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The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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What is the Enneagram?
The Enneagram is an ancient personality type system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively.
'The Road Back to You' allows you to peek inside each of the nine Enneagram types.
Not only will you learn more about yourself, but you will also start to see the world through other people’s eyes, understanding how and why people think, feel, and act the way they do.
Ian Morgan Cron
Ian is a bestselling author, nationally recognized speaker, Enneagram teacher, psychotherapist, eminent songwriter, and Episcopal priest. With transparency, humor, and insight, he has presented at conferences, churches, seminaries, retreats, and universities around the world. At his core, Ian is a storyteller—he weaves his knowledge into narratives that illustrate, rather than merely instruct, engaging the imagination and speaking to the skeptic and believer that live within all of us. Ian is also a student and teacher of the Enneagram. In daylong workshops, Ian provides an overview of Enneagram system, describes the nine personality types, and speaks to the myriad ways in which the Enneagram can enrich our spiritual lives.
As an internationally recognized Enneagram master, Suzanne has conducted over five hundred Enneagram workshops over the past twenty-five years. She has spoken to college audiences that include Baylor and Drury Universities, Hendrix College, Perkins School of Theology (SMU), and Brite Divinity School (TCU), and at hundreds of churches across America including First Baptist in Austin, Texas, First Presbyterian, and Broadway Baptist in Fort Worth. She also teaches regularly in the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, in both the cancer and transplant hospitals, and at Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation.
"I'm so thrilled that this book exists. The Enneagram has absolutely changed my understanding of how to love the people in my life, deepened the quality of my marriage, and given me a vision for the person God designed me to be. This book makes the Enneagram easy to understand, with helpful stories, humor, warmth, and clear language. I'll need a case, at least." (Shauna Niequist, author of Present Over Perfect)
"What would you give to crack the biggest mystery in the world: Yourself? Why do we act, think, feel, and believe the way we do? I know of no better tool than the Enneagram. And I know of no better teachers of this tool than my friends Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile. I use the Enneagram in my business and personal life every day. The Road Back to You will open your eyes to the depths of your heart." (Michael Hyatt, coauthor of Living Forward)
"With The Road Back to You, the small number of books I recommend to absolutely everyone has increased by one. You couldn't ask for a better introduction to the Enneagram than what's found in this book and you couldn't ask for better guides than Cron and Stabile. If a modicum of self-awareness is needed to navigate life these days, let this book be your map." (Nadia Bolz-Weber, author of Accidental Saints)
"Armed with delightful but incisive wit, Cron and Stabile help us explore our inner life by making the mystery of the Enneagram accessible. If you want to better understand yourself and those in the world around you, this insightful and brilliant book is a perfect place to begin." (Wm. Paul Young, author of The Shack)
"The Enneagram has been a vital tool in my own personal journey of self-discovery, and The Road Back to You does a great job of making this ancient tool accessible for the modern Christian." (Michael Gungor, singer-songwriter)
"A must-read for all and a companion guide for a lifelong journey to live generatively. A book full of wisdom, discernment, and humor, The Road Back to You creates a path toward home ever so gently and joyfully." (Makoto Fujimura, artist, director, Brehm Center, Fuller Theological Seminary, author of Silence and Beauty)
"Ian Morgan Cron, partnering with Suzanne Stabile, has gifted us with another timely and brilliantly written book. We've long needed a fresh, spiritually grounded approach to helping people grow in self-knowledge and compassion. This is a winsome and thoughtful primer!" (Mark Batterson, lead pastor, National Community Church, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker)
"As a newbie to the Enneagram, The Road Back to You offered a delightful and accessible way to honestly examine my own motivations and consider the best path toward growth and flourishing. This book is a must-read for those who seek to not only understand themselves better, but those closest to them, as well." (Jena Lee Nardella, cofounder of Blood:Water, author of One Thousand Wells)
"There is a special place in my heart for books that help me be a better me. In this book, Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile have delivered on their promise to provide a roadmap to self. The Road Back to You will help you find you―all over again and for the first time." (Claire Diaz-Ortiz, author and entrepreneur)
"The Enneagram has been a powerful tool for spiritual transformation in my life, so much so that I became a certified trainer. I've read many of the books available on the subject. This is a wonderfully thorough examination of the Enneagram and the best news is that it will speak to both newcomers and Enneagram veterans." (Anita Lustrea, Faith Conversations Podcast, author, speaker, media coach)
"Cron and Stabile walk through the Enneagram's nine different personality types and their distinct ways of seeing the world, showing how each one has a potentially infinite number of expressions, strengths, and weaknesses. Cron describes his own Enneagram experience as a feeling of waking up after having been asleep for a long time. He explains that in catching a glimpse of the person he was created to be, he began to see himself with the same delight, pride, and expectation with which God sees him, and to sense the immediacy of God's grace. 'In the spiritual life that's no small thing,' he writes." (Foreword Reviews, Fall 2016)
"Cron brings his witty, energetic voice to this collaboration with Stabile, a retreat director and expert on the Enneagram―a system of personality typology with roots in Christian and Islamic mysticism. The beauty of the Enneagram is its charity: the system clearly names the flaws as well as the virtues of each personality type. The Enneagram also counsels humility and acknowledges its own limits ('[The Enneagram] is not infallible or inerrant,' writes Cron and Stabile)―a welcome modesty in religious understanding today." (Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW, August 8, 2016)
About the Author
Ian Morgan Cron is a bestselling author, nationally recognized speaker, Enneagram teacher, counselor, Dove Award-winning songwriter, and Episcopal priest. His books include the novel Chasing Francis and spiritual memoir Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me. Ian draws on an array of disciplines―from psychology to the arts, Christian spirituality and theology―to help people enter more deeply into conversation with God and the mystery of their own lives. He and his wife, Anne, live in Nashville, Tennessee.Author photo by Ben Pearson.
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Top Customer Reviews
There's a lot of more technical books written on the enneagram but this is probably the most accessible and engaging book on the topic. The writing is excellent and the content is organized in a way that makes the tool easy to understand. The authors write from a Christian perspective but its not heavy handed. I can't imagine someone coming from a different faith or no faith at all feeling "run over" by their perspective.
The things we refuse to face in ourselves often have great power over us. Read this book and allow these gracious authors to gently invite you to a greater level of self-awareness that can lead to greater freedom and greater compassion both for yourself and others.
I've taken several personality tests and find some more useful than others. StrengthsFinder 2.0 in particular was very helpful to me in being able to articulate my value (both internally and externally).
The Enneagram is a great companion to StrengthsFinder, but it serves a different purpose. The Enneagram allows me to more fully step into the shoes of those around me and see situations as they do. It gives me far greater understanding and compassion for others. It's also opened up interesting conversations with others, as we talk through their types and discuss how our perspectives differ.
Cron and Stabile have done an excellent job of introducing the Enneagram to a new audience. Their podcast is also insightful, as they speak to folks of each type and ask questions about how these people see things. I look forward to continuing to learn more about this powerful tool!