Introverted? Don’t miss this new release by Holley Gerth. She’ll take you behind the science of why you feel the way you feel in a crowd and guide you through how to embrace your differences. You have a purpose only YOU can fulfill.
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You Know You’re Introverted When…
During a recent Twitter party, a friend lamented having to take the COVID test. I sped-read her tweet, and saw the words COVID and AWFUL and immediately commiserated.
Then I read her tweet again, and realized she didn’t think the TEST was awful, she thought having to self-isolate while she awaited the results of the test was awful. You know you’re introverted when you see a tweet like hers and think, “Nice! Mandatory self-isolation sounds marvelous right about now!”
While I felt sorry for all of my friends who bemoaned the self-isolation, I secretly gloated that I had so. much. time. alone. And then I’d feel guilty. Introverted people aren’t supposed to gloat. Introverted people should…well, what should they do?
For a long time, I’ve felt like a party-pooper married to the life of the party. But now I see myself differently. Introverted, but powerful. All because of Holley Gerth’s new book.
The Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs YOU to BE YOU
By Holley Gerth, Revell, September 15, 2020, 208 pages.
If you’ve wondered why you don’t fit the world’s mold for most of your life, you need to read this book. Maybe you’ve been working against your God-given character traits instead of with them for your entire life. Perhaps you hang on the outskirts of life thinking you’ve done something wrong because what everyone calls ‘fun’ doesn’t seem like fun to you.
Maybe God created you as an introvert, and not an extrovert. Gerth, an introvert, takes readers through the science of why we have no desire to be the life of the party (or even at the party). She urges introverts to practice self-coaching (not self-criticism or self-pity). Gerth defines self-coaching as ‘kindness and empathy plus action.’ Introverts rarely find it difficult to treat others with kindness, but we spend a lot of useless energy beating ourselves up for who we weren’t meant to be.
Gerth also gives practical advice for designing our days to take into account the draining each activity will exact from our system. She cheers the introverts on, helping them see that different doesn’t equal better or worse—just different. The world needs quiet, contemplative people. The world needs introverts.
This book will help introverts shine the way God intended them to shine. Now, if I can just get my extroverted spouse to read the book so he understands me a bit better!
Thanks for the review! I just took Holley’s quiz a few minutes ago. Fan of hers, but wasn’t sure about adding one more book to read right now. Thanks for your encouragement to head on over to Amazon right now. Have a glorious day!
It’s such a great book! I plan on reading it again :).
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I think I need to read this book! I definitely posses qualities of both introverts and extroverts, but my time as an introvert far exceeds my time as an extrovert and when I am extroverted, I need a good long time to recuperate from it. I have fought against my introversion my entire life, which has taught me ways to function better in social environments. While I wasn’t all that upset about mandatory lockdowns, after 8 months of it, my inner extrovert does need to get out soon! Finding a healthy balance is proving more and more difficult in midlife! Thanks for this review!