Friday, November 26, 2010

Review: Without A Word by Jill Kelly

 Without A Word How a Boy's Unspoken Love Changed Everything by Jill Kelly with foreword by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw
Book Description: WITHOUT A WORD is a riveting memoir that blends remarkable achievement with passion, sacrifice, love, pain, and human interest. It takes the reader into the lives of a celebrity couple, Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, and his wife, Jill, to reveal the Kelly family's private struggle and how eight and a half years with their severely disabled, terminally ill son, Hunter, unfolded in a redemptive and transforming manner. The light of Hunter's love through his brief and silent life shone into the shadowed corners of Jill and Jim's lives resulting in Jill believing that Jesus Christ was authentic, her learning to forgive Jim of past indiscretions, and finally resulting in Jim's seeking and finding God. Lessons gleaned from Hunter's life and death, and Jim and Jill's struggle to save their marriage during tumultuous times, make this a compelling and inspiring read.

About the Author: Jill Marie Kelly is the wife of retired Buffalo Bills Quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. Jill and Jim have three children, Erin 14, Hunter (February 14, 1997 - August 5, 2005), and Camryn 10, and three dogs, a yellow lab - Butterscotch, a black lab - Buddy, and a Teacup Chihuahua - Bella. A seasoned writer, Jill writes with a tenderness and candor that has served her and her readers well in laying her soul bare on the page. Through deeply personal journal entries, she has written, Prayers for Those Who Grieve and Prayers of Hope for the Brokenhearted, sharing her most intimate struggles through the loss of her son, Hunter, and the many painful experiences that followed along her path of healing.Here's What I think: Completely moving is the best way I can describe this book. Being a football fan, a Christian and a mother, this book touched me on so many levels, but even if I wasn't all these things it still would have moved me, really anyone with a pulse should get something out of this incredibly real and well told story. As a parent, you never want to hear that your child is going to live a very short life that would be filled with pain, suffering and struggles, not just for the boy but for the whole family. When the Kellys are told that their son had a fatal disease, without any known treatment, they did not throw up their hands in despair and give up, they fought to make him a part of their family for however little time they could have him. Thought the book has significant Christina overtones, it is not about religion but about one family, one woman's really, honest and true relationship with God. I have a strong belief that it was this relationship and trust that Hunter was able to stay with his family so much longer than the doctor's expected. I find this book to be one of the most courageous and encouraging works I have read in a very long time.

Her unique journey through life has been forever memorialized in Without a Word, How a Boy's Unspoken Love Changed Everything, a memoir of hope and healing that shares the story of her son, Hunter's, incredible impact on their family. The deeply human narrative chronicles the dramatic way God rescued the Kelly family and revealed Himself through the suffering of their son, turning their hearts to the suffering of His Son ─ and ultimately restoring their love.
"Oddly, I have been writing for years...in my journals. Never did I ever think that God would allow my writings to touch people in the way they have," Jill recalls. "I'm humbled and grateful though I will never fully comprehend why God chooses to use broken vessels, like me, to reveal His heart."






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