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A Book Called YOU: Understanding the Enneagram from a Grace-Filled, Biblical Perspective

A Book Called YOU: Understanding the Enneagram from a Grace-Filled, Biblical Perspective

by Matthew Stephen Brown


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Many of us find ourselves experiencing the same wounds and hurdles in relationships over and over. We're even more frustrated with ourselves, as we try to fully understand how God uniquely created us and how we can become who we were meant to be. Drawing on Scripture, personal stories, and the ancient personality tool called the Enneagram, A Book Called YOU helps you understand how your perception of the world affects your relationships for good and bad-and how that understanding can bring healing you never thought possible. Pastor Matthew Stephen Brown assigns Enneagram Types to people from the Bible, including Martha (Type 2-the Helper), Nicodemus (Type 5-the Observer), King David (Type 7-the Enthusiast), and six others, to help us understand the root of our relationship struggles, how God can use the Enneagram to help us love ourselves and others well, why Scripture urges us to know ourselves in order to know God, blind spots in our perceptions of life and how to open our eyes, and why we can let go of shame and embrace who God created us to be. The Enneagram is a remarkable tool that God can use to grow your faith and transform your relationships as He Invites you to receive His grace and love more fully. With a unique weaving of scriptural truths, A Book Called YOU will help you to step into who God created you to be.

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ISBN-13: 9780785240853
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 10/05/2021
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 87,888
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Matthew Stephen Brown is the founding and lead pastor of Sandals Church in Riverside, California. Sandals Church began in 1997 when Pastor Matt and his wife, Tammy, set out to create a church where people could be real with themselves, God, and others. From its first meeting with eight people in the Browns’ living room, Sandals Church has since grown to reach more than 12,000 people each weekend at eleven locations across Southern and Central California. Around the world, Sandals Church’s digital content is viewed by close to 30,000 people every week.

Today, he continues to lead Sandals Church as the primary teaching pastor. In 2016, he launched The Debrief podcast, an opportunity for people to get real answers to tough questions about the Bible and Christianity. And last year, Pastor Matt and Sandals Church launched the ROGO Foundation, which exists to help save and replant dying churches and invest in up-and-coming leaders through hands-on leadership training programs at Sandals Church.

Matt is passionate about the vision of authenticity and raising up the next generation of leaders for the local church. He and Tammy have three children and reside in Riverside, California.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lisa Bevere XIII

Introduction: Why You? XVII

Who are you? If you want to be real with God and with others, it starts with learning how to., be real with yourself.

Type 1 The Reformer 1

Goodness vs. Anger

The Prodigal Son's Older Brother (Luke 15)

Practice makes perfect, and for Ones, perfection is the primary goal. But what happens when the desire to do what is right goes wrong?

Type 2 The Helper 21

Love vs. Pride

Martha (Luke 10)

Even Batman needs Robin, and the world wouldn't function without Twos. But what happens when Twos need care too?

Type 3 The Achiever 41

Ambition vs. Defeat

The Rich Young Ruler (Matthew 19)

If at first you don't achieve, try, try again. Threes get things done, but what happens when they can't do it all?

Type 4 The Individualist 63

Uniqueness vs. Envy

King Saul (1 Samuel 10)

Fours are creative, deep thinkers who want to be inspired and inspire others. But what happens when they become ruled by their emotions?

Type 5 The Observer 85

Wisdom vs. Greed

Nicodemus (John 3)

Fives are thoughtful, competent people who desire to uncover the truth. But what happens when they become detached and avoidant?

Type 6 The Loyalist 105

Faithfulness vs. Fear

Peter (Matthew 14)

Sixes are trustworthy, compassionate people who desire to be safe. But what happens when they only see danger and are dictated by fear?

Type 7 The Enthusiast 127

Joy vs. Avoidance

King David (2 Samuel 6)

Sevens are versatile, inspiring people who reflect God's joy. But what happens when the life of the party struggles with impulsiveness and overindulgence?

Type 8 The Challenger 147

Power vs. Lust

Nathan (2 Samuel 12)

Eights are assertive, protective people who take the lead in advocating for the vulnerable. But what happens when they use their strength to dominate others into doing things their way?

Type 9 The Peacemaker 169

Peace vs. Laziness

Abraham (Genesis 18)

Nines are patient, inclusive people who are good at seeing multiple sides of a situation. But what happens when they avoid conflict and fail to communicate their needs?

Conclusion 191

Notes 199

About the Author 201

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