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Among our greatest fears is the dread of what others would think of us "if they only knew" - the parts of our past we hope to forget, the parts of our present we work to conceal. Yet the part we actually do the best job of hiding is not the unsightly debris of our own mess, but rather the stunning beauty of God's grace. The fear that demands we protect this false image at all costs leads us to unwittingly declare a false gospel at every turn.

Jamie Ivey finally grew tired of doing that, tired of being too ashamed and insecure to let others see the full extent of what God was capable of doing with our unworthiness. So she quit hiding. She let him get praise for what she'd been pretending she didn't need.

What she found as a result is how a willingness to just open up and say the stuff that most people refuse to reveal about themselves gives others permission to join us in our transparency. And how the process of becoming real ignites an ongoing passion in us for living out our ongoing redemption, enabling us to more fully embrace not only our relationship with him but also with one another.

If You Only Knew is the utterly inviting, often humorous, incredibly authentic back-story of one woman's life, told for the purpose of helping you strip away both the inner and outward hypocrisy that cripples Christian freedom, choosing instead to live with courageous confidence in God's ability to make you truly one person. His.

©2018 eChristian (P)2018 eChristian

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This book will be on my nightstand, like forever

This book touched my soul with real spiritual truths from a real momma. So, so loved the transparency Jamie so willing laid out there for all of us to see and bathe in. She so beautifully teaches of God’s love and redemptive work to all who are willing to approach His mighty throne of grace. Jamie’s the kind of woman we all need as a best friend. I can see this book filled with so many highlighted sentences, paragraphs, pages sitting on my nightstand forever. After a long day it will be one thing I turn to to remember who I am. Such a sweet, sweet gift from above.

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Stories DO Change the World

This book, along with Jamie Ivey's weekly podcast, really has changed my world and changed my perspective. Instead of holding on to my story out of fear, I'm sharing it so that through my vulnerability others can know the redemption and freedom I've known. And I experience more freedom as I share my story. Crazy! By letting go of the very story I've protected, I get even more beauty and freedom in Christ... and deeper friendships. Of course I've recommended it and forwarded it to others.

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Permission to speak freely

This book is for every woman! (Men too lol). It gives you permission or reminds you that freedom is available if we decide to walk into it. We need to remove the weight of shame and guilt and deposit it at Jesus’ feet. God is good and this book is a refreshing way to release all the good, bad and ugly onto Jesus. Jamie is brave and a trailblazer in sharing her freedom story. Thank you! It is a must!

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Amazing!

Such a great book! I listened to the audiobook and couldn't stop listening. Loved every minute.

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An Authentic Invitation to Shed Shame and to Truly Embrace Freedom

This book is a powerful, straight forward listen. Jamie risks meaningful vulnerability to draw the reader back to the truly radical love and forgiveness that is Jesus. I highly recommend this book for new Christians, and other Christians who struggle with being judgmental.

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Excellent Book!! A Must read!!

Jamie Ivey is an excellent communicator who shows true authenticity. I have never read a book where the writer is soooo real and vulnerable AND challenges the reader to be the same way. She shares what real friendship is all about and encourages you to have a community of believers around you to do life with. Thank you Jamie for your words of encouragement. I was truly honored to listen to your story. Thank you for being real and vulnerable. You truly are an amazing person!!

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An Eye Opening Read

Truly amazing and resonated with me deeply! It is so great to k ow that other people have struggled in the same areas as me! Thank you Jamie for following God's direction and writing this book!

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This book is for EVERYONE!

Wow! I wasn't sure about this book because I was worried it would be a little bit too "basic" of a book for Christian women -- where the author "admits" their struggles except they only admit what wouldn't shine a bad light on themselves. You know like the "occasionally I snap at my kids" or "sometimes me and my husband argue" or "sometimes I gossip" or something like that.. anyone else read a book like that?
But this book is real, raw, and honest. Jamie describes her real human experience -- of falling, trying, failing, trying again, stumbling after you think you've "gotten it together" and the Jesus who redeems it all and never gives up on her.
This book is for EVERYONE - for the girl who struggles with what Jamie did, for the girl who has different vices, for the woman who judges others too harshly, for the girl who thinks she's too far gone. This is for YOU.

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Great Inspiration!

This book was easy to listen to. The Author was very honest about her life and left me feeling uplifted about my own relationship with Jesus. Great inspiration!

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The authenticity we all crave

I have been a listener to Jamie’s podcast for almost a year now, so listening to her book was like a special edition of what I get blessed by weekly. Jamie holds nothing back, being genuine and authentic about pain and struggles of her past and present. She beautifully conveys Jesus’s power to restore the broken parts of our lives, creating a much needed story of redemption. Give her podcast a follow, and definitely give this book a listen!