As an introvert and a Christian, I found this book very affirming. It's more than just okay to be an introvert; it's the best way to be for those whomAs an introvert and a Christian, I found this book very affirming. It's more than just okay to be an introvert; it's the best way to be for those whom God created this way! We have myriad talents and gifts that we can use to love God and love others. There's a lot in this book aimed at introverted leaders, which those not in leadership might find a bit of a slog to get through, but if that's you, try reading it with an eye on the introverted pastors (and other leaders) that you know and it might give you an insight into their personalities and gifts. Extroverted leaders might also benefit from reading this book as it might open their eyes to the gifts and needs of the introverts in their congregations. There is a lot of advice on how to survive and thrive as an introvert in extroverted evangelical communities. There's also a fair bit of advice on how to make church more introvert-friendly. I'd say my one criticism would be that there's a bit of an over-emphasis on 'worship services' and not enough discussion on being 'church' outside of officially organised meetings. I'd have also liked to have seen more space given to exploring the role of contemplative communities....more
I whizzed through this book in two days flat which is not bad considering I’m surrounded by kids! The main reason for me whizzing through this book isI whizzed through this book in two days flat which is not bad considering I’m surrounded by kids! The main reason for me whizzing through this book is that it’s just so darn readable. I felt as if Jo Brand were sitting next to me, telling me her life story over a coffee and a great big slice of cake. I bought the book simply because I find Jo Brand funny, and I find memoirs interesting, but I didn’t realise I’d be able to relate to so many of her experiences. Even though she’s almost 20 years older than me, her school years sound a lot like mine and the details of her father’s battle with depression brought back a few memories. Her time as a hippy mental health nurse and the events that led to her decision to give comedy a go are fascinating (and funny) too. Brilliant! 4.5/5. ...more
Sane New World by Ruby Wax is part science text book and part memoir. Dotted between explanations of how the brain works are recounts of Ruby Wax’s owSane New World by Ruby Wax is part science text book and part memoir. Dotted between explanations of how the brain works are recounts of Ruby Wax’s own experience with mental illness, but you don’t need a degree in neurochemistry to understand the science bits, and you don’t need a degree in psychology to understand the mental illness bits. Sane New World is also an introduction to Mindfulness, the practice of paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way, a way of mastering your mind instead of being a slave to it. It’s funny (if you like Ruby Wax’s sense of humour) and accessible, fascinating and touching. Highly recommended. 4/5...more
I thoroughly enjoyed reading these exchanges between Jeff Lucas and Adrian Plass. Although in places it did feel like I was reading letters that wereI thoroughly enjoyed reading these exchanges between Jeff Lucas and Adrian Plass. Although in places it did feel like I was reading letters that were intended to be read by a wider audience than just their recipients, there is so much honesty and openness that I could forget about that. Laugh-out-loud funny in a few places, tear-inducing in others - a heart-warming mix of pathos and humour. Overall: reassuring ... and thought-provoking.
My favourite part - which sums up the whole book for me:
"Lord, remember me when you come to your Kingdom."