The Powerful Purpose of Introverts

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A Book Review of The Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs You to Be You by Holley Gerth

A Book Review of The Powerful Purpose of Introverts: Why the World Needs You to Be You by Holley Gerth

Stars: *****

Revell (2020)
Christian Personal Growth
203 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: Does this sound like you or someone in your life? You enjoy time on your own but you care about people too. You’ve been told you’re a good listener. You think before you speak. You often notice what others miss. You do your best work when you can fully focus. You value quality over quantity in relationships. Your active mind is always thinking.

Yet in spite of these strengths, you compare yourself to others. Fear sometimes still gets the best of you. Holley Gerth has been there, because she’s an introvert too. (So are Joanna Gaines, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Oprah, Michael Jordan, C. S. Lewis, Max Lucado, and Meryl Streep!)

The Powerful Purpose of Introverts

This is the best book or article about introverts I’ve ever read.

Many people have a wrong assumption of what being an Introvert means. The first chapter in this book will help clear up any confusion. An important point the book makes that others haven’t, is that your level of introveresion/extroversion can change with age.

After that, the author shares many personality tests others have created to help you understand yourself better. First learn the difference between Self-Critical, Self-Focused and Self-Aware. Then the author goes over The Myers-Briggs Type, The Four Tendencies, 9 Enneagram Types and The Five Love Languages. The author gives a quick overview of the tests and types and then tells you where to read more.

The sections following all show the line from Introvert Struggle to Introvert Strength. For example the first one covered is about Solitude. In the struggle section it’s risky isolation compared to strategic solitude as a strength. The topics covered in this way are solitude, connection, influence, confidence, well-being, resilience, thinking, perception and energy.

One really cool part of the book is where it explained that what a person considers “happy” may be different based on if they are an introvert or extrovert.

“Ask an extrovert to describe how they feel when they’re happy, and you’re likely to hear words such as enthusiastic, energetic, excited, thrilled, overjoyed, ecstatic. Ask an introvert and you’re more likely to hear content, fulfilled, calm, engaged, peaceful, satisfied.”

The Powerful Purpose of Introverts by Holley Gerth

I think this is mind blowing. I’d never thought of that before but just because I’m not jumping for joy doesn’t mean I’m not happy. I express happiness in a different way from extroverts.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.