If you are around the podcast world at all you may have heard of Jamie Ivey. Each week she invites a guest on to her show the Happy Hour and they chat “about the big things in life, the little things in life, and everything in between.” As a long time, listener of her podcast, I was excited to get my hands on Jamie Ivey’s first ever book, If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free.
Each week on her podcast, Jamie is encouraging, genuine and gospel-centered, and I hoped to find those same things represented in her book. She did not disappoint. Throughout the pages of her books, Jamie shares her story with a level of honesty that many authors today are not willing to share in their books. I’m not a published author, but I can only imagine the effort and vulnerability it takes to pour yourself into a book that others will read, and even more so a book that tells your very personal story of struggle, heartache, and sin. Ivey handled all of this with grace.
Now I know as I write that this book is about struggle, heartache, and sin, I probably don’t have you rushing to pick up this book and dive in. But let me reassure you, while the Jamie doesn’t shy away from the “hard” parts of her story, she also writes about God’s redemption and grace in her life even more so. This isn’t a story about a girl who struggled and was left to fend for herself. This is a story about a woman who has walked out of a life of shame and into a life full of God’s rescuing love. That is a story worth reading.
Though we all have our own personal sin struggles, and yours may not be the same as Jamie’s, I promise that her words will be relatable to you. She writes from a place of such encouragement and I truly wish every woman would grab this book, read it and take a step towards finding freedom in Jesus.
“My prayer for you and for me is that we would be women who acknowledge we’re struggling and that we love God with everything we’ve got. Those two can exist together: struggle and loving devotion. You’re not a bad Christian because you’re struggling with something. God is not ashamed of you, and you shouldn’t be ashamed of yourself either.” -Jamie Ivey, If You Only Knew