Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Book Review: The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-DiscoveryThe Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery. Ian Morgan Cron, Suzanne Stabile. IVP Books (2016). 238 pages. Genre:  Non-fiction.

First Lines: "One Saturday morning, my cell phone rang at 7:00 a.m. Only one person in the world dares call me at that hour."

Summary:  The book begins with an introduction to the Enneagram as well as some advice on discovering your type.  Next, is a chapter for each Enneagram type.  The authors combine general information about each type with stories of people they know.  Each chapter begins with twenty statements people of that particular number might say. Next are examples of how that number might act in different contexts such as childhood, work or relationships.  Following this is some information on the Enneagram specifics of wings, stress and security.  Finally is a section on transformation.

My thoughts:  I did a read/listen combination for this book that worked really well.  The audiobook was read by Ian Morgan Cron.  The book is written from his point of view and he has a great sense of humor that made this  entertaining as well as informative. 

Conversational in tone, the book is very easy to read but packed with information.  If you go into the book knowing nothing about the Enneagram, you will come out at the end with a thorough understanding.  If you are already familiar with the Enneagram, this book is still worth reading as it offers unique stories and descriptions of the types.  I had a basic understanding of the Enneagram, but the stories and descriptions in this book helped me understand each type better.  Learning about the Enneagram has given me more compassion for myself and for others.  If you are interested in learning more about this personality type system, I recommend this book.