Thursday, August 31, 2017

Book Review - Pierced and Embraced


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.

You will:
Understand the unique and powerful and complex ways in which Jesus loves the women of the gospels.
Recognize your own longings for love and the (often inadequate) ways we seek to satisfy them.
Discover how to live in the fullness of Jesus' love for you.


KELLI WORRALL has been teaching in the Communications Department of Moody Bible Institute since 1998. She teaches both writing and public speaking courses. She has also directed many of the plays and advises several of the drama teams on campus.

Kelli studied communications at Cedarville University and spent the first part of her career writing church curriculum products for children and youth at Regular Baptist Press. Kelli studied religious education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MRE) and creative writing at Roosevelt University (MFA).

Kelli enjoys speaking and writing. She authored the popular article "20 Things I Wish I Had Known in My Late 20s," published in Relevant Magazine. She enjoys speaking at women's events and retreats. She and husband, Peter, speak together at marriage, college, and young adult retreats, and Kelli blogs at They are parents of Daryl (6) and Amelia (3) through adoption. Kelli's hobbies include running, cooking, and decorating their Craftsman house.


This book spoke to my heart in so many ways. I loved how Kelli shares her heart and gives us a glimpse into her own hard times and piercings.

She shares with us different women of the Bible and how God interacted with them in their needs. We can see how much He cares for us, as women, and how valued we are. There were things she pointed out that I had never really noticed before even thought these women of the Bible are well known to me.

It encouraged me in my struggles and I'm sure it will you, too. We see how Jesus will embrace us and get us through the piercings of our life. There are so many ways in which God comforts us and, no matter what we are going through, He is there, going through it all with us.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Moody Publishers

Blessings - Julie

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