Friday, September 10
Without a Word by Jill Kelly
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 seven 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.
Without a Word: How a Boy's Unspoken Love Changed Everything
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: FaithWords; 1 edition (Sep 9 2010)
Jim and Jill Kelly thought they had the perfect life. They had a two year old daughter and were expecting their second child. Jim retired from his pro football career and they looked forward to enjoying their new baby boy, who was born on Jim's birthday. Everything seemed perfect!
They had no idea how their life would change. When their son Hunter was only four months old, he was diagnosed with a fatal genetic disease called Krabbe Leukodystropy. They were told that the average life expectancy for children with this disease is about 14 months.
Without a Word is a heart wrenching story of a young family and their journey through a terminal illness with their son. Jim and Jill share personal details of their troubled marriage, their search for faith, and their restored relationship. Even though their young son Hunter was never able to speak a word, he had a huge impact on everyone who was blessed to know him.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Without a Word from Hachette Books, in exchange for my honest review.