About the Book
Author: Elisabeth Bennett
Genre: RELIGION / Christian Living/Personal Growth
Release date: March 2, 2021
The Enneagram is an ancient personality typology using nine points within a circle to represent nine distinct personality types. This sixty-day devotional is for the Perfectionist, number 1 of the Enneagram personality types.
This book will help Perfectionists, and those who love them, better understand how God created them and how best to use their unique gifts to serve Him and love others. It features a full explanation of what the Enneagram is and how it benefits people, followed by a full description of what it means to be a 1, including the Perfectionist’s deadly sin and their greatest strength.
Some attributes of the Perfectionist:
- Motivation: To be good, have integrity, and achieve this by following the rules.
- Biggest Fear: Ones fear being evil or corrupt, unable to do good things or make a difference.
- Gut Triad: Ones, along with Eights and Nines, receive information through their gut, instinctively feeling if something is right or wrong. When Ones see others blatantly disobeying the “rules” that are very obvious to them, it triggers an anger response, and can cause Ones to be burdened by boiling frustration.
The sixty days of this devotional are split into six 10-day topics that include uniqueness, weakness, strength, pain points, and how Perfectionists react in times of stress and growth.
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I recently discovered the Enneagram as a way to understand my personality and the personalities of others. This book is a good introduction to the concept as well as an exploration of one of the nine personalities. I like how Bennett explains how we adopt a personality in childhood. We realize the world is a scary place and is unlikely to accept our true self. We take on a personality and wear it like a shield of protection. (157/2018)
Understanding our Enneagram personality helps us learn where God shines through and areas where we need to let God change us (the sin Ones tend toward). I appreciate the good teaching on areas of particular concern including anger, the inner critic, and stress.
Even if you are not a “One,” this is a good book to read to understand those who are. You'll find them to be motivated by being good or having integrity. They are rule followers.
I recommend this book for those who want to better understand themselves and others. You'll get a good introduction to the Enneagram concept and specific insight into Ones, perfectionists.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
Elisabeth started her own Enneagram Instagram account (@Enneagram.Life) in 2018, which has grown to nearly 65,000 followers. Since becoming a certified Enneagram coach, she has conducted more than one hundred one-on-one coaching sessions, focused on helping her clients find their type and apply the Enneagram to their lives for personal and spiritual growth. Elisabeth has also conducted staff/team building sessions for businesses and high school students.
She has lived in beautiful Washington State her entire life and now has the joy of raising her own children there with her husband, Peter.
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This is the only devotional series that combines daily Scripture reading with Enneagram wisdom tailored specifically to one Enneagram type. Endorsements include Ryan O’Neal, Sleeping At Last singer-songwriter whose work has been featured on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy and the Twilight Saga movies, and Beth McCord, a popular Enneagram coach and author.
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