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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