Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Way of the Heart

I've been a Henri Nouwen fan for years, but I've recently discovered a book of his that I had not previously heard of: The Way of the Heart. It's a look at the desert fathers and mothers and what their lives and writings have to contribute to contemporary ministry and spirituality. It's quickly becoming my favorite Nouwen book, which is saying a lot, considering The Return of the Prodigal Son and In the Name of Jesus have both been life-altering books for me. There is much about silence and solitude in its pages, two disciplines that I have been seeking to grow in and two disciplines that can be strengths for introverts. As I am working on my own chapter on "introverted spirituality," I will be posting the Nouwen quotes that I find helpful over the next couple of weeks:

"Solitude is the furnace of transformation. Without solitude we remain victims of our society and continue to be entangled in the illusions of the false self. Jesus himself entered into this furnace. There he was tempted with the three compulsions of the world: to be relevant ("turn stones into loaves"), to be spectacular ("throw yourself down"), and to be powerful ("I will give you all these kingdoms"). There he affirmed God as the only source of his identity ("You must worship the Lord your God and serve him alone"). Solitude is the place of the great struggle and the great encounter - the struggle against the compulsions of the false self, and the encounter with the loving God who offers himself as the substance of the new self" (p. 26).

Friday, June 8, 2007

Famous Introverts

Here is a link to a book list compiled by someone on It's a list of books by or about famous introverts, like Dwight Eisenhower, Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, and Michael Jordan. It's not an exhaustive list, as it lacks some of my favorite introverts - Martin Luther King Jr and Jonathan Edwards but it's a good start.

Thursday, June 7, 2007


I sent in my latest book proposal to the it's time to play the waiting game. It can take as much as 8-12 weeks to hear from them. Last time I sent the proposal in at the end of July and heard the first week of October, but I'm hoping it won't take as long this time. I'm going to take a short break from writing and then get to work on my chapter on introverted spirituality.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Book outline

I have a goal that I'm really trying to hold to: send in my book proposal to the publisher by this coming Friday. The proposal requires three sample chapters, a book outline, and an introductory letter explaining the nature of the book, who might endorse it, what need it would fill, a list of competing/similar books, and when it will be finished. Here is a list of my chapters:

1) Introduction
2) The problem of the extroverted church
3) What is an introvert?
4) Healing for introverts
5) Introverted Spirituality
6) Introverted Community
7) Introverted Leadership, part I
8) Introverted Leadership, part II
9) Introverted Evangelism
10) Suggestions for Churches
11) Afterword