GraceLaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart

GraceLaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart

by Ruth Chou Simons


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2018 Christian Book Award®

This Journey Is as Perennial as the Seasons

GraceLaced is about more than pretty florals and fanciful brushwork—it's about flourishing. With carefully crafted intention, this beautiful volume of 32 seasonal devotions from artist and author Ruth Chou Simons encourages readers in any circumstance to become deeply rooted in God's faithful promises. GraceLaced extends a soul-stirring invitation to draw close to God while...

  • resting in who He is
  • rehearsing the truth He says about you
  • responding in faith to those truths
  • remembering His provision to sustain you, time and time again

More than 800 individual pieces of art came together in the crafting of this book, including dozens of new, hand-painted Scripture vignettes that Ruth is known for.

Who we are and who God is never changes, even though everything else rarely stays the same. Let this book point you to truth as you journey through the changing seasons of your heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736969048
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 78,104
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Ruth Chou Simons is an artist, writer, entrepreneur, and speaker. As author of the bestselling book GraceLaced and creator of the popular GraceLaced online shoppe, blog, and Instagram community, she shares scriptural truths daily through her hand-painted artwork and words. Ruth and her husband, Troy, live on the western slope of Colorado and are grateful parents to six sons—their greatest adventure.

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GraceLaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
AmandaJeffares More than 1 year ago
Ruth Chou Simon's writing and gorgeous artwork has encouraged and challenged me for a long time. However, Gracelaced far exceeded my expectations. Each of the 32 meditations moved my heart to worship Jesus through beautiful art, inviting poetry, honest struggle, heartfelt prayer, and a deeper understanding of God’s Word. Gracelaced urged me to anchor my heart in God’s Word and His promises. This study has challenged me step out to see beauty and to praise God in places where I used to only see pain, struggle, and brokenness. It has grown my desire to see God in the “everydayness” of my own life. I have been encouraged to trust God more, pray with a little more honesty, confess my sins quickly, create and see beauty in my own brokenness, and to read God’s Word daily. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. But I bought several copies to share with friends and family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time I saw Ruth’s work was as one of her paintings graced my popular page on Instagram. The beauty of her artform comes from her ability to capture her own experience in nature and the amazing insight she has about the word of God. This balance comes to life in her new book Gracelaced. The book ushers the reader along through cycles of nature that reflect the life of a child of God as it lays bare the transformative truth of God’s love. It came into my life in the right season and I could not put it down until it was completed. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. After finishing it, I’ve recommended it to all my friends because it points every reader back to the truth of the Gospel and it does so in the most beautiful way. Every home needs to be Gracelaced!
Nicole LuQuire More than 1 year ago
Gracelaced is such a beautifully written devotional as well as being beautifully illustrated. I expected nothing less from Ruth. Her heart for sharing the Gospel and encouraging women is intertwined through each and every page. As a young mother with two young boys, this book provides such encouragement to me. Each reading is short enough for the busy mom who only has a few minutes uninterrupted but deep enough to leave you thinking about the goodness and faithfulness of God all day long. Along with my Bible, this is one of my readings each day and now my go-to gift for friends, especially new moms. This book isn’t just written for mothers, though. Being in the same season of life as the author has made Gracelaced extremely relatable, however, the primary focus is the goodness of the Gospel in every season of the heart, not just for that of a mother. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. But once I began reading, I purchased several copies for friends and gifts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve know nRuth Chou Simons for a long time and have admired her artwork and her commitment to sharing her life with the rest of us. Her insight into keeping the Lord as the center of her family and her own life is always so encouraging. The seasonal focus of her book meets me where I am each time I open it. The artwork is amazing—gentle, full of life, and a consistent reminder to focus on God’s word and not on my own crazy life. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I have also bought copies as gifts for family and friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with beauty and truth that leads you right to Jesus. It flows through the many seasons we have in our lives and reminds us to seek God’s word. Whether you’re just beginning your walk or have been walking for years. This book is for everyone. This is not a superficial book. Daily Ruth encourages you to delve deeper into the word and I so appreciated that. This is not a book I can ever see leaving up on a shelf. It’s a book I will continue to come back to, a book I’d like to leave on the coffee table for guests to enjoy as well. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I will be purchasing more copies of this to have on hand to give as Christmas, birthday, or just because gifts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've loved reading the GraceLaced book. It's packed with beautiful artwork, inspiration, and hope. It met me right in my current season of life. It encouraged me to dive into the word and remember God's promises for my life. And throughout is the beautiful reminder that you don't have to be blooming to be growing. I've followed Ruth Chou Simons and GraceLaced on instagram for some time. I've loved both her beautiful artwork, and especially her heart. She is a mom to six boys (which speaks so clearly to this mom of three boys) and writes often about the challenges she faces and the hope she finds through it all. So I was thrilled to find she was working on a full devotional book! And it did not disappoint. Every chapter was packed with words of hope and memorable tidbits I could carry with me throughout the day. It tackled hard topics like fear, trials, and finding peace (yes please), and left me feeling hopeful every. single. time. In so many ways it was just what I needed, and just at the right time. (I was given an advance copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is beautifully written and visually inspiring. I was thrilled to get an early release copy of it and the pages are loaded with Ruth’s scripture-inspired paintings, something unique to this devotional. The 32 meditations are divided into four seasons, a perfect fit given the artist’s focus on God’s creation, and each meditation is around two pages long.You see her love for Jesus in the daily things: the way she writes about her husband and kids with tenderness and truth. The way her paintings incorporate the glorious creation of God. This book is beautiful; both the artwork and the words will inspire readers to find God’s grace laced and interwoven through their own lives. (I received an advanced copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.)
bedeckle More than 1 year ago
Everything about this book is beautiful. From the beautiful water coloring to the thoughtful reflections from God's word - this book is a beautifully curated grouping of thoughtful illustrations and words that point me back to the One who created us all to create. Ruth- this book is a gift. Thank you for all of the time that you poured into writing it. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review - and it was exactly that - honest. You won't be disappointed. A beautiful gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've followed Ruth's blog and social media accounts for over a year now and found so much encouragement through them- naturally I was thrilled when she announced she was publishing a book! The GraceLaced book is full of beauty. Ruth's beautiful writing is matched by her artwork, page by page turning your eyes and heart towards Christ himself and the gospel which is sufficient to strengthen us through every season. While reading this book I went through some hardships of my own, including an unexpected surgery. God used His truth and Ruth's thoughful reflections on those truths to speak a word in season to my soul. I was so encouraged by this book and highly recommend it as a book that will increase your hunger for scripture and your desire to fellowship deeply with the Lord Himself. If I could say one thing that encouraged my heart most about this book is that it reminded me of His nearness. The book is divided into the four seasons: winter, spring, summer, fall. It is hard to pick a favorite but of them all I think Fall was the season I related to currently the most- remembering God's provision. Ruth's voice through her writing is humble, relatable, and sincere. I felt truly honored to receive an advanced copy. I did recieve my copy free from the publisher but have since bought several copies for friends and family. This book is perfectly portioned for mamas too; as a mom of two little boys I appreciated that each section was neither too long or short!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this as a mother's day gift for my MIL. She absolutely loves the book and comments that the artistry and the writing as it unfolds scripture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, beautiful book with such rich content. In a hyper busy world, this book helps slow the pace and gives time to meditate, pray, and gently move into a quiet place with God. This book is a treasure.
loves-readingSC More than 1 year ago
This book has been such an encouragement to my heart. The truths of God's Word, that are displayed on each page, have soothed my weary soul. Thank you for this devotional!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book quickly jumped to the top of my go-to gift list. Just like I always give the Jesus Storybook Bible to new parents, this is going to be the book I give any woman I need a gift for. It is beautiful visually and in theological truth. Gracelaced is filled with solid biblical encouragement through the seasons and it can be used as a devotional, as a coffee table book to refer to often, or to just sit and soak up. I am so glad Ruth gave us this rich work. And I am grateful for her words, her work, and her ministry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in awe of how beautiful this book is! Ruth’s artistic ability to represent each season of nature on every page is incredible. But this book is not just pretty for your coffee table! Ruth uses Scripture and Biblical insight to lead the reader’s heart closer to their Savior during any season of life. I highly recommend this thought and heart provoking book for anyone seeking to daily rest in the Lord. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review but would purchase for my friends and family!
