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The aim of "Enneagram and the Way of Jesus" is to lead the reader into ongoing transformation into Christ-likeness based on the uniqueness of individual personality. Exploring the intersection of personality and spiritual practice, this book aims to consider how human uniqueness should pair with specific practices, biblical narratives and seasons in the Church calendar. Fa The aim of "Enneagram and the Way of Jesus" is to lead the reader into ongoing transformation into Christ-likeness based on the uniqueness of individual personality. Exploring the intersection of personality and spiritual practice, this book aims to consider how human uniqueness should pair with specific practices, biblical narratives and seasons in the Church calendar. Far too often spiritual formation in the Christian faith is over-simplified or omitted altogether. The Enneagram reveals an individuals areas of great strength and also humbling weakness. This book is one of the few resources on personality theory that asks the question: NOW WHAT? The first half of "Enneagram and the Way of Jesus" provides a brief analysis about the present crisis of discipleship, the origins of the Enneagram, and concise descriptions of each of the nine types for the purpose of assessment. The second half leads the reader to consider several spiritual practices based on personality--practices that both pair well and also practices that challenge the individual toward transformation. The reader will then discover biblical narratives and seasons the Church calendar where s/he should pay most attention based on type.


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The aim of "Enneagram and the Way of Jesus" is to lead the reader into ongoing transformation into Christ-likeness based on the uniqueness of individual personality. Exploring the intersection of personality and spiritual practice, this book aims to consider how human uniqueness should pair with specific practices, biblical narratives and seasons in the Church calendar. Fa The aim of "Enneagram and the Way of Jesus" is to lead the reader into ongoing transformation into Christ-likeness based on the uniqueness of individual personality. Exploring the intersection of personality and spiritual practice, this book aims to consider how human uniqueness should pair with specific practices, biblical narratives and seasons in the Church calendar. Far too often spiritual formation in the Christian faith is over-simplified or omitted altogether. The Enneagram reveals an individuals areas of great strength and also humbling weakness. This book is one of the few resources on personality theory that asks the question: NOW WHAT? The first half of "Enneagram and the Way of Jesus" provides a brief analysis about the present crisis of discipleship, the origins of the Enneagram, and concise descriptions of each of the nine types for the purpose of assessment. The second half leads the reader to consider several spiritual practices based on personality--practices that both pair well and also practices that challenge the individual toward transformation. The reader will then discover biblical narratives and seasons the Church calendar where s/he should pay most attention based on type.

30 review for Enneagram and the Way of Jesus: Integrating Personality Theory with Spiritual Practices and Biblical Narratives

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kyle Penner

    Hmmm... this book intrigued me at first because based on the title, I was hoping it would connect the enneagram to the life of Jesus. Now that I'm done it, I can say "It sort of did that." The book probably tries to do too much in too little time. In trying to explain the history of the enneagram, all 9 types, biblical characters hat each type connects to AND spiritual practices for each type, all in about 110 pages, it leaves me wanting more for each chapter. I'm guessing the author was trying to Hmmm... this book intrigued me at first because based on the title, I was hoping it would connect the enneagram to the life of Jesus. Now that I'm done it, I can say "It sort of did that." The book probably tries to do too much in too little time. In trying to explain the history of the enneagram, all 9 types, biblical characters hat each type connects to AND spiritual practices for each type, all in about 110 pages, it leaves me wanting more for each chapter. I'm guessing the author was trying to make the book accessible to all readers, both new and veterans to the enneagram, but in trying to make everyone happy, the book risks making nobody happy. It covers too much ground too quickly for a fair introduction, but doesn't cover enough for someone with a base knowledge of the enneagram. The writing style is also very direct and relies on a lot of work by other enneagram authors. I notice that it doesn't have a publisher, so maybe a good editor can make it more readable. I'm grateful I read it, as it added to my enneagram knowledge, and I will use/recommend some of the type-based spiritual practices. But I probably will refer to, and recommend, other enneagram books.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Luke Wagner

