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Here are some resources for you… I’ll continue to update them. Those in the first section will be ones I personally have read. Below there’s a list of contributions of our friends in my Facebook Enneagram group.


The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile. – A very accessible introduction

The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso & Russ Hudson—This one of the classic go-to sources.  It has a quick test that can actually be a first step toward knowing your number. *Remember the tests aren’t always definitive.

Basic Enneagram Model

Basic Enneagram Model

I’ll do my best to break this very complex system into bite sized bits. There are many resources I’ll be drawing from.

I’ll start with breaking down the diagram. In one sense it will demystify it. Those among us who love to step into the mysteries of God can explore more and will find it all fascinating. I did!


Intelligence centers:

Anger/Gut Triad 8-9-1

Feelings/Heart Triad 2-3-4

Fear/Head Triad 5-6-7

My experience with the Enneagram has been nothing short of an Epiphany with a capital E. But how does a “personality typing system” create healing? There are many elements of resistance that can arise with exposure to the Enneagram. Any of these questions or objections seem familiar?

Basic Enneagram Model

Basic Enneagram Model

  1. I hate personality typing stuff. It’s putting me in a box! I’m a unique person and object to the whole idea!
  2. Somebody told me I’m a (fill in a number). Now I feel like they’re judging me or seeing me as nothing more than my number. That can’t be right.
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