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Etched...Upon My Heart: What We Learn and Why We Never Forget

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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 he ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2013)
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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
Years ago I watched Ricki Kleiman interview the author of Forgiving the Dead Man Walking. Later in the interview, Ms. Kleiman included the father of Polly Klasp. Ms. Kleiman, try as she might, could not incite a debate between these two who had suffered so much. I will never forget the young woman as she, through strength of words and character, say that she would not impose her way of coping/healing on that of another. It is in that vein that I refuse to take on the way that Ms. Kelly and her f ...more
Interesting, but a hard read.
Nikole Hahn
Etched Upon My Heart by Jill Kelly reminds me of the writings of Ann Voskamp here. It’s descriptive, gentle, and like a heart-to-heart conversation you might have with a close friend. However, it seemed too descriptive and slightly disorganized.

Eight chapters outline Kelly’s journey from love to death as she struggles with faith and the death of her child to a terminal disease. Her writing undoubtedly oozes love and care as she tries to reach her audience and tell them about God’s love for them
Jennifer Short
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 Leukodystrophy and the challenges that surrounded that as well as other
Excellent book, story of God's love, faithfulness and redemption. Tear jerker!
Jill Kelly tells her story in a beautiful, honest, and humbling way. She mourns the death of her young son, celebrates his life, and finds joy with her two daughters and husband through Jesus Christ. I love her Christian attitude and her willingness to help others. My very favorite part of the book is a list at the end. It is titled "16 Things I Think Jesus Would Want You to Know on Your 16th Birthday, Erin Marie Kelly."
Denise Caudell
Although I normally do not read Christian Non-Fiction I picked this one up off the new book cart because I was familiar with the story of her husband. Yes, it was good, and double yes you will cry. Etched...Upon My Heart What We Learn and Why We Never Forget by Jill Kelly
Christy Carmean
Very personal story- almost like reading her notes to pass along wisdom to her daughters. Hard to follow in a few places because she told her story topically instead of chronologically. But overall, it has great take-aways at the end of every chapter, lots of scripture on her highlighted topics, and an overwhelming picture of hope in the midst of personal suffering.
Sue Flanagan
I was suprised this book read more like a Bible Study than the story of their son. I loved her chapter on gathering 12 stones to remind myself of 12 difficulties God has helped me through. Also liked appendix of 16 things to know for her 16yr old daughter. A bit of Catholic bashing was a bummer but overall, the book was well worth it!
Jill records the moments of her life and what she learned from them. These are the kinds of things she would like her daughter to know and remember of her. She is very honest in her writing and this book would be an encouragement to anyone facing difficult times. See my full review at
Lynnae McCoy
Jan 04, 2013 Lynnae McCoy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Women, Teen Girls
Great book! Jill's down to earth writing and personal stories really touched my heart. Etched...Upon My Heart inspired me a lot. I'll be passing this book on to my 14 year old daughter, as I think there are some good lessons for teen girls in this book.
This book was very inspirational. I especially loved how at the end of each section she summarized points to remember and never forget.
Ellen Krzemien
Loved the book, love Jill........... great public speaker.
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Just not what I expected it to be.........
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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 fund ...more
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