    This short booklet is a helpful tool for the purpose of spiritual formation and discipleship. Especially in the West, where the emphasis on spiritual practices and apprenticing the way of Jesus only goes as deep or broad as Scripture reading and attending a Sunday morning service, A.J. Sherrill's brief work serves followers of Christ in aiding them to discover not only more about their personality, their self, or Enneagram Type, but even more so, he uses the Enneagram as a means to a far greater This short booklet is a helpful tool for the purpose of spiritual formation and discipleship. Especially in the West, where the emphasis on spiritual practices and apprenticing the way of Jesus only goes as deep or broad as Scripture reading and attending a Sunday morning service, A.J. Sherrill's brief work serves followers of Christ in aiding them to discover not only more about their personality, their self, or Enneagram Type, but even more so, he uses the Enneagram as a means to a far greater end: discipleship. Rather than sitting comfortably with a "one-size fits all" mentality when it comes to discipleship and becoming more like Jesus, Sherrill has realized that the Body of Christ is diverse, and therefore, the ways in which we commune with God and that we are transformed more into the likeness of his Son are diverse as well. For Sherrill, the Enneagram is a helpful way to lead followers of Christ into greater self-awareness and self-understanding, not for that sake alone, but rather to help each apprentice of Jesus know their strengths, weaknesses, vices, and virtues better, in order to better set themselves up for success in the journey of becoming more like Christ. While the first half of the book looks at briefly at what the Enneagram is, how to "type" oneself, and what the implications are for each specific Type, the second half integrates the self-understanding that comes from the Enneagram with the biblical narrative and a host of spiritual practices. Truly, the second half of the book is where the true "gold" of Sherrill's work lies. For every Enneagram Type, he creates a connection between the Type and a biblical character or narrative; ultimately, he gives helpful insight into what practices or spiritual disciplines are most helpful for each Type. He does so by labeling a practice (or for some, multiple practices) as "downstream" or "upstream"; downstream practices are ones that a specific Type would find easy, enjoyable, and life-giving, while on the other hand, an upstream practice could prove to be a more difficult practice for any given Type, but will serve each person in transformative ways. Finally, Sherrill also draws each Type's attention to the season (or day) in the Church Calendar that would be the most helpful or important for that Type. If you are at all interested in the Enneagram, then this book would be extremely helpful, especially in seeing how this personality theory could help us in our walks with Christ, in becoming more like him. If you are like me, in that you have not given the Enneagram much thought or consideration, I still would encourage it as a resource, because all members of the Body of Christ are unique, serving different functions, and experiencing God in a host of ways. If anything, it will be helpful in your interactions with others who are experiencing health and help from the Enneagram, and could aid you in the process of disciple-making.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Seth Thomas

    This is an excellent little book on the Enneagram that seeks integration between understanding the faces of the soul and how they integrate with spiritual practices. I spent a good part of the last couple years researching spiritual practice as a method for navigating cultural and personal shifts. One of the major areas my research and writing was missing was how our particular identities (Enneagram type, MBTI, and other personality assessments) influence which spiritual practices we best connec This is an excellent little book on the Enneagram that seeks integration between understanding the faces of the soul and how they integrate with spiritual practices. I spent a good part of the last couple years researching spiritual practice as a method for navigating cultural and personal shifts. One of the major areas my research and writing was missing was how our particular identities (Enneagram type, MBTI, and other personality assessments) influence which spiritual practices we best connect with. This book adds a helpful level of nuance to my thinking, shaping how we can think about the important work of spiritual practice within the context of who we are as unique or at least categorically complex people.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susanne

    After reading some other books about the Enneagram, I appreciated this author's specificity toward spiritual practices and Biblical narratives. The voice was a bit academic, but perhaps academia was the intended audience. After reading some other books about the Enneagram, I appreciated this author's specificity toward spiritual practices and Biblical narratives. The voice was a bit academic, but perhaps academia was the intended audience.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    If you already have knowledge and experience in the Enneagram, the first 4 chapters probably won't seem that helpful. I was pretty disappointed with the first half of the book because it was just a summary of the other really good Enneagram books out there that examine it through a Christian lens. Also, the grammar and syntax is awful, and the author could've greatly benefited from an editor... so many errors, missing words, and even duplicate paragraphs! However, chapters 5 and 6 saved the book If you already have knowledge and experience in the Enneagram, the first 4 chapters probably won't seem that helpful. I was pretty disappointed with the first half of the book because it was just a summary of the other really good Enneagram books out there that examine it through a Christian lens. Also, the grammar and syntax is awful, and the author could've greatly benefited from an editor... so many errors, missing words, and even duplicate paragraphs! However, chapters 5 and 6 saved the book for me. The specific spiritual disciplines for each type and how a church might go about using the Enneagram for spiritual formation were very useful. Just skip to those chapters if you already know about the Enneagram.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Sherman

