Raising children isn’t always an easy path. As they enter the various stages that lead to adulthood, sometimes their questions can be dreaded as they open our own vault of mistakes made and decisions that haven’t necessarily been our wisest moments. We witness our children sometimes following our own path and want to step in and intervene, chop down the thickets so they can progress easier than we.
Jill Kelly penned Etched…Upon My Heart, a book that someday, her own daughters will read. Kelly shares her life wide open from significance, suffering, love and wisdom. It’s raw emotions as she peels back the layers of adulthood and motherhood to reveal decisions made as a teenager. There is intense pain as she recounts her husband’s infidelity. It’s heart-wrenching to read about the trial of having a child diagnosed terminally ill and then reliving the brutality of emotion when that child dies. It’s life unfolded and weaved with practical lessons.
This isn’t a book about someone living a privileged life. It’s about someone who has been at the Potter’s Hands, shaped and molded by life and its lessons. It’s about lessons of significance from someone who has struggled with it and been resurrected on the other side. I love that Kelly centers her life now on God and admits, like so many of us have, praying selfishly and then learning that it never was about the one kneeling, but the One who is her Savior. It’s about knowing this and even in her darkest hour, her deepest suffering, burying a child that she celebrates God being faithful.
This book offered comfort as my eyes were opened to the many blessings my life has given in the bounty of painful circumstances. It’s a book filled with lessons that sometimes we allow our burden to camouflage. It gives hope that we will rise above the moment of pain, darkness and hurt to stand on our own…a little taller, a lot stronger and engulfed in peace.
I loved this book and encourage anyone to pick up a copy and read it cover to cover, embracing the bounty of lessons that are applicable to us all. It hits book shelves January 22, 2013.
Written to encourage parents who want to instill faith in their children, Kelly shares episodes of her life—some happy, some sad—imparting lessons she hopes will help others pass on the gift of God’s love. Jill writes, “There are precious memories waiting to be unearthed in the moments already etched upon your life. I hope that in sharing some of mine, you’ll be willing and brave enough to open up and share yours.”
One Reader will win a copy of Jill Kelly’s book,
Etched Upon My Heart: What We Learn and Why We Never Forget
About the Author. Jilly Kelly is the wife of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. At four months old, their son, Hunter, was diagnosed with Krabbe Leukodystrophy, a devastating fatal disease. Jim and Jill founded the Hunter’s Hope foundation to help other children suffering from this disease. They live in New York with their two daughters. Jill is also the author of a title=”Without a Word” .
Julee is a quirky, dorky, North Carolina Transplant with an appetite to taste the world, meets its desserts and blog about them. When she’s not behind the computer you can find her playing with her family, reading a good book and celebrating the little things.
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