vivacioushannah More than 1 year ago
I had no idea what to expect when this book arrived. I just figured it would be another book about how to incorporate more grace into your life (which, at its core, is exactly what it’s about). But it’s so much more than a sit-down-and-read book that is easy to immediately forget. The devos in this book meet you where you’re at, one by one, and equip you with knowledge on where to find grace and how to keep hold of it. The author’s photos, paintings, and calligraphy add a layer of beauty to this book that isn’t seen often in a devotional – for any art lovers out there, this book DELIVERS! It’s good for the soul and, as was pointed out to me, it is perfect for a coffee table book! It’s the perfect mix of aesthetic and encouragement. I highly recommend this book. I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel truly grateful for Gracelaced Book. I received an advanced copy as a member of the launch team during what I would definitely characterize as a "winter" season according to Ruth's definition. This book arrived at the doorstep of a weary young mom whose last 3 months included a miscarriage at 12 weeks, a bout with shingles, a debilitating back injury, and a breast cancer scare. The beauty of Ruth's artwork made biblical truths to which my heart had grown cold more accessible. The simple thought provoking questions and the space to respond offered the chance to breathe and consider during a time when I was struggling to process. I loved the full page spreads that I could leave open on my coffee table as beautiful reminders of God's goodness when my heart was so prone to doubt. I hate that my heart has seasons. I long to be steady and consistent; unaffected. This book helped me to appreciate the winter I was in as Ruth suggested that "you don't have to be blooming to be growing." As I read through the first few pages, I began to see my winter as beautiful because of what I could learn about God within it. I stopped longing for it to be over and started looking for him at work. Ruth's words and work didn't usher me through to spring time, but they assigned value and beauty to a chapter of life I previously felt I could have done without. I am forever grateful for its timely arrival. So often I find a Christian artist or musician I like and am bummed to discover that their work lacks depth or is filled with 'almost truths.' In Gracelaced Book, Ruth delivers exceptional art without compromising theological depth or watering down the truth of God's word. I can say with complete confidence that her craft, her style, her way with words, her accessibility, and her wisdom will be a gift to any person who finds this book in front of their eyes, whether they read it through or glance at it briefly on the coffee table of a friend.
tbniemann More than 1 year ago
This book is truly a gem and good for the soul. It is written in such a way that makes me feel so understood and like a dear friend is taking me by the hand and helping me through, not telling me what I want to hear, but instead what I NEED to hear. It is broken up into seasons and as I read through, I felt like parts of me are living in each season. I especially love the vulnerability that Ruth Simons expresses in her writing, as well as the beautiful art that flows effortlessly with it. There are scriptures within each devotion guiding you back to the Word, and questions meant to evoke and pull you into a place of deeper understanding. It is just a lovely book and I cant reccomend it enough. I was honored to be selected on her launch team and received the book early in exchange for my review. (And have since ordered many more and have a book study starting in a couple weeks!)
Sarah_Damaska More than 1 year ago
From the moment this book arrived on my doorstop, I’ve hardly put it down. Not only is it beautiful, but it is so full of truth and encouragement. Ruth is gifted in weaving words together in ways that speak to my soul. The book is set up in 4 sections: Winter (Resting in God’s Character), Spring (Rehearsing the Truth), Summer (Responding in Faith) and Fall (Remembering God’s Provisions). Each section contains 8 short devotionals with her beautiful artwork sprinkled throughout. There are spaces to journal and more verse suggestions for you to delve deeper. This devotional is easy to read and understand and would be great for anyone who desires to grow deeper in her relationship with Christ. One of the things I appreciate most about Ruth’s work is that she doesn’t simply tell other people how they should be living. Instead, she invites others to join her in a journey to become more like Christ. She invites us into what she’s learning and studying and brings us along. And she has such a kind and non-judgmental tone that leaves me feeling at peace, even when things are swirling out of control around me. Continually, she points to Christ and His redemption in our lives. I was so thrilled to be able to be on Ruth’s launch team for this book and received it free of charge. However, the opinions are very much my own and I feel so deeply thankful to be able to glean so much from it. I could not recommend this book any more highly. Well done, Ruth!
JSMcCabe More than 1 year ago
