I struggle with devotionals. After a few years of Bible college, it takes a lot of effort to approach books without shifting into an academic and purely analytical approach. Which is why I was intrigued by Ruth Chou Simons new release Gracelaced.
Gracelaced is one-part devotional, one-part journal, and one-part artistic display making for a unique experience. Each devotional is short, approximately 3 pages or less focusing on a single unifying theme. Simons balancing time restraints by also adding in additional verses for reflection if readers have more time. The devotionals touch upon a range of important subjects while Simons inclusion of pointed reflective questions can leave readers pondering and reflecting on the subject matter throughout the day.Further, her structuring of the devotions under seasonal headings helps bring structure and a sense of the ebb and flow inherent to life.
Adding to this reflective outlook, Simons has filled the book with her own artwork.
Personally, I find this to be one of the book's greatest strengths. Not only is Simons a gifted artist but the artwork serves to support the devotional themes for reflection and certainly aided this reader in moving out of my "textbook" mentality.
Ruth Chou Simons has hit a wonderful balance, Her words are truth filled, challenging, and yet never without the grace proclaimed boldly on the cover. Her artworks gives tangible hints at the life that is poured out in each "season" of her text.
5 out of 5 stars
"Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."