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My Emily [Kindle Edition]

Matt Patterson
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Book Description

This book tells the story of a hurting family, an amazing little girl and a mysteriously faithful God.

Emily wasn't born perfect - so one might think.

She was born with Down Syndrome and many would jump to the conclusion that she would have very little hope for a life with any significance. Two years later came the diagnosis of leukemia. What little hope remaining turned to no hope whatsoever - or so one might think.

The life of this little girl, with all its perceived imperfections, had great meaning. Her loving nature and courage touched the hearts of everyone she met. She also taught them how to value their own lives - even with their many "imperfections."

Note: A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will help families with special needs children, those who are battling pediatric cancers, as well as parents grieving the loss of a little one.

Editorial Reviews


"My Emily is an inspirational look into the heart of a father. Matt Patterson humbly shares with you an incredibly courageous story of his daughter that will fill your heart with hope and gratitude. This must-read book will touch hearts and change lives for generations to come."  James Malinchak, Featured on ABC's Hit TV Show, "Secret Millionaire" - Founder,

"This is a beautiful, moving, inspiring story of love and faith that will move every father at a deep level."  Brian Tracy, President - Brian Tracy International

"My Emily is a beautiful and poignant story of how the diagnosis and treatment of a child with cancer impacts the entire family.  It is written in raw and straightforward language that only a parent who has experienced this could provide." - Alexandra Abrams, MD, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow - Stanford University

"My Emily is one of those stories that you will never forget.  Matt Patterson takes you on a courageous journey very few men ever share."  Jonathan Sprinkles, TV Personality, Author of 10 books on leadership and achievement -

"Anyone who has a child should read this incredibly inspirational story of a hurting family, an amazing little girl, and a mysteriously faithful God." - Mark Connelly, Lead Pastor - Mission Community Church, Gilbert, Arizona

About the Author

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Matt Patterson is an award-winning writer, editor and communications professional. His two-plus decades of experience include public and media relations, as well as print and broadcast journalism. He volunteers his time to helping organizations and charities dedicated to assisting families with children who have special needs or those battling pediatric cancers. Matt resides in Arizona with his wife and two daughters.

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Touching Story of a Beautiful Life July 19, 2012
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My Emily by Matt Patterson is a poignant tale of a precious child's life and the people she touched during her brief time here on earth. Her Creator made her for a special purpose many years later. I knew Emily's story would be extremely hard to read because of the many trials her family had to face during her short life. I also knew that I would be extremely blessed in reading it, but was reluctant to pick it up at the same time. I was more than rewarded!

I first got to know Matt, the author, through the "International Online Book Club of Clean Reads." I was so inspired by Matt and how he was always so upbeat and always encouraging and promoting other authors. At the same time, Matt was also tirelessly promoting his book My Emily on the blogosphere, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc. I started to read a few interviews and guest posts that Matt gave on My Emily, and couldn't believe I was weeping over a guest post on a blog I had happened to stumble upon. Matt's passion just shone through that much on everything he did regarding what he viewed as his calling in life at that time--to get his little book into as many hands as possible and share Emily's story with as many people as possible. I knew I had to know more about the story of My Emily!

Don't be fooled--this little book packs a big punch. My Emily is the story of Matt's firstborn daughter, Emily. Emily's life is told from Matt's point of view. Matt shares on one of his blog entries part of this story. He tells of how excited he was to find out he was having his first child. The doctor then told him she was born with Down Syndrome. Matt talks about how he did not even know what Down Syndrome was at the time. My heart broke along with his and his wife's as I read that paragraph.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Emily by Matt Patterson May 8, 2012
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Recently, thanks to Matt Patterson's book, I got to meet his Emily.

If you read this book, it's likely you will cry. I bawled. But, mostly I celebrated the love of a daddy for his first born daughter. I especially love the way the Pattersons saw their daughter as perfect. She was Emily and that was enough.

As Matt shares Emily's life with readers, through the tears still present long after her journey into eternity is a cadence similar to a song or perhaps a hymn. A praise to God for the joy and grief. Suddenly, this short book about a joy-filled life applied to me and my sorrows. That's the lesson that lingers with me days after finishing the book.

I read it in one day - I meant to enjoy it slowly, but once I got started, I couldn't turn my Kindle off. There will come a time when I'll re-read this story-song. Emily's life will inspire me yet again and remind me of how beautiful the love of an innocent child is. My soul will dance to the gentle rhythm that beats softly in the background. Tears will flow again as I grieve for a Mom and Dad so loved and their little girl.

There's an especially amazing part I will not reveal here - but I do believe Matt experienced two miracles - one in the life of Emily and one in a moment after she was gone. Although I knew something about the second one, when I read it, I was blown away by God's tender mercy. Honestly - what He did for Matt is so like Him.

