Book Review: Pierced & Embraced by Kelli Worrall

Pierced and Embraced: 7 Life-Changing Encounters With The Love of Christ by Kelli Worrall

Published August 1st, 2017 by Moody Publishers

Genres Christian, Nonfiction

Pages 224

Amazon / Goodreads

How would you describe the love of God? Throughout the Gospel accounts, Jesus engaged women differently than He did men. Sometimes the difference is subtle. Sometimes it is stark. Always it is profound. Sometimes the love He offers them is gentle. Sometimes it is fierce. Always it is powerful. Sometimes that love feels like a warm embrace. Sometimes it’s more like a piercing jab. Always, it changes everything.
Women today long to experience the same sort of life-changing love that Jesus lavished on His followers 2000 years ago. We still want to be completely seen and known and valued and set free—as painful as that process might sometimes be. Pierced and Embraced digs deeply into seven encounters that Jesus had with a wide variety of women in the Gospels to show how His love can be equally transformative in our lives today. It mixes attentive Scriptural engagement with personal narrative and relevant application, making the content fresh, accessible, engaging, and practical.

This was an interesting book and combined elements of a nonfiction, memoir style book, along with a Bible study focused book. In each chapter, the author combines both personal stories, scripture and questions for reflection and discussion. Most of the scripture in this book relates to stories from the Gospels that describe Jesus interacting with women. There is of course background information about each of these stories and scriptures in case the reader isn’t familiar with the particular story. I found it to be an interesting book, combining the elements of a memoir and Bible study book. I also enjoy Bible study books that include questions at the end of each chapter that help the reader to focus on the information that they have just read. I find that it also sometimes helps me to better understand what I have just read and relate it to my life. This book could be useful both for personal use and in a Bible study setting.

Thank you to the publisher, Moody Publishers, for sending me a review copy of this book.

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