Overcoming Shyness: Conquering Your Social Fears

Overcoming Shyness: Conquering Your Social Fears

by M. Blaine Smith

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“It was the most terrifying experience of my life. It took most of the year to get up my resolve. Finally I sat down by the phone, a friend at my side coaxing me on. I began to dial the number . . . but then my finger pressed the receiver button and the call was canceled.

“This went on for several evenings. Wednesday night had a sense of now or never. If I waited any longer, it would be too late in the week. Finally, I completed dialing the number. Her father answered, and I asked if she was home. Now I was fully committed. I wondered if I would faint.”

Blaine Smith did get that date. Gradually he learned a lot about how to handle his shyness. Now he shares his insights and counsel with others show struggle with the pain of shyness and who see it holding them back socially, in the workplace—and even spiritually.

Indispensable advice for:

• Sharpening your people skills
• Breaking the panic cycle
• Balancing faith and assertiveness
• Making shyness work for you
• Taking control (one half-step at a time)
• Tips for facing an audience

“As a shy person myself, I found countless reasons for hope in Overcoming Shyness. Blaine offers detailed, practical helps—always authentic, never gimmicky or artificial. All the shy people in the world owe Blaine Smith a tremendous debt of gratitude for writing this book.” STEPHEN A. HAYNER, Ph.D., President, Columbia Theological Seminary, former president InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

"I didn't buy this book. Somebody gave it to me. I'd rather not say who. I read it sitting at home on Friday nights and thought it was pretty good, considering I had nothing better to do. I don't go along with all he says about being more assertive, but what do I know? Maybe a person should be. Scripture says that the meek shall inherit the earth. Do we want to? I don't know. But we are going to, then this book would probably help us run things, assuming we accept the deal. We'll see." GARRISON KEILLOR, humorist, creator, “A Prairie Home Companion” Author, Lake Wobegon Days

This edition of “Overcoming Shyness” is a reprint of the original by M. Blaine Smith, first published in 1993 by InterVaristy Press. Smith, a Presbyterian pastor, is author of nine books, including “Marry a Friend,” “Knowing God’s Will,” and “Should I Get Married?” He is director of Nehemiah Ministries in the Washington, D.C. area.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013931183
Publisher: SilverCrest Books
Publication date: 02/29/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 230
File size: 549 KB

About the Author

Blaine Smith's long career has included giving seminars and lectures, speaking at conferences, counseling, and writing. He is author of nine books, including “Knowing God's Will” (original and revised editions), “Should I Get Married?” (original and revised editions), “The Yes Anxiety,” “Overcoming Shyness,” “Faith and Optimism” (orig. “The Optimism Factor”), “One of a Kind,” and “Marry a Friend,” as well as numerous articles (all books except “Marry a Friend” published originally by InterVarsity Press). These books have been published in more than thirty English language and international editions. He is also lecturer for Guidance By The Book, a home study course with audio cassettes produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network as part of their Living By The Book series.

Blaine served previously as founder/director of the Sons of Thunder, believed by many to be America's first active Christian rock band, and as assistant pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, then for 30 years as director of Nehemiah Ministries, Inc.

Blaine is a graduate of Georgetown University, and also holds a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. He and Evie live in Gaithersburg, Maryland. They've been married since 1973, and have two grown sons, Benjamin and Nathan.

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