Podcast drives readers to resources and each other.

Jamie Ivey shares her faith and the foibles of a transparent life on her podcast, “The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey,” which has struck a chord with women everywhere.

“I truly believe that women love that they aren’t alone. Every week they listen in to a conversation between myself and my guests where we tackle struggles, hardships, and successes, and they get comfort knowing there’s someone out there who understands them,” she shares.

The author’s new book is full of biblical prescriptions for those who are mired in the mistakes of their past and live in fear of future failings. Ivey’s message is to guide them to freedom in Jesus and explains how she arrived there.

“Being real about yourself is one of the best ways to break down walls in relationships. So many women spend their lives trying to look like they have it all together. The reality is that kind of living is suffocating and actually impossible. It breeds insecurity and fear when we are yearning for the exact opposite.

“[But] when we’re honest about our struggles, people around us feel more comfortable … because we’ve all admitted our great need for Jesus. Our need for a Savior is equal across the board,” she concludes.

CHOOSING WISELY

The author realizes that honing the ability to choose wisely those women who can fulfill the biblical role of a mentor/friend can be a tricky one. Ivey encourages women to walk through life with friends who know the worst of the worst about them and love them no matter what. She notes that real friends don’t stop at accepting each other—they go a step further and keep pointing one another to Jesus. “Women who know and understand the depravity of man and our ginormous need for a Savior are women who can handle what you bring them. Women who encourage repentance and understand grace are the women that I want to walk through life with.”

LETTING GO

Ivey also tackles the all-too-common mistake that women make of reliving their past mistakes and sin, which mires them in shame and inhibits their ability to experience relational intimacy and genuine community with others.

“Holding on to things in our lives that God has clearly taken care of is prideful to say the least. For us to have sins that we feel God can’t handle is declaring to Him that the sacrifice of His only son, Jesus, was not enough for us—that we are too much forGod, and he can’t handle forgiving us,” she says. “Believing these things about ourselves will hinder us from sharing the good news of Jesus because our hearts don’t believe it to be true for ourselves.”

REACHING OUT

The author hopes that Christian booksellers will utilize the podcast’s popularity to reach buyers who come into their stores. Ivey’s passion and purpose is to encourage women and point them to Jesus.

“Every week this happens through a conversation between two women about certain topics. The same topics that women are searching for in books in a bookstore to help them are the ones we’re discussing,” she says. “Because so many of the guests are authors, it makes sense to point readers to the show to hear more of the author’s heart about the subject and life in general.”

From her personal perspective, Ivey finds today’s Christian bookstores to have the unique opportunity to capture the attention of someone who is truly searching for answers. “Sometimes someone is too timid to enter a church, but they just might enter the bookstore that they think could hold some sort of answer to their problems. Women, in particular, love to read not only for entertainment but also for education and guidance, and Christian bookstores have an entire library of works to help them discover something new, or search for answers to their problems.”