Forty Days on Being a Five

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Pub Date 17 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 16 Sep 2021

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What is it like to be an Enneagram Five? Instagram poet and artist Morgan Harper Nichols reflects on this question in a spirit of honest self-assessment and with a desire for personal and spiritual growth. She draws wisdom from the deep wells of counseling and spirituality using illustrations from both Scripture and life. Each of these forty readings concludes with an opportunity for further engagement such as a prayer, a spiritual practice, or a reflection question. Morgan's art enhances the readings as well. Any of us can find aspects of ourselves in any of the numbers. The Enneagram is a profound tool for empathy, so whether or not you are a Five, you will grow from your reading about Fives and enhance your relationships across the Enneagram spectrum.

What is it like to be an Enneagram Five? Instagram poet and artist Morgan Harper Nichols reflects on this question in a spirit of honest self-assessment and with a desire for personal and spiritual...


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"We've come to appreciate and trust Morgan as a well of deep wisdom. She has a unique capacity to speak words of beautiful truth and deep grace. Morgan's honest reflections on her own journey as a Five serve as a trustworthy guide for others exploring this same terrain in their own lives or in the lives of those they love."

-Alan and Gem Fadling, authors of What Does Your Soul Love? and founders of Unhurried Living

"Slowing down to think is not a novel idea for an Enneagram Five. We love that. But in these reflections, Morgan invites us to do more than mull over the facts and data points that swirl in our minds as we make sense of life. She invites us to meditate with her on the gift God has given us in our unique personalities, as well as to press into the beauty of the way our unique struggles can draw us nearer to him—and to one another."

-Jasmine Holmes, author of Mother to Son

"We've come to appreciate and trust Morgan as a well of deep wisdom. She has a unique capacity to speak words of beautiful truth and deep grace. Morgan's honest reflections on her own journey as a...


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Morgan Harper Nichols is a singer/songwriter, poet, artist, and author. In this book (one of a series for each enneagram type), Ms. Nichols shares insights into the struggles and joys and thoughts on being a 5 on the enneagram, aka, the investigator. Bear with me while I lay some groundwork for those who are unfamiliar with the enneagram. The enneagram is a tool you can use to determine your core desires and fears along with typical strengths and weaknesses for each type. You can google “free enneagram test” to help you determine your type. Other authors have penned a book for each of the other enneagram types to make a complete series. The format of the book offers 40 short devotional readings with a related scripture, prayer and/or questions for digging deeper. To give some context, The Enneagram Institute website describes 5s as: “Alert, insightful, and curious. They are able to concentrate and focus on developing complex ideas and skills. Independent, innovative, and inventive, they can also become preoccupied with their thoughts and imaginary constructs. They become detached, yet high-strung and intense. They typically have problems with eccentricity, nihilism, and isolation. At their Best: visionary pioneers, often ahead of their time, and able to see the world in an entirely new way. Basic Fear: Being useless, helpless, or incapable Basic Desire: To be capable and competent Key Motivations: Want to possess knowledge, to understand the environment, to have everything figured out as a way of defending the self from threats from the environment.“ I was interested in this book because I had done some reading and study on the enneagram and find it fascinating. I had also heard good things about Ms. Nichols and had heard her speak on a podcast. I enjoy her music and knew she was a celebrated writer. Ultimately, I was curious to read this book because my spouse is an enneagram 5 and I still don’t understand him, even after 26 years. (sheepish smile). I gained some basic insight into how 5s think. I found Ms. Nichols to be very transparent and I truly think this book will help other enneagram 5s work through and understand their tendencies. I would not hesitate to say this book exceeded my expectations. I can see it would be usefulness for becoming a more well rounded person. Ms. Nichols draws out her fellow 5s to engage with others in their lives since they tend to isolate. She says, “As a five, you may encounter a feeling of emptiness on the journey. You may desire to let others in but struggle to figure out where to begin. But this is also true: you were never meant to travel alone. We have one another. Not only do we have other fives, but we also have friend groups, families, and communities that are worthy of being a part of, right here, right now.” Similarly, she says, “I forget that like the sunflower, I was meant to be fully awake and alive in broad daylight even before I’m ready. I forget that even though my mind tells me I need to withdraw and hang back until I feel a little more equipped, God has already equipped me with a body to follow the sun…I am free to go out and be in the sun. I am free to be a part of the lightheartedness and experience the presence of light-woven love, even if I don’t understand it. Light is sweet and it pleases the eyes to see the sun. (Ecclesiastes 11:7)” A favorite line in the book is from a prayer where she pleads, “May my soul remain unhurried in your Love.” My favorite prayer from the book says, “God, Oh what a gift it is to bask in your presence, a place where there is grace and wide open space to ask questions my heart so desperately craves to know the answers to, and all the while I am searching, I get lost in you, discovering that with or without the answers I feel like I need to have, in the arms of your Love, I am free to experience peace no matter the distance of my wonder, no matter the depths of my uncertainty. In Christ, I am free to embrace the mystery of who you are and all of the lessons and beautiful things you will continue to unfold before me. Amen.” I love how honest Nichols is honest with her own fears. She says, “Fear is real, but so is Grace. It was never up to me to try to manage and control everything. In God, I have what I need. And there, in God’s divine presence, I become more than capable to show up in the way I’m meant to…I went from feeling completely unqualified and useless to feeling unqualified but aware that I was being used by God.” I look forward to reading other books from this series, particularly the number I identify as which is the 9, the peacemaker. I received an ARC copy from the publisher and net galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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