IVP is celebrating seven years of The Road Back to You, the book that started 1 million readers on their Enneagram journey.
Whether you're looking to deepen your understanding of the Enneagram, find a resource for a friend you think would benefit from the Enneagram's wisdom, or are just beginning your Enneagram journey, this page has the resources you need.
Start your journey into self-awareness, compassion for others, and love for God. With wit, wisdom, and storytelling, Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile introduce the ancient personality typing system, the Enneagram, and explore its insights into spirituality, relationships, and self-knowledge.
"You couldn't ask for a better introduction to the Enneagram than what's found in this book and you couldn't ask for better guides than Cron and Stabile."
author of Accidental Saints
"This is a wonderfully thorough examination of the Enneagram and the best news is that it will speak to both newcomers and Enneagram veterans."
Faith Conversations Podcast, author
Ones, often called Perfectionists or Reformers, feel a compulsive need to improve the world around them. Ethical, dedicated, and reliable, they are motivated by a desire to live the right way and avoid fault and blame. Residing in the Gut Triad, Ones internalize anger, which often bubbles up as smoldering resentment when others don’t live up to their impossibly high standards. But don’t think they let themselves off the hook—Ones live with a constant awareness of their own inner critic, reminding them of all the ways they’ve failed.
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Twos, often called Helpers, are motivated by a need to feel indispensable to those they love, which leads them to direct all of their energy toward meeting the needs of others, whether they’ve asked for help or not. Warm and caring, Twos have many relationships and are always giving to others while carefully avoiding the acknowledgment of their own needs. Residing in the Heart Triad, Twos focus outwardly on the feelings of others and secretly believe that they know what’s best for everyone else, revealing a convoluted and often hidden sense of pride.
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Often called Performers, Threes are success-oriented and wired for productivity, motivated by a need to be (or appear to be) successful and to avoid failure. Image conscious to a fault, Threes easily abandon their true selves in favor of projecting a false crowd-pleasing image. They might not even realize that they in turn deceive themselves into believing they are this false persona. They can shape-shift in different contexts to become the best version of themselves for their audience. Threes reside in the Heart Triad but manifest their feeling focus by remaining ignorant of or buying into false ideas of their own and others’ feelings.
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Fours, often called Romantics or Individualists, are motivated by a need to be special, understood, and to experience their oversized feelings. Driven by emotions, Fours reside in the Heart Triad and they focus inwardly on their own deep feelings. Never wanting to be seen as ordinary, Fours are often creative, sensitive, and moody, and they aren’t afraid to sit for awhile in the depths of sadness or nostalgia. They believe they are missing something essential that keeps them from being complete, and they envy the apparent wholeness and happiness they see in others. Yet above all else, Fours must be true to themselves, so the thought of acting like everyone else in order to fit in is unthinkable.
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Often called Investigators, Fives are motivated by a need to gain knowledge, conserve energy, and avoid relying on others. Analytical, detached, and private, they collect knowledge and hoard information in order to be as independent and self-sustaining as possible. This withholding and self-sufficient attitude can often unwittingly lead to holding back love and affection from others. They relate to the world through the mind and reside in the Head Triad.
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Sixes, also called Loyalists, are committed, practical, and witty, motivated by fear and the need for security. Forever imagining worst-case scenarios and questioning their own ability to handle life, Sixes yearn for support and security above all else. They will often turn to authority figures and belief systems to find that security, which is why they function so well as the glue that holds our social systems together. Residing in the Head Triad, Sixes relate to the world through the mind and internalize their fear.
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Sevens, often called Enthusiasts or Epicures, are motivated by a need to be happy and to avoid pain. Fun, spontaneous, and adventurous, they gorge themselves on positive experiences and love to plan and anticipate new adventures. Never satisfied, Sevens bounce from activity to activity (or person to person) in a frenzied pursuit to distract themselves from pain and unpleasantness. They relate to the world through the mind and reside in the Head Triad, driven by the desire to forget their fear and avoid painful feelings.
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Eights, also known as Challengers, are motivated by a need to be strong and avoid feeling weak or vulnerable. Fueled by intensity, they are domineering and confrontational, unafraid to speak their mind—and they expect you to do the same. Residing in the Gut Triad, Eights externalize their anger, naturally exuding strength and projecting an intimidating exterior to mask vulnerability. Expressing true emotions can feel like weakness to Eights.
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Nines, also known as Peacemakers, are motivated by a need to keep the peace, merge with others, and avoid conflict. Pleasant, laid back, and accommodating, they live by a code of “ignorance is bliss” when it comes to avoiding negative feelings which might lead to confrontation with others (or acknowledging hard truths about themselves). Nines reside in the Gut Triad, yet their tendency is to forget or ignore their anger completely. This spiritual-emotional laziness manifests in falling asleep to their own priorities, opinions, and personal development.
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What you don't know about yourself can hurt you and your relationships—and even keep you in the shallows with God. Do you want help figuring out who you are and why you're stuck in the same ruts?
The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively. In The Road Back to You Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile forge a unique approach—a practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of ourselves, compassion for others, and love for God.
