If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free

If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free

Title:If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free
ISBN:9781462749720
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages

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. 


    If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free Reviews

  • Ashley

    The writing isn't spectacular, but her goal in her writing as she states in the beginning is to tell her story as if you are both sitting at the table in her back yard. She intends the book to be very...

  • Sally

    This is a tricky book for me to review. Based on the message and heart of this story and the author's testimony, I'd give it 5 stars! So many truths and freeing ideas put into an easy to read conversa...

  • Shannon Whitehead

    Unlike many reviewers, I had no idea who Jamie Ivey was prior to receiving this book for review and had never listened to her podcast. I feel that I got a chance to get to know her through reading "If...

  • Allie Thomas

    The introduction says it all: Stories are important. When we see our stories not as "obstacles to freedom, but rather as the key to unlocking it," a book like If You Only Knew becomes a MUST READ.In h...

  • Amanda Espinoza

    I read this book in one day, because it was that compelling. This book surprised me, because it isn’t the precious commonplace story I’ve come to expect from Christian women writers. Jamie Ivey se...

  • Megan Wright

    “The pages of this book are drenched with ‘me too’ tears, poured out over a so-far lifetime of failing and following, failing and following. Yet God has forgiven me, just as God has forgiven you...

  • Angie

    I bought this book because I love her podcast! This is her story to finding freedom from the bondage of sin. She is incredibly vulnerable in these pages and encourages others to be the same because wa...

  • Zachary Houle

    I think everyone’s got a skeleton or two in their closet. I know I certainly do. This isn’t the time or place to really talk about the bad I’ve done in my life, but, suffice to say, it’s enoug...

  • Robin

    The easiest thing to think that the way things are is the way they are supposed to be. That we have no choice in how things in our lives will go. Though I do believe in some destiny I also believe tha...

  • Alana/MiaTheReader

    This is a truthful, gospel-centered memoir, that doesn't hit on the tired themes of "girl power" and "follow your dreams" or "woe is me, I'm so wounded" but tells a story with a purpose and goes back ...