Emily's Story is more than a memoir; it's a gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this ! September 10, 2012
By Milly
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I downloaded this some time ago, and have been so wrapped up in what I thought were hurdles I needed to jump in my own life that I hadn't gotten around to reading it - in truth, I didn't fully understand what was patiently waiting behind this cover on my iPad all this time, and boy! what a mistake. This book is so powerful and profoundly moving that I am convinced there will not be a single person on this planet whose heart would not be touched or strings plucked by the lovely and brave Emily and the glorious love surrounding her.

Emily's story is a gift to readers because it will make you consider and appreciate your own life and run to HUG the people you share it with, be it children, parents, partners, friends or pets... Every page is proof that there are so many good and warm hearts in the world and that love is genuinely... endless and priceless.

If you, like me, are a person who gets hooked on the small bumps and grinders in life and haven't truly yet paused to realise that being alive is actually a gift and privilege, then please read this. It is indeed a sad, heart-aching story that no child, parent or anyone for that matter should have to endure...
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emily touched the lives of many February 26, 2012
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Your story touched me in so many levels. As a parent whose little one died, I understand the endless cycles of hospital visits, the conferences with the doctors, the hope and denial, and the final crushing blow. I went through all of this without knowing God, but at the moment when my son left this world, God put a thought in my mind that he had gone with Jesus Christ. And at that moment, at the lowest point of my life, I knew God's grace had touched me and he had sent my little boy to draw me to Him.

My favorite quote:

From time to time, I hear parents bragging to each other about their "perfect" children. I smile knowing that some would look at Emily's life and think that a child born with Down syndrome has little hope for a meaningful life. Throw in the diagnosis of leukemia and that little hope turns to no hope whatsoever. I disagree.

Patterson, Matt (2011). My Emily (Kindle Locations 775-778). Matt Patterson. Kindle Edition.

I don't look at people as "perfect" or "imperfect". Every person was designed and created by God for a specific purpose that only God knows. If God was pleased to create that person the way they are, who am I to say anything? Every one of God's creation is perfect in His eyes, and I am just grateful with awe that He has blessed us with all the perfect gifts he bestows upon us every day we exist, especially the most perfect of all gifts - Romans 6:23

This is a book to be read and re-read. Your joy and exuberance of discovering Emily and your pure love for her are a testament to God's love for his children. Thank you for sharing your story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming and Beautifully Written
This book, although small in length, was huge in my eyes. It was very heartwarming and tear jerking. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Priceless Joy
4.0 out of 5 stars My Emily
Great story of the hardships that the Patterson family endured after their daughter was diagnosed with both Down Syndrome AND Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Read more
Published 19 days ago by In the Bookcase
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful tribute
Heart wrenching, but well written.
Published 1 month ago by Margie Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tearful But Inspriring Story
I've read "My Emily" and with each read, I admit I hope for a different outcome. Yet I am inspired by the hope with which Matt brings Emily's (and Matt's) amazing story to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer Moshier
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book and incredible story!
This is a story that everyone should read. It's heartwarming and brings the focus back to what's most important in life. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rob Shallenberger
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking
Hard to imagine the loss of a child but the author/ father tells the story with love and compassion though faith and his love. Recommended for anyone.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
A very emotive story about a dad and his daughter.
Got me tears, very emotional. I'm a single mom and I love him so much with all my hearth I can't imagine the suffer of lost... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Aaron T. Velo
5.0 out of 5 stars My Emily by Matt Patterson
This was a very touching story of the true love a father has for a daughter. I recommend this book to both mothers and fathers with a special needs child or a child with cancer. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joann Carlton
5.0 out of 5 stars Emily.story..
Sweet and heart touching story sharing the short but marvelous life of a daughter from her father's viewpoint.He shares how she touched so many in such a short time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Beverly M Arch
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!
Truly heartwarming and a woman whose sister in law has Downs this story really touched me and hit home!!! God bless this family and their strength....
Published 4 months ago by Karrie
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More About the Author

Matt Patterson is a highly sought-after inspirational speaker, as well as an award-winning and international best-selling author.

His first published work - My Emily - has been an Amazon top-rated best-seller. This debut book has also received recognition as an award winner and finalist in the Readers Favorite Book Reviews & Awards Contest, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, as well as the National Indie Excellence Book Awards.

Matt's background includes 20-plus years in marketing communications, public and media relations, as well as print and broadcast journalism. In addition, he is an Air Force veteran, having earned the Air Force Commendation Medal and Air Force Achievement Award.

In addition to speaking and writing, he volunteers his time to helping organizations and charities dedicated to assisting families with children who have special needs or those battling pediatric cancers.

To learn more about Matt and how you can bring him to speak at your next conference or event, please visit or

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