Sensitive and Strong: A Guide for Highly Sensitive Persons and Those Who Love Them

Sensitive and Strong: A Guide for Highly Sensitive Persons and Those Who Love Them


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Embrace the Unique Way God Designed You, Perhaps you're bothered by bright lights or you struggle to tune out background noise. You may feel emotions deeply and hear, "You're just too sensitive." But what if you're not "too sensitive"? What if that sensitivity is part of your design and comes with corresponding strengths? One in five people are HSPs-Highly Sensitive Persons-with the genetic trait of sensory sensitivity. As an HSP, you are not fragile or frail. You are strong in so many ways. Sensitive and Strong is your guide to navigating the HSP journey of exploration and growth. It will help you… Discover you're different, not defective, Understand your genetic disposition to an overabundance of stimuli, See how your sensitivities correlate to key strengths, Respond to stressful situations with confidence and calm, Harness your strengths to serve others, Release the worry that you're "too high maintenance" or just plain "too much" and embrace the many ways you can be both sensitive and strong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736969239
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 716,930
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Denise J. Hughes is the author of Deeper Waters and the General Editor for the CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible. In addition to leading a weekly Bible study at her church, she speaks regularly at conferences and retreats, and she writes for the First 5 app by Proverbs 31 Ministries. Denise lives with her husband and three kids in Southern California. Connect with her at and on Instagram: @DeniseJHughes.

Cheri Gregory is the founder of Sensitive and Strong: the place for the HSP Christian woman to find community; co-host, with Amy Carroll, of the Grit ‘n’ Grace podcast; and coauthor, with Kathi Lipp, of You Don’t Have to Try So Hard and Overwhelmed. She and her husband, Daniel, live in California. She writes at and you can follow her on Instagram @cheri_gregory.

Table of Contents

Foreword Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD 11

The Tale of Two HSPs: It Really Is a Thing 15

Part 1 Looking In

1 The First Step in the Journey: Taking the HSP Quiz 25

2 The Five Factors of Sensitivity: Appreciating What It Means to Be an HSP 35

3 The Five Fallacies of Sensitivity: Understanding What It Does Not Mean to Be an HSP 45

4 The Way HSPs Are Wired: Exploring the Science Behind the Reality 53

5 The Upside and the Downside: Identifying the Effects of Various Stimuli 59

6 The Potential Pitfall for HSPs: Recognizing Learned Helplessness 69

7 The Difference Between Healthy and Unhealthy HSPs: Cultivating a Growth Mindset 77

8 The Good News about HSPs: Choosing to Thrive 85

Part 2 Looking Up

9 The Trouble with Bubble Baths: Seeing Jesus as the True Source of Strength 95

10 The Struggle with Stressful Situations: Countering the Chaos with Confidence and Calm 105

11 The Problem with Pretending: Using Your Voice to Set Appropriate Boundaries 113

12 The Turmoil in Tender Hearts: Responding to Criticism with a Teachable Spirit 123

13 The Enigma of Emotions: Moving Forward When Blindsided by All the Feels 133

14 The Exhaustion of High-Energy Events: Creating a Space for Rest and Renewal 143

15 The Weariness of Worship: Enjoying Both Community and Solitude in Liturgy 151

16 The Complexity of Caring: Embracing Empathy Without Buckling Under the Sorrow 157

Part 3 Looking Out

17 The Gift of Self-Forgetfulness: Breaking Free from Hyper Self-Awareness 167

18 The Gift of Time: Saying Yes to Less So You Can Give More 173

19 The Gift of Service: Finding Your Place in a Hurting World 181

20 The Gift of Listening: Becoming the Best Kind of Friend 187

21 The Gift of Hospitality: Serving Others in the Simplest Ways 195

22 The Gift of Creativity: Blessing Others with Your God-Given Talents 203

23 The Gift of Influence: Leveraging Your Unique Strengths for Leadership 209

Epilogue 219

Notes 223

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dhiggins4 24 days ago
I really enjoyed “Sensitive and Strong” by Denise J. Hughes and Cheri Gregory. I never realized that I was an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person), but after reading this book, I can see so much of myself. It was really neat to have so many “that’s me” moments! Denise and Cheri do such a great job in explaining a lot of characteristics of HSP’s and also showing how we can improve ourselves. One of my favorite quotes in the book is, “As an HSP, you are like a custom-made sound board with a unique configuration of sliders on myriad channels, and your environment plays a key factor in determining where the “slider” will land at a given point in time.” This helped me really understand myself, as sometimes I feel like I am one thing and other times, I feel like I am something else. Sometimes we do have to adapt to our environment. This book really helped me to see areas in my own life that I need to work on. I believe a really good self-help book is one where it helps you see areas that you can improve on. To me, there is no reason to read a self-help book unless it helps change you for the better. “Sensitive and Strong” is definitely one of those books. I recommend this book to everyone out there. Even if you are not an HSP, you probably know someone who is. This book will help you understand HSP’s better. I know I learned so much from this book. I received this book from the authors for my honest opinion. It was an honor to be on the launch team.
AFerri 29 days ago
This is a wonderful book that explains how a Highly Sensitive Person is not weak but strong. This is a book everybody needs to read. People are always making snide remarks about sensitive people, they need to read this book and see how strong they really are. Thank you to the authors for being so open and honest about their lives and feelings. Outstanding book!! Thank you Harvest House Publishers via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
JViola79 29 days ago
HSP >>> "Highly Sensitive Person" and has long carried a negative connotation. But what if this is the way God designed you? What if sensitivity is part of His unique forming of our personalities and comes with a strength to navigate life in much needed ways? Sensitive and Strong by Denise J. Hughes and Cheri Gregory is a guide for highly sensitive persons or for those who have highly sensitive persons in their life. Denise J. Hughes was reluctant to admit she was an HSP and Cheri Gregory had no difficulty claiming the title of an HSP for herself. Both women are as different as can be with one being an introvert and one an extrovert. Both share from their hearts bringing a book that helps to explain that as as an HSP, a person is neither frail or high maintenance. Both seek to help others navigate the journey so they are better able to grow and embrace their strengths, for which there are many. The book is broken down into three parts: 1) Looking In. Here they examine the way God designed each of us, looking at the way certain sensitivities affect interactions with others. 2) Looking Up. In this section, they will look at different scenarios HSP's face and point us to look to Jesus for our source of strength in these challenges. 3) Looking Out. Lastly, they help us to understand the way the Holy Spirit can guide HSP's to live with an outward focus, to be other minded, loving and serving others. The book is rich with research from various sources and personal experiences making this a resource that is both informative and encouraging. One will discover they are not defective but approach life differently; grasping an understanding of their sensitivities which lead to key strengths. With understanding will come new confidence and an assurance in handling what was once stressful situations. We need people around us who are both sensitive and strong. Leaders who are sensitive by their human nature and yet, strong in the Lord. "By understanding how we are wired, we can be proactive and prepare accordingly. Being sensitive to sensory overload does not mean we cannot serve others. It simply means we rely on God all the more. He is our strength. Today and always." (page 222) This is a book for us all as it will help us to either understand ourselves as an HSP or those in our lives who may be an HSP. It will inspire us all to grow and serve others, as we navigate past our weaknesses and lean into our strengths. **It was my privilege to be a part of the Sensitive & Strong Launch Team. I was provided a copy of the book and all opinions expressed are my own.