Now and Not Yet

Pressing in When You’re Waiting, Wanting, and Restless for More

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Pub Date Apr 09 2024 | Archive Date Apr 30 2025
Nelson Books | Thomas Nelson

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Bestselling author Ruth Chou Simons guides readers who are restless in their current circumstances on a journey of growth, purpose, and pressing in.

Too often, we feel disappointed with our "right now"--our life circumstances, our relationships, our progress, our daily grind. We want to do so many things--good, godly things--but our situations don't allow us to step into them. Are we missing out on our own lives? Why does right now seem so far from where we really long to be?

Bestselling author Ruth Chou Simons reminds us that it's okay to not like the right now we've been given, but we don't have to like it to lean in. In Now and Not Yet, Ruth shows us how to.. .

  • embrace the biblical truth that someday is made up of thousands of right nows;
  • discern how the difficult parts of our lives are actually a unique gift by discovering five ways to flip the script on a hard season;
  • stop feeling trapped when we are not where we want to be with guided liturgies for what we are facing today; and
  • live faithfully in the tension between what is and what is not yet.


Your right now matters. And you can choose to press in and not check out. To know God is at work even when you don't see the progress you're looking for. To start where you are in this very moment. Because he's not through with you yet.

Bestselling author Ruth Chou Simons guides readers who are restless in their current circumstances on a journey of growth, purpose, and pressing in.

Too often, we feel disappointed with our "right...

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Ruth Chou Simons lovingly touches on that moment in our lives where we feel out of touch with where we want to be. It seems to be a constant in life - that no matter what circumstances we are in, we feel this sense of longing for what we think could be better for us. Something is missing, something is difficult, and we long to be in the next season of life or through the difficult circumstance we are in. Through passages from the Bible, relatability and wisdom, she explains the beauty of trusting God in these moments. These trials strengthen our faith in Christ. And even though it seems like there are no constants in the tumult of our lives and we would love to know what the future looks like for us, God in us is the constant.

This book was exactly what I needed. I plan to buy it for all my friends. If any book is a must read, this is the one.

Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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We all live in the tension of now and not yet, between what is and what is to come. Ruth, in her gentle and encouraging way, gives us great advice on how to make the most of this place. Practical and beautiful, scripturally sound, easy to read but so much to think about — it is a great read.

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Now and Not Yet is the latest from Ruth Chou Simons. I was introduced to Ruth’s writing with her Bible Study, “When Strivings Cease.” Every study I read from Ruth, God does a deep work in me and “Now and Not Yet” is no different coming in with another on time, much needed word. This is an amazing “real” Bible Study for this time.

I received an advanced readers copy from Thomas Nelson and Netgalley. Opinions are my own.

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Ruth Chou Simons is an award-winning Christian author and founder of the company GraceLaced. Her newest book is entitled, "Now and Not Yet: Pressing in When You’re Waiting, Wanting, and Restless for More." The title caught my attention because I am living in a sort of waiting period (as is true of many others). Simons uses her trademark transparency and gentleness to remind her readers that "slow growth is still growth" and "you don't have to be blooming to be growing." She asserts that "if only I knew what God was doing in my present reality, perhaps then I could really enjoy where I'm at because I'd know how my story will make sense in the end." In this book, we're reminded that we're rarely called to do something we feel like we'd be good at, but rather, God delights to call us to accomplish tasks that are too hard for us. He will enable us when He calls us.

This book was an encouraging and convicting read, and will be a blessing to anyone who feels that they are in a waiting period in their own lives. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own.

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Ruth Chou Simons thoughtfully examines what it is like when we are restless in our situations. How should we approach them? And what should we do? How does God feel about it?

Simons draws from Scripture to show us how God has us exactly where we need to be and where He wants to move most. She challenges us to take the time to talk and listen to him.

Now and Not Yet challenges you to think outside of what you can see and turn to the One who can fill us.

Thank you NetGalley and Nelson Books for the ARC.

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"Now and Not Yet" by Ruth Chou Simons not only calls us back to the Now it shows us how it always seems to be our nature to focus on the times ahead when we believe those perfect plans and ideals we have for our life will be in place. Things are always going to better when we can get past the Now that is imperfect, messy, and even undesired. We always "can't wait" for another time or season in our life and we feel a sense of longing for a what we think can and will be better for us. Often in the Now, things are missing or hard and we long to be in the next season of life when everything will be better and be how we envisioned and planned.

Using passages/scriptures from the Bible, personal stories, and insight Ruth Chou Simons explains the importance, benefits, and beauty of trusting God in these "Now and Not Yet" moments. These "Now and Not Yet" moments and seasons should and can be used to strengthen our faith in Christ. We are reminded how God uses us where we our at and there a purpose and reason in the Now.

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This is the first book I have read by Ruth Chou Simmons. I gained valuable insight and tools for learning to press in to my right now. This book will give the readers practical ways to navigate the seasons we find ourselves in that look nothing like what we thought they would. We are given biblical foundations on how to do this. I highly recommend this book.

** I was granted an early reader copy of this book through Netgalley. Thank you to the publishers for this opportunity. The opinions in this review are mine.

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I finished this soon to be released book by artist and book anther Ruth Cho Simons – Now and Not Yet – Pressing in When You’re Waiting, Wanting, and Restless for More, last night while it started to snow in the south. This is a beautiful written book, part memoir, part devotion. It is a good book for those in a waiting season, struggling with unknown or feeling stuck. Your right now matters where you are, no matter what the circumstances or the situation!

The last couple chapters I related the most with, as it deals with living in areas you don’t connect with. It is also especially applicable to things going on in the world today around us. She shared her story, the story of the Israelite’s in exile, and abiding in Jesus.

Here are some highlights of mine from the book:

The lesson we learn from the deserts of our lives is that we truly don’t live by bread alone. Our any other comfort, satisfaction, or earthy good. Our sustenance comes only from the Lord. The desert may be unwanted, but it is purposeful.
The constant stream of input in our lives encourages us either to embrace the lives we’ve been given or to wish them away. But what we may not realize is the one voice that has the greatest influence in our lives.
We choose to be fueled by what God says about who He is and who we are instead of being swayed by all the influences vying for our attention, trying to claim our lives.
We’re quick to believe that right here can’t possibly be where God chooses to use us.
We live where we live, ultimately, because God has sent use here, at least for today. And the providential hand of God never moves without purpose.
Even if we are places where we don’t want to be, He is a God who carries us, who listens to us, who is knowable and intimate, and who will fulfill His promise. All we need to do is press in and take the first small step.
We will have to guard against coasting and growing complacent. We will have to explore, dig in, and be sure we fully grasp the mercies of God’s grace through Christ.

This would be a great book to do a study with friends and/or to give as a gift to yourself of that person in your life struggling in a season of waiting. For more about the book and author, be sure to check out

Here is a recent post the author shared about her book: If you’ve ever longed to be somewhere other than right where you are, wished you were further along, or impatient to be on the other side of your current circumstances— over there, not here…

…then you are my people, and this one’s for you.

👉🏼 We’re gonna start where we are, and stop waiting for someday to find God faithful. (Turns out— #youdonthavetobebloomingtobegrowing wasn’t just a lesson for that one time in my life, but one for all seasons. 🌱) #ruthchousimons #nowandnotyetbook

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What an insightful yet practical book! I resonated deeply with much of what Ruth wrote about, even though our circumstances look different. That’s the mark of a great book, I appreciated the inclusion of her personal stories as well as scripture and Biblical stories. The liturgies at the end of every chapter were a nice touch, too. I’m hoping to get my own copy soon!

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Now and Not Yet is a book about the unsure present time in any believer’s current life. This is my second book by Ruth Chou Simons, and I loved When Strivings Cease.

I read a few other reviews that said this book is too long, and I partially agree. Though instead of a book like this, I think I would have enjoyed going through these 10 lessons as a Bible study. I’d find myself lost as to what the book is about at times, though the inner message is clear and important.

