Advance Book Reviews

Deep Living: Transforming Your Relationship to Everything That Matters through the Enneagram is a life approach teaching book based on the author’s practice of the Deep Living Approach, which integrates four key elements to help readers find a deeper connection to themselves. These elements include the Enneagram as an ancient body of wisdom (described as “a vehicle for compassionate and accurate self-understanding, self-recognition, and self-embracing”); the Deep Living orientation (describes as “a voice or vehicle for practical and radical compassion for the full spectrum of the human experience”); a set of practical tools that can be used in everyday life; and processes for advanced healing and awakening. Deep Living is presented in three sections meant to be read consecutively: Section I, Orienting to Your New World; Section II, the Enneagram Iceberg Model; and Section III, Change for Life. Completion of these three sections in sequence will equip the reader with a systematic approach to the perspectives of Deep Living and use of the Enneagram Iceberg Model, plus additional tools and applications that will enhance and support your spiritual journey and all its challenges. In final review briefly, Deep Living is about inner personal exploration for life enrichment and self-understanding, using the Enneagram model as a “map to help…illuminate and recognize a full range of specific experiences…at various stages of your human and spiritual journey (p. 385).” A divided circle diagram illustrates the 9 Enneagram personality types and suggests specific strategies such as conscious breathing for shifting attention and realigning awakened qualities. Of particular interest is the concept of the U-turn, a move explained as a reversal of habitual directions in an automatic mode of living that can help the individual move toward a desired soul consciousness described as longing. Deep Living is profound transformational inner-directed therapy, made accessible to all who enjoy literacy.

Nancy Lorraine
Senior Reviewer
Midwest Book Review