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Biblical Characters and the Enneagram: Images of Transformation Paperback – January, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Newport Bay Publishing Limited (January 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0921513135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0921513131
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Read this book and luxuriate in a personal awareness of God's love for humanity." -- Kathy Hurley, Theodore Donson, Enneagram teachers and authors

"The scripture comes alive with current meaning, human development becomes a very spiritual thing. This book puts flesh on theory." -- Joan Chittister, lecturer, columnist

"This is a breakthrough book, representing a dialogue between biblical figures and the archetypal personality types of the enneagram." -- Don Richard Riso, Russ Hudson, Enneagram teachers and authors

...a breakthrough book, representing a dialogue between Biblical figures and the archetypal personality types of the Enneagram. -- Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson, Enneagram teachers, authors of The Wisdom of the Enneagram and Personality Types

...a helpful resource.... everyone will be challenged by this skilfully argued form of biblical interpretation. -- Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Krister Stendahl Professor of Scripture and Interpretation, Harvard University Divinity School

...masterfully weaves Enneagram insights with biblical characters revealing God's gentle hand in transforming compulsion into the image of God -- Carol Ann Gotch, Enneagram teacher, co-author of Soul Stuff

...masterpiece of wisdom and insight. In their deft hands, the characters of the Bible become mirrors for ourselves -- Kathy Hurley and Theodorre Donson, Enneagram teachers and authors of Discover Your Soul Potential, What's My Type? and My Best Self: Using the Enneagram to Free the Soul

...very traditional teaching in a fresh and compelling form. A very helpful contribution to Judeo-Christian enneagram studies. -- Richard Rohr, O.F.M, Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, N.M., author of The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective

About the Author

Diane Tolomeo received her Ph.D in English Literature from Princeton University. She currently teaches in both the English Department and the Humanities Diploma Program at the University of Victoria, Canada. Her talks and retreats focus on biblical literature, archetypes, and the tradition of Christian meditation.

Pearl Gervais has extensive experience in education and counselling. She holds degrees from the University of Manitoba and the University of Wisconsin, and has studied at the Tantur Institute in Jersusalem. She is a certified Enneagram teacher and gives workshops and retreats in the areas of personal growth, spirituality and business.

Remi J. De Roo, STD, received his doctorate from the Angelicum, Rome and is Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Victoria, Canada. He is a Vatican II Council Father and a certified Enneagram teacher. He holds five honourary degrees and is an internationally known lecturer and retreat leader. He has co-authored or authored six books including Even Greater Things: Hope and Challenge after Vatican II.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Graham on August 13, 2008
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When I first started studying the enneagram Tom Condon's great book, The Enneagram Movie and Video Guide, really help me understand the personality types better and put a face to them. Reading Biblical Characters and the Enneagram helped me deeply understand them on a profound level. The book is well written and researched, above and beyond any religous predjudice so can be enjoyed by any student of religion or the enneagram. I loved this book! It was expensive because I also had to buy an out-of-print edition, but worth every penny and more. I highly recommend this entertaining and enlightening book to anyone interested in the enneagram, the bible, and life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Walsh on July 19, 2013
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Rather than grouping the nine Enneatypes into three groups--head, heart and gut-- as is typically done, Tolomeo, Gervais, and De Roo have chosen to follow Karen Horney's schema of "three dominant categories of the human psyche which can inhibit our self-realization: she referred to persons who were either self-effacing, expansive, or resigned personality types." (Page 42) These authors, in turn, discuss the Enneatypes in three domains: Ones, Twos and, Sixes as Compliant Types; Sevens, Eights, and Threes as Assertive Types; and Four, Fives, and Nines as Withdrawing Types.

As it is apparently unknown who exactly the author of The Cloud of Unknowing is, "Anonymous" has come down to us as the author of this Medieval, mystical, English text. Tolomeo, Gervais, and De Roo extensively utilize quotes from this insightful text to initiate spiritual points they want to convey to the reader. I do find it interesting, however, that these authors do not reference Chapter 40 of The Cloud of Unknowing. In this chapter, characteristics of all nine of the Enneatypes are alluded to: "humility, charity, patience, abstinence, hope, faith, moderation, chastity, or evangelical poverty."

Summing up: These three soulful authors have come together to give us a remarkable Enneagram book.
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