You Be You

Why Satisfaction and Success Are Closer Than You Think

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Pub Date 01 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 26 Mar 2021

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Have you ever felt held back from the abundant life God promises you? Do you ever look at the satisfaction and success in other people’s lives, and wonder where yours is?
In You Be You, beloved podcast host and author Jamie Ivey reveals that the abundant life you want is closer than you think. It’s not over there in someone else’s life. No. It’s right here, right now, in your life as it already is—you just have to know how to take hold of it.
And in this book, Jamie shows you how to:
  • Throw out false definitions of success
  • Give up the idea that you must have someone else’s skills, talents, family, or resources to succeed
  • Use the beautiful level of influence that God has given you
  • Start leaving your deepest mark on the world by living your story
Are you ready to finally bloom where you’re planted? To finally free yourself to flourish? To live a life that could only be done by Him and through you? Then jump into You Be You, and you’ll find yourself satisfied and succeeding in ways you never expected.

Have you ever felt held back from the abundant life God promises you? Do you ever look at the satisfaction and success in other people’s lives, and wonder where yours is?
In You Be You, beloved...

Advance Praise

Christine Caine, founder, A21 and Propel Women

“Jamie inspires us to be all God created us to be, and do all we’ve been purposed to do. I love this woman, and you will love this book.”

Ruth Chou Simons, artist, national speaker, and bestselling author, founder of

“This book is an unhurried afternoon coffee date with a truth-telling friend who wants you to flourish.”

Louie Giglio, Pastor of Passion City Church, Founder of Passion Conferences, Author of Not Forsaken

"Fresh. Encouraging. Inspiring. In You Be You, Jamie Ivey invites readers to readily raise their voice, accept their God-given uniqueness, and find freedom in who they’re becoming regardless of what they’re doing. No matter what stage of life you’re in, I’m confident this resource will make embracing your God-given identity and the eternal weight of your calling a palpable reality."

Alena Pitts, actress and model

“In Jamie Ivey's, You Be You, she helps you discover yourself while echoing the Biblical truth necessary in order to do so. She takes you through a three step process of finding, accepting, and becoming yourself. I would recommend this book for anyone who has lost touch with or never really discovered their true self!”

Christine Caine, founder, A21 and Propel Women

“Jamie inspires us to be all God created us to be, and do all we’ve been purposed to do. I love this woman, and you will love this book.”

Ruth Chou...

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I have listened to Jamie’s podcast fairly regularly for quite some time. I appreciate her candidness, her honesty and her girl-next-door “normalness” (I don’t think that’s even a word, but let’s go with it). Not to mention, she just has a fun personality. Ha ha!

She’s just like you and me, drawing closer to God, walking into the giftings God is unfolding within her, and trusting Him as she follows this path He has her on. She’s learning as she goes and isn’t embarrassed to say so.

One of my favorite portions of this book was when she taught about the parable of the talents. She said, “The underlying culprit behind hoarding our talents is always fear. Listen to the man admit it in this parable: ‘I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground.’ Fear had led him to not do anything with the talent his master had invested him...He didn’t necessarily do anything bad; he just didn’t do anything. Sometimes when I come home from work during the summer and my kids are lying around letting their brains turn into mush From TV and video games, I’m frustrated with them - not because they did anything wrong, but because they did nothing at all!...I’m sorry, did he just say to cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness? Yes, I believe he did. He is not playing around with this man who did NOTHING with his talent.”

I had never noticed that the man who earned no return did so as a result of his fear. That hit home for me. Fear has threatened me on numerous occasions to play it safe in life.

Other themes include abiding in Christ, not comparing ourselves to others, and living faithfully right where we are. There really are so many great points to ponder. I’m in danger of sharing about 15 more quotes, but I’ll just let you take the time to read the book yourself.

I received a digital ARC copy from the publisher and net galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Jamie Ivey's new book You Be You is a Godsend- and I mean that literally! The fun, catchy title could bring pause to some who may fear Jamie is pushing another "self help, do-it-yourself, pull yourself up by your bootstraps" kind of message. So good news, fellow reader: If you don't want fluff, and you want deep, spiritual truths instead, you've come to the right place!

Jamie's book offers no empty platitudes or life-hacks that fall short. Instead, You be You bleeds Jesus on every page. Jamie invites women to step into their talents, gifts, and God-given abilities to become the person that God always created you to be! This book is special because Jamie lives this message every day in her work with her podcast The Happy Hour, and in the book she shares lots of stories of other awesome women who are leaning into their callings right where God has placed them- whether that means doing something big or something small.

Jamie wants you to know that you don't have to have a podcast or a TV show or 500k followers on Instagram to make an impact for the Kingdom. You can be you right where you already are, believing that God put you there on purpose and has fully equipped you for every good work!

Favorite chapters include Chapter 7, "Unavoidable but Invaluable: The Opportunity in Adversity," about how sometimes your calling is born from experiencing difficulties, and chapter 5, "The Trouble with Comparison," about how to believe in your unique gifts when it seems like everyone around you has better ones.

I cannot recommend this book enough. I'm already planning a re-read to fully soak it in. I'm a woman in my mid-20's, wondering how I can be used where I am in a new city where I know nobody in the middle of a pandemic! Jamie's book helped me to know that I am free to be me and fully embrace the joyful truth that God placed me here on purpose, for such a time as this.

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