I’ve read several books on the Enneagram and I found this one to be the most helpful and the most informative in terms of how the Enneagram can be used from a Christian perspective. My favorite thing about the Enneagram is that it helps you understand who God designed you to be, how your choices have distorted your gifting and how God provides grace for you to find your way back. It doesn’t just define you and leave you there. It gives you a path to transformation so that you can move from your false self to the true self God intended. That said, this book does a great job of simplifying the different pieces of the Enneagram so that anyone can read and apply it to their own lives. It’s my go-to book as a spiritual director when I need a resource. Each chapter includes a personal meditation to help you go deeper with the material from that chapter and there’s a chapter in the back entitled, “Using the Enneagram in Spiritual Direction,” for spiritual directors and/or pastors who counsel their congregants. ~ Barb Toft
Adapted from talks given by Dallas Willard and John Ortberg at the Knowing Christ Today conference in California, Living in Christ’s Presence is rich with spiritual insight and wisdom. The DVD or audiobook version features a lightly edited live recording of the conference that is so engaging you’ll listen to it over and over again. John Ortberg’s talk on The Importance of Spiritual Disciplines and the ensuing conversation with Dallas Willard on the topic is certainly worth your attention. And Dallas Willard’s closing remarks on blessing others and God is a thoughtful way to bring the discussion on life in the kingdom of God to a close.