Saturday, March 2, 2013

Review & Giveaway: Jill Kelly's "Etched Upon My Heart"

Living outside of Buffalo, NY, I've seen and heard a lot of Jill Kelly over the years. When she married Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly in 1996, it was front page news. I followed her story when their son Hunter was diagnosed with Krabbe Leukodystrophy, and their family started Hunter's Hope to help other families going through the same heartbreak. Jill spoke at a ladies' event at our church a few years ago, and I've been in the same bleachers as her, watching as her daughter's basketball team creamed my daughter's basketball team. I cried my way through her book "Without A Word"

So, when I was offered the chance to review Jill's new book, Etched Upon My Heart, I was eager to take up the offer. Hearing Jill speak at my church really helped me to see the passion she has for living for Christ, and sharing the Good News. I wasn't disappointed. I was really blessed by this book, and will be sharing it with my family and friends.

In this book, Jill shares from her heart. She shares moments in her life, some recent, some from childhood, and shares a spiritual application that relates to that memory. I was in tears as I read of an incident in her childhood that left her feeling flawed and fearing rejection because of a birthmark on her arm. The lesson she ties in to this memory, about finding significance and satisfaction in God is a lesson that reaches across all ages, sizes, and colors of women and girls.

Jill shares lessons on love, significance, forgiveness, suffering, giving, prayer faithfulness and death. She has been down some difficult roads in her life, but instead of being bitter, she uses the painful times of her past to reach out to others in encouragement.

If you're in the Buffalo area in October, you can hear Jill in person at First Baptist Church of Marilla for our annual Ladies' Night Out. She will be here on Friday, October 18th, 2013. The event is free and will include a chocolate/dessert buffet. A great Christian speaker, great fellowship and chocolate... don't miss it! You can e-mail me or leave a comment asking for more info. Invitation letters will be going out in early September.

About Jill: Jill Kelly is the wife of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. In September 1997,  months after their infant son, Hunter, was diagnosed with a fatal disease called Krabbe  Leukodustrophy, 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. Hunter’s Hope Foundation can be found online  at Jill is also the author of Without A Word. 


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1 comment:

  1. She has shown me that there is hope even when things seem at their lowest. The fact that she set up a foundation to help with the disease her child had speaks to the fact that she didn't focus on the negative but on how she could help others facing the same thing.