If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey
Alright, this book was one I NEEDED to pick up.
Jamie Ivey has a podcast that has rocked my world (as most podcasts do).
In a couple of her episodes, she explains that this book discusses God's story of how she came to know Him throughout miscarriages, brokenness, mistakes, and the idea that Church-goers have it all together.
As Jamie mentions, the Church, in fact, does NOT have it all together and neither do all of its regular attendees.
Jamie mentions the ways that God met her at her lows and reminds us that He will meet us there too.
The idea of sharing where we have come from is daunting. We don't think that it will be met with a "me too" on the other side, yet often times we are actually met with this response!
I know, its terrifying because when someone doesn't get it, it hurts like CRAZY.
On the other hand, even if they don't understand now, they might in the future.
Even if they don't get it, it CAN further your friendship.
Even if they can't seem to put themselves in your shoes, you sharing your bits of brokeness with them can allow them to understand the world better.
However, whether or not you are met with a "me too" on the other side of sharing your story, your story has the chance to bring hope and light to VARIOUS situations.
Someone might not be going through the exact same things as you, but we all have something and we are ALL healing and being sanctified day in and day out.
This book reminded me that going first and sharing what God has done in your life opens the door for real relationships.
No matter what you believe, I would MOST definitely recommend picking up a copy.
This story is one you do not want to miss.