The Sacred Enneagram
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 youHow to understand the 'why' behind your type, beyond caricatures and stereotypesHow to align your type with prayer posturesHow to identify and find freedom from self-destructive patternsHow to grow in spiritual discernmentHow to face your past wounds and step toward healingHow to awaken your unique gifts to serve today’s broken worldChris’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 Details

TitleThe Sacred Enneagram
Author
ReleaseSep 5th, 2017
PublisherZondervan
ISBN-139780310348276
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Spirituality, Christian, Psychology

The Sacred Enneagram Review

  • James
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Alyssa Foll
    January 1, 1970
    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 w 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.
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  • Jaquelle Crowe
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Slow read because I read it on my kindle app but for sure my favorite enneagram book. Highly recommend. I will reread.
  • Misha Labrecque
    January 1, 1970
    this book was absolutely insightful and transformational for me. i would absolutely recommend for those who have done a little dabbling in the enneagram and already know their type, but who are looking for deeper meaning, practical suggestions and guidance, and a beautiful spiritual layer to come alongside the psychological information. chris writes in a way that is easy to understand, well thought out, and beneficial for the novice and the well-versed. i especially appreciated the section on th this book was absolutely insightful and transformational for me. i would absolutely recommend for those who have done a little dabbling in the enneagram and already know their type, but who are looking for deeper meaning, practical suggestions and guidance, and a beautiful spiritual layer to come alongside the psychological information. chris writes in a way that is easy to understand, well thought out, and beneficial for the novice and the well-versed. i especially appreciated the section on the history of the enneagram, as well as the section on contemplative prayer. i know i will reach for this book as a reference quite often.
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  • Bethany
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book to be the most helpful of the Enneagram Reading I have done so far. I often read Enneagram material and find that I see my struggles and issues revealed, but am offered little guidance on how to grow and change. This book offers a very in-depth and well researched look at Enneagram history and modern use. Chris Heuertz desires that you fully understand triads and their role in addition to the usual explanation of each type. I found that in this book there is a focus on not usin I found this book to be the most helpful of the Enneagram Reading I have done so far. I often read Enneagram material and find that I see my struggles and issues revealed, but am offered little guidance on how to grow and change. This book offers a very in-depth and well researched look at Enneagram history and modern use. Chris Heuertz desires that you fully understand triads and their role in addition to the usual explanation of each type. I found that in this book there is a focus on not using stereotypical descriptions,that are flat and simplistic. Instead of that, the descriptions are helpful, real, and distinctive. The final portion of the book focuses on prayer practices as a way of coming home to yourself and to God. These practices are described thoroughly and each type receives a prayer practice suggestion and an intention to pray towards. I highly recommend this book if you are familiar with the enneagram but frustrated with the lack of instruction for growth. This book is perfect for someone who desires to understand how self-knowledge and prayer can transform your life and lead you closer to God.
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  • Jillian Vincent
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    This might not have been the best book to start my knowledge of the Enneagram with. It talks a lot about them before defining them and it also discusses the literature about them a great deal. I appreciated the idea of finding my own spiritual path using the Enneagram and the back half of the book was really useful. This should have been my second or third book on the Enneagram though, I think.
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  • Drew
    January 1, 1970
    A great next level Enneagram book if you know your type.
  • Emma Ripley
    January 1, 1970
    This book has a differing structure to most Enneagram books, the chapter's are topic based instead of isolating each number. It is a good place to start with the Enneagram, but not many surprises if you are have already done a lot of Enneagram digging.
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    Favorite Enneagram bookThis is hands down my favorite enneagram book. Chris’ language for the types as well as really giving handles to the way home are absolutely gripping and helpful! I also liked that often his approach was different than what I read. You end up getting a better grasp of wide vision as well as your specific type all at once instead of delving into your type and being myoptic about the journey. Excellent read. And Ryan from Sleeping at Last write the Afterward so an added bonu Favorite Enneagram bookThis is hands down my favorite enneagram book. Chris’ language for the types as well as really giving handles to the way home are absolutely gripping and helpful! I also liked that often his approach was different than what I read. You end up getting a better grasp of wide vision as well as your specific type all at once instead of delving into your type and being myoptic about the journey. Excellent read. And Ryan from Sleeping at Last write the Afterward so an added bonus.
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent material here… It’s primarily for people who have already familiarized themselves with the enneagram, since Chris integrates all the different traditions in his book. I think newcomers might feel a bit lost.
