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The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  2,495 ratings  ·  327 reviews
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
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Zondervan
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Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Goodness. What a frustrating read. I am glad that I read this once, but I hope that I never have to read it again. There are some real gems in here, for all types, but it is so poorly written and even worsely (the bad writing is contagious!) organized. I cannot believe that someone edited this book. Reading the acknowledgements, it looks like a lot of people were involved in proofing copy. They should all give their checks back for the days they worked on this book. Ugh. You want specifics? Okay ...more
Jaquelle Crowe
Mar 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
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.
Alyssa Foll
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Sarah Elizabeth
Dec 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
If you are interested in the Enneagram, read The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery, not this book.
May 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
I almost dropped this one. Hard to follow; wasn’t clearly laid out. Some of it was helpful, some weirded me out a little. I much preferred The Road Back to You.
Jillian Vincent
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
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!
Jonathan Newman
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read the Road Back to You, listened to several podcast episodes on the Enneagram, and attended a 1 and a half hour seminar on the Enneagram from an expert in my christian non-profit organization (that’s actually how I had the “aha moment” for my type after having unwittingly mistyped myself from a test for a year with superficial understanding and impact).

This book could be for beginners since it’s pretty comprehensive, but it’s also very in depth which makes it especially helpful for peop
Bri McKoy
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is hands down the best book I have read on the Enneagram (and I've read a lot of them). Heuertz gets to the heart of the enneagram, which isn't just discovering our number, it's using the enneagram to move towards our True Self. Maybe one of my favorite lines in the book, "The enneagram is not a tool for self-absorption but instead a map for self-liberation." Discovering our number is literally just the beginning. He gives practical tools for how to move to health and illuminates aspects of ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Slow read because I read it on my kindle app but for sure my favorite enneagram book. Highly recommend. I will reread.
Taylor Nick
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best book on the Enneagram put there. Instead of pouring over type stereotypes for pages and pages (which only feeds our egotistical tendencies), he illuminates and simplifies how the Enneagram is a tool that helps everyone in a similar way. His chart for how we are all our true self, but somewhere along the way we experienced trauma and developed different ways of coping, was a big light bulb for me. Those coping mechanisms became habitual patterns that most of the time we’re not even aware ...more
Luke Hillier
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
The Enneagram is the the midst of quite a moment right now, and I've felt a combination of elated excitement that more and more people are getting on board as well as a bit of overwhelmed apathy in light of the onslaught of new books, podcasts, and so on. For that reason, I slept on this new contribution to the sphere and it took a whole year of hearing different folks not just rave about it, but recognize that it was offering new and unique insights to finally pique my interest. Having spent th ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It took me a long time to finish this book because I had to pause between the many revelations to live with it. Highly recommend to...everyone.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, enneagram
I gleaned some good nuggets from this enneagram book, but I would not recommend it for someone who's brand new to enneagram. I recommend starting with more of a primer before diving into this one. Some of my greatest takeaways were related to contemplative practices, which has lead me to wanting to read some of his recommended resources about that area more so than me learning a lot more about my number specifically. I did find as the book went on that it was incredibly repetitive and seemed lik ...more
Misha Labrecque
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
This book is mad crazy. If you want to worship the Enneagram, this is the book for you. Otherwise, pick something else.
Ted Tyler
Pros: this is a much deeper dive into the theory of Enneagram than some other books such as Road Back to You; focuses more on sin and struggles than other works that I've read or skimmed; I have a much more solid understanding of the Enneagram after reading this book; the appendix on how often people are mistyped was very useful.

Cons: the first 80 pages almost put me to sleep. Not too sure why they were included, but I guess the author wanted someone who never encountered Enneagram to have a tho
Kate Austin
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Now I know I know, the one obsessed with personality things says she loves this book. BUT YALL THIS BOOK. Put down your hesitations and read 👏 this 👏 book. Not only is this book more clear yet in depth about the test and framework of the Enneagram but provides insight and tools on using the test to grow spiritually. And if Jesus and personality type things are in the same place you know ya girl is on cloud nine. Even for those who aren’t spiritual this book explains and goes into the Enneagram w ...more
Faith Neece
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can not recommend this book enough! Very helpful descriptions not only of what the enneagram is but why it is and how it helps us on our spiritual journey. Many investigations into the Enneagram stop with the type descriptions. But it isn’t enough. We need to allow a space for this tool to transform us. This book really breaks down how each of us can find our way home. If you are at all interested in the Enneagram, you need this book.
Samantha Barnes
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
While the writing wasn’t impressive (at times, I found it a little confusing and full of too much terminology that I kept having to re-look up in the provided glossary), the actual information and arrangement of the book was GOLD. I own the classic Wisdom of the Enneagram, which is a little more like a textbook, and I skimmed Road Back to You, but Sacred Enneagram was a much fuller and accessible explanation (especially compared to RBTY). I understand so many more components of the Enneagram and ...more
Nathan Shuherk
Jan 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book takes a tool for understanding yourself and others and turns it into a cult of religious fanaticism.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great next level Enneagram book if you know your type.
Maria Turner
I am pretty sure I am a better person after reading through these pages. This is a book that I know I will come back to. The pages are packed with sooooo much goodness and truth. My heart has been open to a deeper meaning of myself and others. This book has facilitated a more in-depth connection between me and my Creator. So much inner and relational awareness. As a Licensed Mental Health Therapist I was a huge skeptic ... I am now such a supporter of the Enneagram ... what a beautiful tool. Tha ...more
Interesting and deep. Listened on audio and definitely had to be in the right mood to listen, but it was informative and had lots of background info on the enneagram.
Emma Ripley
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Maureen Russell
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first introduction to the Enneagram. Fascinating! I’ve never seen in print something that describes the very core of my being so well. Revelational. It was as a little hard to follow in the beginning as he tried to explain what the Enneagram is and how it came to be. And I’m still not clear on that, but overall great book that could be helpful to anyone.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Road Back to You was the first book I read about the Enneagram. I found this to be much more thorough with good ideas for implementation.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I am fairly new to the Enneagram and I picked this up hoping for a deeper understanding of how the Enneagram could line up with my faith. While there was plenty of background and context around the foundation of the Enneagram, I was hoping for more practical integration and applications (not just a couple of chapters at the end). I appreciated the charts and explanation of each type.

I struggled to connect with the author's voice throughout the book. There was a lot of self-awareness and contempl
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