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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jill Kelly Narrator: Jill Kelly Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9781608147496
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“Your son has been diagnosed with a fatal genetic disease called Krabbe Leukodystrophy. There is no treatment and no cure. I will do everything I can to help your son. But the disease has already progressed so fast that I don’t think he will live to see his second birthday.”

With these words, pro football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly and his wife, Jill, were catapulted from a seemingly fairy-tale life of celebrity into a world of private struggle and medical uncertainty. What the public didn’t know, however, was that behind the scenes lurked more than a family’s pain at the dire prognosis of their only son. Hunter’s illness exposed the troubled depths of a marriage that had long been shadowed by uncertainties of its own. For eight years the future was unwritten, with Hunter defying all medical odds and his parents pursuing every means to save his life. Meanwhile, Jim and Jill’s marriage continued to fail—yet was held together only by their love for their kids and their determined hope for Hunter. Though Hunter’s illness prevented him from ever speaking a word, his will and unconditional love spoke volumes to his family and all who knew him. And in time, the light of Hunter’s silent, all-too-brief life shone into the darkened corners of Jim and Jill’s lives, leading them to authentic faith, a restored relationship, and the establishment of a foundation that is reaching other families with terminally ill children around the world.

Without a Word transparently shares all of the heartbreak, pain, and joy, making this a compelling and a inspiring read.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Their story has served to inflame my faith, and it will yours as well.”

    Dr. Jerry Gillis, lead pastor, the Chapel at CrossPoint in Buffalo, New York

  • “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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of It’s All About Him

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ellen | 12/2/2013

    " I recommend a book by Mary Beth Chapman, Choosing to SEE: A Journey of Struggle and Hope, to read about another prominent family struck by tragedy and the effect it had on their life of faith. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Racquel | 11/5/2013

    " I did enjoy this book. I did think it was very inspiring. I liked how they focused mainly on their son's disease. I did not need to know about their struggling marriage. I would recommend this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheryl/Aradanryl | 8/4/2013

    " As a Christian, this ARC book just kept striking me the wrong way on so many levels that I finally gave up at chapter 6. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 5/2/2013

    " I'm really surprised by the low ratings people gave this. I didn't find anything not to like! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 8/28/2012

    " This is a life changing book. A Must Read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue Flanagan | 8/4/2012

    " Such a sad story about their baby boy, Hunter but what an inspirational story of faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesa | 5/12/2012

    " Very Touching story of a family who deal with the most heartbreaking events, yet somehow manage and come out better on the ither side. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/20/2012

    " This is one of those books I could not put down!! That is rare for me. I highly recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 1/15/2012

    " I cried on every page Jill Kelly's grief as well as total abandon for her son Hunter is palpable on every page. What an amazing story of how their lives are changed for Hunter having been in it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betsy | 8/2/2011

    " I read this book after learning of a family who faced a similar medical situation as the Kelly family. It's very eye opening and insightful regarding a family with a terminally ill child. It wasn't the smoothest read and I skimmed through some of her "Journals." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trinka | 5/23/2011

    " A must read. What an inspiration Jill was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 5/12/2011

    " Hunter, what amazing little boy he must have been. The book was sad, but uplifting at the same time. Jill took you on the journey of caring for a sick child ,but she also showed you what knowing God can mean to each one of us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 4/1/2011

    " I cried on every page Jill Kelly's grief as well as total abandon for her son Hunter is palpable on every page. What an amazing story of how their lives are changed for Hunter having been in it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trinka | 3/24/2011

    " A must read. What an inspiration Jill was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betsy | 2/12/2011

    " I read this book after learning of a family who faced a similar medical situation as the Kelly family. It's very eye opening and insightful regarding a family with a terminally ill child. It wasn't the smoothest read and I skimmed through some of her "Journals." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/14/2010

    " She's way too religious for my understanding/liking, but I can appreciate the struggle and love they had for their little boy. He was a miracle and thanks to his life (six years longer than expected), the world is more aware of the disease. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/3/2010

    " This is a life changing book. A Must Read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Racquel | 10/14/2010

    " I did enjoy this book. I did think it was very inspiring. I liked how they focused mainly on their son's disease. I did not need to know about their struggling marriage. I would recommend this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheryl/Aradanryl | 9/18/2010

    " As a Christian, this ARC book just kept striking me the wrong way on so many levels that I finally gave up at chapter 6.



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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 9/14/2010

    " Hunter, what amazing little boy he must have been. The book was sad, but uplifting at the same time. Jill took you on the journey of caring for a sick child ,but she also showed you what knowing God can mean to each one of us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynne | 8/22/2010

    " I'm really surprised by the low ratings people gave this. I didn't find anything not to like! "

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About the Author
Author Jill KellyJill 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. Jill is also the author of a full color gift book entitled, Prayers for Those Who Grieve.