With hard-won insight and gentle wisdom, introverted mom and author Jamie Martin shares the struggles of introverts in a society which, she claims, prefers extroverts. As a child and, later, as a teen and young adult, Martin often wondered what was wrong with her because she needed time to recharge and didn’t always want to be on the go as others expected of her.
When Martin began to understand the distinction between introverts and extroverts—the difference “boils down mainly to one thing: ENERGY, both where and how we get it”—she discovered tools to help her cope. In this informative, spiritually-rich book, Martin passes those strategies on to other introverted moms who daily struggle with the need to find space to recharge in light of their ongoing responsibilities and the needs of their children.
Particularly interesting is how Martin weaves throughout her narrative stories, insights, and experiences of four female authors who were also introverts—Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, L. M. Montgomery, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Besides addressing the impact introversion has on parenting, Martin also shows how it affects marriages, dealing with grief and loss, and connecting with God. She insists, however, that people are so much more than their personalities and urges readers to stretch and grow in ways God is calling them to, despite any perceived limitations they might have due to being introverts.
An excellent resource, Introverted Mom helps readers understand these personality traits and how they can positively affect the wellbeing of parents and children. (Zondervan)