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How to Win a Special Needs Book by Jill Kelly

From your comments about last week’s Q & A with Jill Kelly (wife of the Buffalo Bill’s former quarterback Jim Kelly), the series spoke to many of you. Interviewing her was a joy, and I was delighted late last week when a box of her books arrived on my doorstep. Not just one set of her four books, but three sets, along with a lovely note. The note is now in my special memories file, and one set of the books is sitting on my night stand waiting to be read. But Jill sent the other sets to be shared however I wanted. Which means it’s time for a book giveaway. First, here’s a look at the books up for grabs.

Without a Word: How a Boy’s Unspoken Love Changed Everything

Jill’s first book, Without a Word: How a Boy’s Unspoken Love Changed Everything is her memoir about parenting Hunter, the Kelly’s son with special needs. The summary on the book flap says, “More than a memoir, this book contains a mother’s heart – pieces of precious, journaled memories engraved on the author’s soul – as well as her long journey from resentment to forgiveness as a wife.” This book is signed by both Jill and her husband Jim.

Prayers of Hope for the Brokenhearted

Prayers of Hope for the Brokenhearted is small enough to tuck into a purse or diaper bag. The summary states that “Jill often wrote prayers in her journals. She poured out her anguish, pain, and questions to the One who could comfort, heal, and mend her broken heart.” This collection of simple prayers offers solace to anyone who experiences heartache and sorrow. This book is signed by Jill.

Prayers for Those Who Grieve


The summary of this beautiful gift book, Prayers for Those Who Grieve, says the following: “In this gift book of comfort, Jill’s prayers for those who journey through grief are accompanied by inspiring photographs of nature by award-winning professional photographer Brody Wheeler.” Again, this book is a signed copy.

Hot Chocolate with God


This book for tweens is written by Jill’s younger daughter Camryn. Jill and her older daughter, Erin, add their advice from time to time, also. The back cover says Hot Chocolate with God is “an interactive journey through this girls-only series…Combining the writings of the Kelly girls with activity elements in an engaging, exciting companion book to every girl’s walk with God.” This very colorful, fun book is signed by Camryn, Erin, and Jill.

How to Win One of the Books

To win one of the books, just leave a comment before midnight (CST) on June 1, 2012. I am always surprised how few people leave comments to enter the drawing. Maybe you don’t think you have any chance of winning, or maybe you think DifferentDream.com uses the contests to  collect information about you. Neither of those two reasons for not entering are true. You have an excellent chance of winning something, and your information is not collected for DifferentDream.com purposes or passed on to any third parties. So enter the contest. Tell your friends about it and encourage them to enter, too. I’m looking forward to hearing from many of you!


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17 Responses to “How to Win a Special Needs Book by Jill Kelly”

  1. Amy says:

    Pick me! Pick me!!

  2. Joyce Brownlee says:

    My sister and I were co-chairs of a Disability Concerns Committee with the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for 8 years, until they disbanded it due to restructuring the denomination. I am very much interested in helping people with disabilities. I would still like to work with people in some capacity.

  3. Jolene says:

    Thanks for the comment, Joyce. I applaud your efforts to reach out to those with disability in your church community and beyond. One of these books would be a great encouragement to parents you may know.

  4. Jolene says:

    You crack me up, Amy!


  5. What a bonanza! I am advertising this giveaway on my blog, with the link back to you here. I pray these books will bless their recipients, as I’m sure they will! Thanks, Jolene

    Kathy Maher

  6. Jill says:

    I would like to enter. Thanks!

  7. ReneeK says:

    All the books look wonderful. Thank you for doing a giveaway on them.

  8. Wendy says:

    Jill Kelly’s story last week had me searching for her books on Amazon. I got distracted and figured I would get back to my order. I was very excited to see the contest in my email this morning. My son has TEF and currently sees 3 therapists. I read both of your books Jolene and they were a great help to me.

  9. Rachel says:

    Would love to win one of these books! (I had already added “Without a Word: How A Boy’s Unspoken Loved Changed Everything, and “Prayers of Hope for the Brokenhearted” after reading the posts where Jill shared her heart so honestly!) Here’s to hoping I win one of them…=)

  10. Rachel says:

    meant to say…had already added them to my wish list! oops (guess I was so excited for a chance to enter to win 😉 )

  11. Jolene says:

    Thanks for the compliment about my books. I’m glad for the giveaway, too. Jill’s books will be a great blessing to many!


  12. Jolene says:

    You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by to enter the drawing.


  13. Jolene says:

    You are entered, Jill.


  14. Jolene says:

    Thank you for your help, Kathy. You are entered in the drawing, too.


  15. karenk says:

    thanks for sharing these inspirational books by the kelly family.

  16. Dora says:

    Care to ship one book by Kelly, especially “Without A Word” to Indonesia?

  17. Jolene says:

    Hi Dora,

    I just paid to ship a different book to England. Do you know if the prices are similar? Those charges come out of my own pocket, and I can’t guarantee which book you win if you win, but since I didn’t limit the drawing to people in the US, you’re in the running.


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