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Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram: A Handbook for Harmony and Transformation

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The Enneagram opens a remarkable window into the truth about us, enabling us to see how image, wounds, lies, triggers, and default responses shape us every bit as much as our faith. But simply diagnosing our number doesn't do justice to who we are. Nor does it necessarily change us or our relationships. Transformation happens as we grow in awareness and learn how to engage ...more
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Published March 12th 2019 by IVP Books (first published February 1st 2019)
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Lori Neff
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is such a rich resource! Full of exercises, spiritual practices, and empathy. It brought clarity to my own type - I can wait to really sit with the suggested practices!
I've read about 5 different books on the enneagram and I've taken several workshops and training - this book has a bit of a different approach and I found that it is nuanced and helpful in bringing balance and harmony to my type.
Laura Langley
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The word “Enneagram” has quickly become a buzz word over the past several years. Authors Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, Doug Calhoun, Clare Loughrige, and Scott Loughrige have written “Spiritual Rhythms for the Sacred Enneagram,” adding another book to the mix. What’s different about this one? While “Spiritual Rhythms for the Sacred Enneagram” does cover some characteristics of each type when healthy and unhealthy, the authors present a unique focus.

Each triad of Enneagram types has a preferred way of r
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a life coach certified in the Enneagram I’ve read LOTS of books on the topic - this one is different! It is packed full of resources and spiritual practices that gently guide you toward growth and transformation.
A must-have resource for anyone desiring to become their truest, best self and for Helping Professionals who work with others on the journey of transformation!
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Summary: More than just a discussion of Enneagram numbers, this handbook utilizes "harmony triads" to lead to greater spiritual and relational transformation, and offers recommendations for spiritual practices suitable for each number and triad.

There have been a host of books published in recent years on the Enneagram, including several from this publisher. This may be both the most comprehensive resource out there on the different numbers (the term used for your type), and one that takes a nove
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just when you thought the christian market was being saturated by books on the Enneagram, IVP publishes yet another one on this intriguing tool on the road to self-discovery. And “Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram” definitely deserves its place!

The value of this book is first of all in its wide range of practical resources and practices for each number on the spectrum (the Enneagram offers nine different personality types with a myriad of possibilities for growth). It really is a book for thos
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for honest review from NetGalley.

I am in love with the Enneagram as a tool to assess personality, how people relate and how to become more of our true selves. It fascinates me and has been very helpful in my own journey. This is probably my favorite book I've read on the Enneagram so far. It is accessible and easy to read - some Enneagram books are nearly impossible to break down but this one is profound yet simply written. I loved the way the book was
Stephanie Hull
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Enneagram is such a powerful tool for practical day to day relationships as well as spiritual understanding and personal transformation. Knowing your number is just the beginning. It's a starting place and more importantly an invitation to a journey of self development and self awareness. Doug and Adele Calhoun and Clare and Scott Loughrige have written a book with a unique focus that helps each of us delve into our core. It is an amazing resource and tool for anyone hoping to take their kno ...more
Heather Smith
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was able to read an advanced copy of this book and believe that this book will very quickly become one of the most significant books on the enneagram and Christianity. The book includes both extremely helpful information about the various enneagram types, but even more important are the recommendations and resources for how knowing this information can inform and shape your spiritual practices. I have read many book and attended multiple trainings on the enneagram and reading this book gave me ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram and found it to be a valuable resource. It is definitely not for someone new to the Enneagram. For them I would recommend more introductory texts. But for those who want to study more deeply, I recommend this book. It has a decidedly Christian perspective, so that is something to keep in mind.

In this book the authors present a new and fresh look at how the Enneagram can be applied to our lives and in particular
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A new interesting handbook for the Enneagram
Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, Doug Calhoun, Clare Loughrige, and Scott Loughrige present in "Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram. A Handbook for Harmony and Transformation", published by Intervarsity Press, a handbook that is a powerful tool for daily relationships, spiritual understanding, and personal transformation. In reality this book is far more than a handbook, it is a workbook. The definitions (key terms) based on a Christian perspective which are add
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Different enneagram movements make this complicated. I was calling it enneagram 301 & spiritual practices for the intermediate or advanced.

Important to note going into this that it varies pretty significantly from typical enneagram structure and movement. 4 moves to 7 and 1 instead of 2 and 1. The goal of that change (7 also moves in the same triangle and no longer moves to 5), is to place every number on a path that accessible to all three intelligences: gut, heart & head. It makes sense, and
Amanda Osenga
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first began my studies about the Enneagram I thought “this would work great alongside spiritual practices.” This book is exactly what I was looking for. I think it’s an essential resource for Enneagram study. Not only does the author do an excellent job explaining the Enneagram, but the resources and practices outlined are also incredible. This book should find its way onto the shelf of every spiritual leader, Enneagram student, and those looking to deepen their spiritual walk and practic ...more
If you already have a basic understanding of the Enneagram and want to dive deeper into how it effects you and your Christian faith, read this book! I like the authors' concept of Harmony Triads, which expand on the traditional Enneagram numbers. I also appreciate that along with information and case studies, the book includes practical steps to take for your number. I especially like the imaginative and breath prayers. I read an ARC from NetGalley and plan to purchase physical copies so my husb ...more
John G.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a useful book for those who are just being introduced to the Enneagram, and it's equally helpful for professionals who have been exploring the richness of the Enneagram for quite some time. ...more
Chari Regina
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for students of the enneagram.

