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Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsongs Paperback – September 7, 2010
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What struck me most about Mattie were his preternatural powers, this child-sage who announced that he wanted to be remembered as "a poet, a peacemaker, and a philosopher who played." He was all of that and more, having sold more than two million books of his Heartsongs poetry, co-authored a book on peace with former President Jimmy Carter, and achieved celebrity status himself by forming friendships and appearing with Oprah Winfrey, Larry King, and others. Mattie believed he was a messenger from God, and in his eulogy, Jimmy Carter called him an angel. Reading this book is enough to make you agree.
A quote that I cannot find or attribute was running through my mind while reading this book. It says the problem is not that people die but what dies in them while they live. What this book does so powerfully for adults is reacquaint them with that time in childhood when they were a prophet, before they were trained, conditioned, and shamed out of that best part of themselves in order to adapt to the "real" world. This book and Mattie's legacy teach us to rediscover this part our ourselves and bring it back into the light.
Jeni Stepanek brings the disease of " Dysautonomic Mitochondrial Myopathy" to the forefront of our thoughts. We will forever be indebted to her for telling us about this terrible disease.
Mattie, you are giving and giving beyond your young life.
Author of: Mr. NewHeart - Heart Attack to Transplant and Beyond
~ A Fan and Supporter
The most recent Mattie book was Just Peace: A Message of Hope In it, Mattie described "The Mosaic Vision of Peace" "Messenger" describes the lengths to which he went to spread his message, to the point of giving his life for it, one might say.
In the process, Jeni was inevitably involved. Her commitment is no less than Mattie's was -- probably even more now that she feels the total weight on her shoulders. This, notwithstanding the frailty of her own health.
Yet, listening to her at a book signing or watching her in any of number of television appearances, she seems to draw on limitless resources to retell the story and its significance while drawing her listeners and viewers increasingly into their own participation.
Jeni describes Mattie's faith and her own as well as the importance that it plays in the successful distribution of the message of peace. Peace after all is a major component of religion.
It is difficult to imagine anyone reading this extremely well-written book without coming away with a deeper commitment to peace, at least in his or her own life.
To the degree that it happens, Jeni I feel sure will believe that her efforts are successful. You are cordially invited to contribute to Mattie's and Jeni's goal.
One of Mattie's favorite songs was: "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me." -- a modern version of "Make me a channel of thy peace." by St. Francis of Assisi.
Bob Balkam Rockville,MD
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Such a heartwarming kid. Really gives hope to those of us that think our lives suck.
I bought this book years ago for myself and just bought this copy for a gift. Read more
Mattie was an amazing young man who touched so many people with his poetry and message of peace. Reading this book and his poetry has made me want to be a better person and to... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Donna M. Stoddard
Jeni Stepanek's story of her experiences with her incredible son, Mattie, were inspiring and heartwarming. I truly got to know her and Mattie through her wonderful stories. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jennie E Ritchie
Incredible story of a very wise young man and his family. He left us too soon but he never fully left, a great legacy of peace and intelligence was left behind.Published 12 months ago by Bradley Carlson
An absolutely heartfelt read. Truly inspiring. Could not put it down. What an extraordinary individual. Not just Mattie, but his mother and those in their lives. Read morePublished 13 months ago by LV