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Become What You Behold You are in the process ofbecoming. Every day is an opportunity to be shaped and formed by what moves your heart…drives your thoughts…captures your gaze. Is it any wonder that where you direct your eyes and your heart matter in your day-to-day? We become what we behold when we set our hearts and minds on Christ and His redemption story here in the Become What You Behold   You are in the process of becoming. Every day is an opportunity to be shaped and formed by what moves your heart…drives your thoughts…captures your gaze. Is it any wonder that where you direct your eyes and your heart matter in your day-to-day?   We become what we behold when we set our hearts and minds on Christ and His redemption story here in the details of our daily lives. Not just on Sunday, not just on holidays, not just when extraordinarily hard or wonderful things happen…but today.      Bestselling author and artist Ruth Chou Simons invites you on a new journey to Beholding and Becoming.  With more than 850 pieces of intricate, original artwork, Ruth encourages you to elevate your gaze to the One who created all things.    Today is an opportunity for God to demonstrate His love and His faithfulness in the midst of your mundane. No circumstance is too ordinary or too forgotten for Him to meet you there in worship. His transforming grace turns your “everyday ordinary” into a holy place of becoming.


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Become What You Behold You are in the process ofbecoming. Every day is an opportunity to be shaped and formed by what moves your heart…drives your thoughts…captures your gaze. Is it any wonder that where you direct your eyes and your heart matter in your day-to-day? We become what we behold when we set our hearts and minds on Christ and His redemption story here in the Become What You Behold   You are in the process of becoming. Every day is an opportunity to be shaped and formed by what moves your heart…drives your thoughts…captures your gaze. Is it any wonder that where you direct your eyes and your heart matter in your day-to-day?   We become what we behold when we set our hearts and minds on Christ and His redemption story here in the details of our daily lives. Not just on Sunday, not just on holidays, not just when extraordinarily hard or wonderful things happen…but today.      Bestselling author and artist Ruth Chou Simons invites you on a new journey to Beholding and Becoming.  With more than 850 pieces of intricate, original artwork, Ruth encourages you to elevate your gaze to the One who created all things.    Today is an opportunity for God to demonstrate His love and His faithfulness in the midst of your mundane. No circumstance is too ordinary or too forgotten for Him to meet you there in worship. His transforming grace turns your “everyday ordinary” into a holy place of becoming.

30 review for Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship

  1. 4 out of 5

    Terri Conlin

    Beholding and Becoming is filled with some of my favorite things: bees, blackberries, thistles and peonies, and love for our God who made them all in delightful detail. Ruth paints the page with words and watercolors illustrating in living color how touchable worship can be in everyday life. When you read this book, you’ll remember our world is a cathedral. As soon as I reached the last praising page, I began again, this time more slowly in awe of my ordinary and wonderful life. and your's, too. Beholding and Becoming is filled with some of my favorite things: bees, blackberries, thistles and peonies, and love for our God who made them all in delightful detail. Ruth paints the page with words and watercolors illustrating in living color how touchable worship can be in everyday life. When you read this book, you’ll remember our world is a cathedral. As soon as I reached the last praising page, I began again, this time more slowly in awe of my ordinary and wonderful life. and your's, too. Beholding and Becoming is an invitation to slow down, notice small things, and smile in alleluiahs.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Krista Mc

    This is a beautiful, multi-layered book. It's primary purpose is to encourage the reader to worship the Lord. The text is the kind of text to savor--it can be read and re-read for the truths in it to nourish the heart. The artwork is beautiful--there is a glossary at the beginning of the book that explains the meaning behind the images the author/artist chose. What a joy it is--I will be reading this again to study the art and to annotate the text. This book would make a wonderful gift to a This is a beautiful, multi-layered book. It's primary purpose is to encourage the reader to worship the Lord. The text is the kind of text to savor--it can be read and re-read for the truths in it to nourish the heart. The artwork is beautiful--there is a glossary at the beginning of the book that explains the meaning behind the images the author/artist chose. What a joy it is--I will be reading this again to study the art and to annotate the text. This book would make a wonderful gift to a special friend.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    What does it mean to practice “every day worship?” It doesn’t take long inside the pages of this stunning book to realize that Ruth is telling the beautiful story of sanctification—our becoming like God—showing the reader what a joy it is to behold Christ in what we may perceive as the mundane—the million tiny moments that make up most of our lives. The form of the book complements its purpose. Over 16 chapters, Ruth explores different areas of beholding God—from creation to the kitchen table— What does it mean to practice “every day worship?” It doesn’t take long inside the pages of this stunning book to realize that Ruth is telling the beautiful story of sanctification—our becoming like God—showing the reader what a joy it is to behold Christ in what we may perceive as the mundane—the million tiny moments that make up most of our lives. The form of the book complements its purpose. Over 16 chapters, Ruth explores different areas of beholding God—from creation to the kitchen table—and how in that exact place, God can transform you into becoming like him. The paintings throughout are gorgeous, linger-worthy, and full of deeper meaning (a glossary of repeated motifs, creatures, and flowers makes the paintings come alive with purpose!). There is a lyrical seriousness, a mature beauty in both the written word and water colors, that appropriately gives this book the feel of Gracelaced’s older sister. For those of us who read Simon’s first book and loved it, this is a perfect companion as we mature in our faith. If you’re looking for a book that lays Christ before you as a prize worth having, this is it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bailey T. Hurley

