The Gospel of Self-Improvement and the Gospel of Grace

Jordan talks with author Ruth Chou Simons about how to let go of the gospel of self-improvement and lean on the gospel of grace
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...and I wear a lot of hats. I have an obsession with helping other ambitious women achieve their dreams while ditching hustle and prioritizing their well-being. Around here, you'll find tips and tools to help you do just that!
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Have you ever found yourself thinking about the million and one things you feel like you need to do? You’ve got to do this task, hold that together, fix that other problem, and reach the goal you set.

Before you know it, it feels like too much and you’re asking: am I enough? You feel like you’re behind, lacking, and even failing at everything.

Women right now have more opportunities and more access to information, encouragement, and self-help tools than ever before… and yet, we’re still exhausted, anxious, and feeling like we don’t measure up.

Maybe the reason we’re so exhausted is that we’re striving, fueled by the wrong thing, trying to gain something that we don’t trust God for.

That’s what I talked about on the podcast with Ruth Chou Simons. And guys, she BROUGHT 👏  THE 👏  WISDOM. 

Ruth knows something about feeling measured by achievement, performance, and approval – and finding freedom from the never-ending quest for self-improvement.

Replacing the Gospel of Self-Improvement

Ruth Chou Simons is an author, artist, entrepreneur, and speaker, who uses each of her platforms to share the Word of God with people.

Her newest book, When Strivings Cease: Replacing the Gospel of Self-Improvement with the Gospel of Life-Transforming Grace, tackles hustle and self-help culture by showing you how to stop relying on your own strength and start leaning on grace.

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 God’s grace.

And Ruth brings all of that wisdom, encouragement, and truth to this podcast episode as she challenges our culture’s messaging with grace and truth. 

Hear me when I say that you’re gonna want to listen to this because it’s 🔥.

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If you’re ready to let go of trying so dang hard in your own strength, and trying to measure up, then this episode will help you find the grace and freedom you need.

So make sure you grab a pen and paper (you’re gonna take notes!), and tune in to learn:

    • The difference between striving and being a good steward 
    • What the gospel of self-improvement teaches us vs. what the Bible actually says
    • How to recognize when setting goals become the measure of your self-worth
    • The importance of letting go of striving and trusting God with your dreams
    • The role personal growth plays in our faith

To learn more from Ruth, visit her at 

And don’t forget to drop a comment below. Let us know: In what ways are you striving instead of leaning into grace?

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Hi, I'm Jordan.
& I Wear a lot of Hats.

I have an obsession with helping other ambitious, multi-passionate women succeed while ditching hustle and prioritizing their well-being. My days are spent writing books, hosting the SHE podcast, and creating resources rooted in biblical values to help you do just that. Glad you're here!

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