If

If by Amy Carmichael

A few years ago I picked up a small book by Amy Carmichael called If. I had been introduced to the writings of Amy Carmichael through the ministry of Elisabeth Elliot who had been greatly influenced by her. She wrote an excellent biography about Amy and her 55-year ministry in Dohnavur, India, called A Chance to Die. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

But the book I want to tell you about is If. It is only 94 pages long, but it is one of the most powerful and convicting 94 pages you will ever read. Each page begins with the statement “If I. . .” and ends with the statement, “. . . then I know nothing of Calvary love.” She cuts to the motives of the heart with each statement testing the true depth of our love and comparing it to the love of Christ – the love which led Him to give His life at Calvary.

Here’s one: “If I covet any place on earth but the dust at the foot of the cross, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” That convicted this Navy wife on more than one occasion when faced with orders to change locations. How about this one: “If I take offense easily, if I am content to continue in a cool unfriendliness, though friendship be possible, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” Ouch. That hurts.

If you want a better understanding of Calvary love. . . If you want to hold your heart up to a mirror. . . If you aren’t afraid of the ugliness you may see there. . . If you want to love like Christ. . . then get If. Read one page per week. Contemplate it. Meditate on it. Then love with a Calvary kind of love.

If and A Chance to Die are both available in the Precept Camden Store in the right sidebar.

Frixion Erasable Markers

I have a new set of Bible marking pens. Or maybe I should say I have a new set of Bible marking markers. I love my new set of Bible marking markers. I got my new set of Bible marking markers on a recent trip to Japan. Yes, you read that right. I went to Japan! Oh, the awesomeness of office supplies in Japan. I should write a haiku about all of the awesome pens available in Japan. Maybe another day…

The good news is that you don’t have to travel to Japan to have a set of these gorgeous Frixion Erasable Markers just like mine! They are available online at Jet Pens. Anyone who has visited Precept Camden knows of our love of Jet Pens. Just go to that search box there on the right and type in Jet Pens and you will see. (Or click here.) Somehow I had missed these markers on their site, but I discovered them in Japan and am happy that Jet Pens carries them in their online store so that you can get your very own set. Even with the thicker line, the ink still does not bleed through thin Bible pages. And, like all of the Frixion line, they are erasable.

Click here to order your own set of these markers from Jet Pens.

(Not a paid endorsement. I just love Jet Pens!)