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When studying scripture or listening to a sermon, I often found myself running out of space  in the margins for my notes, thoughts, and questions. My highlighters bled through through the tissue-thin pages. And there was certainly not enough space for the sketchnotes and illustrations I often create as I listen to sermons and seminars.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a sketchbook, journal, notebook, and Bible combined into a single book?

I searched high and low and found many books and journals that were close to what I was looking for… but nothing that got it just right.

As a designer (and someone familiar with book publishing) I was able to put together a prototype for the sketch & study book concept I had in my head… which after a few iterations, became the very first Study & Reflection Companion book—Joshua.

These books are meant to be used as a companion to a study of scripture using your own Bible, study book, a church sermon series, or commentary. Conceptualized and designed by me—Laura Kline—the ICHTHYS Study & Reflection Companion Series combines elegant illustration, clean design, and wide open spaces for a distraction-free and creativity-enhancing Bible study experience.

Bible + Sketchbook + Journal + Notebook

To be clear, your Bible needs nothing else. These are companions to help creative types (like me) and other visually-driven thinkers and learners to study scripture even more effectively.

The series is available for purchase on Amazon or directly from our online store, and additional books in the series will be released four times each year.

Laura Kline

Graphic Designer & Jesus-follower

What's that weird word? ICHTHYS?

ICHTHYS Press gets its name from the Greek IΧΘΥΣ (IKhThUS), which is an early Christian acronym for ησοῦς Χρῑστός Θεοῦ Υἱός Σωτήρ, Iēsoûs Khrīstós, Theoû Huiós, Sōtḗr; which translates into English as ‘Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior’.

(Source: Wikipedia)

When you overlay these letters, you can built a “wheel” shape. You can find this 2nd, 3rd, and 4th century “ichthys wheel”, likely preceding, inscribed as ancient graffiti in places you may recognize from the Bible. This symbol likely predates the use of the “Christian fish” or “Jesus fish”, which is more commonly recognized (“ichthys” means “fish” in Greek).

For instance, in Ephesus (in modern day Turkey), you’ll find this graffito on a marble staircase:

ICHTHYS Graffito in Ephesus

Scholars debate what the image was meant to depict—an eight-pronged wheel… a loaf of break cut into pieces… If you noticed above that my business is called Lime Creative… you can probably guess what I immediately saw when I came across the symbol:

It’s such a perfect fit that you might be tempted to think that it’s not a coincidence… so, which came first—the lime logo or my knowledge of the ichthys wheel symbol?

The lime, which is one of the reasons the Lime logo has nine segments rather than matching the wheel with eight.

And now you know!

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“But now, Yahweh, you are our Father. We are the clay and you our potter. We all are the work of your hand.”

Isaiah 64:8

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