Saturday, February 17, 2018

If You Only Knew - Jamie Ivey: Book Review


Title: If You Only Knew. My unlikely, unavoidable story of becoming free
 Author: Jamie Ivey
 No. Pages: 240
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Release Date: 30.01.2018
Format: mobi Kindle

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. It’s true. Your story can change the world, but you first must be willing to share it."

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If you want to learn more about the author, she has a podcast 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.

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