17/07/2004

The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective (by Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert)


I'd been interested in the Myers-Briggs personality typing system for some years. Only recently, however, I'd started noticing another system, known as the Enneagram. It's more controversial, in the Christian world: whereas Myers-Briggs is accepted within most churches (and used in many), the Enneagram is considered by some to have occult roots.

So I was pleased to find this book by Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert, both Christians, who clearly believe the Enneagram has positive uses, and is relevant within the church.

'The Enneagram: A Christian perspective' is exactly that! It's a very helpful explanation of the Enneagram system from a Christian viewpoint. It doesn't have the useful questionnaires that some of the other books do, but it has helpful descriptions of each of the nine types, particularly from the viewpoint of likely churchmanship, preferred styles of prayer and worship, and so on, as well as more general descriptions.

A little heavy in places, and it would be hard to follow if someone knew nothing about the Enneagram in advance, but recommended for anyone wanting to reconcile this fascinating personality system with Christian belief.

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