If You Only Knew

My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free

by JAMIE IVEY (Author)


What if people knew all the moments of my past that I am not proud of? What if you really knew me, the parts that I've hoped to forget and worked to conceal? For so long, I was so afraid that if you only knew the mess I am so good at creating in my life, then things would be different. In many ways, my greatest fear was what you might think of me if you only knew the whole story.

As the chore of guarding the stories of my past got more and more difficult, I found that I wasn't just hiding my poor decisions, I was robbing others of the beauty of God's grace that had redeemed these moments. This fear of being found out had caused me to unintentionally declare a false gospel - not the redemptive story of what God is capable of doing with all of our mess.

This book is that story. It's stepping out of shame and insecurity and into giving God praise for His work, and giving permission to others to join us in our transparency. It is this freedom that can ignite in us an ongoing passion to live out our stories of redemption, enabling us to more fully embrace not only our relationship with Him but also with one another.


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