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 and reflect God's image. And relational repair then results as we apply Enneagram insights to the rhythms and grooves of our ordinary daily lives. For those who have learned about the Enneagram and wonder "What's next?"―this handbook is the answer. Filled with exercises to engage, challenge, encourage, and sustain, Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram will help us grow in greater awareness and lead us to spiritual and relational transformation. Including new insight on the Enneagram and the Harmony Triads, and offering helpful "Soul Resources" in the appendix, this handbook can be used by individuals or groups.
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 Disciplines Handbook, Invitations from God and the coauthor of True You and Women & Identity.
Previously, Adele and her husband copastored Redeemer Community Church in Needham, Massachusetts, and she was formerly pastor of spiritual formation at Christ Church in Oak Brook, Illinois. A retreat speaker and trained spiritual director, she has taught courses at Wheaton College and Northern Seminary. In the early 1970s she helped pioneer student work with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She has also worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in New England and Canada and with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in the West Indies and South Africa.
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.
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 relating in the world—the head (numbers Five, Six, Seven) , the heart (numbers Two, Three, Four), or the gut (numbers Eight, Nine, One). The authors present a new take on these triads saying, “Drawing on the harmonies of your head, heart, and gut triad can create new, life-giving neural pathways that override habitual default reactions. In the face of decisions and interactions, take a moment to notice: (p. 7) • What does your head (IQ) think? • What does your heart (EQ) feel? • What does your gut instinct (GQ) know? • What harmony comes from these three ways of knowing?
By identifying their two correlating types and incorporating those harmonies, each Enneagram type more fully represents the triune God, according to the authors. For example, an Enneagram Eight whose exemplifies God’s justice harmonizes with the contemplation of Fives and the care of Twos, showing that “Strength is contemplative love.” In the same way, an Enneagram One who reflects God’s goodness harmonizes with the creativity of a Four and the joy of a Seven, displaying that “goodness creates joy.”
Through mindfulness (thinking about what you’re thinking about), contemplative questions, identifying how they reflect God’s image, praying through childhood hurts and allowing God to heal them, journaling exercises, and mini Bible studies, and other activities, the authors help readers dig into how the Holy Spirit can transform them into their “true selves” through various spiritual rhythms, which differ from type to type.
The book also includes testimonials of people from each type and how they’ve allowed the Holy Spirit to transform them through various spiritual rhythms. Additionally, the authors have included a variety of other resources at the end of the book as well as a prayer at the end of each chapter with a prayer of blessing for that enneagram type. Too, each chapter includes tips for others on how to relate to that Enneagram type.
Anyone looking to explore their Enneagram type more deeply and reflectively, who is willing to sit and soak with the material and in prayer and God’s Word, and who is willing to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, will find this book immensely helpful—maybe even more so by walking through it with another person. In fact, the book contains a small group discussion guide just for that purpose. This is a book I hope to explore more slowly and thoughtfully as I allow the Holy Spirit to transform who I am into someone who more closely reflects His glory.
I received a copy of this book from InterVarsity Press through NetGalley in exchange for this honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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!
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 novel approach using what the authors call "harmony triads." Unlike traditional approaches that have arrows to and from a number reflecting where one goes under conditions of integration or disintegration, this approach uses triangles where each number connects to a number three ahead or behind it, allowing access to what are called the Gut, the Heart, and the Head triads. For example, someone who is Enneagram number 2, called Love here (in the Heart Triad), also has access to the Wisdom of a 5 and the Strength of an 8. The writers repeatedly emphasize that we are all more than our number, and that balancing the strengths of head (IQ), heart (EQ), and gut (GQ) helps us move toward greater integration and relational wholeness, and away from the vice of our number.
After providing a brief overview and section on key terms (important to keep a bookmark in for reference), the book devotes a chapter to each number beginning with a description and seven sections:
1. Who am I and who am I not. Offers a list of descriptors and invites us to sit with these and how they resonate. 2. True self and false self. Describes how we act under impulsive and compulsive reactions stemming from our own ego, and how we may act out of love of God, ourselves and others. 3. Harmony. How to integrate Head, Heart, and Gut for our type leading to FLOW (Free, Loving, Open to head, heart, and gut), With God and reality as it is). 4. Healing childhood hurts. Helps each number process where they were dismissed as a child and experience healing. 5. Discernment: desolations and consolations. How to use each of our intelligences to understand how we experience the presence and absence of God. 6. Spiritual rhythms. Practices that address each number. 7. Empathy. This is especially for others close to a person of a particular number, helping in understanding that number with practical pointers for relating to that number.
