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
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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Consider the possible Enneagram types of well-known figures in the Bible to discover more about yourself and gain specific wisdom about how and why you are uniquely made.

Who am I? Everyone asks that question, no matter their age or status in life. If we’re truly supposed to be real with others, shouldn’t that start by learning how to be real with ourselves?

The Enneagram describes nine basic personality styles which can help us better understand who we are and what drives us. When God designed you, He did not create you as a number but as a uniquely created individual. Your Enneagram type can give you great insight into the complexities of yourself and others. A Book Called YOU will show you how a biblical view of self-discovery can improve every part of your life, and includes:

  • The potential Enneagram type of well-known biblical figures like Peter, David, Abraham, King Saul, and more
  • The character, core motivation, and core weaknesses of each Enneagram type
  • Advice on how to best love each personality type
  • How to pray specifically for each Enneagram type

Based on his widely successful teaching series "A Series Called You," pastor Matt Brown offers a groundbreaking, entertaining, and heartfelt guide that highlights biblical truths alongside the Enneagram to help us fully embrace who we are and help us love and relate to the people around us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785240853
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 10/05/2021
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,090,194
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 the author of A Book Called YOU: Understanding the Enneagram from a Grace-Filled, Biblical Perspective, and he 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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