Sunday, October 16, 2016
Etched Upon My Heart by Jill Kelly
Etched... Upon My Heart: What We Learn and Why We Never Forget by Jill Kelly is a collection of personal moments illustrating some of God's lessons in love, significance, forgiveness, suffering, giving, prayer, faithfulness, and death. Each topic is given its own chapter, which contains several moments from Jill's past, connections as to how each moment ties into God's plans for us all, points to remember and forget, a prayer, and scriptural truths to etch upon your heart.
I love Jill's candid honesty in telling her story through these pages, entrusting the reader to glimpses of her heart in very profound and personal moments. The stories within each chapter contain portions of her journey as a child and a young woman before accepting Jesus into her heart, as well as moments after accepting Jesus that reveal how her understanding of these truths has shifted through God's unfailing love and grace.
I had never heard of Jill Kelly before reading this book, so I knew nothing of her family's past trials. A good portion of the moments she shares are related to her son, Hunter, and his brief journey through this world. I found myself holding back tears during large portions of this book because of how strongly I could relate to it on so many levels.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to see God in the small moments and learn to recognize God's work in their life - even before they believed in Him. This book is about the past and the moments we choose to remember from it, but it's also about the miracles hiding in the darkness, waiting for us to shine the light on them and embrace them for the beauty they truly possess. 5/5 stars.