In Others’ Words: You’re Not Alone by Guest Blogger Varina Denman (Giveaway)
Today I welcome author and friend Varina Denman to the blog! Varina writes stories about the unique struggles women face. Her award-winning Mended Hearts series, which revolves around church hurt, is a compelling blend of women’s fiction and inspirational romance. A native Texan, Varina lives near Fort Worth with her husband and five mostly grown children. Connect with Varina on her website or one of the social media hangouts.
I’m a bonafide introvert, and as such, I’d rather stay home than go out with a friend. Don’t get me wrong, I know some great women, but small talk isn’t my thing. I’m more at ease with two friends because I can let the two of them do most of the talking, and I can nod and mmhmm, and keep to myself.
Lucky for me, some of my best friends have the same character trait, and when we get together, we talk about how we’d rather be at home and how difficult it is to chit-chat. Of course, we don’t include each other in that assessment, because it’s EASY to talk to someone who is just like you.
But it’s strange. When my life gets bumpy, I often forget to ask my friends for help. Since my natural instinct is to stay home alone, I tend to take care of my problems myself. Or try to. My girlfriends may never know what I’m going through because I don’t think to tell them.
Shame on me. Not only did God bless me with friends, but he gave me women who understand me. They know I’m an introvert, and they get it. But still, I have to move out of my comfort zone and let them be my friends. It’s my responsibility to take advantage of the blessings God gave me and to remember that I’m not alone.
In Jilted, book three in the Mended Hearts series, Lynda Turner has forgotten how much she needs friends. Granted she has good reasons: she was jilted by more than one man, the local congregation shunned her, and her friends turned their backs. Now she must learn to trust her friends—even an attractive man—to be there for her when life gets tough.
In Your Words: Are you and introvert or an extrovert? When times are tough, is it easy or difficult for you to reach out to others and let them know you need help?
Varina is giving away a copy of her latest release Jilted, which is now available online and in stores! I’ve read Jaded, and loved Varina’s writing, and look forward to reading the rest of her series. To enter, leave a comment below and be sure to include your email so I can contact you.
Contest is open to US winners only.