The writing is detailed and good. She uses the Bible and other Bible scholars to support every part of this book, which I really enjoy. The ninth chapter was my favorite with the in depth look at David and Moses (I think).

This book would have come in handy when I’d just had my first child, and I’d recommend it for anyone who feels stuck.

I received this ARC from Netgalley for my honest review.

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Thank you to Net Galley and Thomas Nelson Publishing for providing an early copy of Now and Not Yet by Ruth Chou Simons

The message seems simple, but Ruth Chou Simons makes use of pertinent Bible passages, personal experience and famous author quotes to make the point that we spend too much time planning for every eventuality in our lives rather than trusting in the Almighty to live in the moment and to experience the best possible outcomes relating to that moment.

Simons describes her own personal journey as an artist, preacher's wife, mother of six boys and entrepreneur to make the case that life is not about always wishing for things to go a certain way but rather accepting the now and making it fulfilling as the will of God.

The author has included a number of Bible passages both Old and New Testament to make her point of accepting where one is at and flipping the negatives into positives. Also included are prayerful words in each chapter that can be utilized to keep a focus on the now and not yet.

Questions have been provided that offer the reader an opportunity to contemplate one's own day-to-day experiences and how to make the most of them, even when they are unexpected.

Now and Not Yet is best read in small segments that give the reader the time needed to consider making small but meaningful changes that could lead to a more fulfilling and faith-filled life.

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I have walked the path of the "Now and not yet" for many years, but it was encouraging to again reminded of basic principles to follow in the Now that help with the not yet in my personal difficult current situation.

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This is a book I will buy a physical copy of. The truths and encouragements held within are ones to keep in reach for when the not yet seasons of life come. And the liturgical prayers listed at the end of every chapter are worth the purchase alone. Each one I wanted to screen shot and print off to keep in front of me.

Truth be told, in the first few chapters I felt a little disappointed. The book was not hitting where I had expected it to. I love Ruth Chou Simons work and had high hopes for this book. And I'm so glad I kept reading and didn't abandon it. Because the depth I was looking for came as the book continued on.

There are also a few digging deeper portions in the back of the book to take the concepts of the books deeper and also into practical applications.

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Ruth Choy Simons newest book, Now and Not Yet, deals with the tension we have as Christians dealing with disappointments and struggles we face now and trusting the faithfulness of God. I love the way she approaches these issues with gentleness.

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I loved this book. How often do I feel the tension between holding onto the hope of God’s promises and yet I cannot feel Him with me. While I am not in a dark night of the soul season right now, this book speaks to me in my current season of fatigue and overwhelmed. I will visit with this beautiful book again. Thank you to the publisher for allowing me access to this book as an ARC on NetGalley.

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In this book, Simons walks Christians through the tension between the now and the not yet as it relates to the Christian life. She draws from a lot of scriptural truth to encourage Christians to be content where they are even when they're in hard situations.

"God allows us to feel barren desperation in the desert so that we might run to the oasis of his provision. We want his provision and the relief his blessings will bring, but we don't want the wilderness that teaches us about our great need for Him."

I found this book to be very encouraging and highly recommend it for someone struggling in their current season and yearning for something more.

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This was such an enjoyable book from the beginning. She is thorough and thoughtful in her points and it's easy to follow along.

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I love Ruth Chou Simons and was really excited to get this ARC from NetGalley…and it did not disappoint. I always have a Christian, nonfiction book going at the same time as a fiction book. Ruth guides us through the restless times we are currently in by pressing in and growing through the circumstances. I very often want to fast forward through the messes and get to the good stuff but that is rarely how life happens. My right now matters, God is right here with me, and He is not done with me yet. Beautifully written book. I have quite a few highlighted areas.

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Ruth Chou Simons' books are always truth filled and heaven pointing but I wasn't prepared for how much Now and Not Yet would speak to me.

Wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated, the book talks to the importance of pressing in and persevering right where you are, whatever your circumstances. God is not done with us, He works through any and all circumstances even if they are ones we would rather not be part of our stories.

Ruth shows how throughout the Bible, in less than ideal circumstances, the authors show us how to eyes on Jesus, to preach his truths to our hearts and to keep going even when it is tough.

Through wisdom taken straight from the Bible and practical thoughts about how we can press on, Ruth helps us to work through the disappointments and struggles we can face as Christians, helping us to understand the tension of the now and not yet of God's Kingdom and leaning into the trustworthiness of God.

The liturgies found at the end of each Chapter were also a really helpful way to gather my thoughts and express them as I voiced my struggles in prayer.

This is definitely a book that I will return to again and again.

Thanks to Netgalley and Nelson for the ARC.

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A great resource from Ruth Chou Simons about not rushing the season you are in. Living each moment to its fullest and leaning into the lessons God wants to teach you in the "right now". Which is a very good message for our world today, which is always rushing forward to the "next thing". A very timely book for our current culture. If you enjoy Simons other books & writing style, you will enjoy this one as well.

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I’m trying to think of the words, and they fail me. Now and Not Yet is an intensely vulnerable and deeply relatable book about what to do with yourself in the messy in between of where you were and where you’d rather be. I remember 5-7 years ago watching Gracelaced Co. rise out of relative obscurity to be what it is today. In that season, I was a mother of two littles and not at all thriving with it. Looking at someone like Ruth, the “unlikely mother to six” and the owner of a thriving business - I remember wondering how on earth she managed it all. Then I looked at myself and wondered sadly what was wrong with me. This book feels like the answer she’d give me had I had coffee with her then, and her words are a healing balm even now, years later - when, out of the littlest years, I finally have more capacity at my disposal. I’m so thankful for her vulnerability and willingness to return to those hard places to gird up those of us behind her with truth.

The artwork in every Ruth Chou Simon’s book is always lovely, but the liturgies in this book are breathtaking. Her poetic words are aching and beautiful and true. This is one I will buy for my library as well as putting it on the top of my list to gift to loved ones in their dry, desert seasons. Thank you for your wisdom, Ruth; though hard won, they are a testament to God’s faithfulness in your life as well as a reminder to us all to look to the Father.

I’d like to thank Nelson and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Now and Not Yet by Ruth Chou Simons is a gentle reminder to readers that, while we as Christians will certainly deal with disappointments and will struggle to feel the Lord's presence at times, we can still trust in the His unfailing faithfulness.

I am a long-time reader and follower of Ms. Simons and am regularly encouraged by her gentle and loving way of speaking Biblical truths into our lives not matter the stage or season of life we are in. Her words are never judgmental but are always encouraging, like a sister coming along side you to guide you closer to Christ - sharing that she also has felt these feelings and dealt with these questions. At the end of each chapter are liturgical breath prayers, designed for the reader to focus more on the theme of each chapter.

Not only is this book well written, the art inside is beautiful as well. Just like her writing, Ms. Simons art is calming and peaceful. This is a book I am definitely going to purchase a physical copy to have on my shelf.

Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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WOW. What a powerful, timely message: start where you are, because this moment matters. In this book, hiddenness is seen, vulnerability is shown, and the struggle of one in the waiting is embraced.

Ruth Chou Simons' writing is relatable and moving. Not only does she give words to our struggle, but she makes you believe that she’s been there with you, fighting in similar trenches against similar unseen enemies (Time. Exhaustion. Heartache.).

Not only is it beautifully written, but it’s beautiful to look at too, with aesthetic artwork and applicable quotes on whole pages. Bible verses are not forced down the reader's throat, but are tastefully and applicably utilized, with relevance and timeliness. The author seamlessly integrates mental health concepts such as reframing, with spirituality. In addition, practical application questions and a "liturgy for pressing in" are found at the conclusion of each chapter, enabling the reader to both better assess their own measures of the chapter's topic and take action steps accordingly.

This book carries one of the most important messages of our modern day: slow down, get comfortable in the mess, and be okay with not being okay. Everyone should be reading and taking to heart the contents of this book!