  • Aberdeen
    January 1, 1970
    I had a pretty good grasp on the basics of the Enneagram before reading this, but it really expanded my knowledge and went way deeper. It’s not overwhelmingly deep—although I think I will need to read it many times before truly understanding and being able to apply all of it. I love how he ties in the Enneagram with our faith and describes the unique way each type needs to pray and connect with God, or the unique hurdles each type faces in their relationship with God. I didn’t agree with all of I had a pretty good grasp on the basics of the Enneagram before reading this, but it really expanded my knowledge and went way deeper. It’s not overwhelmingly deep—although I think I will need to read it many times before truly understanding and being able to apply all of it. I love how he ties in the Enneagram with our faith and describes the unique way each type needs to pray and connect with God, or the unique hurdles each type faces in their relationship with God. I didn’t agree with all of the theology and I still feel wary of contemplative practices but I want to have an open mind and explore this facet of Christianity (which has ancient and long-upheld roots—it's no newfangled idea). Chris is sympathetic and thoughtful in his descriptions of all the types and feels like a kind friend and mentor. Plus, there are many helpful charts (the appendix that compares each type with the other and shows common mistypings is extremely useful) and the art adds a lovely touch. One of my favorite Enneagram resources now.
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  • Keith
    January 1, 1970
    A really insightful and in-depth look at the Enneagram. Heuertz invites us to move beyond the Enneagram as a 'personality traits model' and begin using it for spiritual formation and integration. The Enneagram isn't meant to be used as entertainment or even 'confirmation' of our personality, but as a tool for growth. It mainly reveals our coping and denial traits rather than merely affirming our personality type. It shows us where 'work needs to be done'. It reveals the reasons for our compulsiv A really insightful and in-depth look at the Enneagram. Heuertz invites us to move beyond the Enneagram as a 'personality traits model' and begin using it for spiritual formation and integration. The Enneagram isn't meant to be used as entertainment or even 'confirmation' of our personality, but as a tool for growth. It mainly reveals our coping and denial traits rather than merely affirming our personality type. It shows us where 'work needs to be done'. It reveals the reasons for our compulsivity and idiosyncrasies and presents the path toward wholeness and integration. What is unique about Heuretz' presentation is that it goes further in helping us understand the motivations behind each of the nine types. Then he offers a rationale for entering into contemplative prayer as the way toward integration and wholeness. He explains how silence, solitude and stillness are beneficial for different reasons and different types. Overall, 'The Sacred Enneagram' goes beyond characteristics and traits and moves toward active engagement in contemplation as complementing and invigorating the change dynamic revealed within the Enneagram.
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  • Ashley Brooks
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the only resources I've encountered on personality type that actually shows you how to take action on what you learn about your strengths and weaknesses rather than just pinning you into a box and calling it "self-awareness." This book was dense, but the in-depth history of the Enneagram and the Christian perspective made it well worth the read. The third section on contemplative prayer and finding the prayer posture that your type most needs was especially insightful. It wouldn't This is one of the only resources I've encountered on personality type that actually shows you how to take action on what you learn about your strengths and weaknesses rather than just pinning you into a box and calling it "self-awareness." This book was dense, but the in-depth history of the Enneagram and the Christian perspective made it well worth the read. The third section on contemplative prayer and finding the prayer posture that your type most needs was especially insightful. It wouldn't be my first choice for someone who's new to Enneagram, but if you've been interested in a while and are ready to go deeper, this is a great choice.
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  • JenWrenReads
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve heard a lot about the Enneagram on various podcasts and so thought I’d read this to learn more. I am in general very skeptical of personality tests from their validity to their use and limitations. And this book did not change that view. It is a thorough and fairly well written explanation. The author’s examples did not resonant with me tho so I found myself skimming less interesting sections.
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  • Ross Slough
    January 1, 1970
    A deeper dive into the complex world of Enneagram knowledge. Unique insights and helpful directives for the Enneagram as a tool for personal discipleship through contemplative practice. Really enjoyed this read
  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    Deeper look into the Enneagram and how to use it as a tool to take you to wholeness and health versus using the Enneagram out of curiosity to explain and justify you and your personality. Very insightful and I recommend reading it after you are familiar with the Enneagram and your type if you want the Enneagram used as a tool in your life. This is not an Enneagram primer. The Enneagram has been huge blessing for me and my family in bringing us healing and peace.
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  • Ginger
    January 1, 1970
    I had some trouble relating to this book and making sense of it. I think it's definitely a book for someone well-versed in all things Enneagram. But, when he was on the mark, it was a straight to the heart bulls-eye of insight. I'm glad I read it and I know I'll reference it again.
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  • Natalie Herr
    January 1, 1970
    Stop whatever you’re doing and read this book! So incredibly insightful and helpful.
