My goal for several years has been to read 50 books in one calendar year – 52 weeks – but I have always fallen off the rails around 25 books. This year, I’m twice as determined. I will be posting short reviews of each book with my thoughts and any recommendations I received for the book as well as a link to purchase the book from Amazon, (though I recommend checking your local library first). If you have questions, leave a comment! If you want to follow my journey, find me on Goodreads.
The Enneagram comes and goes in popularity, but I’ve become such a huge fan. My dear friend, Hannah, brought it up to me several months ago and I read a dozen websites on the different types and layers until I was dizzy with information. Just after that I began hearing people talk about it on podcasts – Annie Downs, Jen Hatmaker, and even Jamie Ivey! I’m sure they discussed it before, but I hadn’t paid any attention. Needless to say, I began the search for a good book companion to the Enneagram – to take it a step further – and stumbled on The Sacred Enneagram by Christopher L. Heuertz. I initially downloaded this via Audible (I had a free book), but quickly found that I needed to make notes so I bought a paper copy (which is my preference anyway).
To break it down, the Enneagram is kind of like Myers-Briggs or another personality test, but it delves more into the WHY — why you act and think in the patterns you do. In Heuertz’s words it “illustrates the nine ways we get lost, but also the nine ways we can come home to our true self.” It’s the ways we lie to ourselves, how we can refute those with truths, and the ways of finding our way back to God. I particularly enjoyed this book because it layers in spiritual aspects of seeking God and centering yourself spiritually. I learned so much about myself and about others and have found myself giving much more grace to those around me. This may seem like the new Christian fad, and maybe it is, but I’ve learned so much through this ancient map of the soul.
I’m a self-preserving four type. To give you a little example of the content, here’s a little information (from the Enneagram Institute) on a type 4:
The Individualist (also called the Romantic or the Artistic): Fours are self-aware, sensitive, and reserved. They are emotionally honest, creative, and personal, but can also be moody and self-conscious. Withholding themselves from others due to feeling vulnerable and defective, they can also feel disdainful and exempt from ordinary ways of living. They typically have problems with melancholy, self-indulgence, and self-pity. At their Best: inspired and highly creative, they are able to renew themselves and transform their experiences.
Goodreads rating: 4.28/5
My rating: 4/5 stars
Days read: January 23-February 2