Book Review: Pierced & Embraced by Kelli Worrall

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Pierced & Embraced: 7 Life-Changing Encounters With The Love Of Christ, written by Kelli Worrall, was published by Moody Publishers in August 2017. I received an paper book copy for my honest review.

What is it like to have God love us in spite of it all? Jesus comes for our whole heart with mercy, grace, tenderness, and sometimes that involves pain. God’s pursuit of a woman’s heart is transformational. Worrall argues that God’s love for us is not without pain. Does love cause pain? Anchored in Biblical perspective Pierced & Embraced unpacks that for us comparing it to stories in American literature and personal narrative.

“…regardless of whether it comes via an angelic announcement or a burning bush or a still small voice – may we have keen ears and willing hearts that will hear and heed God’s call” (Worrall, 52).

Using the stories of 7 women of the Bible, Worrall reflects back to us God’s grace for women by diving deep into each narrative. Each chapter explores women such as Mother Mary, the Hemorrhaging Woman, the Samaritan Woman and others. My favorite chapter focuses on the Samaritan Woman (the woman at the well). Each time I feel my past is too laden with baggage I’m pressed to see beyond the labels placed upon my life. Am I qualified to speak, write, or am I worthy to quote scripture? This chapter reminded me His truth, wrapped in mercy and grace, is the only place to look when I feel unworthy.

Two of the questions for reflection and discussion are: “Who needs to hear your testimony? How might God use you in your sphere of influence” (Worrall, 81)? I wrote these questions in a place where I can refer to them often. When I’m feeling unqualified in life, I can find comfort in knowing how loved I am by Him.

This was the first book that had me actually sit with the Bible and reflect alongside the text. I read it as more of a study than a story. It would be an incredible Bible study that I would love to take part in if it is ever turned into that.

I highly recommend this book and am glad I chose it for review. It is one I can refer to over time. I urge you to purchase it!

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From Moody Publishers:

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.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Moody Publishers through the book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Cover photo credit: Photo by Jordan Sanchez on Unsplash