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.
About The Author:
Jill Kelly is the wife of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. In September 1997, three months after their infant son, Hunter, was diagnosed with a fatal disease called Krabbe Leukodystrophy, Jim and Jill founded the Hunter's Hope Foundation. As chairman of the board of Hunter's Hope, Jill helps children suffering from Leukodystrophy and their families by raising awareness and research funds to fight this devastating disease. She and Jim live in Buffalo, NY, with their two daughters and three dogs.
I am giving you all fair warning: do not read this book without a box of tissues nearby. You will need them before you even reach the end of the first chapter.
Through reading Without A Word: How A Boy's Unspoken Love Changed Everything, I have been given a glimpse of what it is to not only deal with a child's terminal illness, but also deal with the death of a child, marriage trials, and marriage healing and reconciliation. The most important message throughout this book though, is that one cannot get through any of these trials without Jesus guiding you. It was amazing to journey with Jill Kelly as as she grew in her relationship with God, persevered through the toughest things a parent and wife can deal with, and still come out with such a wonderful outlook on life.
There is no sugar coating the trials that Jill and Jim Kelly have endured throughout their marriage, but I loved that. They were raw and real in their writing and the true emotion showed through each page of Without A Word. You will be encouraged as you see this couple fight hard for their marriage instead of taking the easy road out and walking out of it. In this day and age of a 50% divorce right in and out of the Church, this is a story that beats the odds.
If you want to read a book about unconditional love, faith, courage and family, you NEED to read this book! You will not regret it.
I highly recommend this book and give it a HUGE thumbs up.
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