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Etched...Upon My Heart: What We Learn and Why We Never Forget [Kindle Edition]

Jill Kelly
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Book Description

Our lives are made up of moments. Some we hope to remember forever and some we long to forget. But it's the tapestry of these moments that come together to write the story God is telling through each of our lives.

In ETCHED . . . UPON MY HEART, Jill Kelly shares some of the unforgettable moments in her life-some sorrowful, others filled with joy-as a "living epistle" to her daughters. Kelly's raw and honest reflections provide encouragement and inspiration for women and mothers who long to pass on hard-won knowledge of God's steadfast love and healing grace to their children.

As she writes, "God will break our hearts, but He will hold the pieces. He will cradle us and redeem every tear we cry." Although great personal pain informs these pages, Kelly's story is ultimately one of forgiveness, reconciliation, and hope. Through the moments in time that Jill Kelly recounts, you will recognize the daily reality and eternal value of God's plan for your own life.

Editorial Reviews


"Jill courageously allows us into the rawest moments of her personal journey, and invites us to join the process by which love is defined, fear becomes faith, and suffering becomes sovereign. Undoubtedly, if "moments are measured by depth, not by length", then the moments that you will spend reading ETCHED UPON MY HEART will serve as some of your most valuable..."—Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Co-Host ABC THE VIEW

"Jill Kelly writes with a raw honesty that is both rare and refreshing. ETCHED...UPON MY HEART will both break your heart where it needs to be broken and heal your heart at the same time."—Mark Batterson, Pastor of National Community Church, author of The Circle Maker

"I am taken ... with the words in ETCHED...UPON MY HEART and the heart of the writer who wrote them, Jill Kelly. As a mother, Jill spoke to the place in me that desires to make a lasting imprint on my children's lives. As a woman, she touched the place in me that knows well of the struggle to love, lose, forgive, live faithfully, find significance. As a believer in Jesus, she stirred my deep gratitude for redemption and the God who makes all things well. There is a richness that comes from a life that has lived this, and Jill Kelly has poured her own onto the pages of ETCHED. I just read it, and I want to read it, again."—Lisa Whittle, speaker, Compassion advocate, author of {w}hole

"As I read ETCHED...UPON MY HEART, it occurred to me that Jill Kelly is missing something. Like pretense. And guile. And posturing. She swings the door to her life wide open and gives us an all access pass to the moments that have made her. Many of those moments are sweet, but some are blindingly painful, others unvarnished and ragged. I kept meeting myself in Jill's story. Then it settled on me what the power of this book is: Jill is not telling us her story. She is telling us Jesus' story in its Jill Kelly edition."—Jennifer Kennedy Dean, Executive Director of The Praying Life Foundation and author of Live a Praying Life and Altar'd

"If I had to describe ETCHED...UPON MY HEART with one word it would be "Transparency." From cover to cover are treasured moments that lead to freedom with Christ. This sweet book of memories will touch your heart as it did mine and remind you of the beautiful tapestry the Lord is writing with our lives. You will also be challenged, as was I, to invite Jesus to do a work in your own heart as you ponder your own moments through life. This book will lead you to your own intimate time to look back and see His footprints with each of us. ETCHED...UPON MY HEART shines Jesus through the life of Jill Kelly and her family where pain has led to dance. For the Lord will waste nothing with a heart willing to share glimpses of moments such as these. Moments of true life, real struggles, and victory as our heavenly Father is revealed memory by memory. What a beautiful scene to read the story of one willing to be so transparent that others might see through to the rescuer Himself, Christ."—Shelly Wilson, Shelly Wilson Ministries

"In ETCHED...UPON MY HEART, author Jill Kelly masterfully addresses the multiple layers we hide under that keep us safe from the hard issues of life - being unloved, feeling insignificant, harboring resentment, going through suffering, unyielding selfishness, prayer-less autonomy, and the dread of death. Sometimes, Jill gently removes that blanket with her pen; sometimes her writing rips the blanket off. The end result is the same: our vulnerable soul is exposed in a refreshing, yet raw way and we are forced to stare at our desperate need for God. Jill knows God and the intimacy she shares with Him she willingly shares with us. But beware: it is an intimacy that has been birthed out of extreme suffering. In fact, what she writes about suffering is so profound that you will miss it if you do not discover the joy found in Christ in and at the end of your own suffering. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. When you do, you will discover, as I did (and as Jill wrote): God will tenderly speak to you and usher you into a deeper grace than you knew before."—Dr. Deone Drake

About the Author

Jill Kelly is the wife of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. In September 1997, three months after their infant son, Hunter, was diagnosed with a fatal disease called Krabbe Leukodystrophy, 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 a full color gift book entitled, Prayers for Those Who Grieve.