    ARC - this book is exactly the message our world needs right now. Beholding and Becoming are two themes interwoven amongst Ruth’s art. The central idea is that what we behold, worship at our core, is what we become. Ruth’s insightful and truth-filled words convict and led me to repentance but also realigned my worship back to God. Her art is beautiful. She ties in hymns and quotes into the book that strengthen her message and deepened my worship. This is a must read!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I have been a fan of Ruth Chou Simons for years and have been anxiously awaiting this new release and it does not disappoint! I love how Ruth ties in each beautiful watercolor illustration to her words. The imagery is symbolic of messages within the written text. So, the two go hand in hand to really get Ruth’s message across. I knew this book was going to speak to me right away when it began with a commentary on our modern day fixation on social media and the digital world. I often feel I have been a fan of Ruth Chou Simons for years and have been anxiously awaiting this new release and it does not disappoint! I love how Ruth ties in each beautiful watercolor illustration to her words. The imagery is symbolic of messages within the written text. So, the two go hand in hand to really get Ruth’s message across. I knew this book was going to speak to me right away when it began with a commentary on our modern day fixation on social media and the digital world. I often feel disconnected from my faith life by all the “noise” in my life. And I appreciate how Ruth reminds us all to turn away from all of that noise and reconnect with God in each chapter. As with her other books, I found that I enjoyed reading one short chapter and stopping to reflect on Ruth’s words and meditate on her paintings. There is a lot to think about and pray about within each chapter. I found that my favorite chapter was Ruth’s reminder to “Be Glad in Today.” Something that isn’t always easy to do in our busy, hectic lives and something that I continually work on. Whether you read this book straight through or pick it up every so often to read one chapter or focus on one painting, you will find dozens of gems to reinvigorate your faith life.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I am honored to share my review of Beholding and Becoming by Ruth Chou Simons. Beholding and Becoming is an exquisite book: nourishing, thought-provoking content that engages the heart; but also gorgeous artwork by Ruth Chou Simons that draws readers in as they ponder this book's message. Beholding and Becoming guides readers to carefully examine their own hearts, looking deeply at their own hearts and examine their actions in light of the faith they profess. I found my own heart challenged as I I am honored to share my review of Beholding and Becoming by Ruth Chou Simons. Beholding and Becoming is an exquisite book: nourishing, thought-provoking content that engages the heart; but also gorgeous artwork by Ruth Chou Simons that draws readers in as they ponder this book's message. Beholding and Becoming guides readers to carefully examine their own hearts, looking deeply at their own hearts and examine their actions in light of the faith they profess. I found my own heart challenged as I realized that often my actions do not line up with the faith I so deeply profess. This lovely book draws readers toward God, who heals and restores. Beholding and Becoming is a definite must-read, lovely to share, most importantly, impacts lives for eternity. I am honored to highly recommend Beholding and Becoming. *I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the publisher. The opinion stated is my own. I have not been compensated in any way.*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kellie

    I’ll start by saying what may already be obvious, this book, Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship by Ruth Chou Simons, is *beautiful*. The artwork throughout is entirely comprised of watercolors by Ruth. I have been familiar with and loved her work so much over the years, and even so, the beauty in this book exceeded my expectations. One of my favorite things is the glossary where she gives the meanings of the recurring things she painted and invites you to sit awhile to I’ll start by saying what may already be obvious, this book, Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship by Ruth Chou Simons, is *beautiful*. The artwork throughout is entirely comprised of watercolors by Ruth. I have been familiar with and loved her work so much over the years, and even so, the beauty in this book exceeded my expectations. One of my favorite things is the glossary where she gives the meanings of the recurring things she painted and invites you to sit awhile to experience the words and the art together and be encouraged. The beauty in Beholding and Becoming is not limited to the artwork. The words are just as lovely. Each of the book’s 16 chapters is broken down into 2 sections: Beholding and Becoming. Ruth gives us a concept or attribute of the Lord to Behold and then gives us encouragement in allowing Christ to work in us so we can Become. The first chapter starts out with a bang in “Beholding: God’s Greatness in Creation” and then moves to “Becoming: It’s OK to be Small”. Ruth asks us the question of, Are we ok with God being great and us being not great? How do we see us and the Lord? Are we in control or is He? Other examples of chapters throughout the book are “Beholding: God’s Provision in the Unremarkable/Beholding: Learning to Love What Must Be Done” and “Beholding: God’s Example for Family/Becoming: The Mission Field is at Your Kitchen Table”. My favorite is the last chapter “Beholding: Our True Home/Becoming: Actively Abide”. In it Ruth talks of how nothing of this world will satisfy; our true home is in Him, the Lord Himself. Our longings will be satisfied solely in Him because He is whom we were created for. We were made to abide in him, but that abiding is an active thing not a passive one. It is a choice, a “deliberate pursuit”. If allowed, this book will pierce and prod, it will challenge and encourage. It offers us an opportunity to really question how and what we think of the Lord. It encourages us to allow all the workings of our everyday lives to be places and times of worship not just something to grit our teeth and get through. Being called to be worshippers is not just a calling to do a thing, it’s calling to know and respond to a person. My very favorite thing about Ruth is her consistency, day in and day out, in pointing us to see Jesus: to be looking to Him for all things and in all things. Beholding and Becoming is a beautiful extension of Ruth’s daily encouragements to worship in the midst of the everyday. I highly recommend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shuana Hackworth

    This book is beautifully done and life changing if you allow it to be. The book is filled with beautiful art and encouraging words to help us behold what we are becoming. Their are parts in the book where it may sting or hit is hard but it’s all in love. Ruth draws the reader in with stories, scripture and art it’s as if you are conversations with her. This book captured me I am still going back to read quotes. The book is a beautiful book that could be used as a coffee table book as well the This book is beautifully done and life changing if you allow it to be. The book is filled with beautiful art and encouraging words to help us behold what we are becoming. Their are parts in the book where it may sting or hit is hard but it’s all in love. Ruth draws the reader in with stories, scripture and art it’s as if you are conversations with her. This book captured me I am still going back to read quotes. The book is a beautiful book that could be used as a coffee table book as well the only thing is you will have to give a copy to everyone who picks it up. I admonish you to pick up several copies. Ruth says this about the book “ The question isn’t whether we will use our everyday moments to worship because we will—in the midst of ordinary places, people, sights, sounds, joys, and pains. How we direct our eyes, minds, hearts, and hands in the everyday will determine whom we ultimately worship and what we ultimately become. We were made to behold Him and be transformed in Him. The art of everyday worship is the journey from canvas to masterpiece. This is my invitation to you to be transformed, one everyday moment at a time” this book will surely be instrumental in transforming you.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nick Williamson

