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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.