Podcast 25: Introduction to the Enneagram

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Enjoy Gem's conversation with Marla Christian as they introduce you to the Enneagram.

The ultimate reality is that we are loved by God, just as we are and as he made us (our true self). However, as we grow up, and over time, we begin to construct a false self. The false self is who we wish we were. It is the person we want others to think we are. We compensate for a world that is not what we thought it would be.

Over time, we begin to believe the false self is actually us. But we grow tired under the weight of that mask. We need a way to come back to the true self and become more free. The Enneagram is a tool that helps us make our way into that process. Many times a day we move from true to false and back to true again. It is an ongoing process.

Here's a helpful bibliography of Enneagram resources:



Appel, Wendy, InsideOut Enneagram, San Rafael, CA: Palma Publishing, 2012. (Mottos)

Baron, Renee & Wagele, Elizabeth, The Enneagram Made Easy, New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1994. (Cover cartoon)

Chestnut, Beatrice, The Complete Enneagram, Berkeley, CA: She Writes Press, 2013. (Subtypes)

Cron, Ian Morgan & Stabile, Suzanne, The Road Back to You, Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2016.

Fryling, Alice, Mirror for the Soul: A Christian Guide to the Enneagram, Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2017.

Heuertz, Christopher, The Sacred Enneagram, Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2017.

Metz, Barbara & Burchill, John, The Enneagram and Prayer, Denville, NJ: Dimension Books, Inc., 1987.

Palmer, Helen, The Enneagram, New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1991.

Riso Don Richard, Understanding the Enneagram, Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1990.

Riso, Don Richard & Hudson, Russ, The Wisdom of the Enneagram, New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1999.

Riso, Don Richard & Hudson, Russ, Personality Types, Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1996. (Riso & Hudson talk about the Basic Fear, Basic Desire, Vice and Virtue)

Rohr, Richard & Ebert, Andres, The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective, New York, NY: Crossroad Publishing, 2004. (“The Need to…”)

Sherrill, AJ, Enneagram & the Way of Jesus, Self-Published, 2016. (Upstream/Downstream)

Vancil, Marilyn, Self to Lose Self to Find, Enumclaw, WA: Redemption Press, 2016. (Invitation Prayers)


The Enneagram Institute, Web. 2015-16.

Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition, Web. 2015-16.

A Brief Introduction to the Enneagram, March 14, 2013. Web Video. 2015.