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Mattie J.T. Stepanek takes us on a Journey Through Heartsongs with more of his moving poems. These poems share the rare wisdom that Mattie has acquired through his struggle with a rare form of muscular dystrophy and the death of his three siblings from the same disease. His life view is one of love and generosity and as a poet and a peacemaker, his desire is to bring his message of peace to as many people as possible.

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"... (his) poetry reflects a heart and mind that soar beyond his 11 years..." -- Jerry Lewis

"...Mattie has become a teacher whose words make the wisdom and beauty of creation available to us all..." -- Bernie Seigal

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Matthew J.T. Stepanek, best known as "Mattie," was raised by his mother, Jeni, in Upper Marlboro, MD. He wrote poetry and short stories since the age of three, and his first book of poetry entitled Heartsongs is a collection of his earliest works. Mattie was a frequent public speaker who appeared on Oprah, the Today Show, and Good Morning America and had his poetry published in newspapers and magazines nationwide. In 1999, Mattie was awarded the Melinda Lawrence International Book Award for inspirational written works by Children''s Hospice International. In 2001, Mattie served as the Maryland State Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In 2002, he served as both the National Ambassador and the State Ambassador for the MDA.

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Jesse Carnes
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Mattie was insightful
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2006
I recently completed my new copy of Journey Through Heartsongs, by Mattie Stepanek. This book deserves a close and relaxed reading due to its healing message and Mattie''s incredible insights. Mattie, was born with dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy, a disease which led... See more
I recently completed my new copy of Journey Through Heartsongs, by Mattie Stepanek. This book deserves a close and relaxed reading due to its healing message and Mattie''s incredible insights. Mattie, was born with dysautonomic mitochondrial myopathy, a disease which led to his death in June of 2004. However, I am firmly convinced that Mattie was born with more: this book (and his other books) show clearly a precocious mind which borders on genius.

His insights, and his honesty about life, pain, lonliness, death, global issues, joy, war, true happiness, and daily challenges often defy description. Former President Jimmy Carter was not joking when he said (in his funeral eulogy for Mattie) that Mattie was the most amazing person whom he had ever met.

What this book conveys is clear understanding of what life is REALLY about, and Mattie has the taste to say it with grace, with wonder, gratitude, as well as a gentle spirit. But, you also see a boy who is also perplexed at times, fearful, sad, and even frustrated. But, in the final analysis, Mattie has faith in God and this faith is not mere "religious talk."

This book showcases the mind of a young boy who has seen death upclose and can talk about it with honesty, while maintaining the joie de vivre (the joy of life). Among his first poems, were those lamenting the death of his brother, Jamie, who wrote those poems at age 3. This book is about the Joy of Life, and pain and close-to-death experiences are among the only things which can create such a rare and wondrous attitude. "Attitudes are contageous" as Mattie states, and this book is contageous. Change your life by reading about a boy who was magnificently changed by misfortune ... forever!

---Jesse

By the way, Mattie''s surname ( Stepanek ) is pronounced :

