Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Crown, 2012. 333p. (9780307352149)

This book was truly fascinating. And I really wish I had had enough time to finish it before moving to Africa. But I read a majority of it and am looking forward to borrowing it next summer from the friend I gave it to.

I was expecting this book to be written from a biblical worldview, but it’s not. The book isn’t against the Bible or Christianity. It’s just that I was expecting something that didn’t turn out to be true.

The author does address how introverts and those more on the quiet side might feel excluded by some churches – especially big churches. That’s one reason why I believe it’s very important to have greeters at every door. But the people in the pews (more often chairs these days) need to be a bit more friendly to those around them as well.

It doesn’t take long to realize that the author put a lot of research and thought into this book. There are many, many examples both from her personal life and from things most everyone comes in contact. She also traces how over the past century America has come to value extroversion more highly than introversion and she contrasts that with other societies that are opposite.

The writing is not dry, the stories keep you reading and there is practical advice scattered throughout. Both introverts and extroverts can benefit from Quiet.

Go read it! Wake County (ebook) ; Buy it from Amazon; B&N

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  1. I absolutely adore that book. Would have underlined huge swathes of it, but it was a library book. Read it if you're introvert or trying to understand one.

    1. It is definitely a book that should be underlined and noted in. Thanks for commenting Galadriel!


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