Etched...Upon My Heart: What We Learn and Why We Never Forget by Jill Kelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Etched . . . Upon My Heart: What We Learn and Why We Never Forget is a book that literally brought me to tears. Jill Kelly is wife of former Buffalo Bill quarterback Jim Kelly, and mother to two girls, to whom she dedicated this book, and one son, Hunter, who passed away at age eight from a rare disease.
In this book, she takes eight ideas / qualities and expounds on them from her life experiences. She discusses losing Hunter to Leukodystrophy and the challenges that surrounded that as well as other life challenges. They range from love to death, and while telling these stories she bares her heart. The stories are ones any woman can relate to, or at the least empathize with her. She recalls memories that will bring a smile to your face, such as when her daughter was insist that her husband pray to become a Christian. Some stories make you wonder how you would feel -- what if you organized a fundraiser in honor of your child who passed away and saw his picture on flyers which at the end of the day were discarded? She tells stories of hope. When she was doing a Bible study and couldn’t remember when she had been betrayed, healing emanated from that recollection.
This is a unique book. It’s not a devotional (although it could be used as such.) Nor is it a Bible study. It’s someone sharing from their heart, some of the deepest things that as I read it, I repeatedly thought to myself, “If this happened to me, I don’t know if I could ever share this with the world.”
I think this would make an excellent book for a book club, women’s group, or even a Sunday School class. Through a group discussion, you might even be inspired to write your own legacy to your children of God’s love and faithfulness in your life by telling your story. I can’t recommend this book enough.
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