Nine Perfect Petals

The Enneagram for Flower Gardeners

Non-Fiction - Self Help
156 Pages
Reviewed on 07/28/2021
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Reviewed by Cassie Widjaja for Readers' Favorite

Nine Perfect Petals by Angela M Rosenberg is a painstakingly curated and colorfully illustrated guide to The Enneagram for Flower Gardeners. By relating to how a person maintains their garden, Angela explains the Enneagram personality typology. The ancient Enneagram system describes nine distinct personas, reflecting core character traits that connect and differentiate us from one another. A professional consultant in corporate leadership, Dr. Rosenberg alludes to gardening practices and certain flowers to help others appreciate the nine types. This book also includes characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, and pathways for individual growth and well-being, customized to one's personality type. Should you need another reason to pick up this book, thought-provoking quotes are included regularly in the book.

Alfred Austin once said, "Show me your garden, and I will tell you what you are." This quote is the perfect opening for Nine Perfect Petals! With brilliant watercolor illustrations and eyecatching headings, this book had me hooked from the first page. Angela M Rosenberg's unique voice shines in her clear explanations and whimsical allusions to gardening practices. I found it easy to spot my core persona, and I loved how she took it a step further and gave helpful tips for self-growth. By the author providing several tables in the last few pages, I found it easier to absorb the information. Dr. Rosenberg's analogies to several flowers, including roses, have forever changed how I perceive them, and I will always connect them to the Enneagram. Overall, this book is a must-read and appeals to all, even those who are not avid gardeners.

Astrid Iustulin

Who is not interested in learning more about their personality types? I certainly am, so I could not wait to read Nine Perfect Petals: The Enneagram for Flower Gardeners. This delightful book, written by Angela M. Rosenberg, is dedicated to discovering the enneagram personality types in correlation with flower gardening. It does not matter if you are not a flower gardener; the important thing is that you are curious to know your own "garden" or that of the people around you. Nine Perfect Petals is the ideal companion to find out which of the nine personality types suits you best, discovering your strengths and weaknesses along the way. In short, it is an opportunity you cannot miss.

I did not expect that a book on the enneagram could be enlightening and fun at the same time, but it is a good writer's job to surprise their readers, and Angela M. Rosenberg impressed me a great deal. Although I am not a flower gardener, Nine Perfect Petals is a book that allowed me to learn about the different personality types, a subject I have wanted to explore for a long time. The information Rosenberg provides is clear and helpful, even if you (like me) have never read about the enneagram before. I was also fascinated by the many beautiful and colorful images. In a book like this, where flowers play their part, the drawings could certainly not be less inspiring than the text. I recommend Nine Perfect Petals to anyone who wants to know more about the enneagram and who is looking for a pleasant and enlightening explanation. Rosenberg will not let her readers down.

Vernita Naylor

Learning about ourselves is a constant journey that can be rewarding and challenging, depending upon where we are within the fork in the road. You can learn more about yourself and gardening characteristics in the book, Nine Perfect Petals: The Enneagram for Flower Gardeners by Angela M Rosenberg. This book offers a wonderful viewpoint that ranges from adventurous and observant to cautious and the Enneagram Types 1-9. The author thoroughly explains how all of these pieces work together by introducing the reader to the various flowers associated with the Enneagram: Head=Thinking (Zinnia, Hollyhock, and Orchid), Heart=Feeling (Bloodroot, Lavender, and Clematis), and Gut=Instinct (Rose, Windflower, and Black-Eyed Susan), the relationships and connection between the gardener and their garden, the strengths, and challenges in cultivating the garden, and tips for the gardener to aid in creating a more cohesive gardening experience.

I enjoyed this book because it has a coffee table book appeal due to its illuminating visual presence. Throughout the book, along with an explanation of the flowers and their partnership with the Enneagram, there are illustrations of beautiful flowers by Hui Jing Ng (which were breathtaking), quotes by various authors, and a colorful allure that creates an aesthetic flair for the reader. Nine Perfect Petals: The Enneagram for Flower Gardeners offers a calming presence which means that if you're not currently interested in gardening, you will be within the first ten pages. This book will make you want to learn more about gardening and the link to Mother Earth just like the author. "The serenity of gently placing a seed in the soil, of the tender shoots of early spring blossoms, and of mulching perennials for their winter’s rest have taught me to be still—and find the divine in the natural world," says the author. Find your peace, pathway, purpose, and passion through Nine Perfect Petals: The Enneagram for Flower Gardeners by Angela M Rosenberg. Strongly recommended.