Thank you for the honor of reviewing this pre-publication!

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Now and Not Yet is an honest and beautiful book. So many times in our life we are living in the between and we tend to feel stuck, uncompleted, frustrated and disappointed forgetting that we need to enjoy every season in out life. We forget that God is preparing the way and walking along with us. Ruth reminded and encouraged me to trust God in the process, to see His grace in my between seasons. I was reminded that God is more interested in the way and the work He is doing in me and through me in every season in my life than in the goal. I love the art of Ruth in each of her books. Totally recommend it.

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Such a beautifully written book by Ruth Chou Simons, I highly recommend Now and Not Yet to every christian who has found themselves struggling with where they are in life and restless for more. Often we feel like we are not where we should, we haven't reached our potential, or just want more. But as we trust in our Sovereign Lord who knows exactly what is best for us, we are encouraged to press in and joyfully embrace what God has for us right where He has us.
Each of us has struggled through a season in life we wished we didn't have to go through, whether it be heartache, loss, a difficult relationship, or an unfulfilling job. But when we take our eyes off Christ and focus on our circumstances it only breeds discontentment and we lose our joy. When we aren't content we are really not trusting God. Now and Not Yet invites you to press in and focus on where God has you while trusting that He works all things for your good and His glory, I will definitely be adding this book to my bookshelf and recommending it to my friends.
Thank you NetGalley and Nelson Books for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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I love this book. I have many books by Ruth and this one was just as good as all the other I have read.
She shares her personal experience with being in a season that was too busy, not where she thought she should be/are would be, and at a place where her spiritual gifts weren’t being used (so she thought).
I really liked how she shared that even in the waiting God will do great things as long as you aren’t wasting your time on things that don’t matter, like scrolling on instagram.

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This is a book I will probably revisit from time to time. It’s like the book was just written for me. Ruth has put to words what I have been wrestling with for some time. If you think your stuck, I highly recommend reading it!

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In this day and age of social media when we are all constantly shown more, more, more, and buy into it, literally— ever planned a trip based on insta or bought those kitchen sponges Eva Mendes sells— we need an antidote!! This book is that very thing and defines what “more” truly means. Both relatable and inspirational, the pages serve as a low key reminder to turn to what really will bring peace and contentment. Now and Not Yet will have a home on my keeper shelf and I know I will return to it often. Oh and if this book had a playlist - an Amy Grant song from the 80s written by Pam Mark Hall, titled The Now and the Not Yet should be included.

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Learning to be present and be still in the Lord is a lesson I’ve fought hard to learn. I work fulltime and have been a weekend caregiver and jack of all trades for my parents since mom was diagnosed with dementia prior to the pandemic. Mom passed in the middle of reading “Now and Not Yet” so now life is still in a waiting period but I’m looking at it differently. This book has been a balm to my soul and has encouraged me to live the life God wants me to live even if I’m not in the place where I want to be.

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I believe we can all relate to being in a season where our expectations and reality don't match. Perhaps we're impatient for an easier or more visible season. Maybe we're feeling stuck in circumstances that are difficult. Wherever you are, Ruth Chou Simons lovingly points you back to Jesus, back to truth of the Bible, and to liturgies and prayers that can re-orient our heart to patiently and obediently look for God in every situation, instead of only looking for God to get us out of our situations. I loved this book. I will be highly recommending to all of my friends!!

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This is my honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson books for the eARC.

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"Now and Not Yet" by Ruth Chou Simons is like a friendly nudge to appreciate the season of life you're in, even when you're craving change. With stories and down-to-earth wisdom, Simons reminds us to soak up the lessons and blessings of the present moment instead of always looking ahead. While it can get a tad repetitive, the book's message hits home, earning it a solid four stars. It's a timely and relatable read that encourages us to live with gratitude, faith, and purpose right here, right now.

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Haven’t quite finished the book but fully plan to. I will also be purchasing a hard copy. This book is a literal answer to prayer. A book that is very much needed in this current culture. The encouragement and truth she speaks into the restlessness of this world is just beautifully done. We all desperately strive for platforms and followings, far too often at the expense of our hidden lives in Christ. This book speaks to that. I am deeply convicted by just the first few chapters and have no doubt the rest will be the same. Highly recommend.

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Thanks to @netgalley, @nelsonbooks, and @ruthchousimons for the ARC of this book! I LOVED it!

I’m currently sitting in the midst of a lot of turmoil and frustration in my career. I’ve been feeling restless and pushed to move away and on to what I deem as “better.” My copy of this book came at the perfect time haha.

Gently, but firmly, Ruth guides us to settle in to the now and not yet of life. At the end of the book, she referenced the words of the prophet Jeremiah and I found it to be some of the most impactful parts. Israel was called by God to settle in and prosper; to love and create peace; to dig in and do GOOD during their captivity in the land of Babylon. Regardless of where we are, we are God’s people and he will never forsake us, His plans are greater and everything is perfect in HIS timing—not ours. This is a book I’m taking many lessons away from and I’m excited for a physical copy of the book to be in my hands next month so I can go back to reference and be challenged by it in the time to come.

Highly recommend this to any and all readers, but it’s especially poignant if you’re in a season of “now and not yet” yourself 🫶🏼 a waiting season is not a wasted season.

“Look forward to someday and stay faithful now.” -Ruth Chou Simons

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I deeply appreciate Ruth's writing and this book did not disappoint. She has a gift for putting meaningful concepts into simple language. I really appreciate her vulnerability in this book as she openly shares real life experiences that God has used to shape and mold her. The main premise of the book is one I have wrestled with recently and it was a sweet gift to feel like I could "unpack" it alongside someone else.

"We know how it feels to want something other than what we have right in front of us.... How can you be happy in your right now when your not yet feels so far away?"

"Perhaps, like me, you tend to look for a way out rather than a way through."

"I truly believe that how we embrace our right now is a perennial and continual realigning of the heart. (Spoiler alert: realigning is to return to our God-intended perspective)"

"You don't have to be blooming to be growing... God is still at work in us, even in the seasons when we don't see the blooms we long for."

Ruth Chou Simons is gracious yet doesn't mince words. This book is full of powerful reminders that life won't always look the way we think it will yet God is using it all.

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Ruth Chou Simons isn't afraid to dig deep and reach to the heart of matters. She sees the importance of having those hard conversations with ourselves in order to grow closer to Jesus and to be more like Him - which allows us to live a vibrant, peaceful and joyful life. And she doesn't shy away from sharing her own experiences (good or bad) to help others know they are not alone in any struggle.

But most importantly, she always points readers and listeners back to God and His Word, using and citing verses that always point us back to the truth of God, who He is, and His love for us. She does not invite us to take her at her own word, but to look at the Bible for confirmation and truth.

I highly recommend Now and Not Yet, as well as her other books and beautiful artwork - ALL will point you toward Jesus!

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There is a glorious dwelling place provided by Jesus Christ for all His believing people. The world that now is, is not their rest: they are pilgrims and strangers in it. Heaven is their home. ~ J.C. Ryle (Heaven)

Believers live in the "Now and Not Yet." It is a tension that can lead to restlessness and discouragement. This new devotional by Ruth Chou Simons speaks into that place with experience and assurance giving encouragement and a path forward. Perfect for use as a private devotional or in a small-group Bible study.

The Ten Chapters:
1. When Right Now Isn't What You Want
2. Restlessness As An Invitation
3. Hidden Doesn't Mean Forgotten
4. You Don't Have To Be Blooming To Be Growing
5. Someday Is Made Up Of Thousands Of Right Nows
6. Chaos Produces Character
7. God's Callings Are His Enablings
8. When It's Not Just A Season
9. The Stories We Tell Ourselves
10. Start Where You Are

Each chapter includes a meditation and relevant Scripture with a Thought To Press Into and A Liturgy For Pressing In at the end. In addition to the poetic liturgy, Ruth Chou Simons includes her artistry along the way highlighting memorable bits of wisdom. Essentially this book is also a self-help workbook with additional chapters including "Five Steps To Help You Flip Your Script,"a "Start Where You Are Self-Assessment," "The Theological Framework Of The Now and Not Yet," and all the Scripture references listed by chapter.

