Without a Word: How a Boy’s Unspoken Love Changed Everything

by 5 Minutes for Books

When Jill met Jim Kelly, he was at the peak of his fame as Buffalo Bills quarterback. They got married, but because of busy schedules and her devotion to her kids, they never really connected.

Without a Word: How a Boy’s Unspoken Love Changed Everything is Jill Kelly’s story. It’s primarily about caring for her son Hunter, who was born with the fatal and rare condition Krabbe’s disease — the demands, her emotions, and the effect it had on her family, both positive and negative.

I liked how Kelly wrote honestly about her past and present troubles, which included an out of wedlock pregnancy, depression, marital troubles, and of course caring for a very ill child.

Without a Word is published by Hachette’s Faithwords imprint, and Jill Kelly does share about how her relationship with Jesus helps her through these trials.

Even though Kelly had to deal with issues that most of us (thankfully) never will, something about the way she tells her story makes it very relatable. We all have problems in our lives that impact our parenting and our marriages, and it’s in this way that I most often related with Kelly’s story.

I have one copy of Without a Word to give to one of you (U.S. and Canadian residents only).

Leave a comment if you’d like to win, and we’ll announce the winner right here on October 18.

The winner of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole movie bucks & book are #17 Mami2jcn and #24 Susan P.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Donna Lutjens October 4, 2010 at 12:28 am

Sounds like a powerful book–I’d love to read it.


2 Jill October 4, 2010 at 12:35 am

Sounds like just the kind of books I like!


3 Shana October 4, 2010 at 12:56 am

Sounds like a book that will pull at the heart strings. That’s amazing she wrote about it and is letting others share in her life by reading it


4 Marni October 4, 2010 at 12:56 am

I’d love to win!


5 Mama Needs a Cosmo October 4, 2010 at 1:31 am

I remember reading about this in Parade a while back. Such an amazing story written and told by a phenomenal woman. Whenever I lose patience with my very healthy (and sometimes overactive) boys, I think of women like Jill and it puts life in perspective for me!!


6 Shawnee October 4, 2010 at 1:43 am

I remember living in Buffalo and seeing the Kelly family on the news deal with this horrible news. As a mom of a child with mito disease, I would love to read her story.


7 valerie smith October 4, 2010 at 3:02 am

I would love to read this book. Very timely topic for me as my husband and I are struggling with connecting right now.


8 DeAnn October 4, 2010 at 10:11 am

I would love to win this book. Reading about how others overcome difficulties is inspiring.


9 Sarah October 4, 2010 at 10:14 am

I’ld love a copy!


10 sandra joseph October 4, 2010 at 10:21 am

Jim Kelly went to a rival school that my high school team played. We all knew about Jim Kelly as he beat our team in every game (including the championship football game). I would enjoy reading how God has worked in his life since I knew of him in high school.


11 5 Minutes for Books October 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I didn’t know about that part of his life, but it’s a really powerful story.


12 Krista October 4, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Sounds like it would be a really good read. :)


13 tennille October 4, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Break out the tissues! Sounds good and moving.


14 Marj M. October 5, 2010 at 7:29 am

I know I would cry but I also know I would learn and like doing it.


15 Brenda Hall October 5, 2010 at 9:33 am

Wow – would love to read her story in hopes that it will help mine!! Thank you for the opportunity!!


16 LaVonne October 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I’d love this book. It looks great.


17 Linda Kish October 5, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I remember Hunter’s story. I would love to read Jill’s book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com


18 Kimberly October 6, 2010 at 10:13 am

I’d like to win this book.


19 Christine 'LiveLaughLoveCj' October 6, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I would love to read her story, I remember reading something about this family in parade or guideposts(?). I would love to know more.

thank you for the opportunity


20 Rebecca October 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm

I would love to win this book!


21 Jody October 11, 2010 at 10:38 pm

This book would be wonderful to read and share with my family whom I knnow would enjoy it, too.


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