Forty Days on Being a Three, By Sean Palmer
Forty Days on Being a Three
  • Length: 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 × 7 in
  • Number of Studies: 40
  • Published: October 06, 2020
  • Imprint: IVP Formatio
  • Item Code: 4746
  • ISBN: 9780830847464

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What is it like to be an Enneagram Three?

Pastor Sean Palmer reflects on this question in a spirit of honest self-assessment. He draws wisdom from the deep wells of both counseling and spirituality using illustrations from Scripture and life. Each of the forty daily readings concludes with an opportunity for further engagement such as a journaling prompt, a written prayer, or a spiritual practice.

Any of us can find aspects of ourselves in any of the numbers. The Enneagram is a profound tool for empathy, so whether or not you are a Three, you will grow from your reading about Threes and enhance your relationships across the Enneagram spectrum.

"On a sunny but snow-drenched day in Connecticut, I was sitting with Sean Palmer when he first realized he was an Enneagram Three. Years and conversations later, Sean has looked deeply into his personality and how people like him can become the women and men they were created to become. In Forty Days on Being a Three, Sean peels back the curtain of his journey, inviting Enneagram Threes and those who live alongside them to experience a deeper, more authentic, and honest experience of themselves and the people they love."

Ian Morgan Cron, author of The Road Back to You

"I'm often overworked, perpetually exhausted, and seldom satisfied. In other ways, I'm an Enneagram Three who is not always healthy. It takes a lot of work for people like me to take time to rest, pray, meditate, sit in solitude, and focus on my spiritual life. Sean Palmer understands that as a fellow Three, and Forty Days on Being a Three is the most practical and helpful devotional book I've encountered for a person with my personality type. It's a roadmap for spiritual growth and a field guide for connection with others. If you or your loved one identifies an Enneagram Three, grab this book immediately!"

Jonathan Merritt, author of Learning to Speak God from Scratch and contributing writer for The Atlantic

"Sean Palmer has provided a real gift in this devotional for those who identify as an Enneagram Three as I do. The Enneagram isn't a trendy personality game that makes for good late-night entertainment. The Enneagram is a tool for spiritual formation, and Sean understands this fact. This devotional is just what we need to allow the Enneagram to guide us deeper into Christian formation. With personal stories and important reflections on Scripture, Sean has given us fellow Enneagram Threes a valuable resource for our growth as followers of Jesus."

Derek Vreeland, discipleship pastor at Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri, and author of By the Way: Getting Serious About Following Jesus

"Sean Palmer knows, encourages, and exhorts the heart of the Three, pushing us to be more, even if that means doing less. Join him on this forty-day journey as he reads your mail and helps you write a more faithful story for your life."

Geoffrey Holsclaw, pastor, professor at Northern Seminary, and coauthor of Does God Really Like Me?

"My only regret is that I didn't have this book while I was in college. As a bona fide Three, this book is the rudder for all the mood swings any three could experience!"

Propaganda, hip hop and spoken word artist, podcaster

"As an Enneagram Three myself, I highly recommend Sean Palmer's, Forty Days on Being a Three. It is the perfect gift for the Three in your life—especially if that person is yourself. The daily devotional style is efficient and practical, perfect for Threes' morning routines—which you know we have. Sean's modeling of authenticity, humility, and truth telling is just the growth stretch we Threes need. I'm looking forward to the other devotionals in this series, but I'm glad Sean started with Threes!"

Lisa Whelchel, actress, author, and speaker

Read an Excerpt


Welcome to Enneagram Daily Reflections by Suzanne Stabile
On Being a Three
40 Daily Readings


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Sean Palmer

Sean Palmer is the teaching pastor at Ecclesia Houston, a speaker, and an executive coach. He is the author of Unarmed Empire and a contributing writer to The Voice Bible. Sean is vice-chair of the Missio Alliance board. He and his wife, Rochelle, live in Houston, Texas, with their two daughters.

Listen to him speak with Suzanne Stabile on The Enneagram Journey podcast.

Read his article on what it's like to be an Enneagram Three at Enneagram Today.

Suzanne Stabile

Suzanne Stabile is a highly sought-after speaker, teacher, and internationally recognized Enneagram master teacher who has taught thousands of people over the last thirty years. She is the author of The Path Between Us, The Journey Toward Wholeness, and coauthor, with Ian Morgan Cron, of The Road Back to You. She is also the creator and host of The Enneagram Journey podcast. Along with her husband, Rev. Joseph Stabile, she is cofounder of Life in the Trinity Ministry. Their ministry home, the Micah Center, is located in Dallas, Texas.