Book Review: The Road Back to You

THE ROAD BACK TO YOU:  an enneagram journey to self discovery   by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

THE ROAD BACK TO YOU: an enneagram journey to self discovery

by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

I began recommending this book to friends and family long before I finished reading it because its potential impact was immediately clear. Although this is a nonfiction book, about an ancient tool for self reflection and growth, it is in no way a dry or dull book. Cron and Stabile teach in a energetic voice and each chapter include insightful and often humorous personal stories.

I've always loved personality typology assessments and when I initially learned about the enneagram over two years ago I couldn’t wrap my mind around all the facets, but I was intrigued.

The Road Back to You was recommended to me as a way to really explore the different types and to fully understand how the 9 types work together. It is written in a straightforward, systematic, and manageable way without down playing or over simplifying the complexities of the enneagram. I was hooked as soon as I read the introduction.

This book is not one you go to when you want to feel good about yourself or bask in the quirky and fun features of your personality, rather it is one that you can approach with humility and openness knowing that it may reveal to you things about yourself that, while being honest, are unpleasant to acknowledge.

Though I am a trained counselor, I don’t know exactly how, when or why this occurs, only that this idea of having lost connection with my true self rings true with my experience...Buried in the deepest precincts of being I sensed there’s a truer, more luminous version of myself, and that as long as I remain estranged from it I will never feel fully alive or whole.
— The Road Back to You, Page 23.

Rating: 4/5

For fans of: personality assessments, spiritual growth, self awareness.

 

I can not in good conscience recommend this book without one small caveat: each chapter includes famous people who are thought to be that chapters number and Taylor Swift is incorrectly said to be type Three. But that can't be true. I am exceeding confident she is in fact a 4. Trust me, Taylor and I are basically best friends.

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