The last part of the book offers twelve "soul resources." Most offer unique information for each number, for example how each number may STOP (See, Triggers, Open, Presence) in the face of stress. I found the varied responses of different numbers to silence and solitude both amusing, and painfully on the money. There are several for different types of prayer, one for examen, one for practicing the presence of God, one on work styles, a summary chart of the harmony triads, tips for finding one's Enneagram number, and small group discussions for using the empathy section of each chapter.
This is not a book to read straight through. Reading slowly and reflectively through each number helps us exercise better empathy for each number, and can be helpful for the person who does not yet know there own number. Working section by section through one's own number, and the other two numbers in one's "harmony triad" can offer much self-understanding. Woven through the seven sections in each chapter are personal testimonies of people with that number and their transformational journey. Also, each chapter has several scripture readings and prayers woven throughout.
All four of the authors (two couples) are Enneagram instructors and it is evident that this text comes out of countless seminars and personal interactions, and reflects that kind of wisdom. Because this is not an introductory Enneagram book, they only spend a brief time on background of the Enneagram and do not offer a rationale for the use of the Enneagram. I would recommend this for someone who believes the Enneagram to be a useful tool for self-understanding and spiritual growth. For me, the harmony triads, or at least the integration of head, heart, and gut made good sense. I found the adaptation of spiritual practices to each number and the empathy section on relating to each number most helpful. Overall, I think this is one of the best resources that I've seen in print for groups and individuals who want to go deeper with the Enneagram.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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 those followers of Jesus who are on a journey to deepen their faith, desiring to see their lives transformed and help others who are traveling with them. I found the breath prayers for each type to be especially helpful.
The second way Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram stands out is that it does not focus on the traditional Enneagram model (which looks at these nine types within the Heart, Gut and Head Triads), but brings three so-called Harmony Triangles into view. The authors do a wonderful job in trying to help their readers not only to get a handle on their own ‘type’, or to be able to understand people who occupy a different space on the Enneagram. They really try to help us, who have discovered our own place within a triad, to see how we can grow into wholeness by leaning into the wisdom (or ‘Intelligence’) the other two triads offer.
I would not recommend this book to Enneagram ‘newbees’, although it does offer suggestions how to find the space on the Enneagram that might be most true to you. To get a good introduction to this intricate model, consider The Road Back to You, written with flair and humor by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile, or Mirror for the Soul by Alice Fryling – both also by IVP.
It is however an excellent resource for spiritual directors, coaches, pastors and other Christians who already have some knowledge of the Enneagram.
The lay-out reminds of another excellent resource by author Adele Ahlberg Calhoun – the Spiritual Disciplines Handbook. Like this one, that book also used columns on the pages – which compares reading it like a magazine. Not sure if I like that, but it somehow fits with the idea of a resource book – this is definitely not a work that you would read through all at once, but rather you would use to study as you try to get to know yourself better and are resourcing yourself as you desire to come alongside others with love and humility.
Given the lay-out of the book you probably don’t want to invest in a Kindle version. Usually I don’t buy a paper copy after I’ve read a digital version, but I did order Spiritual Rhythms and – as it launches on March 12th - expect it soon in the mail.
In order to review this book I received a digital version from IVP, through Netgalley. The views are entirely my own.
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 formatted and found myself devouring the chapters on each type - not just my own or ones I related to. The section on "empathy for..." was helpful too... helping me relate to and understand various types better! I also found the soul care resources at the end of the book helpful, well written and very practical. This is a must read book for those interested in spiritual practices and the enneagram. It combines two great and profound topics into a digestible, well-designed and impactful book.
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 knowledge of their number to a deeper level of understanding for themselves and for their relationships. I have personally enjoyed and really benefitted from the Enneagram teachings to improve relationships with my spouse, children, friends, work colleagues and extended family. I am grateful for this resource!
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 new insights into myself, Christian practices that can help me to be a healthier person, and helpful guides for thinking and living that I was immediately able to put into practice.
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 spiritual growth. For those who are familiar with the Enneagram some of the ideas are new, but I found them useful. Rather than the traditional movement of stressful and health they assert that everyone a Harmony Triad consistent of Gut Intelligence (GQ), Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and Intellectual Intelligence (IQ) and so have a triad of 3 numbers from each section of the Enneagram. For example I am an Enneagram 1, so my Harmony Triad is 1-4-7. This really resonated with me.
The books provides scripture, prayers, and journaling opportunities to grow through the use of the Enneagram. I plan on buying a physical copy of this book to add to my shelves as I found a lot of the material very useful but harder to navigate on my digital reader. If you have an interest in the Enneagram and are looking to apply it in new ways, I recommend this book to you. This book releases March 12, 2019!