Witty and filled with stories, this book allows you to peek inside each of the nine Enneagram types, keeping you turning the pages long after you have read the chapter about your own number. Not only will you learn more about yourself, but you will also start to see the world through other people's eyes, understanding how and why people think, feel, and act the way they do.
To guide your first steps into your self-awareness journey, The Road Back to You offers:
The wisdom of the Enneagram can help take you further along into who you really are—leading you into places of spiritual discovery you would never have found on your own, and paving the way to the wiser, more compassionate person you want to become.
"I'm so thrilled that this book exists. The Enneagram has absolutely changed my understanding of how to love the people in my life, deepened the quality of my marriage, and given me a vision for the person God designed me to be. This book makes the Enneagram easy to understand, with helpful stories, humor, warmth, and clear language. I'll need a case, at least."
"What would you give to crack the biggest mystery in the world: Yourself? Why do we act, think, feel, and believe the way we do? I know of no better tool than the Enneagram. And I know of no better teachers of this tool than my friends Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile. I use the Enneagram in my business and personal life every day. The Road Back to You will open your eyes to the depths of your heart."
"With The Road Back to You, the small number of books I recommend to absolutely everyone has increased by one. You couldn't ask for a better introduction to the Enneagram than what's found in this book and you couldn't ask for better guides than Cron and Stabile. If a modicum of self-awareness is needed to navigate life these days, let this book be your map."
"Armed with delightful but incisive wit, Cron and Stabile help us explore our inner life by making the mystery of the Enneagram accessible. If you want to better understand yourself and those in the world around you, this insightful and brilliant book is a perfect place to begin."
"The Enneagram has been a vital tool in my own personal journey of self-discovery, and The Road Back to You does a great job of making this ancient tool accessible for the modern Christian."
"A must-read for all and a companion guide for a lifelong journey to live generatively. A book full of wisdom, discernment, and humor, The Road Back to You creates a path toward home ever so gently and joyfully."
"Ian Morgan Cron, partnering with Suzanne Stabile, has gifted us with another timely and brilliantly written book. We've long needed a fresh, spiritually grounded approach to helping people grow in self-knowledge and compassion. This is a winsome and thoughtful primer!"
"As a newbie to the Enneagram, The Road Back to You offered a delightful and accessible way to honestly examine my own motivations and consider the best path toward growth and flourishing. This book is a must-read for those who seek to not only understand themselves better, but those closest to them, as well."
"There is a special place in my heart for books that help me be a better me. In this book, Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile have delivered on their promise to provide a roadmap to self. The Road Back to You will help you find you—all over again and for the first time."
"The Enneagram has been a powerful tool for spiritual transformation in my life, so much so that I became a certified trainer. I've read many of the books available on the subject. This is a wonderfully thorough examination of the Enneagram and the best news is that it will speak to both newcomers and Enneagram veterans."
"A true understanding of your Enneagram type will tell you more about your financial strengths and foibles than you can imagine. . . . I find The Road Back to You to be the most readable and applicable book I've read yet on the subject."
"An aid to those seeking to identify personality types, with a little bit of spirituality on the side."
"Cron and Stabile walk through the Enneagram's nine different personality types and their distinct ways of seeing the world, showing how each one has a potentially infinite number of expressions, strengths, and weaknesses. Cron describes his own Enneagram experience as a feeling of waking up after having been asleep for a long time. He explains that in catching a glimpse of the person he was created to be, he began to see himself with the same delight, pride, and expectation with which God sees him, and to sense the immediacy of God's grace. 'In the spiritual life that's no small thing,' he writes."
"Cron brings his witty, energetic voice to this collaboration with Stabile, a retreat director and expert on the Enneagram—a system of personality typology with roots in Christian and Islamic mysticism. The beauty of the Enneagram is its charity: the system clearly names the flaws as well as the virtues of each personality type. The Enneagram also counsels humility and acknowledges its own limits ('[The Enneagram] is not infallible or inerrant,' writes Cron and Stabile)—a welcome modesty in religious understanding today."
"The Road Back to You is a great read for anyone who wants to grow in their knowledge of themselves and how it affects all your relationships. I would also highly recommend it for anyone who works with other people. It has the potential to give you a whole new understanding of the people you interact with on a daily basis."
1. A Curious Theory of Unknown Origin
2. Finding Your Type
3. Type Eight: The Challenger
"Lead me, follow me, or get out of the way." —General George S. Patton Jr.
4. Type Nine: The Peacemaker
"You cannot find peace by avoiding life." —Virginia Woolf
5. Type One: The Perfectionist
"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people." —Anne Lamott
6. Type Two: The Helper
"I want you to be happy, but I want to be the reason." —Anonymous
7. Type Three: The Performer
"The real question is, can you love the real me? . . . Not the perfect person you want me to be, not that image you had of me, but who I really am." —Christine Feehan
8. Type Four: The Romantic
"If you've ever had that feeling of loneliness, of being an outsider, it never quite leaves you." —Tim Burton
9. Type Five: The Investigator
"I think I am, therefore, I am. I think.." —George Carlin
10. Type Six: The Loyalist
"There's no harm in hoping for the best as long as you're prepared for the worst."
11. Type Seven: The Enthusiast
"Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings!" —Peter Pan
12. So Now What? The Beginning of Love
"The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves." —Thomas Merton