About the Book
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.
Friends! The release of Jamie’s highly anticipated book, If You Only Knew, is finally here! To celebrate, Jamie is coming to your city to spend a night with you talking about things that matter, laughing until we cry, and cheering each other on. Grab your girlfriends, your sister, your daughter, your besties, and your neighbors! Jamie would love to see your face, hug your neck, grab a selfie, sign your book, and spend a great night together!
Your IF YOU ONLY KNEW BOOK TOUR sponsored by Noonday Collection event includes:
- • A copy of the book, IF YOU ONLY KNEW
- • Bites and sips (varies on location)
- • Book signing and Photo opportunity with Jamie
- • A super fun night with girlfriends!
What are you waiting for? Grab your girlfriends and come out for a fun night! Or, come alone and meet some great women!
About the Author
JAMIE IVEYJamie Ivey believes we are all on this journey of life together and we need each other to get to the end. Through her podcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, and blog, she takes a raw and intimate approach to her speaking and writing. Jamie's prayer and hope is for God to use her words to encourage and show others that they are not alone, while constantly pointing them to Jesus. She is mother to four kids and wife to Aaron. Jamie loves reading, date nights, Mexican food, and traveling the world with her family.
Chrystal Evans Hurst:
Real, raw, and redemptive. The words that Jamie Ivey shares in If You Only Knew offer healing and freedom to women lost in their lives, ashamed of their past, or doubtful that God could still love them. Jamie offers a breath of fresh air to those with a suffocated soul. Her story offers proof that God, in His lovingkindness, is faithful to pursue His people.
Chrystal Evans Hurst, Author, She's Still There
Inside these pages, Jamie Ivey invites you into her story about how God’s grace led her to experience true freedom, both from her past and for the present. Maybe you, like me, could use a reminder that the gospel not only breaks the bonds of sin, but also removes all our guilt and shame. If You Only Knew is that reminder, that the freedom we long for is found only in Jesus, and Jesus is better. This book is the rarest of combinations: both serious and fun. You will be taught and challenged, and yet you will enjoy it all the way.
Russell Moore, President, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
Jamie Ivey knows the grace of God deep down in her bones. She tells her story with humor and candor, and with a heaping measure of bravery. I'm beyond thankful for her voice in the church today. I pray that the example of her transparency would spread far, and that the testimony of the gospel found in the pages of this book would saturate the dry soil of many lives.
Jen Wilkin, Minister at The Village Church Institute and author
Jamie’s vulnerability will cause you to exhale and remind you of God’s grace to build beauty from ashes. Thank you Jamie for reminding us that there is freedom in repentance and how beautiful the local church can be.
Jennie Allen, Author of Nothing to Prove, Founder and Visionary of the IF:Gathering
I'll be buying copies of Jamie's book for all the young gals I know in transition, all the gals wondering how they step into the life they know God has for them. I couldn't tell where Jamie's story ended and Jesus' story began, and that is a very beautiful thing. This book pulls back the curtain on grace and hope and purpose in a life-giving and encouraging way and I can't suggest reading it enough.
Jess Connolly, speaker and author of Dance Stand Run and Wild and Free
This book brought me so much encouragement to be steadfast in vulnerability (even when I want to hide) and to remember that the Lord redeems all sin and failure and disappointment. Through sharing her own life experiences, Jamie Ivey delivers such a beautiful perspective about the exhaustion of living a life of perceived perfection and contrasts it with the freedom of being known.
Lauren Scruggs, Blogger, author, and entrepreneur
Jamie is one of my favorite people. She is vulnerable and honest, so of course her book would be exactly that. In If You Only Knew, Jamie tells the story of her past and present, but more than that, she tells the story of how God has redeemed the entirety of her story. This book meets people in the trenches of their lives - in heartache, in disappointment, in failure, and reminds them that God gives freedom, peace, and joy when we give those things to Him.
Catherine Lowe, Mother, reality-TV personality, entrepreneur
Jamie is one of the kindest and most genuine people I've ever met, and you'll be glad to know she shows up exactly in these pages as she does in real life. If you've ever felt held captive by a part of your story that you've kept hidden, Jamie's story will be an encouragement to you that nothing you've done can keep you from living out your purpose in this life.
Amy Brown, Co-Host of the Bobby Bones Show
Vulnerability not only makes you brave, but it take great courage to be vulnerable. Vulnerability unleashes your God given potential. Jamie’s book is refreshingly authentic and vulnerable. She talks about the hard things that get buried in our attempt to make great impressions. We need to hear stories of struggle and how God can redeem and redefine our brokenness. Jamie’s honesty will combat the shame that many feel about their past event our present. I love how Jamie shares her on going struggles, but shows how scripture guided her to see Jesus in every circumstance. What if we were honest? What if we had the permission to be real. What if we discovered Jesus was better and greater than any of our circumstances. There’s something empowering about saying, me too. We are not alone in our struggles. This book will be a catalyst in helping others become free to walk and run in the Freedom that only Christ gives us all.
Latasha Morrison, Founder and President of Be the Bridge
If you've listened to Jamie's podcast, you no doubt feel like she's a dear, trusted friend. And in Jamie's new book, she takes that friendship to a whole new level by getting all-the-way-real with her readers. Refreshingly honest and relatable, If You Only Knew is a fearless, bold, gut-level-honest account of Jamie's journey to freedom in Christ. You'll see yourself in her story, and more than anything else, you'll see the loving hand of a Savior who faithfully pursues, redeems, heals, and restores. What a beautifully written, grace-filled reminder that it is for freedom that we have been set free (Galatians 5:1). Don't miss it!
Sophie Hudson, Author of Giddy Up, Eunice and All in All: Loving God Wherever You Are
Jamie’s podcast is fun and approachable in tone, just like a happy hour meet up. Her book, while still maintaining the girlfriend to girlfriend tone we have come to know and love from her, also reveals a more vulnerable side of Jamie. She wades in deep waters with Jesus throughout the pages and I found myself dwelling in the waters with her by the book's end.”
Jessica Honegger, Founder and CEO of Noonday Collection
With honesty, humor, and vulnerability, Jamie Ivey has given women permission to stand tall and be who they were created to be in Christ, no longer weighed down by the lies of the enemy or feeling any shame from the past. If You Only Knew is a breath of fresh air full of life-giving truth. I adore Jamie and her heart to see women live free of the weight that holds so many down. This book will help you live free and confident because of the total redeeming work of Jesus!
Alli Worthington, Author of Fierce Faith: A Woman's Guide to Fighting Fear, Wrestling Worry and Overcoming Anxiety
Some say that a message is only as believable as its messenger. If that is true, then this book delivers. With endearing and sometimes surprising honesty, Jamie uses her own life story to do what all good story does -- tell the Story of the God who became a prisoner and slave so we could be made free. I urge you to read these pages slowly and with care. As you do, you may discover, just as Jamie has, that the time to be free isn't later, but now.
Scott Sauls, Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee and author of Befriend and From Weakness to Strength.
If you’ve ever wondered if there is room at the table for someone with a story like yours, you’ll appreciate the resounding yes Jamie offers as she pulls up a chair alongside you in If You Only Knew.
Raechel Myers, Founder and CEO of She Reads Truth