Ste - PON - ek. He states his own name at the beginning of all of the audio versions of his HeartSong collections, as he is the reader for all of his audio books.
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Inspiring
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2021
Purchased as a gift. Beautifully inspiring and written. May his legacy live on through his brilliant poetry.
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Don M.
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Love it
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2021
Girlfriend wanted this and she loves it.
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David W.
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My journey, so far
Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2017
Thanks Mattie for sharing your heart songs with me, this was my first experience with your work. I look forward to the pleasure of the rest. It''s a gift that I will enjoy again and again.
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It''s so sad that his life on earth was filled with sickness ...
Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2017
What an inspiration to all of us! It''s so sad that his life on earth was filled with sickness and heartache from loved ones he lost, but he always remained positive. It''s a shame that the Dear Lord called him home so soon. But no wonder cause this is the type... See more
What an inspiration to all of us!
It''s so sad that his life on earth was filled with sickness and heartache from loved ones he lost, but he always remained positive.
It''s a shame that the Dear Lord called him home so soon.
But no wonder cause this is the type of child that we would enjoy being with.
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Susan Patrick
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The title is perfect!
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2021
This book is exactly what I was hoping for! I am unable to express just how amazed I was with the beautiful poetry of this very young man and his ability to convey a level of wisdom through his words!
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CL
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Great book
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2021
Excellent book. Mattie was a great kid. He left a legacy and led his life by example.
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John Always
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Mattie''s poems are amazingly smart for the youth that he was when he wrote ...
Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2014
Mattie''s poems are amazingly smart for the youth that he was when he wrote this. These have a touching and sweet quality to them that are astounding. They are inspiring for adults and for children. This book is perfect for you and for a gift of inspiration.
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Very warm and lovely feeling
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 6, 2021
So sweet, bright, touching, and lovely
So sweet, bright, touching, and lovely
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Hugo Humpelbein
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Gedichte mit lebensverändernder Wirkung
Reviewed in Germany on July 14, 2007
Wer es noch nicht weiß: Mattie J.T. Stepanek (1990-2004) war nicht nur ein Dichter seit seinem vierten Lebensjahr, er war auch ein Friedensaktivist, der in wenigen Jahren viel, viel mehr bewirkt hat als manch Anderer in Jahrzehnten nicht erreicht. Und (fast) alle Menschen,...See more
Wer es noch nicht weiß: Mattie J.T. Stepanek (1990-2004) war nicht nur ein Dichter seit seinem vierten Lebensjahr, er war auch ein Friedensaktivist, der in wenigen Jahren viel, viel mehr bewirkt hat als manch Anderer in Jahrzehnten nicht erreicht. Und (fast) alle Menschen, die seine "Heartsongs"-Gedichte über Leben, Liebe, Tod, Himmel, Hoffnung und Frieden gelesen haben, sind sich einig: dieser todkranke Junge mit seiner unerschütterlichen Liebe zur Welt hat ihre Sicht aufs Leben positiv verändert. Es ist immer noch ein Wunder, wie Recht Mattie mit 4 Jahren hatte, als er prophezeite: wenn es ein "Mattie-Buch" mit meinen Gedichten gäbe und ich die Leute über die wichtigen Dinge im Leben belehren könnte, würden sie für immer lernen, das Leben zu feiern, auch wenn es mich nicht mehr gibt. Also: kaufen Sie für ihn und für sich seine insgesamt 7 Bücher und verändern Sie damit dauerhaft Ihr kostbares Leben.
Wer es noch nicht weiß: Mattie J.T. Stepanek (1990-2004) war nicht nur ein Dichter seit seinem vierten Lebensjahr, er war auch ein Friedensaktivist, der in wenigen Jahren viel, viel mehr bewirkt hat als manch Anderer in Jahrzehnten nicht erreicht. Und (fast) alle Menschen, die seine "Heartsongs"-Gedichte über Leben, Liebe, Tod, Himmel, Hoffnung und Frieden gelesen haben, sind sich einig: dieser todkranke Junge mit seiner unerschütterlichen Liebe zur Welt hat ihre Sicht aufs Leben positiv verändert.

Es ist immer noch ein Wunder, wie Recht Mattie mit 4 Jahren hatte, als er prophezeite: wenn es ein "Mattie-Buch" mit meinen Gedichten gäbe und ich die Leute über die wichtigen Dinge im Leben belehren könnte, würden sie für immer lernen, das Leben zu feiern, auch wenn es mich nicht mehr gibt.
Also: kaufen Sie für ihn und für sich seine insgesamt 7 Bücher und verändern Sie damit dauerhaft Ihr kostbares Leben.
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LAURA W
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Sorry- forgot to review....
Reviewed in Canada on February 13, 2014
I had bought this for my mom as I have an amazon account and she does not. She absolutely LOVED the books. They arrived much faster than expected, and in great condition
I had bought this for my mom as I have an amazon account and she does not. She absolutely LOVED the books. They arrived much faster than expected, and in great condition
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Great Read
Reviewed in Canada on December 20, 2012
Little Mattie was so inspirational as he was like an angel sent from heaven to guide us on our way. He never gave up even though he had so many things wrong with him.
Little Mattie was so inspirational as he was like an angel sent from heaven to guide us on our way. He never gave up even though he had so many things wrong with him.
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