A few months ago, I got an email from Adam S. McHugh after I wrote a post about wanting to read Quiet by Susan Cain. He mentioned his book, Introverts in the Church, and offered to send me a copy. He did, I sent him a copy of my book, and we’ve been online email friends ever since. His book has been in my stack for a while now, and I’m slowly working my way through it.
I haven’t finished Introverts yet, but so far I’m both enjoying it and learning things:
- I am an introvert with lots of extroverted tendencies.
- Just because I don’t always think fast on my feet does not mean I lack intelligence.
- Adam is way smarter than me.
Through reading his book (along with Rhett Smith’s The Anxious Christian), I’ve been thinking a lot about what parts of my personality are designed by God and what parts are things that could perhaps use a bit of healing. Adam says this:
“The challenge lies in distinguishing between the healthy components of our personalities, those that are natural and to be celebrated, and the coping mechanisms that are symptoms of our wounds.”
Today I’m writing over at his place, where I wrestle with the question: Am I allowing my daughter to write her own story or am I inadvertently projecting my personality onto her life? Big question, short post. Would love to hear your thoughts on the topic, and thanks to Adam for the opportunity to write at his place. Visit Adam’s blog to read When Your Kid Is An Introvert (ish).