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Without a Word: How a Boy's Unspoken Love Changed Everything Hardcover – September 9, 2010

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"Jim and Jill must be commended for sharing this heartfelt story. Their bravery and courage is unsurpassable. This book has given us a different view of the Kellys. We always knew them as part of the extended football family, but now we see them as a family with real struggles . . . a family who used their faith in God and their love for one another to press on! We will forever look at them in a different light. The Kellys are amazing parents, but off the football field Hunter was the true warrior!" (Brett and Deanna Farve 2010-01-00)

"We know through our own experience of having a son with Autism that challenges also present many blessings. We admire the fact that Jim and Jill have been willing to share both their struggles and successes with the world. This story is a tribute to Hunter James Kelly. Hunter's short life transformed the Kelly family, and through the work of Hunter's Hope, the foundation that bears his name, his life will touch countless other families. Reading this book was like watching a miracle unfold." (Dan and Claire Marino 2010-01-00)

"Jim and Jill Kelly were always headed toward greatness. Who knew that a Hall of Fame career with the Buffalo Bills would be dwarfed by their son, Hunter? This is a story that refuses to detail a sadness that would seem only natural. Instead, it is an uplifting tale of courage, hope, and love. We are proud to call the Kelly family our friends. You will, too!" (Chris and Katherine Berman 2010-01-00)

"The story of the Kelly family is painful, but it is not a story of pain. It's a story of redemption, grace, reconciliation, and the powerful activity of the work-all-things-for-good God. I found myself left without a word as I read it--humbled by the courage of Hunter, the love of his sisters, and the indescribable way that God demonstrated His love to Jim and Jill. Their story has served to enflame my faith, and it will yours as well." (Dr. Jerry Gillis, lead pastor, the Chapel at CrossPoint, Buffalo, NY 2010-01-00)

"I was emotionally drained but inspired when I read Jill's book. God's timing was perfect. This wonderful book helped me to see my own 'trials' in a completely different light." (Denise Jackson, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, IT'S ALL ABOUT HIM 2010-01-00)

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 http://www.huntershope.org. Half of all royalties will go to the Hunter's Hope Foundation. Jill is also the author of a full color gift book entitled, Prayers for Those Who Grieve.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; 1 edition (September 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446563374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446563376
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Crestviewer VINE VOICE on September 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful story of a young boy, Hunter James Kelly, whose short life brought love, joy, and happiness to his family and friends.

Just a few months after giving birth to Hunter, Jill and Jim Kelly were given some of the most difficult news a parent can imagine: Hunter had a fatal genetic disease. The doctors told his parents that Hunter would probably not live until he was two and--because his disease was so rare--there were no treatments available.

The book is written mostly from the perspective of Hunter's mom, Jill (it also has several thoughts from his father, NFL hall of Fame quarterback, Jim Kelly). Jill courageously shares the joys and struggles of caring for her son. Reading about the way that the family treated and cared for Hunter was humbling and encouraging. Despite never speaking a word, they found ways to communicate with him. Even though he could not eat, breath, or move much on his own, the family was always up for including him on an adventure. His disease made him no less a part of the family and the fact that his life expectancy was short did not stop them from enjoying every moment with him.

When Hunter was little, Jill began seeking God because she knew that Hunter would go to heaven and she wanted to be there with him someday. Jill ended up in a relationship with Jesus that sustained her when nothing else in life could. Her faith made her strong when she felt weak, it gave her hope in moments of despair, and eventually it was Jim's acceptance of Jesus that allowed them to reconcile their marriage which had been strained for years.

I highly recommend this book as it is inspiring and challenging to see how Hunter's suffering led the Kelly family to understand Christ's life and sacrifice (but I would not recommend trying to read it without a box of Kleenex nearby!).
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Format: Hardcover
When I received this book in the mail, I was drawn to it above other writing projects and book reviews I had ahead of this book. I wasn't sure if it was my Upstate NY connection, I was in college when the Bills dominated the NFL and everyone knew who Jim Kelly was and that he eventually married and that one of his children was very ill.

I didn't know if the draw was because I'm aware of Jill's faith in Christ and that I saw her speak years ago at an event where her story gave me perspective and comfort during a dark period in my life.

Or was the draw simply that it was going to be an amazing story to read.

Perhaps it is all of these things but Without a Word is one I read in one sitting, soaking up the highs and lows Jill Kelly shares regarding her life as a wife and mom. Most of the book is a moving and emotional tribute to the life and impact of their son, Hunter. Hunter passed away at age 8 from Krabbe Leukodystrophy, a fatal gentic disease. As the title suggests, Hunter never uttered a verbal word but even in these years since his passing, his life speaks volumes.

Jill simply does an anointed job bringing the unconditional love lessons packaged in Hunter to life. What she shares is beyond good writing, I could sense that she asked for and received God's help every step of the way. I learned so much about perspective, about Krabbe Leukodystrophy, how terminal illness affects those who love Hunter.

Not only is Jill transparent in all the ups and downs of this journey, but Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly reveals his experiences as well. Buffalo will always think of Jim Kelly as a hero for his football deeds but I'm telling you, a real man showed up in this book.
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By Steven on September 11, 2010
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Living in WNY, Hunter Kelly's story is certainly no secret. It was all over the media for many years so the city of good neighbors certainly felt as though we lived through the Kelly's pain with them. This book will give you insight into what Jill Kelly dealt with and... the family in general. In short, if you thought you knew the story before, her book will give you a behind the scenes like never before.

My heart ached as I read Jill's account of discovering Hunter's diagnosis. It was painful to see how the family each dealt with his passing. In fact I am not ashamed to admit it...I actually cried in a few spots. Just the very thought of spending 1 day in the Kelly family's shoes is exhausting. Through all of the pain and sorrow that Jim, Jill and their girls experienced, we learn that Hunter was nothing short of amazing and special. So special in fact that his presence is the driving force behind the cure for Krabbe Disease.

I admire Jill for opening her soul for the world to see. Through her experience, determination and dedication to Hunters Hope, the world has been forever changed.
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When I first picked up the book I was interested, engaged, and curious. It started out really well and I liked the transparency of the author, but as the book progressed I found myself skipping parts, feeling like it bounced forward and backward in time without being well-connected, and it seemed choppy because of peripheral thoughts and journals. That said, the actual story was interesting, God's work in their lives was evident, and the author was vulnerable in a good and appropriate way. I know nothing about football or Jim Kelly, so I did not connect to the book in that way, nor could I relate to the opulent celebrity lifestyle, but I did appreciate the heart of the author.
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