I came across this book while reading Quiet by Susan Cain, and am very glad I acquired a copy. As an introvert – which term I apply to myself rather than anyone else applying it to me – I’ve often struggled with expectations in various settings, including the Church.
Although written from the perspective of American Protestant Evangelicalism, McHugh’s book provides a range of insights into how introverted people can find not only a place in the Church, but play a significant and leading role in the Church, without surrendering their own identity and sense of themselves. This book is a very balanced look at the way in which introverts and extroverts can work together – quite effectively – for the sake of the Kingdom, if only they are able to recognise who they are, and how they operate.
For anyone – introverted or extroverted – who wants to contribute to the life of the Church, who wants to be part of a community that is dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel, this book is a must read.