    I really appreciate tying the enneagram to spiritual practices based on type. Spiritual growth and sanctification in the Christian context is where the Enneagram shines (in my opinion). That content, which is given in the next to last chapter of the book, is helpful and original. I wish there had been much more discussion around that topic. The rest of the book is rehashed material from a variety of enneagram authors and experts. The book is worth picking up for a starting point relating to spir I really appreciate tying the enneagram to spiritual practices based on type. Spiritual growth and sanctification in the Christian context is where the Enneagram shines (in my opinion). That content, which is given in the next to last chapter of the book, is helpful and original. I wish there had been much more discussion around that topic. The rest of the book is rehashed material from a variety of enneagram authors and experts. The book is worth picking up for a starting point relating to spiritual practice and type, and for the bibliography to find further reading. This is a soft 3-stars.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mike Neglia

    I went through this book quite slowly, and I really enjoyed it. So much of this is new to me and I have a lot to learn. This is my first Enneagram book and I look forward to learning more in the future. A few typos in the beginning of the book jumped out at me, but I didn't notice anymore as the chapters progressed. I went through this book quite slowly, and I really enjoyed it. So much of this is new to me and I have a lot to learn. This is my first Enneagram book and I look forward to learning more in the future. A few typos in the beginning of the book jumped out at me, but I didn't notice anymore as the chapters progressed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Van

    While it reads with an academic tone, it provides a lot of insight into specific biblical practices, characters and scriptures that are significant to each type. I appreciated most the downstream and upstream practices geared to each type and look forward to putting them to practice. I feel that this book is insightful to the study of the Enneagram in a way I've not yet read before. While it reads with an academic tone, it provides a lot of insight into specific biblical practices, characters and scriptures that are significant to each type. I appreciated most the downstream and upstream practices geared to each type and look forward to putting them to practice. I feel that this book is insightful to the study of the Enneagram in a way I've not yet read before.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Doucet

    I've only read three books on the Enneagram, but I found this to be the one I would most likely recommend to others to learn more about it. I've only read three books on the Enneagram, but I found this to be the one I would most likely recommend to others to learn more about it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tanner Lowe

    A helpful intro to the Enneagram. I️ believe this was his dissertation topic so it is a little more academically oriented than I️ expected.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Peter LaRuffa

    AJ Sherrill & I likely won't agree on much. However, this is the best treatment of the Enneagram by a Christian I've ever read. Love it (and sad to see it appears to be out of print). AJ Sherrill & I likely won't agree on much. However, this is the best treatment of the Enneagram by a Christian I've ever read. Love it (and sad to see it appears to be out of print).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Adam Lorenz

    For my review of Enneagram and the Way of Jesus, go here: http://www.adamlorenz.net/review-enne... For my review of Enneagram and the Way of Jesus, go here: http://www.adamlorenz.net/review-enne...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    It reads a bit rough and like a scholarly work but it's insightful for understanding the enneagram and how to grow in Jesus from that awareness It reads a bit rough and like a scholarly work but it's insightful for understanding the enneagram and how to grow in Jesus from that awareness

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    I found this perspective very interesting. I don't know much about Enneagram, so this was all new to me. The last few chapters were the most intriguing for me. I liked how he paired the different personality types to characters in the Bible, then a relevant memory passage, and finally spiritual disciplines to compliment and challenge each personality type. The message of the book was that this was a tool. The goal is discipleship and spiritual formation. I found this perspective very interesting. I don't know much about Enneagram, so this was all new to me. The last few chapters were the most intriguing for me. I liked how he paired the different personality types to characters in the Bible, then a relevant memory passage, and finally spiritual disciplines to compliment and challenge each personality type. The message of the book was that this was a tool. The goal is discipleship and spiritual formation.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jess Onesto

  16. 4 out of 5

    Suzy Brown

  17. 4 out of 5

    April

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jami Pyle

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kent Blowers

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mona

  21. 4 out of 5

    Travis Avila

  22. 4 out of 5

    Saralyn Olson

  23. 4 out of 5

    Julia Montzingo

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shelton Kitchen

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tori Schaaf

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Green

  28. 4 out of 5

    Drew Bennett

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

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