The Enneagram and Spiritual Growth
The Enneagram is a hot topic this past year. What is the Enneagram? It’s a system of personality typing, divided into nine main types. (Here’s a quick synopsis of each nine numbers. Which are you?)
While most of us identify stronger with one type over the others, we all have traits from every type.
But the Enneagram can do more than tell you about your personality today. It also can be used as a tool (one among many) that can help you grow in your relationship with God and with others in the future.
If you’d like to learn more about the Enneagram and spiritual growth, here are three books I highly recommend. Each one leans toward better spiritual health, not just psychological and relational health.
Three Spiritual Books on the Enneagram
1. For Beginners:
The Road Back to You
An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery
by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile
This book gives a great overall explanation to help you find your type so you can better cooperate with God in your transformation. (Here are some of my favorite take-aways from The Road Back to You about how to love that OTHER number on the Enneagram.)
2. For Spiritual Disciplines:
The Sacred Enneagram
Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth
by Christopher L. Heuertz
Christopher Heuertz’ goal with this book is to help us “find our way back home, back to our essential nature, our True Self, and back to God.”
He exposes nine ways we lie to ourselves about who we think we are, nine ways we can come clean about those illusions, and nine ways we can find our way back to God.
3. For Digging Deeper:
The Wisdom of the Enneagram
The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types
by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
Lots of details are in this book, but they’re easy to understand. This book goes into each type’s basic fear, basic desire, and distortions. It offers a spiritual jump start for each type, red flags, and an invitation to abundance for each type.
For Further Reading
I hope to do a 28-day series on the Enneagram in February 2020. I’ll share lots more about the Enneagram and how to use it to grow spiritually and relationally, including more books I recommend, links to podcasts, Enneagram quizzes, how to use the Enneagram in your everyday life, etc. Stay tuned!
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I’m sharing today with Katie at Doing Dewey for #NonficNov. This week’s assignment is to share three or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend.
Do you have a favorite Enneagram book or resource that you’d recommend? Please share in the comments.
More book recommendations from #NonficNov:
- My Favorite Nonfiction Books This Year
- Match This Nonfiction Book with This Fiction Book
- 3 Reasons You Don’t Read Nonfiction and Why You Should Anyway (+ LOTS of Recommendations)
- Don’t Get Distracted – Book Review of Indistractable
- Why You Are Still Here