- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (September 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310348277
- ISBN-13: 978-0310348276
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 154 customer reviews
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After publishing and editing the Enneagram Monthly (EM) since the start in 1995 and interviewing practically 'everyone who is anyone' in this field, I did not expect to find a fresh take that zeroes in on a spiritual and practical view. The Sacred Enneagram is a breath of fresh air that opens the window and encourages those steeped in psychological detail to remember that they have not exhausted the possibilities, but can see it as having come to a new beginning. --Jack Labauskas, editor and amp; publisher, Enneagram Monthly (- Jack Labauskas, editor & publisher, Enneagram Monthly)
The book you hold in your hands is more powerful than you know, more illuminating than you assume, more transformative than you imagine. If you are weak-kneed or faint of heart, drop it and run. If you’re happily complacent or content to live on autopilot, turn back now. Because this book will change the way you see everything. The Sacred Enneagram is not a just book about an ancient personality framework with a funny name. It is a roadmap to self-understanding written by one of the great spiritual practitioners of my generation. Read it now and you can thank me later. (–Jonathan Merritt, contributing writer for The Atlantic and author of Learning to Speak God from Scratch)
The gentleness of Chris’s tone mixed with the truth in these pages makes this book unavoidable for anyone who not only cares about their own mental and spiritual well-being but also wants to see others flourish. (–Propaganda, spoken word poet and activist)
Integrated within these pages is Chris’s extensive knowledge and understanding of this ancient tool, along with depth in his teaching of contemplative spirituality as practiced by Jesus. Readers are offered a powerful way forward in their unique journey of spiritual transformation through aligning Christian contemplative prayer postures to specific Enneagram types. (–Nina M. Barnes, Dean of Spiritual Formation & Leadership, University of Northwestern–St. Paul)
The Sacred Enneagram is a groundbreaking contribution to the Enneagram community, providing unique spiritual growth insights for all nine types. If you’re not yet convinced of the value, depth, and accuracy of the Enneagram, Chris demystifies and makes this ancient wisdom more accessible than ever. (–George Mekhail, pastor, The Riverside Church NYC)
Understanding the Enneagram is not just an exercise in secular self-discovery but a journey toward living out rhythms of rest and reflection that will lead to deep spiritual growth. By grounding the Enneagram in the core truth of Scripture’s teachings about ourselves and God, this book helps us live into the full promise of who God created us to be, with impact on the communities and places God has called us to serve. I applaud Chris for doing the hard work of grounding an age-old practice into such practical and wise applications for those of us who seek to honor God in all of who we are and all of what we do. (–Jenny Yang, Vice President of Advocacy and Policy, World Relief)
Through years of careful research and mindful study, Chris uses the Enneagram to illuminate the best and the worst of us and shine a light down the path to our truest selves. The Sacred Enneagram will find you when you need to be found. (–Orenda Fink, singer-songwriter)
The Sacred Enneagram beautifully integrates the journey of self-discovery with guidelines that are simultaneously seasoned and filled with childlike wonder, personal and inviting. Instead of wandering around a hall of mirrors that most self-discovery texts build, The Sacred Enneagram walks with you through holy ground and fills you with love and life that ultimately pours out and must be shared. (–Alex Hwang, vocalist of Run River North)
As the years pass, I often find myself asking, “Who am I?” The Sacred Enneagram is a book that I will forever use as a guide throughout my lifelong journey of self-discovery. (–Shirley Chung, “Top Chef” semifinalist and restauranteur)
Accessible to the spiritual journey of any seeker, Chris Heuertz beautifully translates this simple truth: that God is accessible when we know ourselves deeply. The Sacred Enneagram helps us to learn how to take that deep dive into our own essence to find the Divine. (–Mona Haydar, rapper, poet, activist, theologian)
About the Author
Christopher L. Heuertz was first introduced to the Enneagram in the slums of Cambodia. Since then he has trained under some of the great living Enneagram masters including Father Richard Rohr, Russ Hudson, Marion Gilbert and Helen Palmer, and now teaches the Enneagram in workshops and retreats around the world. Chris is an International Enneagram Association Accredited Professional. He and his wife, Phileena, and their puppy, Basil, live in Omaha, and you can join him on Facebook and Twitter in his intentions to love on the margins.