    Beautiful, heart provoking AND theologically sound? YES. It is possible and it is done so well in this book! The raw honesty of an Elisabeth Elliot and the ability to draw in all your senses with the gift of art... Ruth Simons has done it in her new book. I have been personally touched, convicted and molded through all of her books and her art but this one surpasses then all. The Lord is using her in mighty ways and I am thankful to be a reader of her work. I will leave you with this quote from Beautiful, heart provoking AND theologically sound? YES. It is possible and it is done so well in this book! The raw honesty of an Elisabeth Elliot and the ability to draw in all your senses with the gift of art... Ruth Simons has done it in her new book. I have been personally touched, convicted and molded through all of her books and her art but this one surpasses then all. The Lord is using her in mighty ways and I am thankful to be a reader of her work. I will leave you with this quote from the book... And tell you it is worth every penny to purchase this gem. "When we choose to look up from folding the laundry to see the sunset signaling dinner is near, we have opportunity to behold His steady providing of time and consider the work we've completed good. He gave those minutes and hours to us. They are not boring, not ordinary, not wasted, but good, simply because He remains."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sandi Greene

    As I was reading Beholding and Becoming I felt like Ruth had looked into my heart and written this book just for me. I’m sure that I won’t be the only one who feels this way as they read her words and and lingers over her artwork. This book is so full of encouragement to find and worship God in all areas of our lives. “When we believe the Giver of every ordinary moment in our every day is the faithful God who is trustworthy for each next step we take in our daily lives, we have reason to rejoice As I was reading Beholding and Becoming I felt like Ruth had looked into my heart and written this book just for me. I’m sure that I won’t be the only one who feels this way as they read her words and and lingers over her artwork. This book is so full of encouragement to find and worship God in all areas of our lives. “When we believe the Giver of every ordinary moment in our every day is the faithful God who is trustworthy for each next step we take in our daily lives, we have reason to rejoice in the gift of another day.” This is a book that I will return to often to linger in the beauty and wisdom that Ruth Cho Simons has poured into this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Bialk

    I enjoyed Ruth’s first book, so I was excited she was writing a second one. But this book went beyond all my expectations! The gospel truths in this book are so relatable to every day life and struggles we all go through. Ruth shares truth about control, success, family, money, and purpose, among others. Ruth shows you how to “set your heart on what is truly worthy of worship” in your everyday circumstances. It’s amazing how much encouragement and truth she can share in such a concise way. The I enjoyed Ruth’s first book, so I was excited she was writing a second one. But this book went beyond all my expectations! The gospel truths in this book are so relatable to every day life and struggles we all go through. Ruth shares truth about control, success, family, money, and purpose, among others. Ruth shows you how to “set your heart on what is truly worthy of worship” in your everyday circumstances. It’s amazing how much encouragement and truth she can share in such a concise way. The art work is amazing and so thoughtful that it really does add to her words. The art work is definitely not just decor for the book. It reminds you to look at God’s creation in nature to see Him in unique and beautiful ways. I would highly recommend this book to revitalize your relationship with Jesus. This book creates such a desire to rest in Jesus and draw close to Him!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    Have you gotten distracted from your First Love? Are your days spent striving and chasing after "all the things" (or just surviving)? Then Ruth Chou Simon's latest book, "Becoming and Beholding: The Art of Everyday Worship" is for you! (it also makes a terrific gift for a friend, btw) If you read and enjoyed Ruth's first book, you're going to love this one! If you haven't, it will still meet you in the place you're at - but trust me, you'll want to run out and buy Gracelaced too! The combination Have you gotten distracted from your First Love? Are your days spent striving and chasing after "all the things" (or just surviving)? Then Ruth Chou Simon's latest book, "Becoming and Beholding: The Art of Everyday Worship" is for you! (it also makes a terrific gift for a friend, btw) If you read and enjoyed Ruth's first book, you're going to love this one! If you haven't, it will still meet you in the place you're at - but trust me, you'll want to run out and buy Gracelaced too! The combination of her words and detailed artwork is not only gorgeous (would look lovely on any coffee table, begging to be picked up), but also powerful. I personally appreciated the glossary at the beginning of the book, explaining the meaning behind the images the artist choose to use, knowing that it had been thought out, not just there to "look good". In addition to fruits and flowers, you're also going to see bees, beetles and other creatures (but they're so beautiful, you won't be squirmish one bit;) All these things are meant to draw our eyes back to the Creator. God's redemption story isn't just for Sundays - it's for EVERY day. "The Lord is the author of this day you and I get to live. We become joyful and glad about this day - today - as we take our eyes off of what we must do and behold the One who created us to do it in the first place." Ruth is the first to admit she is far from perfect and a hidden camera would likely capture her "half-tank attempts to hustle while (her) Bible fuel sits on the shelf". She asks the hard questions: what are you fixing your gaze on? Your time, your efforts? Does it line up with what you say you believe and Who you say you follow and love? She doesn't sway from hard topics, challenging and encouraging you at the same time. I would often read a sentence, re-read it, then have to write it in my Quotes Journal. This is a book you will want to read over and over again. The chapters are short enough you could keep it in *gasp* the bathroom. Not neccessarily a book you'll want to speed through; it can however be read in approximately a month, while savoring one section per day. Because your days are not too ordinary or flawed to be turned into a radical act of worship! Disclosure: I received a digital advance reader copy, but all opinions are entirely my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lauran Burnham