While I have been using this as a daily devotional, my Tabletalk magazine from Ligonier Ministries has also provided articles on "Waiting On the Lord." Looks like this was God's timing for me to be putting some thought into how I am pressing in for this season in my life.

If this title is speaking into your current situation, I encourage you to seek out a copy and find some folks to share it with. The publication date is coming up soon: April 9, 2024. Thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for a DRC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

A last word from Ruth Chou Simons:
So this is me, leaning in to tell you:
You're not alone. You will make it.
This moment matters, and our God won't waste a thing.
Therefore, stay awake, stay present, and press in!
Run to Jesus, not the other way.
Get going and make the most of every opportunity.
Don't sit this season out.

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Now and Not Yet, by Ruth Chou Simons, is a beautiful contradiction to the idea of fixing our eyes and hearts on those “better things coming.”

In a world where we’re encouraged to look ahead to those “better things coming,” the message to live here in the messy present tends to be lost in the noise of what we’re hoping for. Simons’ honest thoughts about living in the place where we are now, even when it’s hard, unpleasant, uncomfortable, and discouraging resonated with me.

I loved how Simons talks honestly about how hard our present season may be. But, she didn’t stop there. She shares wise perspectives about how to thrive in our present circumstances, even when we are struggling.

Simons’ quiet wisdom is woven through every page of the book. She offers practical ways to assess where we are now. But she also challenges her readers to ask questions to help them to to the root of the discontent. I found it easy to relate to her own hard-learned lessons in choosing to be okay with where God has us now.

Each chapter contains wise encouragements, Biblical wisdom, thoughtful liturgies, and honest prayers. I’ll be coming back to this book, and especially to certain chapters, because the timeless wisdom and perspective transcends my present “now” and will help with future circumstances.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s struggling with discontent with present circumstances and wants a Biblically-based, intentional way to work through them.

***I’d like to thank Nelson and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.***

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Ruth's honesty about the challenges and realness of life are very welcome and her forwarding looking to the future is encouraging. This is a posture of thinking we need to be in daily! If you need a reminder that the future is coming and is wonderful- read this book.

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This book is very encouraging and speaks to me in my current waiting season. Life has taken me through many times when I wanted to be living ahead of myself, often to just escape the trauma or pain of the moment. Ruth Chou Simons graciously writes about the periods of waiting that occur in our lives and the spiritual impact our responses can have on each one of us, as well as those around us . Her understanding and bold use of Scripture bring the reader back to the author of all seasons- our Savior, Jesus Christ. If you are in a place of wanting what you hope for but haven't yet received or become, I recommend this book. Even if we never get to the not yet, the liturgies in this book provide reminders of God's sovereignty over all times and seasons.

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This book is perfect for those who really want to skip past this hard time in their lives to get to better times and see what exactly the Lord is doing. Who wouldn't want to do that, right?

I've purchased multiple copies of Gracelaced, Ruth Chou Simon's earlier book, and gifted them to friends. I can't seem to keep a copy in my hands before I pass it on, it's so good!

This book, Now & Not Yet, is likely going to be another that I will recommend to others. Ruth has such a personable way of presenting Scriptural truths that reach into my heart and mind and make me think about it way past reading.

Give this book a read, and find encouragement and direction in your own Christian walk.

Thanks to NetGalley for the advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

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I picked this book up with uncertainty. This book 'now and not yet' is the first book I have read by Ruth Chou Simons and what a surprise. Almost every page had something relevant to say about past, present and future situations. Thought-provoking and motivational are two descriptions I can think of immediately.
I would like to quote two passages from the book;
The first quote is part of a prayer in the book that has stayed with me and found a place in my thought processes:
'Forgive me, O Lord, when I mistake the plow in my hand
for a scepter that belongs to you.'
The second quote is the title of Chapter 5 which particularly resonated with me:
'Someday is made up of thousands of right nows.'
Congratulations on a well-written, articulate, and thoroughly enjoyable book.
My thanks to Nelson Books and Net Galley for the ARC.

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Wow! This book came just at the right time. I wasn’t sure that a book about a “not yet season” would have much to offer that differed from other books I have read on the same topic.

This is so good. Rooted in the truth of the Word, Ruth brings her own experience and perspective in a beautiful and raw way that is so relatable. Free of judgement and condemnation, she reminds us all that where we find ourselves is the perfect place to start to press in to all that God has for us.

So much truth can be found in these pages. This was the encouragement I needed in the season I now find myself.

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Really this whole book could be summed up as the journey to contentedness.

As always Ruth Chou Simons has written a lovely, and beautiful book that I will be recommending to many of my friends.

Booksellers, this is a great Mothers Day gift and should be featured on your mothers day tables.

This digital review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Huge thanks to Netgalley and Nelson books for my review copy!

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“The right-now life you and I are given isn’t something just to bide our time and survive; God has designed our current circumstances for our growth.”

Y’all—this book was full of wisdom for the weary! 😮‍💨 As someone who has felt restless in the midst of my “now” more times than I can count over the course of my lifetime, Ruth’s words were so life-giving and comforting.

In Now and Not Yet, Ruth invites readers to embrace the beauty of living in the tension of the “now” while eagerly anticipating the “not yet” of God's promises. Like a true wordsmith, she weaves together personal anecdotes, biblical reflections, and practical wisdom, encouraging readers to find hope and purpose in the midst of their “now.”

My absolute favorite inclusion in this book were the liturgies that closed out every chapter! Man, I honestly want those in a separate print bound resource—I can see myself praying them over and over and over. They were so beautiful and relatable!

This was a solid 4.5 star read for me! Ruth is definitely an auto-buy nonfiction author for me. She’s always serving up the truth of the gospel beautifully! Highly recommend!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

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*thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for a copy of this eARC in exchange for my review*

A really transparent and encouraging look at how to live life and find purpose in the in between. Ruth Chou Simons shares her heart about the reality of the messy middle in a welcoming way that feels like she’s opening the doors to her home.

When so much of life feels like waiting, it’s easy to feel like time is wasted because it seems like nothing is happening. But as one of my good friends always reminds me, nothing is wasted. God is always at work, and the messy middle is a unique opportunity to dig in and be the hands and feet of Jesus wherever we may find ourselves.

The book was straightforward in a tough love kind of way, and I found myself challenged to consider my perspective on seasons of waiting. While not every part of the book felt relatable, I appreciated Simons’ vulnerability and willingness to communicate about the messy parts of life.

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Love this book so much! Grateful for the reminders and the truth in this book!! Looking forward to new releases from this author!

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When you read "Now and Not Yet" you're going to think "That's me! How did she know?" You will want to grab a journal and write to get everything you can from this book! Write your prayers, copy many great quotes, answer the deep questions asked of us.

This book is "hard work," not just fluff, but oh so worth it. It's full of scripture and encouragement and calls us to contentment. There's a liturgy at the end of each chapter that I enjoyed and even copied a few in my journal.

One of my favorite short quotes: "We are made by God, for God, and to be satisfied in God."

I highly recommend this book!

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This book is so timely and full of grace and wisdom. At a time when my dreams for the future seem starkly different from my current reality, this book gives lasting and real hope. It is full of encouragement, truth, tenderness, and peace, peppered with stories that bring the truths to life. If you have ever found yourself frustrated with your daily life, or concerned about the world around you, or just disenchanted with the way things are, this book has some good words for you, with some beautiful pictures sprinkled in.

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Here is another incredible book by Ruth Chou Simons. She is honest with her audience and continues to impress upon them the importance of fixing their gaze on Jesus. The tension of now and not yet is something I believe many Christians battle with. Not only is the book devotional, but Simons adds practical questions and steps for each chapter. The liturgies at the end of each chapter help the reader to meditate further on the truth she writes. This was a fantastic and encouraging read.

Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for the advanced copy. I greatly appreciate it.

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This is a book I needed to read at a time in my life where I felt stuck and needed a strong reminder of faith. Ruth Chou Simons does an excellent job of telling her personal stories and tying them to scripture. Her stories are relatable and encouraging, and no matter the challenges someone is facing, there is a chapter that can resonate for anyone. I especially enjoyed the prayers at the end of each chapter, along with her signature style writing highlighting a reminder from the chapter.

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Ruth does it again. She's written a book that I didn't know my heart needed. It's been a hard year for our family, with big changes and feeling like we aren't where we want to be. I thought I had moved on, processed it all, but here I am, sobbing into the pages of this book, praising God for all that he has done, will do, and for how gracious He is. I seriously cannot recommend this book enough.

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Ruth Chou Simons is not only a phenomenal artist but a gifted linguist, willingly vulnerable which makes her writing relatable and heartfelt. Now and Not Yet address the dichotomy of what to do with yourself in the messy in between of where you are and where you’d rather be. In a society that constantly bombards you with messages of do more, build bigger and constantly be on the go, Now and Not Yet’s message of becoming comfortable with slowing down, the messy middle, and not being okay is very much needed. Each chapter centres around scripture and personal stories, concluding with application questions and a “liturgy for pressing in" which are my favourite component and something I can see Ruth’s company GracedLaced, turning into prints available for sale.

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Ruth always writes with such a kindness in her tone. She shares very real thoughts and feelings she experiences and doesn't try to hide behind a facade. She invites readers to be vulnerable and then encourages them in the same ways she has been encouraged. She is always quick to remind the reader that she has been in the same place and understands what they might be struggling with or through.
This book is encouraging no matter what age or stage of life you're in. We all have something we are yearning for, some bigger idea or dream we thought we might be living in at this moment. Whether it's massive, life altering news, or simply the questions of whether what you're doing matters, Ruth points us to the Truth and encourages us to take a new look at the mission field right between our feet at this very moment and to remember that there is a reason for "now" and "not yet".

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This is my first book by Ruth Chou Simons and I wasn't disappointed. This insightful book felt like guided reflections to lead me towards convictions rather than a handbook for how life "should" be. The biblical examples were relevant and encouraging.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Ruth Chou Simons’s book “Now and Not Yet” is captivating, vulnerable and inspiring. Her story takes you on a journey of her heart, and her walk with the Lord. We all have a personal journey of “Now and Not Yet,” and we are not alone. As I read Ruth’s book, I laughed, learned many lessons, and journaled. It challenged me to step out of my comfort zone. It was such a beautiful gift I received. This book will draw you closer to Christ to help you live your best life.

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This is my first title by Ruth Chou Simons and it won't be my last. The author has such a way with words that the entire book felt like a visual feast, especially paired with her beautiful artwork and poetry. She is an artist, through and through. I love how she is able to write in such an approachable manner while getting at some meaty topics such as waiting on God, having our character refined through difficulties, and surrendering our plans. The questions she offers provide a good balance between reflection and meditation on God's Word, such that we don't allow our thoughts and circumstances to consume us.

My favourite sections are definitely The Theological Framework of the Now and Not Yet and the Scriptures where all of the verses are compiled together. I appreciate how much this book is grounded in the Bible and how it takes the emphasis off our emotions. The author captures the theological tension of the already and not yet and applies it to how we can respond and worship God in the in-between. Infused with encouraging messages of hope and laced with the promises of God, readers will find Now and Not Yet to be a gentle and truthful book that can offer joy in the waiting.

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"Now and Not Yet: Pressing in When You’re Waiting, Wanting, and Restless for More" by Ruth Chou Simons is a tender embrace for those navigating the ambiguous spaces of life. Simons, an award-winning Christian author renowned for her transparency and grace, delivers a poignant reminder that growth often unfolds slowly, yet purposefully.

In this illuminating book, Simons draws upon passages from the Bible to illuminate the beauty of trusting God amidst uncertainty. She artfully explores the universal experience of longing for something more while offering insights that resonate deeply with readers. Through her words, readers are gently guided to recognize that even in the midst of waiting and longing, God is at work, shaping our stories with divine purpose.

Simons invites readers to embrace the truth that our sustenance comes not from earthly comforts, but from the unwavering presence of God. She encourages us to resist the temptation to wish away our current circumstances, reminding us that God's providence is always purposeful, even in the deserts of life.

With wisdom and compassion, Simons reminds us that God often calls us to tasks that seem beyond our abilities, yet He equips us for the journey. Through heartfelt anecdotes and reflections, she underscores the importance of pressing into our present realities with faith and courage.

This book is not merely a read; it is an invitation to journey inward, to reflect on the whispers of God amidst the noise of life. It's a beacon of hope for those wrestling with feelings of restlessness and longing, offering solace in the assurance that God is with us every step of the way.

"Now and Not Yet" is a profound reminder that even in the midst of uncertainty, we can find purpose and meaning by trusting in the constant presence of God. Simons' gentle guidance and unwavering faith make this book a compelling read for anyone navigating the complexities of waiting and longing. Whether for personal reflection or group study, this book is a gift of grace to those seeking solace in the midst of life's uncertainties.

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Using scripture passages about Bible figures who were tested in their faith and patience, this book offers a reassuring reminder about taking advantage of what is given to each one of us and how God will use our unique talents for good. It's like a chat with a good friend that can take off our minds about about uncertainties and what is to come. The kind tone invites reflection with a leisurely paced vibe that will go well with a book like "Have A Beautiful, Terrible Day" by Kate Bowler. It may resonate with women more, but even male readers will feel heartened by the lessons, especially in the stories detailing the challenges of St. Paul.

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I didn't know how much I needed this book before picking it up. I have been so encouraged by the truths held in these pages, and I highly recommend it for anyone who might be struggling in a hidden season.

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Using her own experiences, and biblical examples the author guides the reader into paths of perseverance and acceptance when we feel restless and unfulfilled. It is our right now that matters most and we must live it to the best our ability, trusting that God is at work. Each chapter asks some pointed questions (you could journal these) and ends with a liturgy.

When walking through difficulties, she suggests:

!. Talk about it with a trusted friend

2. Feed on spiritually nourishing resources

3. Create rhythms that help you remember God –journaling, listening to music, daily prayer

4. Ask others to speak truth to you

At the end of the book, there are some ways to help you “flip the script” by reminding yourself of the things God has already done in your life. She also includes the theological basis for “now and not yet” with many encouraging references from Scripture.

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This book was just what I needed to read right now in this season where things aren't going the way I planned. Ruth vulnerably shares her own authentic struggles like a trusted friend that is relatable and as one who has been through the trenches of motherhood, but still finds hope through it. She speaks to the struggles we have with delays, disappointments, failures, and unfulfilled dreams. Although I am not where I thought I would be, Ruth's book reminds me to view difficulties and closed doors as opportunities for learning and growth; perhaps it's a glimpse of God planting something new.

Ruth reminds readers that we can rest in Christ whatever circumstances we are in and that there is purpose in the pain. Even if we experience seasons where our work goes unnoticed or unappreciated, God still sees us in those hidden places. Ruth writes, "God is at work in our obscurity even as he is at work in our visibility." She encourages us to keep sowing seeds that build godly character.

I love this quote from Ruth for those times when we feel like we're in a dry season: "God allows us to feel barren desperation in the desert so that we might run to the oasis of his provision."

I like how Ruth's signature style of beautiful line-drawn flowers and hand-lettered inspirational quotes are interspersed throughout the chapters that helped me remember the key points. The liturgy and prayers at the close of each chapter encourage the reader to trust in God's sufficiency and ability to provide when we feel weak and anxious about the future.

If you're feeling frustrated or doubtful in your current circumstances, I recommend reading this book that will remind you of the truth of God's faithfulness that will give you strength to face the next step in your journey.

