The Perfectionist by Elisabeth Bennett is a unique devotional focused on the Ones of the Enneagram. This is a heavily focused Christian book, so please keep that in mind when reading this review. Before we do, though, let’s look at some terminology associated with the Enneagram.
The Ennegram is “an ancient personality typology” (Bennett, location 157) and uses nine points within a circle of which one is mostly predominant. That doesn’t mean the others drop away. Instead, we as people harbor all of them but, somewhere along the road in our personality development, clung to one type as a way to interpret and protect ourselves from a sinful world.
A One, identified as “The Perfectionist,” is motivated by integrity and goodness. As a 1w9, I also incorporate some of the Nine’s personality traits (peace and equilibrium). Basically, it softens my Oneness into being slightly more socially aware (not much but there you go), nervous about being confident (what if I get it wrong?!), and tend to be loyal and responsible (something I’ve been accused of for a very long time).
I was introduced to the Enneagram through Helping Writers Become Writers website run by KM Weiland. She used the Enneagram to create character personalities and, intrigued, I immediately bought all the books. Seriously, though, they’re good books with lots of information.
If you’re interested, those are The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert, Discovering Your Personality Type by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson, and Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self-Discovery by Don Richardson Riso and Russ Hudson.
Ms. Bennet’s book is a deep dive into what a One is and what a One does and why, rather than covering the Enneagram as a whole, although she does go over that at a high level at the beginning. The rest of the book is a sixty-day devotion which is broken into six, ten-day sections:
- 10 Days of Goodness
- 10 Days of Killing Anger
- 10 Days of Grace
- 10 Days of Saying No to Criticism
- 10 Days of Handling Despair
- 10 Days of Fun and Joy
Each section focuses on a personality trait of the One, from what motivates us to how we express ourselves when our motivations are thwarted to how we express ourselves when we are “healthy.” I’d say the most powerful of these, personally, is the section on Criticism. Let’s just say I’m a work in progress and I really needed those ten days.
How does this compare to the other tomes written about the Enneagram? It’s a solid supporting book that should be on any One’s shelf. Self-reflection is hard (I’m a One, trust me on this) and this book can guide you into understanding why you do the things you do and change them for the better.
GoodReads score: ★★★★★It was amazing. Highly recommended!
About the Book
Genre: RELIGION / Christian Living/Personal Growth
Release date: March 2, 2021
The Enneagram is an ancient personality typology using nine points within a circle to represent nine distinct personality types. This sixty-day devotional is for the Perfectionist, number 1 of the Enneagram personality types.
This book will help Perfectionists, and those who love them, better understand how God created them and how best to use their unique gifts to serve Him and love others. It features a full explanation of what the Enneagram is and how it benefits people, followed by a full description of what it means to be a 1, including the Perfectionist’s deadly sin and their greatest strength.
Some Perfectionist Attributes
- Motivation: To be good, have integrity, and achieve this by following the rules.
- Biggest Fear: Ones fear being evil or corrupt, unable to do good things or make a difference.
- Gut Triad: Ones, along with Eights and Nines, receive information through their gut, instinctively feeling if something is right or wrong. When Ones see others blatantly disobeying the “rules” that are very obvious to them, it triggers an anger response, and can cause Ones to be burdened by boiling frustration.
The sixty days of this devotional are split into six 10-day topics that include uniqueness, weakness, strength, pain points, and how Perfectionists react in times of stress and growth.
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About the Author
Elisabeth Bennett first discovered the Enneagram in the summer of 2017 and immediately realized how life-changing this tool could be. She set out to absorb all she could about this ancient personality typology, including a twelve-week Enneagram certification course taught by Beth McCord, who has studied the Enneagram for more than twenty-five years.
Elisabeth started her own Enneagram Instagram account (@Enneagram.Life) in 2018, which has grown to nearly 65,000 followers. Since becoming a certified Enneagram coach, she has conducted more than one hundred one-on-one coaching sessions, focused on helping her clients find their type and apply the Enneagram to their lives for personal and spiritual growth. Elisabeth has also conducted staff/team building sessions for businesses and high school students.
She has lived in beautiful Washington State her entire life and now has the joy of raising her own children there with her husband, Peter.
Visit her website at elisabethbennettenneagram.com
More About the Author
This is the only devotional series that combines daily Scripture reading with Enneagram wisdom tailored specifically to one Enneagram type. Endorsements include Ryan O’Neal, Sleeping At Last singer-songwriter whose work has been featured on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy and the Twilight Saga movies, and Beth McCord, a popular Enneagram coach and author.
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To celebrate her tour, Elisabeth is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card and a copy of the book!!
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