    I have so enjoyed the depth of thought that went into this book. Whenever I look at any of Ruth Chou Simons’ work, I know that she has put much thought and prayer into the process and completion of her work. This book is no exception. This book is about who God is and what those attributes imply about our worship of Him. It is meant to inspire worship. We behold his glory and we become worshipful. Due to this purpose, each chapter is split into two sections: Beholding and Becoming. Her thoughts I have so enjoyed the depth of thought that went into this book. Whenever I look at any of Ruth Chou Simons’ work, I know that she has put much thought and prayer into the process and completion of her work. This book is no exception. This book is about who God is and what those attributes imply about our worship of Him. It is meant to inspire worship. We behold his glory and we become worshipful. Due to this purpose, each chapter is split into two sections: Beholding and Becoming. Her thoughts on each subject is clearly written with a beautiful use of similes and metaphors of everyday life as well as Biblical examples to point to God’s attribute, so the reader can feel confident in finding worship of God’s grandeur even in the mundane task of everyday life. However, this book is not meant to be just read. One of the first things that I noticed as I flipped through the pages was that Ruth had given a list of symbols that she used in her artwork and explained what they represented to her; this allows you to study her artwork and not feel like you have to be an art scholar to find an intended message. Sometimes I would just stare at the paintings and try to identify its connection to her message within her chapter by looking at the symbols. For example, the first chapter deals with how small we are, yet we find security in God’s greatness, so much of her artwork in that chapter includes moths, which she explains represents “the temporary, earthiness, fading.” Each picture places the moths among greenery and fruit, which gives it a much more hopeful message because while the moths may represent fading, fruit and greenery represents provision and security. Readers can quickly grasp the message as they read, but the format of this book allows such deep meditation of God’s Word. In several pieces of her art, Ruth provides simple suggestions that may inspire worship in what may be a lackluster day for the reader: “catch falling leaves...watch clouds...listen to the wind...go on a walk.” This book is well-worth your time and money, and I hope that each of you can soon find a copy in your hands, so that you may admire the wisdom and value found in her work.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I’ve been a fan of Ruth’s work for years, with the way her simple yet beautiful art work makes me draw in my breath and then release it peacefully. Even more, I love her heart for God’s truth, and the simple yet profound ways she reminds me of what cannot be improved upon, God’s words and His work in creation and redemption. I got a little tingly when I first heard about this new book, “Beholding and Becoming”. I just knew this was meant for me in this season. I’m mothering a little one, often I’ve been a fan of Ruth’s work for years, with the way her simple yet beautiful art work makes me draw in my breath and then release it peacefully. Even more, I love her heart for God’s truth, and the simple yet profound ways she reminds me of what cannot be improved upon, God’s words and His work in creation and redemption. I got a little tingly when I first heard about this new book, “Beholding and Becoming”. I just knew this was meant for me in this season. I’m mothering a little one, often feeling like I’m failing more than thriving, investing in my marriage, trying to keep a house and a little homestead from falling apart and dying. I’m working full time, growing another little one in my belly, fearing changes ahead and constantly navigating the swirling opinions of others. This book reminds me to slow down, to gaze upon God’s truth for what it is- my lifeblood, the words of a loving God for ME, the gift of my salvation, and the only thing I should depend upon. I loved how Ruth infused such meaningful and symbolic elements into the art in this book. I didn’t think it could get any better than the first few chapters, but I was so wrong. The second half was somehow even more beautiful than the first! The colors and interesting elements in her paintings will draw your heart out even more to the words on the page, and will help you to slow down and reflect. This book was an easy read, but don’t think for a minute that it’s light in content. There’s nothing fluffy here. Ruth thoughtfully uses quotes both new and old, poetry, hymn lyrics, and difficult examples from daily life to draw out truths your heart may not want to hear, but will echo with certainty. I love the structure of the book, drawing your mind out in a “beholding” chapter, followed by a more practical “becoming” section, providing time-honored wisdom in how to cultivate the truth in your daily life, in any season. Each section left me smiling, pausing, sincerely convicted, and called to action. If the season you’re in could be described as tough, confusing, boring, frustrating, hopeless, busy, overwhelming, or scary, there is so much here for you. Savor it a little or a lot at a time-your heart will not be disappointed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    "We all with unveiled face beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is in Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:18 Art, painting, is like poetry in color. These words ring true when describing the latest masterpiece by Ruth Chou Simons, of Gracelaced. She described her own work as harkening back to William Morris and Art Nouveau. With repeating motifs, balanced designs, and harmonious colors, the paintings 
"We all with unveiled face beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is in Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:18 Art, painting, is like poetry in color. 
These words ring true when describing the latest masterpiece by Ruth Chou Simons, of Gracelaced. 

She described her own work as harkening back to William Morris and Art Nouveau. With repeating motifs, balanced designs, and harmonious colors, the paintings that fill the pages of this book are inspiring and delightful to meditate on. Each time that I stepped away from reading, I was filled with a sense of joy and inspiration. It is easy just to stick to one or two pages, soaking up the watercolor paintings that Ruth has so lovingly created. Beholding and Becoming is a long form meditation on what it means to live our lives in a transformative state. She offers relatable examples and simple solutions to live our lives as we are called by Christ. Each chapter is split into two, creating a rhythm to the teaching that Simons lays out. As the title suggests,"Beholding” - what we perceive and how we look at the world, and “Becoming” - how we should seek to daily transformed as guided by the Word, the Creator and the Holy Spirit.