I want to thank the publisher for an advanced reader copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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I had never read a book by @Ruth Chou Simons until this one and WOW WOW WOW.

Her writing style is impeccable, so conversational, she seamlessly blends in personal testimony with keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus and The Gospel.

This book is full of so much wisdom and encouragement. If you are in a season of waiting, struggling with contentment and often find yourself questioning your current season, read this book. It is such a refreshing read and the cover is GORGEOUS

Each chapter ends with a liturgical prayer of encouragement and there are questions throughout for personal reflection.

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This was my first book read by Ruth Chou Simons and I found nothing lacking. I can't imagine the time and thought that has went into this book.. My takeaways is sometimes the waiting season, the journey if you will, is much more than the destination. Being content in the waiting. That is what shapes and molds us and who we become by leaning in to the uncertain times or the time we're confused and feel we lack direction. God is working on that in the now moments and even when we're waiting on a yes, and God says no. Very profound writings. As others I've heard it said, Ruth is a wordsmith. The liturgies at the end of each chapter is poetic and genuine. When you read this book, let the words soak in because I believe that is how they were written and meant to be read. I highlighted so much in this book and look forward to rereading this one again.

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Many of us find ourselves lingering in the "not yet." Professions, ministry, life circumstances,... we have a vision for our futures that is "right there" and yet, we can't quite reach it. What do we do with our present circumstances when they don't align with where we want to be? How can we embrace the now in the waiting for more?

Author Ruth Cho Simons shares some encouraging truths about living in the present moment when our hearts long for more. It's okay to not like the now. It's okay to admit that life is hard and takes us through challenging situations. But the Lord can still use these hard circumstances for his glory, if we allow him. Simons shares real principles learned through her own life and how she balanced the tension of these two realities. Now and Not Yet is not just a fluffy, feel good book filled with cliches. Rather, it is an honest look into how to move forward when life isn't all it's meant to be. I didn't come into this book with a lot of expectations, but was genuinely surprised by how relevant it is. This is probably the most real, and still encouraging, book I've read on the subject. Ruth Cho Simons writes as one who has lived the struggle and can still see God's constant presence in her circumstances. This book was a HUGE encouragment in my life and I hope it will be in yours as well.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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"We are made by God, for God and to be satisfied in God."

"'s the paradigm shift that will transform our restlessness and unsatisfied right now: feeling restless and unsatisfied is exactly where we need to be in order for God to shape us where He wants us to go."

Ruth Chou Simons is one of my favorite Christian Living authors. Not only does she have the beautiful spiritual gift of encouragement through heavy topics, her artwork on the pages are so aesthetically pleasing. I started this book thinking I've come pretty far with living a contented life after decades of feeling nothing but discontent but man, does she have a way with words to show you how to press in even further. I had so many emotions as I read this book and that isn't a bad thing. This book made me think and pray deeply about my own current Now and Not Yet season which allowed me to see the beauty in all of the seasons God allows. We may never truly be who we want or thought we would be...and that is OK because our God has a purpose for us in our present, right-now life.

Ruth points us back to scripture time and again and her liturgies at the close of each chapter are beautifully written. I will be praying them again and again.

Thank you to the publisher and author for allowing me on their launch team to be able to get an eARC to preread the book before today. I received my hardcopy today and can't wait to start it all over again. This is one to read and share with the women in your life no matter what stage of life they are in.

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This is my second book read by this author. The first one was “Foundations” and is still the favourite.
This book is bible grounded, full of biblical exemples and a lot of wow moments. Still, it felt like a cozy discussion at a cup of coffee with the author.
You can’t go wrong with Ruth Chou Simons!

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Ruth Chou Simons has written another beautiful book. From the cover, to the ink on the pages, you're drawn in. I purchased and then read the book from cover to cover within one week . This is not a self-help book. Ruth points the reader directly to the word of God. She shows you from some of her own personal stories how to embrace where you are in life right now on the way to what's ahead of you in the future. Beautifully written! Well done and I'd recommend this book to friends and family.

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Beautiful! This book could not have come at a better time in my life. So often we are looking down the road at what our life could be. This book is perfect for anyone that's struggling with living where you are right now, loving who you are right now, and excepting that this is exactly where God needs you to be. He's got you and has tremendous plans for your future.

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I have read a number of books by Ruth Chou Simons, many of which heavily feature her art. Now and Not Yet has lovely graphics, but not lots of her art. This book is directed to Christian women who find themselves in circumstances they would rather not be in. I related to this book because I have several things I hope will change in my personal life, but they have not done so yet. "This book is for those of us who are waiting, wanting, and restless for more", as Simons states in her introduction. This book helps readers see that God is working in their lives right now. Each chapter ends with a truth about God to press in to as well as a prayer. This book is recommended highly. I received an advanced copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to read this book before it was available to the public. I loved Ruth's encouragement and stories from personal experiences. She always brings it back to The Bible and what God says about times in our life when we are tested and wondering about our right now circumstances. I especially love the liturgy at the end of each chapter, helping me to focus and reach out in prayer to my Heavenly Father. I will be reading this book again and go to it for reminders and encouragement.

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As always, RCS books are absolutely gorgeous and inspiring! I went in thinking this would be the normal devotional format but was surprised that there was a lot more content to read and consider. Ruth deep dives into the topic of feeling restless, unfulfilled, and anxious with where we are in life. She gave honest examples of various times in her life that she felt this way. She also provided wonderful advice based on solid scripture and theology to remind the reader that though you may be wondering about your nows that God has it all covered.

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(Thank you to Netgalley and to the publisher for my gifted e-copy in exchange for an honest review.)

Wow, this was an amazing book.

Ruth Chou Simons is an auto-buy author for me, and this book did not disappoint! So full of truth and wisdom, Now and Not Yet is all about stewarding the season that God has you in now well. The subtitle "Pressing in When You're Waiting, Wanting, and Restless for More" really covers what this book is about, and it was such a helpful and encouraging read for me. It's so tempting to put your hope in a different season instead of in Jesus, but this book was full of beautiful reminders to embrace your current season and to be faithful in it.

One of my absolute favorite parts about this book is that there is a liturgy at the end of each chapter. These liturgies were so wonderful and I really, really looked forward to each one.

Absolutely loved this book. It'll definitely be one of my top 2024 reads!

Highly recommend!

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Ruth Chou Simons is one of those Christian authors that I have so enjoyed over the years. Her years of ministry in a variety of roles, her commitment to her husband & sons, her creativity in adorning the Gospel with her art, her candid takes on life--her ministry has been a blessing to me. This book is no different. Ruth's encouragement to us as we are all in a "not yet" time of waiting. Whether it's waiting for the things we want or for Jesus to return, we all know the feeling of longing to see things come to their complete & desired end.

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Incredibly practical, yet so full of grace, love and care. It’s gentle but firm. Encouraging but honest. I can tell the author walked the message she teaches. It’s personal but not overly so. It’s helpful in the right ways - going for your mind and not merely behavior modification. Love the scripture connections and the liturgies were one of my favorite parts of the book. They were relatable and just right for setting your mind on Christ in the different things the book talked about.
I really enjoyed this book and want to go back and read it again.
I received a digital copy from NetGalley. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

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I really enjoyed Ruth's writing and how the book was firmly based in scripture. She encourages and challenges you and also provides questions to work through. As someone who loves to plan and be organized, the "Chaos Produces Character" chapter was very challenging for me but provided an important perspective.

I loved a lot of the "liturgies for pressing in". As well, Ruth's lovely artwork of course makes appearances throughout.

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Once again, Ruth Chou Simons delivers a beautiful, insightful book. This reads like a devotional with brief anecdotes, relevant scripture, and a liturgy at the end of each chapter for reflection. The book is for everyone, especially those who are overwhelmed or discouraged by their current season of life. I will certainly hold onto several statements, such as those pertaining to God’s sovereignty and presence and how our faithful work in the wilderness matters.

