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  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Crossroad (June 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824511859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824511852
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (www.cac.org) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard's teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy--practices of contemplation and lived kenosis (self-emptying), expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.

Fr. Richard is author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Adam's Return, The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, and Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self.

CAC is home to the Rohr Institute where Fr. Richard is Academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. Drawing upon Christianity's place within the Perennial Tradition, the mission of the Rohr Institute is to produce compassionate and powerfully learned individuals who will work for positive change in the world based on awareness of our common union with God and all beings. Learn more at www.cac.org.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
This was the first book that I read on the topic. Now, many years, and many «how-to-get-your-career-going»-books later, I am so thankful that I was presented to the Enneagram by this one. The authors manage to share their knowledge of the nine energies in such a wonderful balance between confidence and humbleness. It is written in a very personal manner, the authors make a lot of references to themselves and their own types, often questioning their own motives for acting like they do. This «meta»-perspective provides a very important aspect to the presentation; reminding the reader that any presentation has a basis in subjectivity, and is of course influenced by it. It is also interesting that it is written by a german protestant (Ebert), based on the talks of an american catholic (Rohr). Two different traditions are meeting, one of methodological research and critical questioning, one of symbolic and traditional orientation. So if you're looking for shortcuts to success, this may not be the book for you. But if you're looking for some knowledge to help you strive for honesty in relation to yourself and others, you should read this one; it's wise, witty and full of inspiration.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Fassnacht (hfassnac@calpoly.edu) on January 29, 1998
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This book offers some wonderful insights into why we do the things we do. Though it is tempting to first look at the discussions of your own type, there is much to learn from the chapter about all of us. The spiritual focus of the book was a great draw for me. The enneagram doesn't just help you learn about yourself, it helps you to better yourself. And in doing so can bring you closer to others and to God.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Goonan on November 20, 2006
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I have read a lot of books on the Enneagram and I use the Enneagram in my personal growth coaching work. While this is not my all time favorite, it is scholarly, accurate and contains many interesting historical facts specifically relating to Christianity.

This book looks at the Enneagram from a Christian perspective, which is complimentary to many of the other books that are out there on this topic. Within the Christian genre of Enneagram books, this is the best one I know of.

I disagree with Rohr on a few theoretical points, but his presentation of the characteristics of the 9 types is well done. Overall, the book is very engaging and if you are approaching the Enneagram from a Christian perspective, you will probably appreciate the way that this author positions his ideas.

If you are not a Christian, you will still get a lot out of this book. Richard Rohr has deep insights to over on all of the types and he is eloquent in many of his descriptions.

If you want a more psychological non-denominational explanation, then I recommend, "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" by Riso and Hudson. Sandra Maitri's "The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram" is also quite good, especially at describing the shadow aspects of the types at lower developmental levels.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By prestigeholdings@ivillage.com on September 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
A fantastic tool for understanding not only your self but your partner. I've found it as an amazing tool for reading peoples true motivations before getting involved with them personally or in business. It has many facets and the more you read it over, the more and more it reveals. Very profound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chris banez lim on April 1, 2006
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This book, written by a franciscan lecturer and a Lutheran minister (translated from german entitled Das Enneagram: Die 9 Gesichter der Seele) refreshed my realization that the path to Salvation is the restoration of one's true nature as a person that's inherited from God.

Nothing new age, nor fancy - it speaks of the needed redemption of an individual's moral condition, that have been corrupted as we grow up in this world with the influencing factors of its society, our own individual appetites, and personalities - which thus when a person is redeemed, it transforms the individual into its Higher Self.

Quite comparable with Numerology- some links with the Kabbalah are indicated at certain aspects as presented in some points that line parallel to the Enneagram - in which case links a certain diagram with its particular points patterned with The LORD's PRAYER (Luke 17), that are all quite peculiar enough to suggest that the idealogy presented in the Enneagram were perhaps possibly inspired from the very given pattern for prayer of the Messiah itself; but what's even more curious is how each of the certain character qualities lain in the Enneagram lines correspondingly with undeniable relevance to other points in its diagram (cf. 226-229).

I only find that the only minor off-set in the book is that there are certain portions wherein one of the authors' Catholic background colours within - such as its perspective regarding the account of Christ and his immediate human family found in Matthew's account, chapter 12 verses 46 to 50 (p.
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By Maria G Davalos on July 7, 2014
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