If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free
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Are you afraid of what others might think if they "only knew" your deepest faults? Ivey grew tired of concealing her shame, so she let others see what God could do with her unworthiness. Encouraging you to strip away inner and outer hypocrisy, she helps you become confident in God's ability to make you his own! Hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X .52 (inches)
ISBN: 1462749720
ISBN-13: 9781462749720

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What if you knew all the moments of my past that I am not proud of? What if you really knew me, the messy parts that I’ve hoped to forget and worked hard to conceal? For so long, my greatest fear was what you might think of me if you only knew the whole story.
 
It’s exhausting, this guarding of our stories and struggles. Fear of being found out had caused me to hide—but I wasn’t just covering my flaws, I was unintentionally blocking the beauty of God’s grace. My journey to real freedom began when I quit running from my mess and started trusting Jesus to make something beautiful of it. 
 
This book is that story. It’s stepping out of shame and insecurity into gospel freedom. It’s  letting God turn our failures and frailties into testimonies of His faithfulness. I’ve discovered that when we quit hiding, God gets the glory and we are able to fully embrace not only our relationship with Him, but also with one another. 

Transparency brings freedom, and in every moment, we'll find that God can absolutely be trusted.
 

Author Bio

 
Jamie Ivey believes in women and wants big things for them. She wants them to know and believe their worth in this world and to the Father. Through her podcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, she uses a raw and intimate approach to connect with her audience. Jamie’s prayer and hope is for God to use her words to encourage and show others that they are not alone, while constantly pointing them to Jesus. 

Jamie and her husband, Aaron, worship pastor at The Austin Stone Community Church, live in Austin, Texas with their four kids and two dogs. 

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  1. cheryl
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Raw Look At Sin And Grace
    April 4, 2018
    cheryl
    Quality: 5
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    As a follower of Jesus since 2003, this book was a reminder that we all struggle, but am comforted knowing Jesus seeks my heart and that I do not need to be perfect.

    What if you knew all the moments of my past that I am not proud of? What if you really knew me, the messy parts that Ive hoped to forget and worked hard to conceal? For so long, my greatest fear was what you might think of me if you only knew the whole story.

    Jamie Ivey lays everything out on the table, lets her guard down and shares her stories and struggles. The theme of If You Only Knew is that Jesus love for us is more powerful than a secret, shameful past or failure. The book is not so much about the authors story, but of grace, mercy and the transforming power of Jesus Christ. He wants us to come before Him, skeltons and all. He loves us regardless. We are quick to put labels on ourselves and feelings of insecurity. God takes our failures and turns them into testimonies of His faithfulness. We all need to stop hiding from Him and let Him in.

    I received the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
  2. Just Commonly
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Be authentic - a great one.
    March 22, 2018
    Just Commonly
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    "If we're not careful, our whole identity can be wrapped up in what other people think we're supposed to be or what we think we're supposed to do." (148)

    Authenticity is such a great thing to behold, and Jamie Ivey did so in If You Only Knew. I've never listened to her podcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, so I'm not familiar with her. I was drawn to the cover and the title + tagline. If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free. Free is also one of those words that mystify in many ways. It can be taken literally or subjectively. And in this book, freedom from self packs quite the punch.

    In If You Only Knew is Jamie Ivey's story - her memoir, her vulnerabilities all written for readers to choose to gloss over or to be open to how it connects, how it mirrors and how it relates.

    "When we become women who own our stories and become vulnerable about our lives, Jesus' grace and mercy take center stage." (201)

    We may not have all the same experiences, but we can find the same self-doubt and the little voices that sometimes takes hold of our hearts and minds. The author's voice is authentic in letting readers understand the journey to freedom - it's not easy but it is so rewarding. I at first thought this would be one of those non-fiction books that will take some time in reading, but surprisingly not. It was like listening to an old friend talk, and within the short hours of lending my listening ears (eyes in this case), I was able to feel her story, and know that it's my story, in some way. It's not only her story, it's ours. It's our way of finding that freedom to be us - the vulnerable and the authentic us. Pick this one up. Trust me.

