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Arms Open Wide: A Call to Linger in the Savior's Presence by [Gragg, Sherri]
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About the Author

Sherri Gragg fell in love with stories as a child, discovering that she could travel to any place and any moment in time between the covers of a book. Today as a writer she takes her readers with her on the journey. Her first book, Arms Open Wide: A Call to Linger in the Savior’s Presence, utilizes cultural background and archeology to immerse the reader in some of the most riveting moments of the Gospels. Sherri is a nationally published freelance writer and award winner in the 2012 Writer’s Digest Competition and lives with her husband and five children in Franklin, Tennessee.


Product Details

  • File Size: 691 KB
  • Print Length: 223 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 13, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 13, 2014
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HWZE9NK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Neal Reynolds VINE VOICE on April 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This does have the appearance of a devotional with the Biblical reading, the "devotional" text, and a prayer.

But hold on a minute!!! The text in each chapter is more like a short story than it is a devotional. It's a revision of the Biblicalreading preceding the text, but revision doesn't sound right either because the text is flawlessly true to the scripture.

What Sherri Gragg does here is to present the incident from the life and ministry of Jesus from the viewpoint of one of the people in the incident such as the boy who brought a lunch that fed a multitude, or the woman accused of adultery. There are more than 30 of these "short stories" that wonderfully bring the incident into full life related by Biblical characters. Some are related from the viewpoint of a disciple as in the case of the tax collector Matthew's being called as a disciple. The stories are taken from the full New Testament including the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, and the Great Commission.

This is a great book for every Christian, be ye new to the faith or a long time believer. It's also a great gift and one that I especially urge giving to anyone who is seriously contemplating becoming a Christian. Of all the Christian books I have read, this is one of the most powerful ones and I honestly urge you to get hold of a copy.
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This book is a lovely hybrid as a devotional book, a prayer book, and story book, all accurate to biblical history. Each of the more than 30 chapters stars with a biblical quotation and then a reference (for you to look up and read on your own) and follows with an entertaining story from the New Testament. The story fictionalizes the reading and emotionally and experientially moves the reader so that you feel that you are actually there in the story--experiencing whatever happened by looking through the main character's eyes and participating! Each chapter ends with a lovely prayer.

I really enjoyed this because it is an interesting way of adding depth to my reading of the Bible and of introducing me to historical facts that I knew nothing about. If you enjoy the Bible and want to learn more about it but don't want to "study", this would be a terrific way to do so. Older children would also enjoy this book. Possibly younger children also, if the text were read in an interesting way; there would be parts they might not understand, but I think they'd still find a lot to enjoy.

I purchased a hard copy, as for my review I was only given a paperback draft and it was very hard to read in places. The hard copy was much nicer; in fact, it was like a gift edition with gilded edges. However, there was still not a lot of contrast of the text in the prayers--they are in brown text on tan paper. The highlighted blurbs in the story are also in brown text. I have some vision challenges and it was a bit hard to read, thus the four stars. This is the only flaw I can find in a beautiful, appealing book.

Recommended.
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The prepublication book I got through Vine was harder to read than I hope and suspect the published edition will be. It had print in various shades of gray instead of black in places, nearly impossible to read unless you held the book 6 inches from the lamp. I am assuming that this means the published edition will have different colors of ink. If so it should be no problem.
It took a while to find it was supposed to be a devotional.
It has a one sided view of Christ, as all love and forgiving. While Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit are certainly loving and forgiving, it does help to remember that He is also Just and hates sin. It does help if you at least mention that Jesus is saving you from the Wrath of God and is forgiving you of your sins.
I did find the rewritten stories well done, and filled with historical information the gospels leave out because everybody at the time knew these things.
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Format: Hardcover
A wonderful 34 day devotional with suggested scripture reading for each day and a prayer at the end as well.
It is a beautiful hard cover book. It would make a fantastic gift.
I loved the easy read and deep heartfelt devotionals for each morning to start my day off right. Very well written.
I gave this book 4.5 stars and I recommend this gift book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my review.
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In the introduction to ARMS OPEN WIDE, author Sherri Gragg tells of the moment she asked Jesus into her heart at the tender age of four. Gragg goes on to say that even though she loved God, her perception of His character was skewed. Over the next few dozen years, she pictured a vengeful, judgmental God and based her Christianity on being “good” instead of accepting His grace and embracing His acceptance. She feels that this flawed thinking basically stole the close relationship she could have had with a loving Father.

When she finally recognized her faulty thinking --- thanks to a trip to Israel when she was 41 years old --- Gragg says the shackles on her heart and mind loosened. She then began to research the scriptures more carefully. Soon after, ARMS OPEN WIDE was born.

While this book, at first glance, may seem like a devotional, it’s really more of a creative and descriptive look at the heart of Jesus. Instead of devotional-style teaching, Gragg opts for fictional narrative based on her research. Each chapter offers an exquisite retelling of well-known (and some lesser known) Bible stories, with intricate details that capture the reader and breathe life to the characters we’ve perhaps read about many times before.

For example, one of the first stories she shares is titled “The Untouchable One” and is based on the woman with the issue of blood. How can one not be drawn into the following scene?

“By the window, she waits. Day after day, month after month, year after long year, she sits like a specter, invisible to the throngs of life passing by in the busy street just on the other side of her wall. She listens and watches, living vicariously through neighbors, relatives, and old friends who, one by one, have all but forgotten her.
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