I have a very small book that just fits in the palm of my hand:  I treasure it because it belonged to my special friend, Faye.  When I see her name written inside the front cover, I see her sweet face again.

This little book addresses the question, “What do I know of Calvary love?”  It came about when a troubled fellow worker, missing the way of love, was brought to the author for help.  Amy spent a wakeful night, asking the Lord and wondering if she had failed to help her friend understand what the life of love means and to live that life.  Many “If’s” are related to pride, selfishness, cowardice, etc. and all may not be for every reader, it is personal for each.  Each “If” is short, one thought and sentence, each beginning with “If’ and ending with “then I know nothing of Calvary love.”  For example:

  • If monotony tries me, and I cannot stand drudgery; if stupid people fret me and little ruffles set me on edge; if I make much of the trifles of life, then I know nothing of Calvary love.”

Amy Carmichael was a Protestant Christian missionary in India who opened an orphanage and founded a mission there, serving for 55 years; she was a prolific writer and poet, publishing more than thirty-five books.  She was a role model for many, including her biographer Elisabeth Elliot, who tells of her struggles, just as we struggle, living and learning by little bits of wills, little hidden steps to do the hidden work God wished to do through her.  And so this little book reveals some of the “If’s” of knowing more deeply God’s love.  Her biography quotes her as saying:  “One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving.”

I hope you enjoy this little book as much as I do, and that you will be renewed with eyes wide open to His love.  I will read I Corinthians chapter 13 with refreshed understanding, meaning, recognition, sight and wonder of His love, His Calvary love.

Linda Woodbeck