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When Strivings Cease: Replacing the Gospel of Self-Improvement with the Gospel of Life-Transforming Grace Hardcover – October 12, 2021
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Grace Secures What Striving Cannot
In this hustling, image-forward age of opportunity, we feel more anxious than ever. Despite all the affirming memes and self-reflections that dominate social media feeds, approval and worth often seem assigned to what we do rather than who we are. And we end up constantly feeling like we’re behind, lacking, and failing—at home, at work, with friends, with God.
Ruth Chou Simons knows something about feeling measured by achievement, performance, and the approval of others. As a Taiwanese immigrant growing up between two cultures, Ruth was always on a mission to prove her worth, until she came to truly understand the one thing that changes everything: the extravagant, undeserved gift of grace from a merciful God. In When Strivings Cease, Ruth guides you on a journey to find freedom from the never-ending quest for self-improvement. She shows you how to
- confront the ways you look to superficial means of acceptance and belonging;
- find relief in realizing self-help isn’t the answer because you can’t be so amazing that you won’t need grace;
- stop seeing God as someone to perform for and start finding delight in responding to his welcome; and
- let go of trying to rely on your own strength, your own abilities, and your own savvy by truly understanding the freedom Jesus purchased for you.
With personal stories, biblical insights, practical applications, and touches of original artwork by Ruth, this transformational book helps you see the beautiful truth that God’s favor is the only currency you need—because in Christ you are enough.
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About the Author
Ruth Chou Simons is a Wall Street Journal bestselling and award-winning author of several books, including GraceLaced, Beholding and Becoming, and Foundations. Her first Bible study curriculum, TruthFilled, released in 2020. She is an artist, entrepreneur, and speaker who uses each of these platforms to spiritually sow the Word of God into people’s hearts. Through her online shoppe at GraceLaced.com and her social media community, Simons shares her journey of God’s grace intersecting daily life with word and art. Ruth and her husband, Troy, are grateful parents to six boys--their greatest adventure.
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (October 12, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1400224993
- ISBN-13 : 978-1400224999
- Item Weight : 14.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In a society so focused on "ME" and self-help/self-love, this book is EXACTLY what everyone needs. We can't better ourselves, our relationships without first growing our relationship with God! He is the answer to everything! If we truly accept him into our lives, fully accept his grace, that he miraculously gives so freely, our self-love, self-acceptance, self-forgiveness will come so easily. That then carries over to our relationships with others.
"We can't know true freedom if we expect grace to make us merely better, rather than completely new."
"God sees us as beloved and unblemished - he sees us as he sees his perfect son, Christ. He chooses to apply grave and call us forgiven because of himself, not because we've proven our worthiness. That's why we can't work to forgive others until we first receive Christ's forgiveness of our own shortcomings. Grace make it possible for us to stop trying to fix others and forgive them instead, on account of God's favor when we can't quite muster up our own."
God's grace lets us know that God does not expect us to be "perfect" or even what we see as the "perfect version of ourselves." He knows we are going to mess up, and accepting him, and his grace, lets us know we are forgiven, gives us the courage to forgive ourselves and accept out imperfect selves, allowing us to live full lives, and grow healthy relationships.
I love Ruth Chou Simons's other books, and this one is no different. This book is different from her others in that it shows HER. Who she really is in her faith, her life. She lets us know of her struggles in the past with striving to be more, and her struggles to truly accept God's grace fully. It is wonderful to see others that you admire and feel like they have it all together and see their struggles are the same as ours!
BUY this book!! You will not be disappointed!!
"Good soil is the difference between truth that transforms and truth that never takes root."
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I found it to be so encouraging to read chapter after chapter that had me saying, “Yes! this is exactly how I feel!“ and to be reminded of this counter cultural truth that I don’t have to be enough because Jesus is; I am welcome and belong simply because Jesus says I am. Ruth reminds you, with honesty and gentleness, that God’s grace is sufficient and unfailing. If you’ve ever found yourself battling fear and shame and questioning your worth and welcome, let Ruth pull you along the journey to remind you that your rest and worth are in far more capable hands than your own.