Book Review: GraceLaced
I first met Ruth Simons at the Influence Conference in the fall of 2015. My friend Megan and I had been following her on Instagram for about 6 months, and were total fans. To say that we were for an opportunity to meet her and listen to her in person was an understatement. Because Influence was a pretty small conference, after our initial, “Hi, we love your work!” conversation, we ran into her and her husband Troy a few more times and were immediately drawn to her authenticity and wisdom.
Fast forward to The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference in the summer of 2016. On a whim, Megan sent Ruth an Instagram DM reminding her that we’d met and asking her if she had any free time to grab a meal or coffee. I don’t think either of us anticipated that she would remember us, let alone have time to hang out, but to our delight, she did! One afternoon of the conference we brought coffee and the three of us snagged some chairs to sit down and chat. Our “chat” turned into a two hour conversation where Ruth shared her life with us authentically and asked us deep questions. That afternoon led to a real-life friendship that I have enjoyed since. Ruth and her husband, Troy, were in Indianapolis for a few months as vendors at another conference and Megan and I, along with our husbands, got to connect with them over dinner one evening.
When Ruth shared that she was writing a book, I could not have been more excited. If you follow her on Instagram (@gracelaced), though you know she is a mom to six boys, you also know that she has a gift for sharing truth that resonates regardless of who you are or what season of life you are in. It has been a joy to walk alongside Ruth and pray for GraceLaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart, the book that she is releasing this Friday.
I was privileged to receive an advanced copy of the book and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Though I’m sure to be a little biased because of my treasured friendship with Ruth, I really think that GraceLaced is the most beautiful blend of artistry and theology I’ve ever come across. Deep, resonating truths from God’s Word and breathtaking art combine for a truly unique experience when it comes to a devotional book.
The book holds thirty-two devotionals and is broken up into four seasons, each with a specific focus: winter is resting in who God is, spring is rehearsing the truth of what He says about you, summer is responding in faith to these truths, and fall is remembering His provision to sustain you.
What I love about reading the book is that it feels like sitting down for a conversation with Ruth—one where she firmly but lovingly points me to see God for who He is and encourages me to trust in Him with my whole heart. I typically cringe a little on the inside when I hear the word “devotional,” especially if it’s geared toward women as they often tend to hold a lot of emotion and fluff, but GraceLaced is different. Ruth has an incredible gift to letter and paint Scripture in a way that will stir your heart and drive home rich theological truths in each and every one of the 32 devotions.. Don’t let the beauty fool you–there is no fluff here, only rock-solid, biblical help as you navigate the winter, spring, summer, and fall seasons of the heart.
I love that this book is pretty enough to hang out on my coffee table and rich enough for me to journal in the margins.
*As a side note, if you pre-order the book by midnight on August 31 and register your purchase at gracelaced.com/gracelacedbook you can take advantage of some terrific free gifts including downloadable prints, tote bags, and even a chance to win a spot at a retreat with Ruth this fall in Colorado.