Book Review : The Enneagram for Spiritual Formation
The Enneagram for Spiritual Formation is an insightful read for those who want to use the Enneagram as a tool for spiritual growth. A.J. Sherrill spends the first couple of chapters explaining the Enneagram for those who are unfamiliar with the concept. He also goes to some lengths to explain that the Enneagram is merely a tool which is helpful but not salvific. He addresses the concerns of Christians who believe the Enneagram is based on New Age thinking. He does repeat this a couple of times throughout the book.
The chapters I found most helpful were those about choosing spiritual disciplines which will help us grow in the virtues connected with our Enneagram number. When I first read about the Enneagram thirty years ago, this was the area I was most interested in. However, many Enneagram books I’ve read in recent times tend to focus on the Enneagram as a way of becoming more self-aware or as a tool for getting along with others. It was refreshing to read about using the Enneagram as a means to becoming more Christ-like.
I also enjoyed the chapter on evangelism and found it thought-provoking but with less application in Australia as the Enneagram isn’t widely known here.
Overall a beneficial read.
Thanks to Baker Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.