An En­nea­gram Jour­ney to Self­dis­cov­ery

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Ian Mor­gan Cron, Suzanne Sta­bile, IVP Books Hard­cover $24 (220pp). 978-0-8303-4619-1

“Life hands us a chal­leng­ing syl­labus. We need all the help we can get,” writes Ian Mor­gan Cron, who, to­gether with Suzanne Sta­bile, re­veals how the En­nea­gram, from the Greek words for nine (en­nea) and for a draw­ing or pic­ture (gram), can en­rich our lives by en­hanc­ing our self-aware­ness.

Wired for sur­vival at all costs, we learn early on that our sur­vival de­pends on meet­ing the ex­pec­ta­tions of our fam­ily, friends, and cul­ture, so we form a pro­tec­tive mask, called a “per­son­al­ity,” or “per­sona” (Greek for mask), to hide our au­then­tic selves—a mask that, over time, im­pris­ons us. Be­neath the mask there lives a “truer, more lu­mi­nous” self, one that we must come to know if we are to feel fully alive and be whole.

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.

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