The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery

by Ian Morgan Cron, Suzanne Stabi


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Ignorance is bliss—except in self-awareness.

What you don't know about yourself can hurt you and your relationships—and even keep you in the shallows with God. Do you want help figuring out who you are and why you're stuck in the same ruts?

The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively. In The Road Back to You Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile forge a unique approach—a practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of ourselves, compassion for others, and love for God.

Witty and filled with stories, this book allows you to peek inside each of the nine Enneagram types, keeping you turning the pages long after you have read the chapter about your own number. 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.

Beginning with changes you can start making today, the wisdom of the Enneagram can help take you further along into who you really are—leading you into places of spiritual discovery you would never have found on your own, and paving the way to the wiser, more compassionate person you want to become.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830846191
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 235
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ian Morgan Cron is a bestselling author, 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. Cron 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 Franklin, Tennessee.

Suzanne Stabile is a highly sought-after speaker, teacher and internationally recognized Enneagram master teacher. Along with her husband Rev. Joseph Stabile, she is cofounder of Life in the Trinity Ministry, a nonprofit, nondenominational ministry committed to the spiritual growth and formation of adults. Their ministry home, the Micah Center, is located in Dallas, Texas. Sharing the wisdom of the Enneagram through witty, engaging stories and heartfelt compassion for humanity, Suzanne has conducted more than five hundred Enneagram workshops at renowned universities, churches and for and not-for-profit entities. Her repertoire includes Pepperdine, Lipscomb, Baylor and Drury Universities, Hendrix College, Perkins School of Theology (Southern Methodist University) and Brite Divinity School (Texas Christian University). In addition, she has taught at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas, where she was the founding director of Shared Housing, a social service agency serving the elderly and poor. When Suzanne is not on the road teaching and lecturing, she is at home in Dallas, ministering and relaxing with her husband, Joe, a United Methodist pastor. They have four children.

Table of Contents

1. A Curious Theory of Unknown Origin
2. Finding Your Type
3. Type Eight: The Challenger "Lead me, follow me, or get out of the way." —General George S. Patton Jr.
4. Type Nine: The Peacemaker"You cannot find peace by avoiding life." —Virginia Woolf
5. Type One: The Perfectionist"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people." —Anne Lamott
6. Type Two: The Helper"I want you to be happy, but I want to be the reason." —Anonymous
7. Type Three: The Performer"The real question is, can you love the real me? . . . Not the perfect person you want me to be, not that image you had of me, but who I really am." —Christine Feehan
8. Type Four: The Romantic"If you've ever had that feeling of loneliness, of being an outsider, it never quite leaves you." —Tim Burton
9. Type Five: The Investigator"I think I am, therefore, I am. I think.." —George Carlin
10. Type Six: The Loyalist"There's no harm in hoping for the best as long as you're prepared for the worst."
—Stephen King
11. Type Seven: The Enthusiast"Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings!" —Peter Pan
12. So Now What? The Beginning of Love"The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves." —Thomas Merton

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sarah thebarge More than 1 year ago
I have loved the Enneagram for several years now. It was the first assessment I've taken that explained me to myself, and it described not only who I am now, with my strengths and weaknesses and tendencies, but also cast a vision for who I CAN be, and how to live into that potential. In this book, Cron and Stabile explain the Enneagram in engaging and conversational language. And, with their wit and wisdom, they show each of us how to find the road that takes us on a journey of personal insight and transformation. Can't recommend it highly enough!
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michelemorin More than 1 year ago
I googled the term the first time I heard it, not even sure how to pronounce it. Enneagram: “Any – a – gram” Named for a nine-sided polygon, the Enneagram distinguishes and describes nine facets of the human personality, nine different ways of being, nine unique manifestations of the image of God on this planet. In The Road Back to You, Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile provide a clear, humorous, and sensitive road map for the journey of self-discovery that happens while studying the Enneagram. Here’s a summary of all nine types and connections: capture It’s important to note that with the Enneagram, motivation determines type. So, for example, if I believe that a friend is feeling sad, I may reach out to her with a phone call for various reasons: If I call because I see myself as a champion of the sad and despondent, I may be an 8. If I’m motivated by a desire to comfort and to create a safe space for that friend, I am likely a 2. If I join my sad friend in her place of sadness and mirror the entire range of her emotions, I am probably a 4. The way we take in information has a huge impact on the way we see the world, and the Enneagram provides a framework for understanding this, as well as a new vocabulary for expressing ourselves, for living alongside others, and for delighting in the mystery of our individuality. To be honest, I’m not entirely settled on my Enneagram number. I kept hoping that Ian and Suzanne would say, “And if every time you read about one of the types, you think you ARE that type (or at least have all its weaknesses), then you are a _______.” (They didn’t say that — ever.) It’s also important to understand that the Enneagram types are not convenient pigeon holes for filing yourself and all your friends into neat little Bento boxes, and this is one of the strengths of the concept. Because human beings operate at all levels of health and dysfunction, not all Type 1 Perfectionists are on a mission to make over the entire universe in their own image. Not all Eights are bent on world domination. If you are curious about your type, you can take an online quiz, but then you will need to do some further reading and research to discover what significance that number has for you. Suzanne and Ian have also produced a podcast with an abundance of helpful information. Additionally, it’s important to note that each Enneagram type will manifest characteristics of a neighbor number. This is referred to as your wing. For example, when I took the online test, it determined that I am most likely a 3 with a 4 wing (3w4). If I were a 3w2, I would be much more charming and intimate, but I would also drive my friends crazy trying to be the star of every show. As a 3w4 (if that’s what I really am), I am introspective and more authentic than the 3w2, but also more conflicted. Of course, knowing all this won’t change who I am, but it does give me an understanding of the raw material I’m working with so that I can get out of my own way and become a God-honoring version of a 3w4, trusting for grace to deal with the weaknesses, and capitalizing on the strengths that are there. The Ennegram is also a helpful tool for understanding how others are viewing the world. Suzanne and Ian have said it well: “The Enneagram shows us that we can’t change the way other people see, but we can try to experience the world through their eyes and help them change what they do with what they see.”