Andy and Jennifer Gill from Fife in Scotland tell the story of their “gorgeous boy” Oliver who was with them for five and half months from July 10th to Christmas Day 2010. In his short life he had gathered 2400 friends on Facebook alone. Oliver was born with a rare and an aggressive form of cancer – Congenital Rhabdoid Tumour yet he bravely faced cancer with a gorgeous smile. For mum and dad, family and friends this was indeed a deeply traumatic time but also it brought many blessings as so many people of all ages from across the world prayed. Oliver had made a lasting impression on people through his courageous smile. The book follows the journey of the joys and the sorrows acknowledging that there is an all-powerful and loving God who is in control, even in such circumstances.
The Gills have set up LoveOliver, a charity in memory of their son Oliver to help to fund research into childhood cancer and to provide practical support to families affected by it. Learn more at any of the following websites:
Praise for Love Oliver:
"It was, and still is, a source of amazement at how well Andy and Jennifer managed during those difficult months. They are a testimony to the sustaining grace of God, and my hope is that others will be encouraged, helped and supported as they share 'Love Oliver'."
-David Robertson, Pastor of St Peter's Free Church of Scotland, Dundee
"Andy and Jennifer have faced their worst nightmare. They lost their beautiful son Oliver to cancer before he was six months old. Here they open their hearts about the passion with which they fought for Oliver's life. They also speak with compelling honesty about the nightmare of losing their darling, little boy. This book communicates the wisdom, humour, courage and love with which they faced these battles. Above all this is a book about holding onto hope when our dreams are shattered. That makes it a great book".
-Neil MacMillan, Mission Development Officer, Free Church of Scotland, Edinburgh
"I feel incredibly privileged to have been part of this journey, and trust that you will find this story immensely thought provoking, up-lifting and, indeed, truly inspirational."
-Mark Brougham ~ Consultant Paediatric Oncologist, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh
"Love pervades every page, the reality and comfort of knowing God's presence, grace and peace in even the most tragic circumstances of life are affirmed and the incredible faith expressed by his Christian parents in both their words and actions throughout bring honour and glory to the Lord they both love and trust."
-Kevan Leckie ~ Church in Community Advisor for Tearfund Scotland
"a beautifully written, moving and thought-provoking testimony to authentic Christian commitment amidst the harsh realities of a broken world."
-Andy Bathgate ~ Chief Executive, Scripture Union, Scotland.
About the Authors:
Andy and Jennifer Gill were recently blessed with the arrival of their second son Micah. The Gills continue to keep alive the memory of their first son Oliver through their LoveOliver charity, which funds research into childhood cancer and provides practical support to families affected by it.
Where to Buy:
Look for Love Oliver at your local Christian Bookstore. Below are a few of the retail websites where you can find it online.