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When Strivings Cease is an invitation to re-think our preoccupation with approval and the striving that comes because we feel like we’re forever missing the mark. It offers a deeper, abiding understanding of what God’s generous, unmerited favor really accomplishes in and through us when we receive the gift of grace. This is an invitation to find freedom from anxious striving and fuel for living loved and transformed.

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When Strivings Cease Bible Study

In this six-session video Bible study, Wall Street Journal bestselling and award-winning author Ruth Chou Simons reminds us that the answer we’re looking for isn’t the latest and greatest strategy for self-improvement; it’s the transforming gift of amazing grace.

You’ll walk away understanding more fully that the generous, unmerited favor of God is the means to the welcome, love, and approval you so deeply long for.

This study guide contains video streaming access to all six sessions!

Available November 23, 2021 

What Others Are Saying…

“In Ruth’s personal and generous way, she has crafted the message that busy and driven Christians need to hear: no amount of self-improvement or the world’s approval could ever replace our need for God’s amazing grace. This is a book for us all. I’m so grateful to Ruth for the reminder to cease our striving, so we can be set up for receiving from God himself.”

Lysa TerKeurst, #1 New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

“If you are a recovering people pleaser, if you’re tired of striving and measuring up, When Strivings Cease will be like water to your soul.”

Jennie Allen, New York Times bestselling author of Get Out of Your Head
and founder and visionary of IF:Gathering

“When faced with our self-worth deficit, we are often told to choose between two
seemingly conflicting paths: self-acceptance or self-improvement. Ruth invites us into an
understanding of how grace shapes the Christ-follower through both surrender and growth.
These are not theological abstractions for her, but hard-won truths borne from her own tenderly
told story. When Strivings Cease invites us to learn how grace frees us from the terrible
treadmill of earning approval and sets us firmly on the path of growing in Christlikeness.”

Jen Wilkin, author and Bible teacher

“In When Strivings Cease, Ruth Chou Simons paints beautiful pictures with words—pictures of shame and inadequacy that we see ourselves in, and a picture of the rest we long to find ourselves in. Ruth’s humor, vulnerability, scriptural insight, and friendly offer of gospel grace comes through on every page.”

Nancy Guthrie, author and Bible teacher

Additional Resources

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

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