The Powerful Purpose Of Introverts

The noise was overwhelming. Not only could I hear the music playing, but I could feel it vibrating through my whole body. All around me, people danced and cheered, seemingly having the time of their lives.

Beside me, the friend who had insisted we get to the front of the crowd was in her element, but as I was not only being deafened by the noise, but also constantly jolted from behind by the other exuberant worshippers, I just wanted to leave.

The band members seemed determined to whip the crowd up into an even greater frenzy. Then one of them yelled, “Jump up and down if you love Jesus!” And as everyone around me jumped and whooped I started to wonder what was wrong with me.

I knew I loved Jesus, but why did I have to jump up and down to prove it? Did this mean I didn’t love him as much as those around me? Why could I not enjoy this like everyone else?

What I didn’t realise at the time was that there was nothing wrong with me, and my response said nothing at all about the depth of my love for Jesus. It all came down to one simple fact – I was an introvert.

If you’re an introvert, I’m sure you’ve had some moments like that. At times the world can feel overwhelming. It can feel like everything is geared to extroverts – that those who are outgoing and gregarious are valued while those of us who are quieter and less vocal are sometimes overlooked.

Over the years, I’ve learned more about being an introvert and come to accept it as part of who I am, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to be on the launch team for Holley Gerth’s new book “The Powerful Purpose Of Introverts.”

The book explores what it means to be an introvert – delving into the science of how introverts’ and extroverts’ brains are differently wired and looking at the impact of introversion on different aspects of life.

It addresses some of the struggles that introverts commonly have, such as anxiety and depression, but it also looks at the strengths introversion can bring and encourages that us that these are just as valuable as the strengths of an extrovert.

Whether you are an introvert, or you are close to an introvert, this book is full of helpful insights. Holley shares her own and others’ experiences and writes in a friendly and relatable way. It is an encouragement to introverts to be who God made us to be.

Here are a few of my favourite quotes:

“Our fame-loving culture needs people brave enough to walk off the stage to talk with one person in the crowd.”

“Yes, the most talkative person gets the attention, but thoughtful listeners build trust, likeability, and solid relationships.”

“Our social schedules aren’t a measuring stick for our spirituality. If you want to grow in love, measure nothing. Instead, make one connection, have one conversation, show kindness to one person at a time.”

And finally, a quote that sums up exactly how I felt in the incident I described at the start of this post:

“When loving God and others seems to look like extroversion, it can be distressing. We may not doubt God because of it, but we start to doubt ourselves.”

Fortunately, there is a more encouraging postscript to the story:

Later that night, there was an acoustic worship session, so I left the rest of the group to go alone. The room was dimly lit and spacious. People were scattered across the room on their own or in small groups.

As the lone musician played and sang, some sang along while others sat in silence, listening or praying. Others were reading their Bibles or journalling, while a few simply laid back, closed their eyes and rested in God’s presence. There was a sense of freedom to worship as you wanted.

It was beautiful, it was peaceful, and there was a sense of connection with God that I never would have experienced in the midst of the noisy, jumping crowd.

I knew that it was ok to come as I was.

The Powerful Purpose Of Introverts releases on 15th September. You can find out more here and there’s also a fun quiz to find out what percent introvert you are – I got 77%! You can also find the book on Amazon at these links: UK, US.

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18 thoughts on “The Powerful Purpose Of Introverts

  1. “Strengths that introversion brings…” if you’d told me that some years ago, I’d have scoffed at you, having been so introverted at times that I think it’s crippling. But God has shown me that it is in fact a strength and one I embrace now. I am as He made me and it is good! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the book.

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  2. I’ve only recently heard of this book. I am definitely an introvert, too, and have had similar experiences like you described. Susan Cain’s book, Quiet, helped me a lot with coming to understand that introversion has its own strengths. I’d love to read Holly’s take, coming from a Christian outlook.

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  3. I definitely need to read this book. As an introvert, I’ve often felt exactly like you mention here. It can be discouraging to feel out of place, so I appreciate the affirmation that it’s okay to be who and how God created us to be!

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    1. Yes, it makes a big difference to realise we are introverts because that’s how God made us and the book is great at highlighting the positives of being an introvert as well as addressing some of the challenges.

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  4. I can relate, Lesley, to your concert experience. I’d much rather be part of a small acoustic gathering than at a large concert jumping for Jesus. I’ve experienced both, and at times did get caught up in the latter, however the intimacy of quiet always calls to my heart. Thanks for giving us a reflection on Holley’s book!

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  5. “What I didnโ€™t realise at the time was that there was nothing wrong with me, and my response said nothing at all about the depth of my love for Jesus. It all came down to one simple fact โ€“ I was an introvert.” I so relate to this, Lesley. I knew I was an introvert, but it surprised me when I took Holley’s one minute test and found I was 93% introvert! When I pre-ordered her book, I got the class free, and I have learned so much from it. It explained so much of how I react and what I need. I always felt like I was such an oddball and there must be something wrong with me. I look forward to reading her book. Amazon keeps sending me messages that shipment is delayed. Love and blessings to you!

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    1. I’m glad Holley’s class has helped you understand yourself better, Trudy, and realise that being an introvert is part of who God made you to be. The book is really good at highlighting the strengths of being an introvert so I’m sure you’ll find it helpful.
      Some others on the launch team have mentioned the delay issue with shipping it from Amazon but the person leading the launch team says she has looked into it and it is due to some problem with Amazon’s system because the demand for the book is high, but that Amazon have plenty of copies of the book to meet the demand. She said she thinks once they get the glitch sorted out the books will be shipped so the delay shouldn’t be too long. Hope that’s all correct and you get it soon! Love and blessings to you too!

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  6. I love how your evening ended up, Lesley … with you enjoying yourself at the acoustic worship session. Does every introvert need to come to a point where she accepts herself as God made her and realize that we all bring necessary elements to the world? I know I did! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I think just because extroverts are often louder we can feel that we’re the only ones who are “different” when actually there are lots of introverts out there. From people’s comments it seems like we do all have to get to that point of accepting ourselves as God made us.

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