Without a Word: How a Boy's Unspoken Love Changed Everything - eBook
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Publication Date: 2010
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.
Kelly, wife of pro football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly and mom to Hunter, the child on whom her memoir is focused, shares her experience with a candid and genuine spirit. Jill entered the big leagues with Buffalo Bills quarterback Kelly as a naïve young 20-something woman who first became pregnant and then became Mrs. Kelly. The author quite transparently discusses how ill-equipped both she and Jim were for matrimony. When their second child, Hunter, was born with the neurodegenerative disorder Krabbe disease, life turned inside out for them as individuals and as a couple. The text chronicles Hunter's medical journey; his spirit of love overcame countless obstacles while affecting his family's lives, even long after he died. Kelly shares one very public family's journey through grievous suffering and shows how God healed their pain in his own time and way. (Sept.)Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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MACooperDundee, NyAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5December 13, 2010MACooperDundee, NyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5excellent book. Great Testimony of faith,courage and growth in love of Lord and selves.
BrendaWVAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Without A WordNovember 3, 2010BrendaWVAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Not 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.
SallyTampa, FL3 Stars Out Of 5Overcoming TragedyOctober 9, 2010SallyTampa, FLMy 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.
Jack W5 Stars Out Of 5August 26, 2010Jack WThis 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.
Jacque Waggoner5 Stars Out Of 5August 25, 2010Jacque WaggonerJill Kelly shares from the depths of her heart, from a sacred place where few dare to travel. You will feel her pain and then you will be lifted high with hope and joy - a joy you may have never known. You begin reading her story and leave with an indescribable joy and hope for your own story. This is a must read for everyone. It doesn't matter who you are or what you are going through, you will find hope for yourself in this book. You will be inspired and renewed.
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