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My Emily Paperback – March 29, 2012
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"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 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, BigMoneySpeaker.com
"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 - jsprinkles.com
About the 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 my-emily.com or mattpatterson.me.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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...Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"My Emily" is the heart wrenching story of the short life of a baby with Down's Syndrome who dies before her third birthday of leukemia, and how her father deals with all the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Musicals Freak
A sweet book about a family gifted with three girls, one of whom had Down syndrome. Their faith brought them through a grief filled period..Published 2 months ago by Kathleen
The loss of a child from a father's perspective. Tenderly and sincerely written.Published 2 months ago by Annalea Kendell
I highly recommend this book if you're parent or not! I loved everything about this book. Be prepared to have a box of tissues ready when reading this because you definitely will... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lana Stanfield
Wow what an emotional heart felt book. It tells the story of a little girl named Emily who was born with Downs syndrome. In her short life she touched many people's hearts. Read morePublished 5 months ago by DonnaMarie De Leon
"My Emily" is an outstanding book. I was inspired by Emily and her family.Published 8 months ago by mary jo kocsis
To have a gift from GOD no matter how brief is a precious thing. I can't imagine losing a child but I'm glad you were able to share your story. May Emily death not be vain.Published 9 months ago by julie morse