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The Mary Marantz Show

Mar 29, 2022

Do you feel measured by achievement, performance, and approval of others? Perhaps you feel that your worth often seems assigned to what you do rather than who you are. If you are tired of your journey of trying to ‘arrive’, then today’s episode is for you!

Today Mary is joined by artist, entrepreneur, speaker, and best-selling author - Ruth Chou Simons - as the two dive into Ruth’s new book, “When Strivings Cease: Replacing the Gospel of Self-Improvement with the Gospel of Life-Transforming Grace.” With personal stories, biblical insights, practical applications, and touches of original artwork by Ruth, this transformational book helps readers see the beautiful truth that God’s favor is the only currency you need—because in Christ you are enough.

On today’s episode, Mary and Ruth tackle all things “arriving”. Specifically:

  • How the grace of God eradicates the need for self- improvement

  • Why ‘arrival’ is not an achievement but rather a feeling of peace and freedom

  • Ways to let go of relying on your own strength, your own abilities, and your own savvy by truly understanding the freedom Jesus purchased for you

  • How to move past your paralyzing “not good enough” thoughts 

  • Ways to combat generational lies with God’s truths


If you are ready to find freedom from the never-ending quest for self-improvement, then today’s episode is a must-listen!

Grab a copy of "When Strivings Cease" here!



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  • If you love this episode, we bet you would also love Mary’s first book Dirt, all about growing up in a trailer in West Virginia, before going on to Yale for law school. It is a story of redemption and how we make peace with our past. You can find that at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target online or anywhere, books are sold.

  • Don't forget to pre-order Slow Growth Equals Strong Roots while you're there, too! 

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