Thank you NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for this advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Nelson Books for an advanced read copy of this book!

Ruth Chou Simon’s beautifully written book weaves together words of encouragement and truths anchored in Scripture. It’s a great read and one to reread during seasons of waiting.

I found encouragement throughout this book as it helped me to cling to scriptures and trust in the Lord’s hand and sovereignty amidst seasons where my limited understanding can’t see what God is doing. I loved the liturgy prayers at the end of each section too.

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This book is one to be savored. To be read slowly and thoughtfully and acted upon. It’s a book I will reread. Ruth Chou Simons is a new author for me and based on the value of the message contained in this book, I will be seeking out other books by her. Highly recommend! I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are strictly my own.

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I feel like I am constantly wishing for my circumstances to change. In her new book, Now and Not Yet, Ruch Chou Simons shows us how to live in the already but the not yet. It is such a needed message for my heart. I am thankful for her heart to share and encourage women with the truth.

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Corrie ten Boom said, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God;” and in Now and Not Yet, Ruth gracefully walks us through what that looks like—to be in a season of waiting and wanting and to trust God with the present, the unknown, and the not yet.

She reminds us of what missionary and author Elisabeth Elliot once said, “The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances” and encourages us to press into the truth that “we are made by God, for God, and to be satisfied in God.”

By interlacing godly wisdom and biblical truths with her own personal stories and liturgies, Ruth directs our gaze towards God and reassures us that we are secure in Him.

Truly, every chapter, every page of Now and Not Yet is rich in both grace and gracious words—making it like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul.

I loved it!

Thank you, NetGalley and Thomas Nelson, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Ruth Chou Simons is such a peaceful presence. I first saw her on if gathering when she was painting - in this book she talked about how that was such a stressful presentation, yet she was so peaceful.

This book was more of the same. A big reminder that when we’re in an in between time, that God still has things for us to do, things that will bless others and will set us up for the next season of life.

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the back of the book is what interested me. it sounded like something perfect for what i've been going thru right now and it did not disappoint. so many times we get caught up in daydreaming for the future and wanting the hard that we are going thru to be over. ruth does a great job in encouraging to live in the now. by taking on the NOW we will appreciate even more the not yets.

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Now and Not Yet
Pressing in When You’re Waiting, Wanting, and Restless for More
by Ruth Chou Simons
Pub DateApr 09 2024
Nelson Books |Thomas Nelson
Christian| Nonfiction \(Adult\)| Self-Help

Nelson Books and Netgalley have provided me with a copy of Now and Not Yet for review:

The "right now"--our life circumstances, our relationships, our progress, our daily grind--often leaves us feeling disappointed. There are so many things we want to do--good, godly things--but our circumstances prevent us from doing them. Are we missing out on our own lives? Right now, why does it seem so far from where we really want to be?

Ruth Chou Simons reminds us that it's okay not to like the right now we've been given, but leaning in doesn't require liking it. In *Now and Not Yet*, Ruth shows us how to.. .The book "Now and Not Yet" shows us how to...
embrace the biblical truth that someday is made up of thousands of right nows; Embrace the biblical truth that someday consists of thousands of right nows;
discern how the difficult parts of our lives are actually a unique gift by discovering five ways to flip the script on a hard season; Explore five ways to flip the script on a difficult time in your life;
stop feeling trapped when we are not where we want to be with guided liturgies for what we are facing today; and With guided liturgies for what we face today, we can stop feeling trapped when we aren't where we want to be; and live faithfully in the tension between what is and what is not yet.

Embrace the tension between what is and what is yet to come.
It's important that you take action now. You can also choose not to check out and press in. Knowing God is at work even when you don't see the progress you desire. Because he's not through with you yet.It's because he hasn't finished with you yet.

I give Now and Not Yet five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!

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Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for this #gifted book!*

Title: Now and Not Yet
Author: Ruth Chou Simons
Genre: Nonfiction/Devotional

Review: “If our desire is to experience more of God’s purposes and plans for our lives, then a posture of rest in the God we trust—free and unhindered—is exactly what we must cultivate right now.” In this devotional style book, Ruth Chou Simons talks about the struggle of the in-between, those times of waiting when life isn’t quite what you expected. You’ll find biblical truth and practical encouragement for the waiting season. Plus the pages are filled with Ruth’s beautiful artwork. You’ll also get a liturgy at the end of each chapter that can help guide your prayers. This is a devotional that you’ll want to leave on your coffee table as both beautiful decor and timeless truth to access any time!

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Thank you NetGalley, Nelson Books, and Ruth Chou Simons for the ARC of this book!

Timing is everything, and currently I have been surrounded with people in their struggle of what's next for them and why not now. Whether it is family members, co-workers, students, or friends. It seems like everywhere I turn, the future seems so distant and we just want answers and instant gratification. It's in our nature - but at what cost? Through her vulnerability, Ruth shares the ups and downs of the less than glamorous life of being a mom of boys, speaker, author, and artist. She gives us an inside view to her real life, not an Instagram one and her struggles that she's faced with trusting God's plan for her over the years, especially when she felt the door wasn't opening - but her calling was still nudging at her. I appreciated the ways she used Scripture throughout each chapter, and how she challenges your thinking to not focus on what you don't have but focus on what you do, then trust God's plan - even if you don't want to wait. When we feel like we aren't getting where we want to go, Ruth says that we start to pull back on our daily bread - when instead we should be running towards Him more. If you are in a season of questioning, waiting, not understanding why - this book is for you. Even if you are content on where you are, this book is for you - because the season will come back around. One of my favorite parts was when she ended each chapter with a liturgy, continuing to focus back to God. I recommend this book to YOU!
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Thank you Ruth Chou Simons and Netgalley for an arc of this book. I really loved this book and the insightfulness. I really appreciated that the focus was God centered and reminded you it is His time and not ours

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This book will leave you feeling that life is okay where you are. Often times we spend so much time searching for everything to be perfect and life does not have to be that way. Enjoy every small or big moment in your life and quit worrying about keeping up with others. Be your real self

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This book will be very helpful for those living in an in between season of life. The author comes alongside the reader by sharing life experience in a relatable way. It’s biblically sound and encouraging.

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Thank you Netgalley for the e-ARC and Thank you to Ruth and her team for very generously giving me an opportunity to be one of her "book midwives"! Such a beautiful, heartwarming book full of truth and breathed from scripture. Ruth always gives us a compassionate voice when talking about waiting and pressing in. This book really encouraged me to not just endure and survive in the present but to find joy and make the most out of it, because the right-nows also do matter in the light of eternity.

The liturgies are absolutely beautiful and they spoke right to my heart - I am not timid to say I would shed tears as I read them slowly, meditating on every word. Ruth is an excellent storyteller and I love how vulnerable and authentic she is in her writing.

I am so excited for my physical copy to arrive! This is a book I'll be gifting, re-reading and thinking about in the future.

All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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I am so glad I came across this one! If you are like me and stuck in a place of wanting to make an impact or just get out of where you are- if you're in a dry season or a hard season where you're somewhere in between not knowing how, when, or if you're going to come out of it- this one is for you.

Now and Not Yet is such a grounded book, referencing scripture often and was encouraging to me in many ways. It's a reminder that even while you're restless God can and is still growing you and you can do things in the waiting that matter even if it doesn't seem that way to your human eyes.

I appreciated the reality that Ruth shares that we might not ever get that full on reach we want or whatever it is, that even while we are waiting we can still recognize and acknowledge that its hard, it stinks and it hurts, but that our emotions aren't the be all end all-> that doesn't change the truth that Gods plan is better for us and we can make an impact and have enough and find joy in where we are. God is always working. What will you do in the now, where you are? You can make an impact where you are. You are valuable. The time is valuable in each season and you can trust God.

My favorite part was that at the end of each chapter, Ruth shared liturgies that she wrote pertaining to what was covered in that chapter that were practical, biblical and beautiful and it ministered to & encouraged my weary heart. At the end of the book there is also a section where verses are all compiled together, which is great if you just want one place for encouragement when you're in now and not yet of your own day.

