Artist, author, and mom-of-six-boys Ruth Chou Simons gets to the heart of grace in this transformative book, When Strivings Cease. I was thrilled to get an e-copy from publisher Thomas Nelson and NetGalley.
This book gets to the heart of what many of us struggle with: feeling like we’re not enough. Society tells us that our approval and value is based on our performance—as parents, employees, even with friends. Ruth knows this struggle intimately, growing up in America as a Taiwanese immigrant, constantly feeling like she didn’t measure up.
She first hits us with some hard truth: that actually, without Christ, we don’t measure up. We’re not enough. But because of God’s incredible, undeserved grace, we don’t have to be; Christ is enough on our behalf. Clinging to this promise, we can be free from both the hamster-wheel of self-improvement and the wrong idea of God as some hard taskmaster who is always disappointed in us. It’s a rich collection of personal stories mixed with gospel truth plus application. I’d recommend anything Ruth writes, but this one is a must for Christians’ TBR list.
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