The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growthby Published 05 Sep 2017
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For all the ways we live unawakened lives, the enneagram is here to help.
The Sacred Enneagram is a trustworthy, richly insightful guide to finding yourself in the enneagram’s 9-type profiles, and applying this practical wisdom for a life transformed. Far more than a personality test, author Chris Heuertz writes, the enneagram is a sacred map to the soul. Lies about who we think we are keep us trapped in loops of self-defeat. But the enneagram offers a bright path to cutting through the internal clutter and finding our way back to God and to our true identity as God created us.
Chris Heuertz’ life was forever changed after he learned about the enneagram 15 years ago. Today, he leads enneagram workshops all over the world. Join Chris as he shows you how this ancient tool can help you awaken to the gifts God has given you, find freedom from your personal patterns of sin and fear, and grow in acceptance of your identity as you grow with God.
In conversational style with compelling stories, The Sacred Enneagram will show you
How to understand the 'why' behind your type, beyond caricatures and stereotypes
How to align your type with prayer postures
How to identify and find freedom from self-destructive patterns
How to grow in spiritual discernment
How to face your past wounds and step toward healing
How to awaken your unique gifts to serve today’s broken world
Chris’s own journey with the enneagram is an accessible introduction and exploration of how the enneagram can change your life, because to the extent that we are transformed, the world will be transformed.
"The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth" Reviews
I read The Road Back to You and listened to the podcast. I'm a fan of Typology and have read several other books on the Enneagram. As a result, I have a deeper understanding of myself and have gotten better at the dubious art of typing other people. This book connected the dots for me, in terms of spiritual formation. Heuertz discusses the types, intelligence centers and the harmony/dominant affect groups to reveal a unique path into the life of prayer in the contemplative tradition. For example, Heuertz says that as an Ennegram 7, I am called to rest in silence.
Here is how it works: contemplative spirituality advocates silence, solitude, and stillness. These three postures map on the Enneagram's intelligence centers (Mind, Heart and Body). The mind/thinking types (5,6,7) are each called towards silence. My harmony type/dominant affect is that of a frustrated idealist (along with 1s and 4s). These types, are called particularly to a prayer posture of rest.
I learned a lot from this book about how the Enneagram works. I had a superficial understanding about types, wings and arrows but Heuertz made sense of some things for me. And he makes some good inferences on how to approach prayer. This is useful personally and also for guiding other people.
I love the Enneagram but disagreed with most of this book. While I thought his overviews of each type were helpful, I was confused and disturbed by his spiritual advice.
I’m discovering that learning about one’s true self through the enneagram is not for the faint of heart and reading “The Sacred Enneagram” is no exception.
I loved this book, though. Chalk full of insights, Christopher Heueretz unpacks each type and examines triads. I especially loved how he integrated Henri Nouwen’s work and contemplative spirituality as well.
Highly recommended for using the enneagram as a spiritual discipline and a way in which to come to know one’s true self before the One who knows is better than we know ourselves.
If you are interested in the Enneagram, read The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery, not this book.
This book was deep and confusing at times, but I found a chapter on solitude and silence really helpful. I think there are probably more down to earth enneagram books out there that I would be interested in reading!