- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery (Road Back to You Set) Hardcover – 17 Nov 2016
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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
Author photo by Ben Pearson.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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.