Product Details

  • File Size: 591 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455514276
  • Publisher: FaithWords (January 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZG31NK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,361 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wise words on leaving a legacy January 22, 2013
By Joan N.
What would you want your children to remember about you, should you die today? Jill writes, "This book is everything I hope my daughters eventually learn, always remember, and never forget." (x)
Jill records moments in her life and what she has learned from them. She has grouped her experiences into chapters, each one covering a topic. At the end of each chapter Jill has included a list of what to remember and never forget, a prayer, and Scripture related to the chapter's topic.
For example, she writes about a birthmark she tried to hide, likening it to a relentless longing that echoed through her soul - a longing she was able to hide from everyone but herself. She shares other experiences from which she learned lessons on love, significance, forgiveness, suffering, giving, prayer, faithfulness, and death.
Many of her lessons came from painful situations. Probably the most painful was the death of their toddler son from a rare genetic disease. Jill honestly shares her complete collapse under the weight of the grief too intense to bear. She writes, "The temptation to reject the Word of God and buy into the lie that God had abandoned me was overwhelming." (172) She came out of the experience with a deeper understanding of the power of the gospel.
Through all of these experiences, Jill concludes, "God is more concerned with who we are than what we do, more concerned with our character than our achievements. Godly character will necessarily lead to loving obedience, while its lack can still produce all kinds of good works with proud and self-righteous motives." (160)

Jill is very honest as she shares her experiences. This book is certainly an encouragement to anyone facing painful circumstances in life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brave and hope giving read. January 22, 2013
12 stones...and a give away
Grab and box of tissues and join author Jill Kelly in her testimony
Etched... Upon My Heart
What We Learn and Why We Never Forget

At the end of the book, Jill takes the reader to the book of Joshua. This is the place where the Lord tell the Joshua to have one person from each tribe collect a stone up on his shoulder to serve as a sign of God's faithfulness from one generation to another. This book is in fact a "record" of Jill Kelly's "stones" put down on paper in order that her children will know the "deep scars and sweet satisfaction of a life of moments lived for the Savior".
We forget. God does not forget His people. A brave and hope giving read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touching Story with Raw Honesty January 22, 2013
Today at church my Pastor was talking about how ones history is essential to living a better story. Without our past, we wouldn't be who we are today. It immediately made me think about Etched Upon my Heart which I'd just finished reading and relates so much to exactly what my Pastor talked about. Etched Upon my Heart will reach deep into your soul and challenge your thinking about your own life. Kelly took her life experiences, the good, the bad and the ugly, and wrote a book about what she learned from them as a sort of memoir of life lessons for her children.

Kelly faced a lifetime of trials and heartache but realized that these were the moments that grew her and challenged her and ultimately shaped the woman that she is today. The moments that can make or break us add to our character and teach us valuable lessons. I could relate to her about so much of her life circumstances that I have felt shame about as a Christian. She gave me a whole new perspective on the way I view my past.

I admire her strength and honesty. It couldn't have been easy to admit her mistakes and failures and bad things that happened to her, especially knowing her children will read them and even more admirable is that she did it FOR them. She took her deepest, darkest secrets that could have broken her and spun them into what they should be; a vessel to deepen her walk with the Lord. This will create such a strong bond with her daughter's that they will carry for a lifetime and valuable experiences that they will hopefully not have to suffer themselves. But if and when they do, they will have their mother's words to encourage and guide them.

This book inspired me to be more open with my own children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Love Letter February 27, 2013
Etched Upon My Heart by Jill Kelly is a beautiful love letter to her daughters and all who read it. Jill shares her heart in both the happy and harder moments of her life and how God is in all of it.

Jill begins by asking what we would most want our children to remember. She really challenged me to look at the legacy of memories that I so want to impart to my sons. What lessons have I learned that I should be passing on to them.

My favorite chapter is the one on LOVE.

God is love.
1 John 4:8

"Love is not just what, it's who God is. We need to get this foundational watershed reality as if our lives depended upon it - because they do: Jesus is love. It's all for Him, all because of Him, and all about knowing and loving Him."

I absolutely LOVED this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Such a beautiful book. Price was great. Even came with her signature on it.
Published 2 months ago by Mary-Jo Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent condition...came as expected.
Published 8 months ago by Nancy C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful uplifting book. Very well written.
Published 8 months ago by Larry Whiting
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down.
Couldn't put it down! Very Powerful and inspirational. Jill faces some of the same struggles we all go through everyday. She has wise words for us all. Loved this book!
Published 8 months ago by Patti Lee Hepner
5.0 out of 5 stars Jill gets it.
The message of Christ's love is repeated throughout this book. It is a wonderful journey through tragedy, betrayal, heartbreak and the redemptive power,of Christ all working... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mary Cullen
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Although the author is sincere, I did not find this book especially inspiring or insightful. Very disappointed that points at end of each segment seemed like Christian pop-psych... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Momala
3.0 out of 5 stars Was OK
Was hard for me to following - seemed disjointed at times. Just wasn't what I was expecting from the reviews I had heard.
Published 18 months ago by Lindylou
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Very inspirational! A great read for all women but especially for women with daughters! Share the book with friends and book club.
Published 23 months ago by jane f neureutherVSAREWARDD
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good book, but I was a little disappointed...
I had seen the author on TV so I ordered the book. I felt she was very honest about her situation without revealing too much of their lives in a tough situation. Read more
Published on April 18, 2013 by desse Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Book: "Etched Upon My Heart - What we learn and why we...
It's on my Kindle - Amazon Service was excellent. Excellent stories about being with God. Some of the subjects are: Love, Forgiveness, Prayers, Faithfulness, etc.
Published on April 15, 2013 by Roberta R Myers
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