I’ve listed to Jamie Ivey’s podcast, The Happy Hour a handful of times over the past few years and have especially enjoyed the ones with some of my favorite authors. She has a very comfortable was of interviewing her guests and drawing out their story. You feel like you are in the living room with them, part of their conversation, and often laughter. Recently I’ve started following Jamie on instagram and I lover her stories and expressions and glimpses into her life as a podcaster. Her office is so cool!!! When I was given to opportunity to select her book, If You Only Knew, to review as part of the BH Bloggers program I jumped at the chance to read it. I actually got really lucky because there were limited copies available and A LOT of bloggers trying to get their orders submitted at the same time. Eek!
If You Only Knew is a beautiful story of God’s unrelenting pursuit of a person who stumbles again and again. And really, who doesn’t stumble? Sometimes we stumble over boulders and other times the tiniest pebble, either way we sometimes hit the ground. Jamie’s story provides example after example of how God often gives us clear red flags to situations we either find ourselves in or paths we are heading down. While we often see and even acknowledge those signs, it often takes strength and courage to take action and make a change. There is so much beauty in God’s love for us and how he chooses over and over again to love us despite how or how often we fall into the traps of the world.
I truly appreciated Jamie’s courage to tell her story and the reminders that our vulnerability often encourages community and allows others to be vulnerable in return. Theologically, I didn’t always agree with her viewpoints or interpretations, but there are some solid reminders and pieces of wisdom that are woven throughout the book that I will take away and keep with me.