Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Etched...Upon My Heart (and Give-a-way!)

I enjoy reviewing Christian books, both fiction and non-fiction. Since I'm such an avid reader, I typically have at least heard of the book and have a general feel of what it is about. 

However, this one took my surprise. 

And oh my goodness---what a GREAT surprise it was!

"Etched...Upon My Heart (What We Learn and Why We Never Forget)" by Jill Kelly is absolutely incredible! 

It definitely left some etching on my heart!

For starters, the book itself is just adorable!  Don't you agree!? Oh how I'd love to scoop up this little princess and dance around with her little hearts! :)

Etched...Upon My Heart: What We Learn and Why We Never Forget
Written by Jill Kelly
Releasing on January 22, 2013
Jill Kelly is a New York Times Bestselling Author (Without a Word) and is the wife of NFL legend Jim Kelly.
"Etched...Upon My Heart" is beautiful and a deeply personal story of how God worked in her heart through unimaginably difficult situations. 
It's raw.  It's honest.  It's real. Expect to need some tissues. 
But above all else:  expect to find God right there in those pages. 
It's a book of hope. Inspiration. Encouragement.
From the cover:  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.......God will break our hearts, but He will hold the pieces.  He will cradle us and redeem every tear we cry."
But it's not just a personal story.
It's a book of great depth.
Each chapter on different topics (love, significance, forgiveness, suffering, giving, prayer, faithfulness, and death) conclude with a section of "What to Remember and Never Forget", a prayer, and scripture TRUTHS about each topic. 
God found me in so many of those chapters.  It was as if He was saying, Tracye, stop right here and soak this TRUTH in.  Learn from what she has already learned and apply it to your own life. 
I also loved reading how God truly transformed her life and the lives of her family members.  Having been raised in church from the point of birth, it's hard for me to realize how it is to TRULY not know Christ at all and it amazes me to see transformations that take place for someone that has not had a background of knowing Him. 
I was tempted to rush through this book to just check it off my list of things to do because things were a bit busier the last couple of weeks than I expected.  But I couldn't....
It gripped me nearly from the first few pages. 
I even tried not to invest "too" much of myself in the reading, but it grabbed me and wouldn't let go.  So much truth I needed to be reminded of.  So many scripture references that I wanted to remember.  So many remarkable quotes needing to be highlighted. 
This book is a treasure.  It left such an etching on my own heart that I'm planning to go back and re-read it again and soak in more of the treasure it is!
Here's the giveaway part:  one reader can receive a copy of this precious book!  Simply leave a comment on this post.  Just be sure to leave your email address so I can contact the winner.  One reader will be chosen at random.  Give-a-way ends on January 29th!

About the Author: Jill Kelly is the wife of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. In September 1997, months after their infant son, Hunter, was diagnosed with a fatal disease called Krabbe Leukodustrophy, 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 www.HuntersHope.org. Jill is also the author of Without A Word. 

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e said...

Sounds moving!

Shannon said...

I would love a chance to be blessed with a copy of Jill Kelly's book. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!