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My Emily Paperback – March 29, 2012
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"This is a beautiful, moving, inspiring story of love and faith that will move every father at a deep level." Brian Tracy, Chairman/CEO - Brian Tracy International - Best-Selling Author - Legendary Training & Development Speaker
"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
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 my-emily.com or mattpatterson.me.
Top customer reviews
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.
The description for this book says, "Her loving nature and courage touched the hearts of everyone she met." That is exactly what Mr. Patterson does in this book: he touches the hearts of everyone who reads it.
I was worried I would cry my whole way through this book, but this isn't a story of sadness. I laughed more than I cried and couldn't put the book down. Matt Patterson's Emily changed people with her love, light, and life. Her father is continuing her legacy with this memoir.
This book is a must read for parents of special needs children, but it is also a must read for people who question the power of God, and people who are seeking to find answers in the midst of pain. Mr. Patterson shows that God is at work in ways we don't understand, but even in tragedy there are blessings. Emily, and in turn her father, Matt, are inspirations. Emily clearly got her strength, courage, and loving nature from her father.
Love can change the world. Matt Patterson shows that in My Emily.
This book is a must-read for women who need that insight, but also for men who could use some help putting words to their own pain. Matt's honesty and ability to be both raw and witty will help men who face their own crises to see that vulnerability is manly too, and transparency is important, even if it ends up being in retrospect.
My Emily made me gasp, weep, and even chortle as Patterson handily shared his deepest heartbreak with real humanity and strength of spirit.