If you only knew ~ Jamie Ivey
Adult non-fiction ~ christian living
Rating: 2 ( but liked it) goodreads rating: 4.3
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.
What I thought:
I thought this book was an easy, and fast read. I liked the message it put forth. I liked hearing how she struggled and then learned from them and grew. I like the book but, did not love it. I think i may not have been to much into the book because i have heard similar things and also similar christian ideas on dealing with it. I just did not feel drawn into the book nor did i feel i was relating that much. The message does apply to people but, i just felt for myself it was nothing new.
Spending “time” at church and living like you “are” the church are not the same.
I liked this passage because for me it is so true. Many people profess a faith and tell others that is who they are or what they believe. I find however, very few actually came to the faith on their own after researching other beliefs and ideas in the world. Many do not live out the things in their faith or practice parts of it regularly. Many will judge if someone is true to a faith by going to church, temple, mass, or whatever the main outward routine they attend to. However most writing of most faiths point to a much deeper way of living out what you believe and follow. I feel any christian would get this passage and it is good to examine that in your own life.
Would you recommend it:
Yes, if you are of the christian faith and want a pleasent fast read with some good points or you are new in the faith and struggling with things in your life that you feel you need to hide or feeling shame for.
No, if you are established in your faith or have good understanding of psychology or you do not find yourself struggling with an issue of shame and hiding your real self.
Examples of what some other readers thought of it:
Those personal preferences aside, I do believe the message of the book is important. My main takeaway was that living in shame — hiding our faults from others — hinders the fullness of grace in our lives. The author stresses that authentic Christian community needs to get over “sin-shock” and differentiate between “worldly guilt” and “godly guilt”. I keep seeing in my reading the importance of community in our lives for growth, and this book champions this as well. It doesn’t give specifics of how to build that community, but the starting point is transparency about our failings among invested friends