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Beholding and Becoming
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Release Date: September 2019
Page Count: 224
Size: 7 3/8 x 9
Binding: Hardcover (ribbon)
ISBN: 978-0-7369-7492-9
Case Lot Quantity: 16

Beholding and Becoming

The Art of Everyday Worship

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Ruth is such a gift to us—her voice is strong and honest, yet believably grace-filled and kind. We learn and grow into who we want to be when Ruth's words and art lead us.
—Annie F. Downs, bestselling author of 100 Days to Brave and host of That Sounds Fun podcast

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.

Meet the author

Ruth Simons

Ruth Simons

Ruth Chou Simons is a bestselling and award-winning author of several books—including GraceLaced, Beholding and Becoming, and Foundations. She is an artist, entrepreneur, and speaker, using each of these platforms to spiritually sow the Word of God into people's hearts. Through her online shoppe at and her social media community,...

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09/10/19 Lancia E Smith


Ruth Chou Simons does it again, only this time with even greater depth and beauty! Following her exquisite Gracelaced and Garden of Truth books, Beholding and Becoming seems like the deeper fruit coming out of those earlier, beautiful works. The marriage of watercolour illustration, calligraphy, and Scripture-saturated text, makes for a welcome resting place to ponder truth.

Every time I read something from Ruth I am struck with her honesty, vulnerability, and humility. And every time I am also reminded of her own story of long years of submission and sacrifice. Beholding and Becoming is a book that mirrors Ruth’s growth in Christ and reflects a path back to her readers for their own pilgrimage of faith. I cannot recommend it to you highly enough! It will prove to be the most beautiful book you are likely to read or give this year.

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"Not only is Ruth Chou Simons a gifted artist, she’s a gifted author. In her newest book, Beholding and Becoming, she faithfully combines biblical wisdom with beautiful reminders from nature. It’s evident on every page that her creations reflect her love for our Creator. This book will encourage your soul, remind you of truth, and help you delight in the majestic world all around you."
Melissa Kruger, author and director of women’s content for The Gospel Coalition

"Filled with beauty and truth, Ruth Simons' Beholding and Becoming helps us reorient our thinking and our gaze to behold the Creator of the universe. 'We become what we behold,' and this book provides tools to help us fix our eyes on the One we will worship for eternity."
Trillia Newbell, author of Sacred Endurance,If God Is for Us, and the kids' book God's Very Good Idea

"Through her brush and pen, Ruth calls us to open our eyes to the abundance of beauty and truth that completely surrounds us but for some of us (raises hand) is hard to see. This book points to the mystery, artistry, and attention to detail that God has woven into the midst of the mundane, repetitive, and ordinary. A stunning masterpiece—you'll hang on every word and obsess over every painting."
Myquillyn Smith, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Cozy Minimalist Home

"Becoming what we behold offers the hope of becoming as we’ve always hoped, because it holds up Christ. In a world battling for our eyes and attention, this is a deeply important book for our times. These pages are more than a feast for the eyes—they are direly needed manna for souls who want what fulfills. Let your tired, hungry soul gaze on Whom your soul wants most. And your soul will become more like you always wanted: more like Jesus. This is a beautiful orthodoxy, this is transformationally cruciform, this is a masterpiece forming us more like our Master. Behold. Become. Be held."
Ann Voskamp, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts

"Ruth’s beautiful art is just a vessel for this deeply meaningful book that will cause you to love God more and see Him in your everyday life."
Jennie Allen, author of Nothing to Prove, founder and visionary of IF:Gathering

"In a world that continually calls us to worship self, Ruth Simons invites us to consider what our hearts admire. Through her captivating paintings and wise words, Ruth beckons us to an infinitely better source of worship: our creator, God. We all need to be reminded that true contentment and growth aren’t found in worldly achievements but in beholding God in all His glory. We’re thankful for the hope and encouragement in this book."
Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler, cofounders of Risen Motherhood and coauthors of Risen Motherhood

"In a broken world where chaos, clutter, confusion, and contention surround us and threaten to undo us, Ruth Chou Simons invites us to lift our eyes upward and behold God’s beauty and grace. Ruth's rich artistry—both visual and written—points us to a redeeming God who is making all things new. Seeing Him in even the most ordinary moments and details of life, we are moved to worship and are transformed into His likeness. One day the restoration will be complete, and our hearts will be forever ravished by His beauty."
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author, Bible teacher/host of Revive Our Hearts

"Ruth is such a gift to us—her voice is strong and honest, yet believably grace-filled and kind. We learn and grow into who we want to be when Ruth's words and art lead us."
Annie F. Downs, bestselling author of 100 Days to Brave and host of That Sounds Fun podcast

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