My goal for several years has been to read 50 books in one calendar year – 52 weeks – but I have always fallen off the rails around 25 books. This year, I’m twice as determined. I will be posting short reviews of each book with my thoughts and any recommendations I received for the book as well as a link to purchase the book from Amazon, (though I recommend checking your local library first). If you have questions, leave a comment! If you want to follow my journey, find me on Goodreads.
I’ve been listening to The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey podcast for the better part of two years, probably because my friend Heather in Texas recommended it when I decided I should “get into podcasts.” I’ve never regretted a single minute. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, and I’ve cleaned the kitchen all while listening to Jamie’s discussions with her myriad of guests. My faith has been challenged, my routines have been challenged, and so much more. Obviously, when she began writing her introductory book, I put in my pre-ordered. In If You Only Knew Jamie shares her life story, delving into her struggles and into finding Jesus (or rather Him finding her), and her life thereafter. Jamie writes with captivating vulnerability, often broaching subjects, such as miscarriages and pornography, many Christians avoid. As in her podcast, Jamie challenges her audience while making them laugh, making them cry, and sharing her genuine love for God. Some aspects of her story changed my life. She calls for vulnerability among the Church in order to debilitate the power of secrets, shame, and sin, which are often what keep us divided and isolated from community. These are the ways the enemy keeps us from being and doing exactly what God has called us to. It’s a beautifully written memoir, and one I would recommend over and over again to men and women, young and old.
Goodreads rating: 4.41/5
My rating: 5/5 stars
Days read: January 31-February 2
Recommend: Resoundingly, yes