I was recently given the opportunity to review Etched Upon My Heart, a new book by New York Times best-selling author Jill Kelly.
Every Christian parent today wrestles with the challenge of how to raise kids in a God-honoring, morally sound way. In ETCHED . . . UPON MY HEART, Jill Kelly offers up the unforgettable episodes of her life-some sorrowful, others filled with joy-as a “living epistle” to her daughters. For the many other Christian mothers who also long to pass on their hard-won knowledge of God’s steadfast love and healing grace to their children, Kelly’s down-to-earth reflections provide an inspiring example.
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-her young son Hunter’s death, her husband’s infidelity-informs these pages, Kelly’s story is ultimately one of forgiveness, reconciliation, and hope. Through the moments in time that Jill Kelly recounts, readers will recognize the daily reality and eternal value of God’s plan for their own lives.
Because non-fiction isn’t my genre of choice, I have been reading this book in small chunks at bedtime. I’ve really been enjoying it! Jill writes candidly, and from the heart. She is open and honest. She tells it like it is, without regard to what her readers will think of her. I love that! There are so few people left in this world who are uninhibited enough to just be themselves; Jill exemplifies that character trait in this book!
This book is divided into 8 chapters, with the following titles – love, significance, forgiveness, suffering, giving, prayer, faithfulness, and death. We all go through times in our lives when we struggle with all of these areas. Jill covers them all with honesty and grace. Each chapter contains both stories from her own personal memories, as well as how she learned to overcome trials, troubles, etc.
This is a sweet book, and one every mother should read – and then pass on to her grown daughter(s). It’s available at Amazon.com in both hardcover and Kindle versions.
Would you like to win?
I’ve got one copy of Etched Upon My Heart to give away to one lucky reader.
If you would like to win, simply leave me a comment below telling me what appeals to you about this book. Be sure to leave your e-mail address, so that I can contact you if you are the winner.
I’ll select a random winner on Saturday, January 26th, at noon (est). Good luck!
*Giveaway open to all entrants – both U.S. and International!
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