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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Enneagram by Richard Rohr. Andreas Ebert. Peter Heinegg Translator. 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.
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To ask other readers questions about The Enneagram , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 04, Chris rated it it was amazing. 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.
These nine types are arranged in a continuum around a circle, with lines connecting them indicating various relationships to each ot 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.
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. 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. View all 3 comments. Sep 09, Karen added it. I'm relieved to know that your Enneagram type is supposed to be humiliating because it is.
My favorite quote from this book didn't come from the author but Thomas Merton: "The great tragedy of our age is the fact Their 'faith' is little more than a permanent evasion of reality--a compromise with life. In order to avoid admitting the uncomfortable truth that they no longe I'm relieved to know that your Enneagram type is supposed to be humiliating because it is. In order to avoid admitting the uncomfortable truth that they no longer have any real need for God or any vital faith in Him, they conform to the outward conduct of others like themselves.
And these 'believers' cling together, offering one another an apparent justification for lives that are essential the same as the lives of their materialistic neighbors, who horizons are purely those of the world and its transient values. It was an interesting read--a little dry at times, but I'm a big fan of Richard Rohr. View 2 comments. Feb 22, Nathan Richardson rated it it was amazing.
I feel compelled to believe the connections between the Enneagram and Christian spiritual growth. Type Nine. May 18, Megan Soper rated it it was amazing. I started and finished this book in one day plagued with intrigue and deep, vulnerable sadness.
The insights are spectacular, deafening, and at times led me to tears of joy and pain which I found beautiful Aug 07, Katy rated it it was ok. There is some insightful stuff here, and I understand this is a pivotal work for the enneagram. I am hoping some of the works that build on it are stronger, though, because Rohr is theologically unsound in places and comes across as arrogant and presumptuous.
The gospel of John misquotes Jesus because Hitler abused the statement? Pilate was a three based on a single action for which we do not know the motive? Come on, now. Nov 21, Jared Stine rated it it was amazing Shelves: spirituality. Just read it. Sep 03, Joey rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. I was skeptical about this book for two reason. When something is trendy, like the Enneagram, I hate it by default.
The first version of this book, to be fair, was from the s. The reason is, at some point I think you have to focus less on yourself and more on the rest of the cosmos. I was mentally primed to not finish this book. About halfway through, though, it was ob I was skeptical about this book for two reason. About halfway through, though, it was obvious this would be a five-star review. Like my other five-star reviewed books, this one changed me by making think about the world in a new way.
The Enneagram is kind of like a clock face, only it contains nine numbers instead of 12 numbers. There are nine related Enneagram personality types, and each type provides insight on a different flavor of person.
Each flavor has its own strengths, weaknesses, and motivations. If things ended there, this book would be less interesting. What is most useful in the Enneagram is the connection between the types see the cover for an idea of the connections. Understanding the connections helps you understand how you can grow as a person for the better and flourish. It can also help you better understand your spouse, your friends, your parents, and your kids.
As mentioned above, the book helps you understanding the healthy and unhealthy versions of each type. I can understand why someone would be skeptical of the book, either because the Enneagram is trendy or because this particular book has a religious focus.
You may prefer visiting The Enneagram Institute website for more secular information, but I do think this particular book is pretty respectful of lots of schools of thought. Dec 01, Kim rated it really liked it. Over dinner one night my friend said, "I'm an Enneagram Type Six, what are you? She went on to talk about the freedom and healing she'd found in knowing her type and what she needed to work on to become a mature and balanced Type Six. Unlike the familiar Myers-Briggs personality grid, the Enneagram is a cryptic, almost mystical, circle with nine Over dinner one night my friend said, "I'm an Enneagram Type Six, what are you?
Unlike the familiar Myers-Briggs personality grid, the Enneagram is a cryptic, almost mystical, circle with nine numbered points along the circumference and lines connecting some numbers to others. Each individual strongly identifies with one Type, but there are many variations within a type. Each type also has wings, subtypes, a besetting sin, and directional arrows toward other types that lead to growth or regression.
Rohr eases the reader into the Enneagram's descriptions for each Type and reserves the additional complexities for the latter chapters.
The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective
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