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book!
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 added at the beginning of the book help to understand the presentation of the authors. The book shows which Harmony Triad is based on which Enneagram type. It is different from other books which use the typical Enneagram structure, e.g., where type four is linked to type two and type one. In "Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram" type four is linked in a harmony triad to type seven and type one. It is helpful that they placed a graphic of the Traditional Enneagram and the Harmony Enneagram next to one another in the introduction. Every Enneagram type has its own chapter that includes sub-titles such as "Who am I and who I am not", "True and false self", "Healing childhood hurts", "Spiritual Rhythms for ...", and "Empathy for ...". Although the authors encourage the reader to read the whole book this approach helps if readers do not want to read the whole book in one setting because they are looking for information of a specific type. The chapters are in the order of how the types present themselves in the graphic: 1) GQ: The Instinctive Triad (eight, nine, one), 2) EQ: The Feeling Triad (two, three, four), and 3) IQ: The Thinking Triad (five, six, seven). In the fourth part of the book the authors have added thirteen "Soul Resources for Harmony". Included there are one short chapter on how to discover one's Enneagram type and one chapter with questions for small group discussions on empathy. These add to the tips which are already included in each chapter on how to relate to a particular Enneagram type. I highly recommend this book since it is based on a Christian perspective, contains application questions, real life testimonies, examples from the Bible and references, and also various prayers for each Enneagram type. The readers, especially if they are new to the Enneagram philosophy, need to be aware that the book does not present the typical Enneagram setup, but the Harmony Enneagram philosophy, based on the Triads, and that the book is very detailed. It is more advisable for those readers that want to do an in-depth study. The complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley free of charge. I was under no obligation to offer a positive review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #SpiritualRhythymsForTheEnneagram #NetGalley
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 they have a good argument to make for why that's helpful, but...you already have to know the enneagram well.
Not for light reading. Not a lot of easy-access wisdom or gems to remember. If you're looking to take enneagram study and spirituality to a much deeper level, this would be a good resource, but also be prepared to reframe how you think of stress/security movements.
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 practices. As a student of the Enneagram and one who thrives on meditation and contemplative practices, this is an incredible resource! I was given the chance to review a digital Advanced Reader Copy through NetGalley to share my honest opinions with you.
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 husband and I can read it together.
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.
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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.
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.
--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 engage in with God.
Beyond just the chapters on each Enneagram number, there are 12 additional resources that the authors have developed in the appendix of this book that can help you engage with God in a very powerful way if you’re willing to invest the time to go there.
I’ve read quite a few books on the Enneagram over the past ten years, and this one is very unique in the way it’s constructed. Even if you know a lot about the Enneagram itself, you’ve probably never engaged with the tool from the angle that this book was written. You’re getting a huge amount of wisdom packed into one small book!
Side Note Worth Mentioning: There is a section near the beginning highlighting the definitions that the authors use throughout the book. These definitions are incredibly clear on what those terms mean, particularly as they relate to the Christian perspective of these definitions. I believe this is going to be extremely helpful for many who have been using these terms without clear mental images of what they are actually trying to say. Ex: What comes to your mind when you think of your true self? What comes to your mind when you think of your false self? These terms get thrown around a lot now in Enneagram resources, but they are so important to be defined well if we’re using them in our journey toward complete Christlikeness.
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 read this book if you were already an Enneagram expert and you'd love it. It'd be unique to anything you own. But you could also read it if you've never even heard of the Enneagram. It succinctly explains what the Enneagram is and how you can find your type, and then allows you to go deep. The book itself is like a playground. I don't think I will ever get tired of it because it will serve as an indefinite tool in my spiritual transformation journey that I plan on coming back to time and time again. You can enjoy the entire volume, or you can just turn to your type and hit those pages again and again.
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 contribute to its text. This book has the knowledge of academics behind it, and the wisdom of soulful men and women who believe, like Jesus, that the two greatest commands are Love God Heart, Soul, Mind, Strength and Love Neighbor as Yourself. The inquiries and spiritual practices are worth the price of admission. Several times over. The Enneagram has gained a deserved foothold in religious and secular organizations as a trustworthy assessment tool. This book deserves a place on your table, whether you are new to, or familiar with, the Enneagram.
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, et.al. use the harmony triads as a frame for explaining how each number has access to all three intelligences (Doing, Feeling, Thinking) for growth and integration. Will continue to ponder the effectiveness of this as I teach. Provides great resources for spiritual direction.
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. It will be a strong reference as it is full of individual exercises and prayers for each type and for various tasks within spiritual formation.
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 review. All thoughts are my own.
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 heart, but totally worth it.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.