It is well written and doesn't repeat all of the basic introductory information in most enneagram books. It doesn't flow as easily as a book written by one author but that is easily overlooked due to the wealth of information and resources this book is filled with.

This book offers practices, experiences and prayers that will be valuable for anyone trying to live as a healthier version of themselves.

The publisher provided an ARC through Net
May 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I quit this book. Can't believe I wasted $18 buying it. Too much mumbo-jumbo for me. The last straw was the line, "Breathe into your intellect." What the heck does that even mean? Feels like I'm reading a foreign language.

I've read a lot of helpful enneagram books, so maybe my expectations were too high.

I do not understand all the high ratings, and I don't have the patience for this.
Todd Humphreys
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
--Use This If You Want to Do Serious Work In Character Transformation--

This is a resource to be used for doing serious work in character transformation.

There are plenty of books out there that give you the introductory understanding of the Enneagram that we all need, this one goes far beyond that. You can take the time to look through it at a leisurely pace, but there's a lot of depth here to explore slowly. Each chapter is filled with excellent application questions and spiritual practices to
Noah Filipiak
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What I love most about Spiritual Rhythms of the Enneagram is it has everything you'd be looking for in a book (information, examples, etc.), but it's so much more than a book. It's an interactive journey that feels so personal because it allows you to dig so deep into your own type. It provides you questions and prayers that are unique to you, just like a spiritual director would. This book is a fantastic resource for anyone wishes to grow spiritually. I also love its accessibility. You could re ...more
Michael Fox
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and a cup of coffee. There are a number of great books on the shelves that discuss the Enneagram. But this book is unique among the many volumes that have been published on this new-but-ancient system for assessing character and behavior, strengths and weaknesses. This book has been written by four of the top authorities in the field, and it has been recommended by the balance of the premier authorities who did not actually contribu ...more
A great addition to the growing number of books setting the Enneagram within the context of Christian spirituality. I first encountered the "harmony triads" in What's My Type, and Christopher Huertz, in The Sacred Enneagram develops them as well, especially in reference to the spiritual practices of solitude, silence and stillness. Calhoun, use the harmony triads as a frame for explaining how each number has access to all three intelligences (Doing, Feeling, Thinking) for growth and int ...more
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
The most helpful enneagram lens for moving toward integrated wholenss is that of "Harmony Triads", an approach most developed by St. Ignatius.

This book was super-helpful for finding a way of studying applying the enneagram that moves toward understanding the individual as an integrated whole, not just a single type. It helped me to understand myself better and to see how to help steer people toward integrating heard, heart, and gut more fully so they can find emotional and spiritual health. I
Jessie Young
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book on the enneagram. It takes it further than just explaining each type. It helps you become more self aware. It helps you learn how others operate. It guides you towards transformation by asking targeted questions for each type. This is a book you will want to refer to over and over. I highly recommend it. It’s good for the beginner but very good for the experienced enneagram student.
I received a digital copy from netgalley. I was in no way required to write a positive r
Katelyn Entz
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic tool for spiritual transformation

This is more than a book on the enneagram. In fact, I would not recommend it for beginners to the enneagram. It is a handbook for spiritual transformation which uses the Harmony Triads to integrate heart, body, and mind. This is a different take on the enneagram than I had previously encountered and I found it absolutely transformative! It is an intense, highly practical book that requires deep introspection and self-reflection. Not for the faint of hea
Van Ruth
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very insightful. Though I have a shelf of Enneagram books, this one is one of my favorites. Not only does it have deep insights into the Enneagram types, it is written from an unapologetically Christian approach which adds to its depth. The Soul Resources at the end were some of my favorite parts as they were thought-provoking, and offered practical and helpful suggestions that I’ve already put into practice.
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amazing resource for enneagram lovers. Definitely a work book style that is easy to come back and reference. Loved the prayers specific to each type. I learned many new things about my type from this book, even when I thought I “already knew” recommend so highly for those who want to incorporate spiritual practices into their lives that are specific to their number and boy are they “right on the money”.
Eric Gilchrest
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Of the Enneagram books I’ve encountered, this gives the best introduction into spiritual practices connected with one’s Enneagram number. The authors give concrete, practical steps toward spiritual and relational health that I find rewarding. Well worth the read, and also a tremendous resource that one can come back to time and again.
Steve Penner
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is likely the most practical book for spiritual practice that I have come across. I am fairly new to the Enneagram and am interested it in the context of Christian spirituality. This book really comes through on several levels. Thanks to my niece Jami Wolfe for recommending it. I hope to use it as the basis for a small group study in the future.
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I only read parts of it, mostly my number, so I cannot comment on the whole book. However, I really enjoyed it a lot. It was a bit too God focused for me, hence the four stars instead of five. I was hoping for more spiritual and less bible. But the part at the end of each number about how to relate to someone of that number was great.
Dustin Turner
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is what it says it is: a handbook. So, it's not really a book to simply read though. However, if you're working for your enneagram number or your team's, it can be helpful. There's some great practical, spiritual homework in this book. ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This was outstanding! So rich and full of great insights and ideas, I had to read it slowly to take it all in. Practical suggestions and spiritual practices for each type. Great for personal growth as well as for building understanding and empathy for others.
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Adele Ahlberg Calhoun (MA, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) has worked in Christian ministry for over forty years, and she and her husband, Doug, currently work with Highrock Church in Arlington, Massachusetts. As certified Enneagram instructors, they enjoy resourcing spiritual leaders and pastors through spiritual direction and teaching the Enneagram. Adele is the author of Spiritual Discipli ...more

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