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While the enneagram is not a tool that was founded by Christians it can be used by Christians. Christian enneagram books help build the bridge between helpful enneagram tool and Christian belief.
If you are unfamiliar with the enneagram it will be helpful to know that it is a personality system that has gained much popularity in the last few decades both in secular and Christian circles.
While the enneagram did not start out Christian, nor is it actually Christian now…. it is a TOOL (much like psychology and therapy) that can be used for Christians.
Christians can cherry pick enneagram knowledge from non-Christian books, choosing to bypass any that are too mystical based.
Or thanks to many amazing Christian enneagram teachers, there are now many Christian enneagram books to read that will include a Christian-centered viewpoint.
Christians and the Enneagram – Should they use it?
Now some of you many have found this post because you’ve heard that the enneagram has evil or occult ties. This is concerning indeed for Christians.
I highly recommend checking out Should Christians Use the Enneagram by Amy Wicks.
The enneagram has no direct ties to the occult and even the ones ties that might be there are actually sketchy at best (Ichazo who makes a record claim of getting the enneagram through automatic writing confessed not 5 minutes prior that he had previously been making up origin stories for the enneagram because “it sells”. – Not the best credibility)
For me, and many other Christians, the enneagram is a tool just like psychology or therapy or yoga even. It can definitely be used with a non-Christian flare even bordering the occult. But it can also be used with a Christian mindset.
The enneagram is a tool. You get to decided how it will be used.
The enneagram allows us to understand ourselves better. To know WHO you are, WHY you are the way you are, and HOW you can grow to be the best version of yourself (with the help of God for Christians).
Below you’ll find a list of all the great Christian enneagram books for when you are ready to dive in and learn more about the enneagram!
From intro books, to deep dive books, to devotionals, you’ll find all the Christian enneagram book options below.
Note: My website (and my instagram account) are also great places to learn about the enneagram but I do not include a Christian viewpoint. I am actually a Christian (married to a pastor even) but I’ve decided that I wanted to share enneagram knowledge for the entire world and not just Christians.
Christian Enneagram Books
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery
This classic book written by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile (type 4 and type 2) is a great easy read and still full of good enneagram information. It also has a study guide which makes it great for book groups.
The Enneagram for Beginners
This book is written by Kim Eddy (type 1) and is a bit more thorough that most intro books (don’t let the “beginners” title fool you). It walks through the core motivations, levels of health, & subtypes. It also included some growth practice tips which I always appreciate.
The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships
This easy to read book by Suzanne Stabile (type 2) is sort of like the companion book to The Road Back To You which she co-authored. It’s on the introductory side which makes it a great read for anyone and it focuses on understanding the other types so that you can have healthy relationships. There are sidebars that show the how each type may interact with the other eight types and each type’s section ends with a full page of how to interact with others based on that type and how others can interact with that type. There is also a study guide.
Becoming Us: Using the Enneagram to Create a Thriving Gospel-Centered Marriage
Written by Beth McCord (type 9) and her husband Jeff McCord (type 6) this book is my go-to recommendation for using the enneagram with marriage! It’s very thorough giving the basic explanations of the types but also goes into conflict styles, communication styles for each type as well as tips for the spouse of each type on how to communicate, love, affirm, relate in conflict, and more.
-Deeper Dive Books-
The Journey Toward Wholeness: Enneagram Wisdom for Stress, Balance, and Transformation
This book is also written by Suzanne Stabile (type 2). This book goes beyond the “this is how/why you are” and helps you uncover how to bring balance to your type and how to move through stress in healthy ways. (also covers the “repressed stances” which is key for balance). There’s a study guide for this book too!
Self to Loose, Self to Find: Using the Enneagram to Uncover Your True, God-Gifted Self
Written by Marilyn Vancil (type 9), this book takes a unique approach with the enneagram as it focuses on the parts of your type that you’d do best to loose, and which parts Jesus invites you to find.
The Story of You: An Enneagram Journey to Becoming Your True Self
This book is also written by The Road Back to You author, Ian Cron (type 4). He challenges you to rethink the stale stories about yourself that you believe and uses the enneagram to help you change or rewrite your story.
The Enneagram of Discernment: The Way of Vocation, Wisdom, and Practice
This comprehensive book is written by Drew Moser (type 3) goes through the enneagram with the goal of helping the reader discern what is holding themselves from their true selves and focus on vocation (purpose), wisdom (intelligence), and practice (work).
Speaking by the Numbers: Enneagram Wisdom for Teachers, Pastors, and Communicators
Written by Sean Palmer (type 3), this book will help any communicator help deliver their content in ways that their audience will actually connect with it. It’s up for pre-orders currently as it won’t release until March 2022 but I’m so excited for it and Sean’s a great guy so I know it’ll be good! (He’s also the author the 40 Days on Being a 3)
The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective
This larger book written by Richard Rohr (type 1) and Andrea Ebert gives the Christian perspective on each enneagram type. It also includes random trivia bits such as symbolic animals, nations, colors, biblical characters for each type. (not going to lie, I’m a 1 and I had a hard time with this book. It wasn’t consistent in it’s patterns enough for me and some of the descriptions are a bit harsh at times)
-Christian Enneagram Devotionals-
40 Days on Being a _
Nine books for the nine types (40 Days on Being a 1, 40 Days on Being a 2, and so on). Each of these books are written for a particular type BY someone of that type. You’ll get a peak into their lives and how their types play out with a few thought questions or actions as well.
The Enneagram Collection Interactive Books
These beautiful interactive books/journals are all in color and come complete with a bookmark! These are wonderful and giving you all the details so that you can know all about your type but also help you journal towards growth in your type. You can click on these links to get to each specific type’s book: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.
60-Day Enneagram Devotionals
These type specific devotionals contain six 10-day topics that cover type specific uniqueness, weakness, strength, stress, growth, and more. You can click these links to get to each specific type’s devotional: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine…. and what’s more, there is a leader’s guide, Growing with the Enneagram: Guiding All Types in Spiritual Growth for anyone who would want to lead a group as they all go through their own type’s devotionals.