  • Katherine Pershey
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent.
  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Whether you know the Enneagram or not, this new book from Chris Heuertz is awesome. For those who don't know the Enneagram, here you'll get an intro that will pique your curiosity and ensure that further learning - online or elsewhere - will be of practical benefit in your personal journey of growth. If you're already an Enneagram fan, Chris's book, gives practical guidelines for using this ancient and fascinating tool. If, like me, you've read many Enneagram books and still sometimes wonder how Whether you know the Enneagram or not, this new book from Chris Heuertz is awesome. For those who don't know the Enneagram, here you'll get an intro that will pique your curiosity and ensure that further learning - online or elsewhere - will be of practical benefit in your personal journey of growth. If you're already an Enneagram fan, Chris's book, gives practical guidelines for using this ancient and fascinating tool. If, like me, you've read many Enneagram books and still sometimes wonder how to bring the information alongside real life in truly transformative ways, you'll love it. I've already read it twice and given away a bunch of copies to others who love it too.
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  • Heather Orton
    January 1, 1970
    Lots of good information on the enneagram to help someone who is new to the concept to understand.
  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    Audiobook. I like how he wants to go to the next step...using the Enneagram to meet God and become your true self. It was a bit hard for me to grasp some of it audibly....the book might be easier to grasp some of the concepts.
  • Johnny
    January 1, 1970
    The first half of the book was great. It gave an in-depth (nearly overwhelming) overview of the many aspects of the Enneagram. The second half felt like the author was stretching it at points. The spiritual advice was even strange at parts.
  • Stephen
    January 1, 1970
    Chris does an incredible job making this ancient resource accessible, not only to understand, but to now put into practice. Chris introduced me to the Enneagram several years ago, and it truly is a mystery that continues to teach. This book is a gift to any that read it.
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  • Hollie
    January 1, 1970
    I've read a lot of books about the enneagram. This one might be my favorite.
  • Kayla Roth
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot recommend this book highly enough to those interested in the Enneagram and/or contemplative spirituality. I would lend my copy out but it contains too many underlines and journal like scribbles for other people's eyes. Take the RHETI & get yourself a copy.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I'm certainly glad this wasn't my first foray into the Enneagram, otherwise, I may not have even finished the book. Not that it's bad, far from it, but it's not an easy entry by any means. Even for someone who is quite familiar with the subject, I had a hard time getting through some parts and would find myself going back to reread certain sentences. At times the writing seemed to be unnecessarily convoluted. I'm not sure if it needed more specifics, more simplicity, or just more examples of wha I'm certainly glad this wasn't my first foray into the Enneagram, otherwise, I may not have even finished the book. Not that it's bad, far from it, but it's not an easy entry by any means. Even for someone who is quite familiar with the subject, I had a hard time getting through some parts and would find myself going back to reread certain sentences. At times the writing seemed to be unnecessarily convoluted. I'm not sure if it needed more specifics, more simplicity, or just more examples of what it was trying to say. Even so, I especially enjoyed its focus on spiritual growth in the final third of the book. This was something I hadn't been exposed to in my previous Enneagram reading (though The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types does have a more general chapter on it). Here too the writing suffered, though, and I found myself struggling to differentiate what the differences were between the three postures, three intentions, etc. All in all, a nice addition to the Enneagram library, but not my favorite.
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  • Melanie Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I waited a long time for the arrival of The Sacred Enneagram in the fall of 2017, but I found myself reading it slowly and carefully, not wanting to miss a word of the loaded insight crammed inside. TSE might seem introductory at first glance, but in reality it goes where few Enneagram books have gone before. It is so refreshing to read something on this subject that doesn’t tempt you to skip to the chapter of your type and miss out on the beauty of all the others, that integrates each type into I waited a long time for the arrival of The Sacred Enneagram in the fall of 2017, but I found myself reading it slowly and carefully, not wanting to miss a word of the loaded insight crammed inside. TSE might seem introductory at first glance, but in reality it goes where few Enneagram books have gone before. It is so refreshing to read something on this subject that doesn’t tempt you to skip to the chapter of your type and miss out on the beauty of all the others, that integrates each type into every chapter, and goes so much deeper than childhood wounds in the spiritual analysis of the Enneagram. Chris Heuertz’s work with the harmony triads and attachment types is truly groundbreaking and in the end he presents some of the deepest, most hopeful spiritual work there is to offer with this sacred tool. I hope this publication is just the beginning of Chris’s foray into writing on the spiritual dimensions of the Enneagram, as there is a world of wisdom in this little book.
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