There is a strong focus, not only on scripture but also on Hymns of Praise, to reset the mind and refocus the spirit. You cannot help but singing the familiar words in the back of your mind as you read. 
It is hard not to want to mark up this book, if you resonate with the writing. It is truly a work of art from cover to cover. Ruth has done it again and I am sure will continue to grow as an artist and writer with each new book. “We become joyful and glad about this day—today—as we take our eyes off of what we must do and behold the One who created us to do it in the first place.” Page 18

  16. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Flora

    Beholding and Becoming inspires us to look deeper into our lives, our days and see beyond the surface. It encourages us to focus on Jesus, behold Him, become more like Him, and to give contemplative thought to directing our attitudes and hearts in channels flowing in this direction. The beautiful artwork along with the thoughtful words renews, revives, andrefreshes. This book invites us to sit and savor and embrace stillness for our hearts and souls to engage in this work of beholding and Beholding and Becoming inspires us to look deeper into our lives, our days and see beyond the surface. It encourages us to focus on Jesus, behold Him, become more like Him, and to give contemplative thought to directing our attitudes and hearts in channels flowing in this direction. The beautiful artwork along with the thoughtful words renews, revives, and refreshes. This book invites us to sit and savor and embrace stillness for our hearts and souls to engage in this work of beholding and becoming.  I love this quote from the book, "A heart focused on the faithfulness of Christ cannot lose heart in following His example." If you're looking for a beautiful new devotional and a friend in the pages, Beholding and Becoming may be the next book for you! This book makes a beautiful gift book and it would be lovely paired with Ruth Chou Simons book, Gracelaced. I received an early copy to review and all opinions are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Christin Hunt

    “We are being transformed into His likeness by looking intently on who He is.” As with all Ruth's writings, Beholding & Becoming is truth and light. The ecstatic beauty of her art is gracefully wrapped around the intrinsic beauty of the gospel in a way that brings a heavenly perspective to the driest of souls. The richness of colors and the delicate style of Ruth's paintings in Beholding & Becoming compliments her exposition of God's Word in a way that presses upon the heart, both “We are being transformed into His likeness by looking intently on who He is.” As with all Ruth's writings, Beholding & Becoming is truth and light. The ecstatic beauty of her art is gracefully wrapped around the intrinsic beauty of the gospel in a way that brings a heavenly perspective to the driest of souls. The richness of colors and the delicate style of Ruth's paintings in Beholding & Becoming compliments her exposition of God's Word in a way that presses upon the heart, both refreshing and admonishing. There is a beautiful blend of conviction and grace that bids the reader to love Jesus more deeply, follow Him more desperately, and reflect Him more clearly. As Ruth shares the thrill of better knowing God's character, she calls us to be renewed simply by abiding in, and finding our identity in our Rescuer Redeemer. Many times through the book I ended up in tears, as I felt the depths of these beautiful truths working their way into the smallest corners of my heart. I was encouraged to actively worship in the everyday mundane, trust through the most bitter circumstances, and to rest in Jesus as my heart's home. As Ruth wraps up the final pages, she reminds us of our calling to BECOME: “The more we behold and treasure Him, the more we become like Him and see His purposes in our circumstances. We are transformed as we walk with Him... His transforming grace turns our 'everyday ordinary' into a holy place of becoming.” For the soul in need of encouragement, the proud heart in need of humbling, the busy mama in need of rest, and the young Christian in search of wisdom, Beholding & Becoming is a beacon of beauty and truth, and has already become a treasured resource in the homes and hearts of many.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea P

    If you have ever seen Ruth Chou Simon’s work hanging on a wall or held one of her books in your hands, you have an idea of the beauty and encouragement to expect from this latest release (and you won’t be disappointed). If you haven’t had the blessing of experiencing Ruth’s work yet, you are in for a treat. Not only does she have artistic ability that is a delight for the eyes, but her words are a balm for the soul. She helps her readers understand and apply Scripture, while keeping appropriate If you have ever seen Ruth Chou Simon’s work hanging on a wall or held one of her books in your hands, you have an idea of the beauty and encouragement to expect from this latest release (and you won’t be disappointed). If you haven’t had the blessing of experiencing Ruth’s work yet, you are in for a treat. Not only does she have artistic ability that is a delight for the eyes, but her words are a balm for the soul. She helps her readers understand and apply Scripture, while keeping appropriate perspective of the big picture in the midst of everyday life. In Beholding and Becoming, Ruth was able to cut through so many prevalent distractions and lies and connect to my heart, speaking truth firmly but gently while pointing me back to Jesus again and again. God has gifted Ruth with a humble desire to make Him known and she accomplishes that so beautifully that it makes God (and His plans and wisdom) exceedingly inviting. It creates a desire for more of the loveliness that is found in a relationship with Him. Beholding and Becoming is a book that would be a beautiful addition to your coffee table- perfect to glean insights from in everyday moments- but it is also one that is easy to linger over, soaking in its truth and beauty. It would make a wonderful gift, but you will likely have a hard time giving it away if you don’t have a copy to keep for yourself!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sierra Smith

