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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