Author Louis N. Jones always knew that he was different from many people he encountered. He was labeled as “quiet” since he was a kid growing up in Washington, D.C. It was a tag that was all but complimentary. But as much as he tried, he could never bring himself to be the life of the party or the most ostentatious person in the room. Often, if people were talking, he would be the last one to say anything, and then only if asked. In that instance, his words were usually brief and direct, with little elaboration.
The pressure to break free from this “quiet” existence was constantly upon him, even in the church. The church is by-and-large an extroverted institution. Many Scriptures in the Bible are interpreted from an extroverted point of view, such that the Christian introvert feels as if his life is unscriptural and displeasing to God.
In January 2011, Jones began to wonder why his attempts to be more outgoing were met with failure and frustration. It was at this time that he discovered in prayer that God did not make him to be that way. God made him to be quiet, contemplative, and oriented to time alone. This revelation resulted in the book Wallflowers in the Kingdom. The book details his experiences as a Christian introvert in his childhood and adult life, and draws upon those experiences to make the case that introverts are created that way by God and are important in the functioning of the Kingdom of God. The book embarks upon an examination of Scriptures that support the lifestyle of the Christian introvert, and calls upon extroverts and introverts to better understand one another in order to foster harmony in the church.
Wallflowers in the Kingdom is yet another resounding voice in a Godly chorus designed to bring more light and vindication to the lifestyle of the introvert in the modern-day church.