    The art in this book is stunning to look at, especially when looking through the lens (or key) the author gives at the beginning. There’s so much depth in the paintings alone—to think about and let soak into your heart—that justify the purchase of this book because you could easily flip through it time and time again. But the words... wow! Wisdom and truth-filled content soundly backed up with scripture. She’s vulnerable and relatable in her writing and that makes it incredibly impactful. I The art in this book is stunning to look at, especially when looking through the lens (or key) the author gives at the beginning. There’s so much depth in the paintings alone—to think about and let soak into your heart—that justify the purchase of this book because you could easily flip through it time and time again. But the words... wow! Wisdom and truth-filled content soundly backed up with scripture. She’s vulnerable and relatable in her writing and that makes it incredibly impactful. I mean, you will think she’s been in your head or living your exact life... I really believe God is using her to speak directly to many. If you follow her on social media, you know what I mean. Shedding light on so many of those dark corners of life that are typically passed over by others. The ordinarily small things that are *actually* extraordinary opportunities to behold God and be made more like Jesus. She takes the very basic and crucial practice of beholding and opens your eyes to its importance in the long run. The end result—what we’re becoming—is weighty, but her words will point you towards meaning and significance that will excite you for the process [of sanctification.] Want to keep your focus on what’s really important in the midst of everyday life? Get this book and read a little daily to reset your gaze. Need encouragement that’s biblical instead of motivational quotes that are soaked in what culture says is most important? Get this book for fresh inspiration to write on the sticky notes hanging by your computer. Need a gift or book to go through with a group? Make this your first choice!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I've been a fan of Ruth Chou Simons' work for years. Her books Gracelaced and Garden of Truth have helped me focus on the beauty of God's creation and meditate on his Word. I jumped at the chance to review Beholding and Becoming, because I know Ruth writes and paints with grace, loveliness and beauty. I enjoyed reading this book as much as I enjoy my prayer walks in my rural area. Pausing to muse on God's glory through Ruth's artwork and lyrical writing breathed peace into my soul. The chapters I've been a fan of Ruth Chou Simons' work for years. Her books Gracelaced and Garden of Truth have helped me focus on the beauty of God's creation and meditate on his Word. I jumped at the chance to review Beholding and Becoming, because I know Ruth writes and paints with grace, loveliness and beauty. I enjoyed reading this book as much as I enjoy my prayer walks in my rural area. Pausing to muse on God's glory through Ruth's artwork and lyrical writing breathed peace into my soul. The chapters are at a nice length for busy women like me, and they are interspersed with gorgeous nature-based art. I especially enjoyed Ruth's throwback to William Morris, one of my favorite artists that I studied when I was in college. This was a special treat for me, and if you love the arts, it will delight you as well. Favorite Quotes from Beholding and Becoming: "In the everyday mistakes or in the failures of a lifetime, God calls us out of hiding and pays the price for our freedom. We can stop fearing failure." "As children of God, we are given the good news--not merely strung together as words on a page, but as the living Word embodied in we who are transformed and redeemed." "The hallmark of a mature Christian is that he or she knows how to speak when it's costly, to remain silent when there's freedom to speak, and to discern what is best for the glory of God." Ruth's art prints fill my home. If you have not yet checked out her shoppe, please do so today. Every time I see her prints in my hallway or on my shelf, I pause to meditate on God's Word. You'll love her designs, and if you sign up for her emails, you'll get special offers and discounts. I received a preview copy of Beholding and Becoming from the publisher.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anna Hong

    Beholding and Becoming is filled with God’s Word and its beautiful artistry reflects the beauty of His Creation, which in turn, reflects the many facets of His beautiful character. This encourages the reader to intentionally spend time with Him in His Word, to know Him, not just know about Him. Its thought- provoking content challenges the reader to re-evaluate their priorities and to recognize and understand God’s unconditional love for each of us. The practical approach used by Ruth shows how Beholding and Becoming is filled with God’s Word and its beautiful artistry reflects the beauty of His Creation, which in turn, reflects the many facets of His beautiful character. This encourages the reader to intentionally spend time with Him in His Word, to know Him, not just know about Him. Its thought- provoking content challenges the reader to re-evaluate their priorities and to recognize and understand God’s unconditional love for each of us. The practical approach used by Ruth shows how God’s Word is relevant and applicable in the everyday, mundane, daily routine of life. I loved this book because Ruth shares humbly and sincerely from the heart how God (has and continues to) impacts and influences her everyday walk through His Word. She writes on page 53, “Beholding how Christ endured the cross helps us set our gaze on His provision and not our performance along the course… So take heart, friend: Practice makes progress not perfect. The race your running day by day, the one foot you place in front of the other, the daily choice to persevere,…in these God is at work to perfect your faith, through your practicing, again and again, the race marked out for you.” Her beautifully artistic renderings are but a reflection of His goodness and grace. If you’re looking for encouragement and food for thought as you persevere through your daily activities and responsibilities, then this book will inspire and encourage you! It is pleasing to the eyes and its words will uplift your spirit!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Beholding and becoming is an invitation to shift your gaze to Christ in and through the everyday moments of your life. I love how Ruth Chou Simons takes us on a journey through the everyday moments and allows us to look to Christ in them by teaching us that being glad in all things gives glory to God and perpetuates our joy in Him. We are reminded that in the remaining and abiding in the presence of God we find vision for who He is. We begin to see the opportunities for praise in the midst of Beholding and becoming is an invitation to shift your gaze to Christ in and through the everyday moments of your life. I love how Ruth Chou Simons takes us on a journey through the everyday moments and allows us to look to Christ in them by teaching us that being glad in all things gives glory to God and perpetuates our joy in Him. We are reminded that in the remaining and abiding in the presence of God we find vision for who He is. We begin to see the opportunities for praise in the midst of the moments of life and that is one of the ways that we are transformed. The book reminds us to fix our gaze and our affections on the Lord alone. She says that what we chase will shape our race. There are some power packed sections of theology in this book woven through the images and words on the page. In a beautiful way the topics of sanctification, sin, idolatry, pride, and so much more are called out for what they are and the exhortation to throw them off and run the race as wet re called to do in Hebrews 12 is placed before us. We are encouraged that the first steps may be imperfect and may feel hard but that through those steps the journey becomes welcomed and that welcoming feeds a desire. There are words painted to hymns that encourage praise and you find yourself worshipping as you read the pages. Without hesitation I would recommend this book. I am looking forward to giving this to friends as gifts and inviting them into the gift of beholding Christ in the middle of everyday life and being transformed from the moment into worshipping the Savior.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karyn

