Book Review: Mirror for the Soul


Mirror for the Soul

A Christian Guide to the Enneagram
by Alice Fryling

InterVarsity Press

IVP Books
Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 14 Aug 2017 

I am reviewing a copy of the Mirror for the Soul through Intervarsity Press and Netgalley:

Alice Fryling has written a book that serves as a guide of the Ennegram for Christians.  The Enneagram is an ancient tool that helps us puzzle out who we are.  The Enneagram is a set of numbers, lines and arrows that serve to help undestand who you are.  The Christian Roots of the Enneagram are believed to go back to the desert Mother and Father’s of the fourth century.

They then break down this into nine perspectives on life.  The people in the one space are gifted with goodness, they do things very well.  The people in the twos are gifted in love.  The people in the three space are gifted to be effective, the people in the four space reflect the creativity of God, those in the five places are gifted in the window, the people in the six space are faithful, those in the seventh are gifted with joy, those in the eight space are often leaders, and in the ninth space the gift is peace.

Honestly before reading this book I knew nothing of the Enneagram let alone its context to Christianity and honestly something does not feel right about using mere numbers to describes one self and certainly one’s faith, but Alice Fryling’s book was well written, her arguments and facts clear and concise.

I do like the fact that Alice Fryling addresses letting go of your false self and becoming more self aware.

Although I do not agree with using numbers to describe your faith, I feel that Alice Fryling has written a book that does make it easier to understand, so I give this book five out of five stars.

Happy Reading!

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