You may remember this book from the book club page here on the blog! The Road Back To You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile was my first read of 2020 (if we’re getting technical, I started this book at the end of 2019 but didn’t finish until 2020). I’ve decided to do mini-profiles of each of the books I read this year and it’s fitting to begin with the first five-star ⭐️⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️️ book of the year.
The Road Back To You is a book all about the enneagram and how you can use the truths to grow and learn more about yourself. If you’ve never heard of the Enneagram, I’d recommend checking it out! You can find many free quizzes online or just pick up the book and start reading. The basic concept is that each person can generally be categorized as a number (with leanings one way or another) based on their motivations, personality, etc.
Each number of the Enneagram (there are nine in total) has it’s own chapter. Each chapter is broken up into a few separate parts beginning with a list of 10 thoughts, experiences, or feelings related to being that number. I own a hard-copy of the book and checked off each item I thought to be true for myself for each of the numbers – it was interesting to see the similarities and differences between different types, specifically why.
Next are sections targeting wings – you can be one number and lean a certain way. I, for example, am a 6 wing 5. The way that I respond to things will be different than a 6 wing 7 or even a 5 wing 6. It sounds a little complicated, but one of the best things about this book are the examples. The two authors have great stories from their personal life that demonstrate these differences in a way that makes perfect sense.
Next are sections on stress (in bad times we may start to act more like X number) and growth (in good times we may start to act more like Y number). Lastly, the authors spend a few paragraphs on spiritual growth*.
*I will note that this book is written by two Christian authors and there are religious undertones in this book. Due to the history of the enneagram and how it is intertwined with Christianity, it’s hard to research the topic and not find these similarities or commentaries. If this is something you’d like to avoid you could just skip the last section of each chapter.
Overall, we all enjoyed The Road Back To You and what we learned from it. I closed the book with a renewed sense of understanding of myself and the people around me. This may sound like a book where you should only read the chapter involving you – this definitely isn’t the case! I’d recommend reading all the sections. I started a list of who is what on the Enneagram and it has been a gamechanger.
Have you read The Road Back To You, or any other books on personality? What number are you on the Enneagram? Let me know in the comments below!