    “We look for dramatic ways to experience God, but His presence and transforming work in our lives happen minute by minute.” As publications turn to digital copies, it feels rare to find a work that is aesthetically pleasing with text to illuminate the art. Ruth Chou Simon’s newest release, Beholding and Becoming, does just this. She has used the gifts given her to create a gorgeous piece to encourage our hearts through the everyday and the mundane. Biblical truth is accompanied by brilliant “We look for dramatic ways to experience God, but His presence and transforming work in our lives happen minute by minute.” As publications turn to digital copies, it feels rare to find a work that is aesthetically pleasing with text to illuminate the art. Ruth Chou Simon’s newest release, Beholding and Becoming, does just this. She has used the gifts given her to create a gorgeous piece to encourage our hearts through the everyday and the mundane. Biblical truth is accompanied by brilliant works of art all captured between the covers of this book. As seasons change and schedules fall into place, there is often a temptation to fall into the busy with a get it done attitude. We fall into the rush of going from here to there and often overlook our rhythms of rest and the things that give our souls breath. We become overwhelmed with the plans and schedules we place upon ourselves, but feel that the pressure is coming from external forces. Beholding and Becoming offers wisdom from a mama who has sought the Lord in the busyness and slowed enough to listen to His guiding and wisdom. Ruth shares her experience from her quiet times and busy days. The truths she has learned from walking the road. The chapters are potentially short enough to be read before being interrupted, and the words offer a depth to draw you in time and again. I was able to receive an advanced digital copy in exchange for a review, but I cannot wait to hold the physical copy in my hands!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Hong

    I’ve been excited about this book since I first heard that it would be released, and it surpasses my expectations! The masterpiece is filled with Ruth Chou Simons’ breathtaking, full-color art, including Art-Nouveau-inspired motifs, such as blackberries that represent the thorns and blood of Christ, and sweet peas that represent tenacity. Each chapter includes a “beholding” and “becoming” focus, such as beholding God’s provision and presence in the mundane day-to-day, and learning to love what I’ve been excited about this book since I first heard that it would be released, and it surpasses my expectations! The masterpiece is filled with Ruth Chou Simons’ breathtaking, full-color art, including Art-Nouveau-inspired motifs, such as blackberries that represent the thorns and blood of Christ, and sweet peas that represent tenacity. Each chapter includes a “beholding” and “becoming” focus, such as beholding God’s provision and presence in the mundane day-to-day, and learning to love what God has called us to do as we become increasingly aware of His presence in each moment. There is so much depth and biblical truth packed in each chapter that can be slowly savored and also immediately applied to a reader’s current life stage and season. It is all too easy to focus on the “doing” that must take place every day, whether responsibilities and tasks or what I must do to become more Christ-like (loving, gentle, patient, self-controlled, etc.). Each page of this book is a reminder that we cannot do anything of value or even become more like Jesus apart from Jesus. This is a beautiful and life-changing book to keep and to gift that will empower you to treasure Christ in the everyday. I was given a digital pre-lease copy of the book to review and all opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    The heartbeat of this book reflects what has long been the returning, churning desire of my heart. To see and behold our Beautiful Savior in every moment—the joyful, the ordinary, the painful moments— in the majestic and the mundane. To hear my Jesus call to me to look at Him, see Him, walk with Him in trust, behold His beauty, listen to His voice of love and see His hand of magnificent power through the wonder and marvel of His creation. Through Ruth’s words and her stunning artwork, I was The heartbeat of this book reflects what has long been the returning, churning desire of my heart. To see and behold our Beautiful Savior in every moment—the joyful, the ordinary, the painful moments— in the majestic and the mundane. To hear my Jesus call to me to look at Him, see Him, walk with Him in trust, behold His beauty, listen to His voice of love and see His hand of magnificent power through the wonder and marvel of His creation. Through Ruth’s words and her stunning artwork, I was completely drawn to the Savior, to linger in His presence. I longed to stay, overtaken by the beauty of my Lord’s life-giving words enhanced and magnified by stunning and arresting lettering and beautiful artwork. I know I will return to this book again and again. To read slowly and deliberately and to read with hunger, simply not wanting to put it down. It will encourage me to behold, worship and fix my gaze upon Jesus. As Ruth wrote: “He never forgets to send out the moon and stars! He sees you in your ordinary, daily, mundane faithfulness, and reminds you with the steady and consistent rhythms of the day, ‘I’m not going anywhere.’ And how that comforts us and causes our hearts to worship.” I highly recommend this book and recommend that you linger long on its’ beautiful, inspirational and “reason to pause” pages. This will also be a gorgeous and amazing book to gift. Thank you, Ruth, for sharing your heart and gifts with us and pointing us to Jesus.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Skrate435

