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The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  6,587 ratings  ·  767 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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Susan Soesbe I just wrote a review. I am also skeptical. I know some people who seem to have been helped because they are paying more attention to their personalit…moreI just wrote a review. I am also skeptical. I know some people who seem to have been helped because they are paying more attention to their personalities and dysfunctions, and I think they understand each other better and have more empathy for each other. So that's good. But in general I think the ideas in the book don't harmonize with the gospel and are even in conflict with Bible teaching, specifically, the idea that we must come home to our True Self. The Bible speaks of crucifying or laying aside the old self, and putting on the new self (in Christ).

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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
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
Cindy Rollins
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
While I am not completely ready to dismiss the Enneagram, this book almost convinced me to. The longer I read the more I hated this book. I started with an open mind and found the first part of the book interesting. About halfway through it was all down hill. Honestly, it just began to sound like a bunch of self-absorbed mumbo-jumbo parading as spiritual growth. I know, I know that is harsh but really, I could hardly make myself read the last chapter. As to my number? Is there a number for the p ...more
Kaitlyn Pindak
Disclaimer: I am a person who was wary of the enneagram and then dove in when it was becoming popular and I am backing away again. It helped me... and mostly it didn’t help me... (the further I am from looking to it as a tool, the more I feel that way... but I do love joking about it!)

It can be helpful to better understanding yourself and others, but should not be used as the means by which we define ourselves and others because it can be restrictive to say, “I’m a.... and that’s why I....” and
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, reference
Isolated bits of useful information surrounded by long swaths of unclear, self-indulgent prose.
Jaquelle Ferris
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.
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
Sarah Esmae Wolfe
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. ...more
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
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.
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
Yolanda Smith
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rich. Thorough. Helpful. Practical.
Luke Hillier
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Louise Miller
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this was my introduction to the enneagram. I hadn't been very curious about the enneagram until I listened to Christopher Heuertz being interviewed by Brene Brown on her Unlocking Us podcast. I think there might be better books for the complete novice, but I enjoyed the author's weaving of memoir, history and practical use. ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
In actuality, I got about 80% of the way through this book on audio before giving it up. Although some of the information on enneagram types was helpful, I felt that there was too much unbiblical “spiritualism” for my tastes and decided it wasn’t beneficial for me to finish.
This is the first book I've read on the Enneagram, and perhaps it wasn't the best choice. Heuertz uses lots of language like "coming home to your true self" and finding "truth within your sacred soul." For most of the chapters he flits around between the different types, saying things like "a two would act like this," and in the next sentence will say, "but a seven would do this." Because he keeps moving around the numbers, I couldn't keep it all organized in my head. In other chapters he praise ...more
Kate Austin
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites
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
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!
This book is mad crazy. If you want to worship the Enneagram, this is the book for you. Otherwise, pick something else.
Sarah Ronk
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-nf, 2018
Slow read because I read it on my kindle app but for sure my favorite enneagram book. Highly recommend. I will reread.
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.
Caleb Stober
"Look at how many tricks my magic circle can do" is the apparent thrust of this book, which drips with new-age philosophy, and while it masquerades as Christian literature, it is far from it. "ifyouconnectthedotsinthiswayyouwillseethepathtoenlightenment." sUrE.

Heuertz fails to provide any substantial, legitimate reason for being able to call the enneagram "sacred"--he just assumes it and hopes you will too after reading about how cool it is. It's not sacred, and in fact, it's frustrating how ma
Jeannette Noel

This is an overly serious and dramatic view of the enneagram. I suffered through the over-spiritualized and bloated mysticism and would suggest other books for learning about the enneagram. This book is not without value, but your eyes might get stuck in a permanent eyeroll.
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
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.
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. ...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.
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
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