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Cheryl Grey Bostrom, author of award-winning Sugar Birds

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Introvert. Connected. These two words caught my eye when I saw the title of Afton Rorvik‘s new book Living Connected: An Introvert’s Guide to Friendship.

Then I opened the advance copy on my e-reader . . . and instantly recognized that when the book releases on October 5, my colleague in the Redbud Writers Guild will have herself a niche winner!

Speaking specifically to introverts, she offers decades of wisdom shaped by her own introversion—years of learning how to build and sustain friendships in the context of her God-given personality.

Niche? Yes, but the book’s relevance applies to all of us, introverted or not, who long for enduring, meaningful friendships. Consider the chapter headings: Honesty, Generosity, Approachability, Curiosity, Empathy, Loyalty, Confidentiality, Consistency, Flexibility, Creativity, Hospitality, and Humility.

Wow. Good stuff.

She fleshes out those bones with a collection of her and other introverts’ stories about the successful construction of beautiful, sometimes surprising friendships.

And some difficult ones. At times, Rorvik struggled in her relationships. After all, an introvert’s makeup insists on solitude; connecting with others can be harder than it is for those who thrive on steady human contact. Introverted readers will trust her compassion. Will feel understood and affirmed.

See why I like this book so much? With her posture of humility and gentleness, openheartedness and listening, Rorvik shows us her doubts and insecurities, as well as her determination to overcome them, without pretending to be someone she isn’t. I couldn’t help but like her, trust her, and wish to be one of her friends.

I bet you will, too.

You can preorder Living Connected: An Introvert’s Guide to Friendship HERE.