    Ruth is one of the most talented writers I have been exposed to over the last several years. A dear friend was given Gracelaced and she shared it with our bible study group. We immediately fell in love with Ruth’s writings and her ability to remind us in a very powerful way of who God is and what He does for us. Beholding and Becoming is another homrerun for me. Not only is she a talented writer, she is an amazing artist. Her original work is featured throughout the book and the images of nature Ruth is one of the most talented writers I have been exposed to over the last several years. A dear friend was given Gracelaced and she shared it with our bible study group. We immediately fell in love with Ruth’s writings and her ability to remind us in a very powerful way of who God is and what He does for us. Beholding and Becoming is another homrerun for me. Not only is she a talented writer, she is an amazing artist. Her original work is featured throughout the book and the images of nature are stunningly beautiful. You don’t waste a moment reading her work. It is profound and personal. You will develop a deeper desire to spend more time with God. One of my favorite parts is the Glossary in the beginning of the book. Ruth uses plants, flowers and creatures to remind us of the truth of God’s word. For example - she writes “Bees - workers that produce great dividends”, and “Blackberries - the thorns and blood of Christ”, “butterflies- transformation” WOW! I will never look at these things in nature the same way again after reading this book and having a visual reference of what God has done and continues to do for us. Do yourself a favor and pick up this book. I can’t recommend it enough. It is a great encourager to anyone. You will feel uplifted every time you read from it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Ruth has an amazing gift of seeing God’s word and hand in our everyday lives. Beholding and Becoming is not only beautiful to look at—the artwork alone is uplifting and inspiring—but her words and scripture make my everyday life beautiful. Her Godly wisdom is found in every paragraph and in every brushstroke throughout the book. Every chapter of the book is easy to read, yet full of so much knowledge and wisdom. We become what we behold. I especially love how Ruth can take our mundane moments as Ruth has an amazing gift of seeing God’s word and hand in our everyday lives. Beholding and Becoming is not only beautiful to look at—the artwork alone is uplifting and inspiring—but her words and scripture make my everyday life beautiful. Her Godly wisdom is found in every paragraph and in every brushstroke throughout the book. Every chapter of the book is easy to read, yet full of so much knowledge and wisdom. We become what we behold. I especially love how Ruth can take our mundane moments as learning opportunities to grow deeper in our faith and in relationship with God. As a stay at home mom who is trying to also build a ministry, Ruth’s story brings me hope and is teaching me to be patient, not to overlook my life right now, to stay present, and to remain faithful. I become what I behold. If you’re looking for a book that is beyond gorgeous to look at on your coffee table, to find inspiration through scripture, to read stories from Ruth’s life to encourage you in your own day-to-day life, or as a bible study or a special gift for your loved ones, I couldn’t recommend Beholding and Becoming enough! I catch myself wanting to look through the book more and more for wisdom and a glimpse of God’s beauty. What an amazing gift Ruth has been given and what a beautiful testimony she shares of God’s faithfulness.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    “We Become What We Behold” Becoming and Beholding is an absolutely beautiful book, both in word and in art, that will encourage your heart, speak gentle but convicting truth right down deep in your soul, and turn your eyes again and again to your Savior, Jesus. Ruth shares from a place of vulnerability and gentleness, as one who knows the battles of the Christian walk and wants to share the insights she’s gained through experience. She draws you in to walk alongside her, as a friend who cares, “We Become What We Behold” Becoming and Beholding is an absolutely beautiful book, both in word and in art, that will encourage your heart, speak gentle but convicting truth right down deep in your soul, and turn your eyes again and again to your Savior, Jesus. Ruth shares from a place of vulnerability and gentleness, as one who knows the battles of the Christian walk and wants to share the insights she’s gained through experience. She draws you in to walk alongside her, as a friend who cares, but also as someone who knows the high calling and importance of renewing our minds and becoming transformed and sanctified. Ruth uses words and art to turn our gaze heavenward as she reminds us to “behold God’s faithfulness and become transformed to His likeness day by day”. and Becoming is a treasure and a resource that points to Truth and Living Water. If your soul needs to be reminded that this world is not our home; if your heart needs to remember that you are loved by a Savior who is merciful and compassionate; if your mind needs to be renewed by the Word; if you need a friend to speak gentle truths that turn your eyes to the One worth Beholding, in order to Become who He’s called you to be – if any of those things sound appealing to you, then I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    Ruth Chou Simons' new book, "Beholding and Becoming", stands out from others like it because it is a visually beautiful offering full of even MORE beautiful truth about our God, who desires for us to be transformed into His image. It refocuses our hearts to see the mundane in our lives, or the seemingly meaningless struggles, as opportunities for God's great purpose to be accomplished in us. The book covers many different aspects of life such as how we talk, hospitality, how God sees us, Ruth Chou Simons' new book, "Beholding and Becoming", stands out from others like it because it is a visually beautiful offering full of even MORE beautiful truth about our God, who desires for us to be transformed into His image. It refocuses our hearts to see the mundane in our lives, or the seemingly meaningless struggles, as opportunities for God's great purpose to be accomplished in us. The book covers many different aspects of life such as how we talk, hospitality, how God sees us, contentment, money, and suffering, all with the view of seeing God's heart in each area and allowing His truth to change us where we are. You may not resonate with each chapter when you first read the book, but these timeless truths will touch your heart as you read it again and again, in different seasons of your life. As I read the book, I felt the sting of gentle conviction about my disordered love of technology, my spirit was encouraged to persevere, and even try again, with a difficult relationship, and my mind was rejuvenated to keep pursuing God's Word so that it shapes my thoughts and desires. I will continue to return to this book to be inspired by the truth and beauty in its pages, as well as share it with women who need encouragement to look beyond what we see in our material world to who God wants us to be for eternity (and, that's all of us).

  30. 4 out of 5

    John

    Beholding and Becoming is such a beautiful book! From the artwork to the words, I know I will go back to this book again and again. The message of the book, to abide in a Christ and worship in the everyday and mundane, is one that is so relevant in my life as a young mother and really spoke to me. I can see many women loving the artwork and being encouraged by the book. I have already purchased a few copies and plan to give them as Christmas gifts! I love that the book is not all “fluff;” the Beholding and Becoming is such a beautiful book! From the artwork to the words, I know I will go back to this book again and again. The message of the book, to abide in a Christ and worship in the everyday and mundane, is one that is so relevant in my life as a young mother and really spoke to me. I can see many women loving the artwork and being encouraged by the book. I have already purchased a few copies and plan to give them as Christmas gifts! I love that the book is not all “fluff;” the message has good Gospel truth! It is not too weighty to enjoy as a pleasure read, though! The chapters can be read one a day or several at a time. I often sat down and read many chapters at once! One of my favorite quotes from the book is this: “Friends, what we choose to behold in the midst of tedious tasks and unrelent- ing responsibilities in the day to day, and what we believe about the God who puts us there, determines whether we see the daily reappearance of dirty dishes and unwashed clothes as a purposeful provision or a nuisance. When we look to the God who provides the blessings and the work that accompanies them, today’s tasks become opportunities to praise, to give thanks, and to remember the One we aim to please” (page 38). I encourage you to buy this and make time to read it! It hope it encourages you as much as it did me!

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