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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press,US (17 Nov. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830846190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830846191
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"Armed with delightful but incisive wit, Cron and Stabile help us explore our inner life by making the mystery of the Enneagram accessible. If you want to better understand yourself and those in the world around you, this insightful and brilliant book is a perfect place to begin."--Wm. Paul Young, author of The Shack

"Ian Morgan Cron, partnering with Suzanne Stabile, has gifted us with another timely and brilliantly written book. We've long needed a fresh, spiritually grounded approach to helping people grow in self-knowledge and compassion. This is a winsome and thoughtful primer!"--Mark Batterson, lead pastor, National Community Church, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker

"The Enneagram has been a powerful tool for spiritual transformation in my life, so much so that I became a certified trainer. I've read many of the books available on the subject. This is a wonderfully thorough examination of the Enneagram and the best news is that it will speak to both newcomers and Enneagram veterans."--Anita Lustrea, Faith Conversations Podcast, author, speaker, media coach

"I'm so thrilled that this book exists. The Enneagram has absolutely changed my understanding of how to love the people in my life, deepened the quality of my marriage, and given me a vision for the person God designed me to be. This book makes the Enneagram easy to understand, with helpful stories, humor, warmth, and clear language. I'll need a case, at least."--Shauna Niequist, author of Present Over Perfect

"Cron and Stabile walk through the Enneagram's nine different personality types and their distinct ways of seeing the world, showing how each one has a potentially infinite number of expressions, strengths, and weaknesses. Cron describes his own Enneagram experience as a feeling of waking up after having been asleep for a long time. He explains that in catching a glimpse of the person he was created to be, he began to see himself with the same delight, pride, and expectation with which God sees him, and to sense the immediacy of God's grace. 'In the spiritual life that's no small thing, ' he writes."--Foreword Reviews, Fall 2016

"Cron brings his witty, energetic voice to this collaboration with Stabile, a retreat director and expert on the Enneagram a system of personality typology with roots in Christian and Islamic mysticism. The beauty of the Enneagram is its charity: the system clearly names the flaws as well as the virtues of each personality type. The Enneagram also counsels humility and acknowledges its own limits ('[The Enneagram] is not infallible or inerrant, ' writes Cron and Stabile) a welcome modesty in religious understanding today."--Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW, August 8, 2016"

About the Author

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Sharing the wisdom of the Enneagram through witty, engaging stories and heartfelt compassion for humanity, Suzanne has conducted more than five hundred Enneagram workshops at renowned universities, churches and for and not-for-profit entities. Her repertoire includes Pepperdine, Lipscomb, Baylor and Drury Universities, Hendrix College, Perkins School of Theology (Southern Methodist University) and Brite Divinity School (Texas Christian University). In addition, she has taught at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas, where she was the founding director of Shared Housing, a social service agency serving the elderly and poor. When Suzanne is not on the road teaching and lecturing, she is at home in Dallas, ministering and relaxing with her husband, Joe, a United Methodist pastor. They have four children.


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Clearing away confusion and frustration about ones own personality and spirit and that of others in a lighthearted yet somber manner. Easily accessible and so very, very useful. Forever changed how I see people and myself.
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I have so appreciated the timeliness of The Road Back to You and the way in which it beautifully opens up the Enneagram. No hype, just an authentic, honest and well crafted introduction that gives plenty to work on and a thirst for more. Thank you.
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Readable and thorough introduction to the enneagram.

Everyone’s talking about the Enneagram (a sort of personality test/tool for self-reflection based on the seven deadly sins), and so this book is a very timely one. After a brief introduction to the enneagram, it goes through the nine types. In each chapter there’s a brief description of the type, examples of the type in practice: in children, at work, in relationship, and sometimes a biblical example. The most helpful parts are the suggestions of practices to become more emotionally healthy, depending on which type you are. It’s fairly fast-paced and conversational in style.

Although this is a wonderfully succinct and thorough introduction to the enneagram, I struggled with some elements of the book.

One quibble was that, rather than quoting people directly who are that type, and allowing them to describe how they fitted it, they described people they happened to know who fit the description; sometimes those descriptions of behaviour felt superficial, and were often more negative than positive.

I also felt uncomfortable by the inclusion of ‘celebrity examples’, because the enneagram is about motivation rather than behaviour, and they don’t know which enneagram type celebrities are. Likewise, Leigh Kramer and Tara Owens (my two favourite Enneagram experts) have always taught me that the enneagram describes adult personalities, so I was uncomfortable with labelling children’s personalities when children are still forming and discovering themselves.

Aside from these minor complaints, it’s a real achievement as a readable and thorough introduction to the nine types of the Enneagram.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great tool for life and ministry! 4 Oct. 2016
By D. Goehner - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read a lot of books on the Enneagram and this is the best! It's the one that most easily explains the Enneagram and how it can be used as a tool for life. It also goes deep. I wish everybody had to learn the Enneagram...we would be a much healthier society. This is a great book if you are involved in teams or ministry. Would you like more compassion for yourself and others? This is the place to start. I cannot recommend this highly enough. It's an easy read with depth that can be life changing as you work with it. There's work involved...you can't just read this, it has to be a living breathing piece of work in your life.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an interestingly different view of personality 17 Dec. 2016
By William J. Siems - Published on Amazon.com
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The Enneagram is an interestingly different view of personality. As a teacher of a 4 quadrant view of people (in general) I found this 9 quadrant view refreshing without being overwhelming (as the 64 Myers-Briggs types can be). There are a number of free Enneagram assessment out there, but I found that finding your match by reviewing each quadrant was even better and more accurate. Happy reading!
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for growing in self-awareness and compassion for others 1 Dec. 2016
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This is a great introduction to the enneagram, an ancient personality tool that you need to know about. Its different from other tools like the Myers-Briggs and this difference is what make it so helpful and so uncomfortable to study. The enneagram doesn't flatter. It provides more than a description of your strengths. You'll also get insight into the unhealthy side of your personality. You'll gain an understanding of how you operate at your best and your worst, which is why I have a love/hate relationship with the enneagram. Expect to be encouraged as you read. Expect to squirm at times as you read descriptions of the darker aspects of your personality that are so spot on, you'll wonder if someone's crawled inside your head and downloaded a few things.

There's a lot of more technical books written on the enneagram but this is probably the most accessible and engaging book on the topic. The writing is excellent and the content is organized in a way that makes the tool easy to understand. The authors write from a Christian perspective but its not heavy handed. I can't imagine someone coming from a different faith or no faith at all feeling "run over" by their perspective.

The things we refuse to face in ourselves often have great power over us. Read this book and allow these gracious authors to gently invite you to a greater level of self-awareness that can lead to greater freedom and greater compassion both for yourself and others.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent resource 21 Dec. 2016
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I have been doing self-work and work in my relationships and communities with the enneagram for almost a year. The experience has been life giving and life changing. And Ian and Suzanne's book and podcast provides such a viral resource to dive deeper into the truths the enneagram brings. As a 9, I often struggle with coming firmly down on an opinion or often knowing much at all about who I am at my core. (And frankly I am surprised I am even writing this post). But the enneagram and the good work of Ian and Suzanne in the Road Back to You has given voice to things in myself I long knew but for which I didn't have a language. They are right when they describe his as a tool for mutual empathy, not only for others but for ourselves. I highly recommend this book and their accompanying podcast.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Book 22 Mar. 2017
By Kalt - Published on Amazon.com
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My friends praised this book much more than I would. It's good, don't get me wrong, but I think the authors describe each personality in such extreme terms that it's made it difficult to really see one as truly fitting.
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