While in the songwriting phase of this album project, Ruth learned of the Japanese art of kintsugi. Kintsugi (or kintsukuroi) is a Japanese method for repairing broken ceramics with a special lacquer mixed with gold. The philosophy behind the technique is to recognize the history of the object and to visibly incorporate the repair into the new piece instead of disguising it. The process usually results in something more beautiful and more fortified than the original.
God used this medium and philosophy of art to speak to Ruth about the artistry He was up to in her own life. "After a series of losses and painful circumstances, I found myself brokenhearted and struggling to move forward with hope," Ruth explains. "But through this picture of kintsugi, God spoke to me about the way His love, Like Gold, would come down and piece the broken pieces of my heart back together and make it even more resilient and beautiful than before and that is just what He has been so faithful to do. Through this season of healing, I see clearer than ever that as we surrender to Him, God is able to redeem every heartache, every loss, every devastation in our lives and bring about beauty and triumph and that is what these songs are all about." Ruth shares.
"My prayer for this album is that the songs will fall into the hands and hearts of those who need its message just like I did, and as they listen, that HOPE will rise."
The songs on this album were also written as a companion to the award winning book, Motivated by the Impossible, Recognizing Your Invisible Mentors by Ceitci Demirkova.
Like Gold was recorded at Dwelling Place Studio in Kansas City, MO with producer Erin Billings and sound engineer John Hendrickson. Photography was done by Laura Miriello Campbell.