A Pierced & Embraced: Seven Life-Changing Encounters with the Love of Christ - eBook
A Pierced & Embraced: Seven Life-Changing Encounters with the Love of Christ - eBook  -     By: Kelli Worrall
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 9780802496225
ISBN-13: 9780802496225

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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.

Includes study/reflection questions at the end of each chapter, inviting women to dig into the passages for themselves.

Winner of the ECPA's Top Shelf Cover Award 2017 

Author Bio

KELLI WORRALL is Professor of Communication at Moody Bible Institute, Chicago. She’s also a writer and a speaker and blogs at www.thisoddhouse.org. She coauthored the book 20 Things We’d Tell Our Twentysomething Selves with her husband, Peter (www.peterandkelli.com). Kelli received a B.S. in Communication from Cedarville University, a Masters degree in Religious Education from Trinity International University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Roosevelt University.  Kelli lives in McHenry, Illinois, with Peter and their two children, Daryl and Amelia.

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  1. HeidiMarie
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    "Heartrending truth all wrapped up in mind-blowing grace. A piercing embrace. That is our Jesus."
    April 21, 2018
    HeidiMarie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Pierced and Embraced by Kelli Worrall is all about the piercing love of Christ. It is a love that is sometimes painful, with "grace filled jabs"that show us the truth. With this book, Kelli Worrall shows us the love of the Lord in His wonderful combination of truth and grace. He pierces our heart and soul while bringing us into an embrace.

    She uses examples of how Jesus interacted with women in the Bible. Through these stories, we see Jesus interact with women, show them a truth in their life that is painful to them, and embraces them with love and grace. Then, we see how this is reflected in our own lives.

    What I loved the most is how much Kelli Worrall really delved into the details of each story, which made it make much more sense for me, and made it so much more impactful.

    Both the author and I would recommend reading this with a journal nearby, for reflection and to answer the reflection and discussion questions that are at the end of each chapter.

    I completely adored the author's voice, tone, and writing style. She is so open and vulnerable and honest, it felt like talking to a friend.

    I gave this 5 stars and I highly recommend it!

    *I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
  2. Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    New Testament Women and the Piercing Embrace of the Following Life
    October 2, 2017
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Flannery OConnor is known for her short stories, but she packed images large and alarming into her economical word count. Murder, road side ambushes, and the cast of grotesque characters who populated her writing reinforced her oft-quoted credo:

    You have to make your vision apparent by shock to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind, you draw large and startling figures.

    In Pierced and Embraced, Kelli Worrall borrows one of OConnors large and startling figures to write in bold script a parable of the gospel. The story of a defenseless old woman being violently gored by a bull portrays the shocking nature of grace as OConnors protagonist is stabbed through the heart with one horn and encircled about the waist by the other.

    It was the piercing that grabbed Kellis attention in the midst of her struggles with infertility and the heartbreak of three miscarriages. She raged against the unfairness and felt abandoned by God until He helped her to see the embrace of His love that came alongside the piercing. She began to study the lives of women in the New Testament and was startled to note that Jesus manner of dealing with women was a uniquely gentle pursuit of their hearts.

    One by one, Pierced and Embraced recounts the stories of seven New Testament women, their encounters with the Savior, and His impact upon their lives. At the same time, Worrall weaves in her own story of a challenging childhood, her marriage and career, the adoption of two children, and a growing faith and obedience.

    Prophetically warned that a sword would pierce her heart, Mary of Nazareth embraced and was embraced by the call of God to a one-of-a-kind journey that put the power of God on display in a humble, faithful life.

    The woman at the well found, at the end of Jesus piercing questions, a grace-filled embrace of her need and her longing and then a new identity as an instrument of change in the lives of many others. (80)

    Pierced physically, emotionally, and spiritually by life, we all hurt. The woman with the hemorrhage had experienced lifes piercing, but received the embrace of acceptance and healing when she placed desperate and believing hands upon Jesus garment.

    Used as bait in a moral and theological snare for Jesus, the woman caught in adultery was about to be executed by a cadre of the self-righteous. Jesus turned the tables, and skewered her accusers with His piercing interrogation. Expecting death and shame, the guilty received forgiveness and hope for a new beginning a hope that encourages this present-day believer to come quickly for the embrace of forgiveness and the all-important words: Neither do I condemn you. Go and from now on sin no more.

    Worrall experienced the piercing anguish of Gods waiting room in the six year process of an international adoption. Mary and Martha waited on pins and needles for Jesus to heal their dying brother Lazarus. When Jesus shows up, He works in ways that no one could have predicted, but the lesson reveals that the jolting embrace of a wild and powerful Savior leaves His followers convinced of His presence and His love.

    The woman with the alabaster jar pours out her worship with abandon and beauty and yet experiences piercing disapproval. Jesus rebuke of the scolds in the room is an embrace to all the beauty-lovers, the lavish prais-ers, and the devoted followers who put the glory of God ahead of practical concerns and even their own reputation.

    Chosen to know Jesus and to make Him known, Mary Magdalene has been the subject of much speculation through the centuries since her eye-witness experience of the resurrected Christ. Pierced by sorrow and then embraced by a commission to be Jesus apostle to the Apostles, Mary received the privilege of being the first herald of the resurrected Christ.

    Because He is timeless and immutable, Jesus continues to work in the lives of women, drawing us into conversation, commissioning us to share His message of Truth, and piercing our hearts with the conviction that His words are true and His path worth following. May we find grace in this following life to lean into His gentle embrace as we are transformed and empowered for our own beautiful offerings of service and worship.

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    This book was provided by Moody Publishers in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Part memoir, part Bible study, part Christian living book
    May 9, 2017
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "Pierced and Embraced" is part memoir and part Bible study. The author started by summarizing a favorite story where a woman ties to get rid of a bull which is meant to symbolizes Christ. When the woman finally orders the bull killed, the bull gores her. Then the author talked about a very painful and upsetting period in her life when she felt that Jesus had "pierced" her. In later chapters, the author further described her hardest, most painful times. She focused on her angry response to these events, though they ultimately did draw her closer to Christ.

    But most of the book recounted encounters that Jesus had with women in the Gospels, along with some background information (like you'd find in a good study Bible). She then took a theme from each encounter and wrote on that topic. So we're told what the Gospels relate about Mary (Jesus' mother), then the author talked about our calling. For the Samaritan woman at the well, she talked about labels and the lies we believe. For the woman with the problem of bleeding, we learn about recognizing our need for Christ. For the woman caught in adultery, she talked about forgiveness. For Mary and Martha, she talked about God's timing. For the woman with the alabaster jar, she talked about worship and how we should use our resources to serve Christ. And for Mary Magdalene, she talked about the role of women in church.

    I received an ebook ARC review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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