The Bible’s story continues—God the hero of the Bible continues to be the hero in our lives and his story weaves on. Jamie Ivey reminds us just how much God is the hero of our stories—that our stories are not stories of our failures, but of God’s faithfulness. He is in, over, and using our failures and mistakes. She powerfully reminds us that regrets are just opportunities to know his grace. Yet, she is very honest about the struggle of shame, grace, and finding freedom.
Her book is an easy, inviting read. The majority of it is her story, but that helps make her message concrete and contextualized. Deep truths and gospel is woven throughout. She has a great chapter on vulnerability with others, and her own vulnerability in the book plays that out. It invites us to be vulnerable with ourselves—a first step toward being vulnerable with others—and puts into words what we may not. Perhaps the best part of the book is her clear passion for the church to be a safe place. Her unpacking of that message makes her book not only for individuals, but for leaders, and the entire church.
Ivey’s book is well worth reading as an encouragement, to see Jesus, to see life from the perspective of others, and for the church’s health.
If you are curious and want to read a bit more reflection on the book and its encouragement, visit my blog http://astonescry.blogspot.com/2018/03/review-if-you-only-knew.html
“I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.”