This is my story – well not really- it’s Jamie Ivey’s, but it could be. The backstory is different. But. I, like many of you, have a story. There are parts of this story that, even though they have shaped me into who I am today, I would like to erase. It is easy to label and define ourselves from our actions in our past, but that’s not who we are.
If You Only Knew…
In the book, Jamie bravely and honestly takes us through her past along a path of shame and hurt that ultimately leads to healing. I admire her vulnerability in an attempt to minster to others with their own painful story. Yet, at times while reading this I thought to myself, “Oh no! She has shared too much!” Chalk that thought up to what Jamie calls “sin shock,” because in retrospect- we need more people like Jamie in the church. People who aren’t shocked by other’s sins and are instead willing to welcome them and love them through their stuff just like Jesus did.
We all need to read this book.
Maybe you are one of the lucky few who hasn’t made shameful mistakes in the past. However, I am willing to bet that you have been affected by someone else’s poor choices. Let’s turn things around a bit. Open up the dialogue. Talk about our struggles. Learn to let go of our labels and help to lead others down the path of freedom because our identity is in Him who already paid the price for our sins. Thank you, Jamie Ivey, for being brave enough to start the discussion.
Please note I was given the opportunity to review If You Only Knew by B&H Publishers/ Lifeway. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I received no other compensation for reviewing this book.
Until next time,