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Heuertz has created a resource that can serve as an introduction to the enneagram as well as a deep dive for those better versed in the language of numbers, triads, and paths. In some ways, it's can serve as a helpful choose-your-own adventure book. Helpful charts and diagrams as well as sections that walk readers through the basics of each type is where you can choose to start and stop your journey. If you want more, there is so much more. It's worth the time and quiet to dig deep.
I was drawn in by the mix and interplay of "facts" and story, the five "W's" of the enneagram as well as how and why Heuertz came across the enneagram and has chosen to stick with not only contemplative practices but to sit in those practices within the growth and understanding offered in the enneagram. This is what makes this book stand out for me. Heuertz invites us into his story that is still being written. This isn't a self-help book with a nice bow at the end. Instead, he offers readers to continue the journey, not with more information, but with contemplative prayer practices. That is the key. This book helps integrate the information, which this world so desperately needs.
Also worth noting is Heuertz's understanding and acknowledgment that the enneagram is not a white USA-centric tool to be unleashed on others. He includes in the body of the book as well as in the footnotes and bibliography a diverse, broad understanding of the enneagram that started centuries before Christian publishing.
In this depthful book, Christopher L. Heuertz does not purport to answer these questions for us; rather, he hands us a map and empowers each of us with specific exercises to help us to dig deep within our souls to uncover, and, ultimately, to realize--in head, heart, and body--our own truth, our own lived-out--and, sometimes (phew!) sweated out--answers.
Indeed, in a world layered over with illusion, digging for our authentic self takes tremendous faith, devotion, and perseverance. These teachings are not for the faint hearted! Yet they are for all of us who seek a freeing Truth above all else.
The map Heuertz hands us is the Enneagram, an ancient system of sacred psychology--a deeply transformative typology. The Enneagram offers us a detailed map of consciousness. It helps us to examine our own habituated ways of thinking and feeling, which helps us to realize that the self we generally think we are is NOT our true self. This “false self” is often petty or pompous, arrogant or fearful, loud or manipulative, lazy or OCD--and it seldom brings us a fraction of the peace, security, or love it promises.
Having studied the Enneagram since 2002, I can personally testify to the value of this map in healing my relationship to myself, others (especially my family!), and to the God of my understanding. Having taught the Enneagram since 2005, I can also testify to the many ways knowledge of the Enneagram--without concurrent spiritual practice--can lead us deeper into the fog of our own egoic constructs/illusions.
Heuertz’s application of contemplative postures and prayer intentions is nothing short of brilliant and inspired. This book is a very important contribution to existing Enneagram literature and does what it purports to do, which is stand on the shoulder of Enneagram giants, and yet, with humility, it does more than this. The author, taking advantage of that higher viewpoint, is able to describe to us in GREATER detail than ever before the terrain that past teachers have attempted to share with us.
I've stopped trying to count the number of duh’s and aha’s I said to myself as I read the book. I am not Catholic, like Heuertz. I am a UNITY minister (and forever Truth seeker) and I have recommended this book to all of my congregants and, in fact, everyone I know and love.
The teachings in this book are not just powerful but extremely pragmatic! I am currently applying, on a daily basis, the contemplative practices suggested for my type, Type One. These practices feel perfectly suited for my Type/egoic structure in that they reflect the very last thing my everyday (false) self wants to do--i.e., REST in STILLNESS.
This is my new, current prayer intention & practice: “I REST in STILLNESS.”
What is the very last thing YOUR ego, in its compulsive outer seeking, wants you to do? For most of us, it’s some version of practicing Silence, Solitude, or Stillness. And, in this book--backed by ample research and deep wisdom, written with a poetic and passionate heart, and paved with the sweat pearls of an earnest spiritual sojourner--Heuertz urges us to do just THAT. The goal of these contemplative practices? Nothing less than coming into a deeper knowing of the answers--YOUR answers--to these sacred questions: Who are you? What are you worth?