excited!

    I’m enjoying your 31 Day Series on books. So far I’ve also read most of the books you’ve shared and will add the ones I haven’t read to my to-read list.

    1. Hi Lisa! You’re the third person today to mention The Road Back to You – I HAVE to put it on my list! That’s awesome about the conference, and thanks for the encouragement with the books. I think I’m having more fun than anyone else!

  2. I took a free Enneagram test and totally didn’t connect…. Maybe I need to do the paid version? Everyone I know who loves the Enneagram LOVES the Enneagram – no lukewarm feelings there! I feel like I should give it another chance, but just haven’t been motivated. 😉

    1. yeah, paid version or there’s a TON of books out there. Rohr’s is just one perspective on it, but seeing as you’re a reader, that might be a better start for you! 🙂

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