In Gracelaced, Ruth Cho Simmons has written a book that travels through the seasons of ones faith. There are times we each struggle through a situation or feel like we are walking through a valley in our faith and Gracelaced begins at the hard place, “Winter” and what we find in each short devotional is a verse that acknowledges where we might be and then a devotion that is grounded in truth and personal reflections. As I read the authors reflections I found myself identifying and whispering, me too… Just as winter is not the only season neither is it the focus of the book. Each season is celebrated and acknowledged just as they are in our lives. So many books seem to have “Ten Easy Steps…” or the devotions so shallow that I’ve been left having read something but pondering nothing. No deep insight, no thought to chew on, nothing that I can bring into my own life and be better for having read it. That is not what I found in Gracelaced. As I read each page I found myself journaling my own thoughts and reflections. There is spiritual meat in this book, not just fluffy pronouncements and I was in a place where I needed exactly that. As a side note, I also found this book visually appealing. In an age of cheap paper and flimsy paperback Gracelaced is the exact opposite of that. The hard cover is deeply textured and the paper, print and colors are high quality. The book is full of frame worthy water colors all painted by the author. She shares her thoughts, her own journey (without making the book about that) and her beautiful family and by the time I closed the back cover I was better for having read the book. I’ve now bought several copies of Gracelaced to give as gifts-the one I received was an advanced copy allowing me to give an early and honest review-I’m excited to share the copies I purchased with the loved ones I purchased them for because I believe they too will be better for the reading of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ladies (and men shopping for ladies), this book is like no other. GraceLaced, the first book by Ruth Chou Simons is a gorgeous mix of painted and written truth. Reading GraceLaced is like having a good friend tell it how it is, draw you to God's Word/the truth, and you come away feeling refreshed, encouraged and spurred on to live a more Christlike life, with an improved attitude, knowing God alone is your source of strength. So many times have I read a chapter of GraceLaced and felt that it was EXACTLY what I needed to hear. I am so grateful for these wise words. If this had been a colorless book, it would have still been quality. However, each page pops with color...this is a book that you want to take really good care of. I love that Ruth's purpose for her paintings is so that we can praise the Creator for the beauty He has created, not so they can just be something nice to look at. Highly recommend you buy a book for yourself, and then buy 10 more for your friends, neighbors, and family. You will not be disappointed. *I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was honestly the easiest book to review and recommend!
AmandaNR More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Ruth Chou Simons for a few years now, and I have been looking forward to this book of her talent and wisdom all tied up in one tangible, beautiful work, and I have to say, this book did not disappoint. Her paintings are as beautiful as ever and I was greatly encouraged and challenged by her honest, yet so poetically written words. Through her art and words, Ruth reaches out to identify with her readers about the realities and struggles of life, yet so gingerly and purposefully guides her readers to the truth of God’s Word and call us all to bask in His goodness, love and mercy and respond with grateful hearts. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
DMcVay5 More than 1 year ago
This book is beautiful as well as full of Truth. It is one I will go back to over and over again to find encouragement and direction. The art inside is simply beautiful, and Ruth's writing engages my heart and mind. This will be at the top of my list this year for Christmas gifts. I would love to give one to every woman I know! It is designed to walk through all four season with devotionals in each of the four seasons. It can be read daily, but it can also be picked up when your heart needs the encouragement as well. Such a gift!! I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I am so thankful I did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh how this book spoke to my heart in so many ways! It is first and foremost leaking truth on every page. Slow and steady I read a few pages each day and life is poured back into my life. My soul is reminded of God's one and only truth and I am so thankful for Ruth taking the time to point me back to Christ. To top it off every page is absolutely beautiful. Ruth is an incredibly gifted artist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has become a fast favorite and one I will treasure for years to come. I loved it so much that I bought 5 extra copies to give as gifts for family and friends! It is just such a beautiful book, in every way. It is packed full of gorgeous artwork and beautifully crafted words on every page that are sure to encourage your soul and inspire your heart as you trust God and lean into Him through every season. I could not recommend this book more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. For anyone, in any season of life, it speaks truth and encouragement to your heart. Ruth’s beautiful works of art, along with her scripturally-sound truths, are balm for the soul. I have found, each time I read an entry, it is just what I need to hear and dwell on for that day. Ruth’s faith and genuineness shine through this book. I assure you, it will be a treasure for years to come. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. However, I would have gladly paid full-price and then some for this book!