The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
This 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. Experience author Richard Rohr's expertise and advanced thought on the subject, easily laid out for all audiences.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 2 minutes|
|Author||Richard Rohr, Andreas Ebert|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 24, 2020|
|Publisher||Dreamscape Media, LLC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #12,053 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#23 in History of Christianity (Audible Books & Originals)
#158 in History of Christianity (Books)
#173 in Christian Church History (Books)
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Dating back to the Desert Fathers, it helps reveal the "true" self over against the "false", or "shadow", self. Myers-Briggs and StrengthsFinder 2.0 are helpful, but this is NECESSARY.
Richard Rohr writes, "[...] the Enneagram shows us, among other things, the dark side of our gifts. [...] people are are destroyed by their gifts and talents. We are destroyed by our gifts because we identify too closely with what we can do well. Once we were told that we were destroyed by our sins. That's true, but the issue is more subtle."
That rang true with me at a deep level...
He went on, "We cling too much to what comes our way naturally." We spend the first thirty years of life developing an impression, a self-image that we fixate on. And by the time you're forty, this cultivated image is so ingrained that we "are literally prepared to go through hell just so we don't have to give it up. It determines most of what we do or don't do, say or don't say, what we occupy ourselves with and what we don't. We're all affected by it."
Then he poses the ultimate existential question:
"The question is: Do I have the freedom to be anything other than this role and this image."
And the answer is Yes, you do, which Rohr spells out in the book. So do yourself, your spouse and family, your community... do us all a favor and READ the book.
A few years have passed since I first learned about the Enneagram, but a recent podcast by Crystal Paine reminded me of the topic and led me to look for materials to help me learn more on the subject. This book was my first purchase on the topic. I believe that it is truly one of the best purchases that I have ever made!
The authors explained everything in detail, provided examples and diagrams. Although reading this book was an extremely humbling experience, I am encouraged that I can move forward and grow in many areas of my life. I especially love the Christian perspective of the book. Being given examples of people from the Bible who represent the 9 types along with scriptures was wonderful. I am not sure that I can adequately describe how extremely happy I am that I ordered this book! It is going to be a well-worn book since I am going to be rereading it and referring back to it regularly.
By no means go into reading this thinking it is giving you an accurate picture of Christianity at all. The Enneagram should be avoided altogether for professing Christians in general, but especially this book. Want to find the “path to self-discovery?” Read your Bible instead, friends!
Top reviews from other countries
Would of been great if it was kept simple.