    ". . .my identity is not skewed because of all the things I've done or haven't done, but is secure by all the things Jesus has done (as well as by what He hasn't done, like condemn and reject me)." (154)

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
  3. Lisa - The Merry Momma
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A life-changing story of God's relentless love and grace
    March 22, 2018
    Lisa - The Merry Momma
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    Overall, I think this is one of the most powerful, life-changing books I've read recently. I have to admit that for the first half of the book, I had a hard time connecting to it. While I thought her story was a beautiful testimony of God's love, and I knew lives were going to be changed by it, I was already writing a review in my head saying something along the lines of, "It wasn't really for me, but I can see how it would be great for others.

    And then she hit me with chapter 8. And all her words about "sin shock" and creating a safe space for confession and failure hit me hard. That chapter alone is worth telling everyone I know to get their hands on a copy of this book and read it. It will forever change how you look at Jesus, sin, and the people around you.

    That being said, it's not just the "big" sins like sexual impurity, infidelity, addictions, or violence that cause us to withdraw in shame from others. We also put a lot of effort into guarding our more hidden sins of anger, jealousy, selfishness, greed, laziness, and the like. And we wonder, "What if they knew the real me?" This book will help us release the fear of what others might think, drop our "perfect" acts, and trust God in the aftermath.

    And when we have the courage to be vulnerable, and we offer others an invitation to do the same, then we all start to live more freely and radically for Jesus.

    (I received a copy of the book from the publisher to review.)
  4. Ioana
    Oradea, Romania
    Age: 18-24
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouraging book
    February 17, 2018
    Ioana
    Oradea, Romania
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
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    I knew about Jamie Ivey because of her podcast, The Happy Hour, a podcast some of my favourite bloggers/ writer were guest on. She is bubbly and funny. You can tell right away that she is authentic (something she mentions people say about her all the time) and blunt. She tackles a rather taboo subject in her book/ memoir, but she is open with the readers, clear and concise in sharing her message so as to understand where she's been, what she's in the process of, and where she's going.

    I closed the book feeling encouraged and pushed to get closer to Jesus. Not many books can do that.

    I loved the illustration she used with the letters: for every thing we think we are, every bad thing, we usually pin a letter on us. It's a "The Scarlet Letter" thing. We are not the letters we pin, but the stories we tell. "We are not our letters anymore. We belong to a new Storyteller." As a lover of a good story, her words carried weight. What's I walked away with was that we are all a walking story that could point to God and what He does in us.

    The things you learn in the book, what she shares is not something new. She knows this and she says it. Her book is just one more story that can show and testify to what God is able to do. It's a quick read, but not because it's an easily read story. What makes it accessible is that it's written in a friendly tone and it's relatable no matter your Christian background or lack of it. I left with this nudge: "God uses the stories of His people to change the world. Its true. Your story can change the world, but you first must be willing to share it."

    If you want to learn more about the author, she has a podcast {The Happy Hour} where she chats with various guests about the big and small things in life. There's a series on the podcast connected to the book.

    I received a free advanced e-book copy of the book from the publisher via Net Galley. All thoughts expressed here are my own.
  5. EMadison
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    If You Only Knew... grace and freedom are available to YOU!
    February 2, 2018
    EMadison
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    I have heard Jamie Ivey say numerous times that she believes that stories change the world. I believe that her story in this book undoubtedly holds that potential. However, it's not because of the things she's done, but what Jesus has done in her. Though the title "If You Only Knew" most likely originated from a place in her heart that felt something like "If you only knew the things in my past (or even current struggles), what would you think?" - I hope that readers will also come away from the book hearing, "If you only knew... that grace and freedom are available to you!!!"

    This book reads like you are sitting down at a coffee shop with a dear friend and shines a powerful spotlight on Jesus and Gospel Truth in both Jamie's story and ours. I am so thankful for Jamie's obedience and vulnerability to "go first."
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