Without a Word: How a Boy's Unspoken Love Changed Everything
excellent book. Great Testimony of faith,courage and growth in love of Lord and selves.
December 13, 2010
Without A Word
Not being a football fan I had never heard of Jim Kelly, or his wife Jill, what initially drew me to this book was the fact that Tim McGraw and Faith Hill had written the forward, but once I read this book, I am certain I will never forget the Kelly family and the special little boy that God entrusted them to take care of!
Hunter James Kelly was born on Feb 14 1997 on his fathers birthday, and at the age of four months old was diagnosed with a fatal genetic disease, called Krabbe Leukodystrophy, for which there was no cure or treatments. His parents Jim and Jill Kelly were told that he probably wouldn't live to be two years old.
This was a story that I was unable to put down. I became totally immersed in reading not just Hunter's story but the Kelly's story as well. Jill opens up her heart as a wife and mother and shares the struggles and joys of taking care of a terminally ill child, while trying to maintain a marriage and take care of her other children, she shows us the true meaning of a mothers love.We also hear from Jim as well as Hunter's sisters about their feelings while struggling with the loss of their loved one.
As the title suggests Hunter never uttered a word during his eight year stay on earth but thru this amazing story his life will forever be remembered.Even though this may sound like a sad story of a young boy's life cut short by illness it actually is so much more, we see a family led to God during this story. Its a story filled with hope, love, heartbreak and faith.A story I would highly recommend. Thank you Jim and Jill Kelly for sharing the story of Hunter with us!
I would like to add that 50% of the proceeds of this book will go to Hunter's Hope Foundation. Hunter's Hope confronts the critical need for information, awareness, and research in response to the threat of Krabbe disease and related Leukodystrophies.
Thanks to Faith Words for providing me a review copy of this book. Even though I was provided a review copy of this book it in no way alters my opinion of this book.
November 3, 2010
My husband, an avid football fan, spotted this book written by the wife of quarterback Jim Kelly. He read a page and declared, "Oh, it's a sad book." But he was wrong. Although this memoir is about a sad occurrence, it is not a sad read, but rather a book of hope, promise, and forgiveness. The author shares how she was able to overcome the impossible tragedy of watching her sick child's struggles by trusting in Jesus. This is a book of encouragement.
Hunter, the son of Jill and Jim Kelly taught those around him how to love.
October 9, 2010
This book is more than just a story about a family's experience. It is a revelation that will change your life. I strongly encourage everyone to take the emotional journey through the pages of this memoir and be filled with hope. God, thank you for sharing Hunter Kelly with all of us.
August 26, 2010