I've not been familiar with Ruth before this book but am grateful to have come across this one and had an opportunity to read it when I did. It came at the best time for me. Rating this one close to a 4.5 star!

Thank you to Netgalley & the publisher for an advanced e-copy of this one! All opinions expressed are truthful and 100% my own.

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I really enjoyed this book! Not only was it supported by scripture but had so many impactful, real life examples that helped me to understand the teaching/principles. I also enjoyed the author's voice. I have never read anything by her, but now I look forward to opening up her backlist.

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Such a great book full of the truth from
Scripture and encouragement for those who feel stuck and unsure of what is head. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for direction in their life. I enjoyed how the author comes along side you with her story and hope.
Thanks for the advanced copy.

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I am so glad that I read this book at this point in my life. I feel that it is very needed for anyone who just wants this season of life to be over so they can move on to the next. Ruth Chou Simons helps us rest in the season that we are in and make the best out of it. She also helps us to know that it is okay to not like every season of our lives. Ruth backs all of her thoughts up with biblical truth that is just so needed. I really loved the liturgies that Ruth Chou Simons includes in this book they are very beautiful. I felt so in touch with the things she was/is feeling in her seasons of life so I am glad that she included real-life stories in order to let us know we are not alone. Ruth Chou Simons helps us to realize that our right now matters and that God can use us in every season. This book is so wonderfully infused with encouragement. I would recommend this book to anyone who feels restless in their current season of life.
Thank you to NetGalley and Nelson Books. I was not required to leave a review and these opinions are my own.

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Have you ever thought there was a gift in the “not yet”? After reading this book if your answer is no you might changed your mind.

Bestselling author Chou Simon's reminds us that we don't have to like our right now, but lean in. Once you do, you will realize that Ruth's insights are applicable to many of our trials and tribulations.
Whether confronting grief, relationship issues, or personal growth, "Now and Not Yet" will anchor readers with tools and perspectives to not merely endure but to flourish right where we are.
I loved this read.

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What a wonderful reminder that even if we don’t feel like it at the moment, God has us in a place meant just for us. The season may be difficult, but there is a purpose. The book has wonderful reminders of God’s blessings and tips on how we can step back, assess, and try to see ourselves and our lives through God’s plan. I liked the suggestion of leaning into whatever is currently happening in our lives and embracing it for what it could be for us.

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This book is cathartic.

Reading through, I was able to settle my sometimes anxious thoughts of when will things change for me. Guess what, sometimes this is where you are meant to be. And you are not the only person that feels like they are stuck - not by a long way!

Obviously we can always try to improve and change our season, but sometimes the best laid plans blow up. This book reminds us to continually turn to God for guidance, and that he knows all plans, so “might” just have what’s best for us at play!

It’s not exactly groundbreaking writing, but a great example of reinforcing what we already know or have an inkling of. With some new things thrown in.

However, my feedback for the quote pages is not good. The writing was very hard to decipher (fortunately taken from the text so I could cross reference) and I didn’t enjoy the colour scheme.

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I found this book to be very encouraging and it remained rooted in Scriptural truths. Despite how different our lives may be, we all have experienced the tension of the "now and not yet".

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Anything written by Ruth Chou Simons is beautiful, and this is no exception. Thank you for the early access. I treasured this book and will be purchasing a hard copy!

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I really enjoyed, "Now and Not Yet" by Ruth Chou Simons. We all face circumstances that we're waiting on, hoping for, and Ruth shared encouraged for the right now season we're in. I'm currently contemplating a big decision, dreaming of the possibilities this change will make. So it was a timely encouragement to see the goodness of this current season, even if nothing ever changes. To notice what's right about now and to thank God for it. My only critique was the Theological Framework of the Now and Not Yet. There verses that backed up her thoughts felt exhaustive, rather than curated. I may have enjoyed them more with a hard copy format, but I was reading in my Kindle and the last chapter just felt like it went on and on.

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A great resource for those struggling in the present situations they are facing when those present situation don't line up with where they had hoped to be at this season of life.

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Not only is Simons a gifted artist and speaker, but she writes beautifully as well. I appreciated that this book came from a personal place with lots of vulnerable stories and admissions. It was straight forward and yet encouraging. I am definitely in this right now...waiting and wondering what God has for me. Simons sprinkles her artwork throughout this offering, but mostly lots of Scripture, not just her own conjecture. I am intrigued to learn more of her personal story in When Strivings Cease. I'll be heading there next.
Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for this ARC. All opinions are mine.

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I can wholeheartedly recommend this beautiful and timely book. It's a warm embrace for anyone feeling stuck in the "in-between" stages of life. Ruth's vulnerability is refreshing, reminding me that God is with me even in the messy unknowns. This book isn't just about enduring the wait, but about finding purpose and growth in the present. It's a call to quiet the external noise and listen to God's voice within. While the journey may be challenging, with practical tools and gorgeous design, "Now and Not Yet" equips you to press in and find the beauty in the mess. It's a must-read for anyone longing for a deeper connection with God and a more fulfilling present.

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BOOK REVIEW: Now and Not Yet by Ruth Chou Simons

// What I Loved //
🤍 The title of this book describes so many of our lives. How often have you wondered how to enjoy your life right now when it feels like so many things you long for are not yet here? Ruth teaches us restless souls how to press into these seasons so we can see God in them.
🤍 I appreciated the honesty. It’s nice to hear very plainly: you are missing out on your own life. And that you don’t have to like your “now” in order to lean in.
🤍 I just love RCS. I’ve read so many of her books that I can almost predict how she’ll round out a thought or start a new chapter. There’s a comfort in familiarity that makes tough love a little less, well, tough.

// What I Wished For //
◽️I wish this book would have been a workbook! (Part 2, maybe?) It felt like I needed some places to take notes, process new learning, and think through how to apply the teaching to my own circumstances.

// Favorite Quotes //
💭 “We want deliverance without the desert. But God deliberately designs deserts to draw us to himself... It can feel like the desert itself is the source of the pain, but, in reality, the desert often serves to reveal a heart issue: what we think we can't be happy without. In other words, sometimes the desert reveals the comforts, idols, and treasures we lean on for sustenance.”

// Overall Impression //
⚪️ This is a timely book for anyone who’s wishing for a future they can’t quite have yet. Highly recommend!

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I love the gentleness and thoughtfulness with which Ruth Chou Simons writes, and this book is no different. She gracefully delivers biblical wisdom on how to handle that season of waiting, I am sure all of us a familiar with- the space between where we are currently and where we know we are called to be stretching out before us. The author writes from both personal experience and biblical references to offer encouragement, and practical advice. It is beautifully written and a timely word in season.

Many thanks to the publisher, author and NetGalley for the ARC in return for my honest review.

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When life with Jesus isn't what you thought it would be, you are living in the Now and Not Yet. This book is the perfect companion to help you deal with the disconnect and lean into God regardless. A good part of discipleship is learning to see things as God does. Now and Not Yet will give you spiritual practices to transform your thought life and how you see the world. I highly recommend this book for anyone who feels that stretch.

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This was a good read, it had some good take aways and some great food for thought.

I hope to use things and change me to be more Christ like.

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Book Review: "Now Not Yet" by Ruth Chou Simmons

In her collection of remarkable books, Ruth Chou Simmons has truly outdone herself with "Now Not Yet," which stands out as my personal favorite. Simmons' writing style is akin to engaging in a heartfelt conversation with a close friend - relatable and authentic. One aspect I particularly admire about this book is its strong foundation in the Bible, shifting the focus away from our emotions. The author adeptly navigates the theological concept of the already and not yet, demonstrating how we can approach worship and respond to God amidst life's uncertainties. Simmons' commitment to anchoring her writing in the teachings of God's word shines through, making "Now Not Yet" a truly enriching read.

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