What To Read
Here’s a list of my favorite books diving into the Enneagram. From total beginner to seasoned expert, there’s always more to explore! Click the photos to order your own copy.
The modern Enneagram
The Modern Enneagram by Kacie Berghoef and Melanie Bell is an incredible intro to the Enneagram. It’s easy to read and very visually appealing. It also offers some wonderful real-world examples of the types in action. If you want to cover the basics from types structure to relationships to personal growth this is a wonderful place to start.
The Enneagram by Helen Palmer is an absolute classic. If you’re looking to understand the deeper aspects of type straight from the source, here’s the book for you. Helen Palmer is one of the most renowned Enneagram teachers in the world. She founded The Narrative Enneagram over 30 years ago and her work is still as fresh and relevant as when it was first published.
The Wisdom of the Enneagram
This is the heavy hitter when it comes to books on the Enneagram. The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Riso and Russ Hudson remains one of the most comprehensive books available. Often referred to as “The Big Blue Book,” Riso and Hudson wrote what could best be described as the first Enneagram text book. While I am glad to see the Enneagram community shifting away from much of the language shared in this book, it is still a deeply valuable contribution.
This small book packs a big punch. Don Riso’s Enneagram Transformations is a wonderful pocket companion full of simple meditations that are perfect for helping one focus on their personal growth. In the form of affirmations and releases, this book is a powerful resources for those looking to change their life with the Enneagram.
The complete Enneagram
The Complete Enneagram by Beatrice Chestnut is by far the most comprehensive work on subtypes available to date. Chestnut does a wonderful job of not only detailing the 27 subtypes, but also highlighting the archetypal energy of each of the 9 points of the Enneagram. This book is NOT RECOMMENDED until you have at least 3 years of Enneagram work under your belt. Subtypes are not beginners work.