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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (236 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeni Stepanek Narrator: Jeni Stepanek Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When her son, Mattie, was born with a rare disorder now known as Dysautonomic Mitochondrial Myopathy, Jeni Stepanek was advised to put her child in an institution and “let nature take its course.” Instead, she nurtured a boy who grew to become a young man who transformed his hardships into a message of hope and peace that touched millions. Mattie J.T. Stepanek was a bestselling author, publishing six collections of his Heartsongs poetry and one collection of peace essays that all became New York Times bestsellers and eventually sold more than two million copies; he gave inspirational talks to thousands and became the National Goodwill Ambassador for Jerry Lewis’s Muscular Dystrophy Association. But his legacy lives strongest in his choice—his decision to celebrate life and perceive it as a blessing even during the most painful moments. It is that legacy that Jeni Stepanek honors with Messenger. Telling the story of Mattie as only his mother could, Jeni Stepanek recounts the intimate moments of her little boy’s life, a life that became larger than life as his message spread across the world. In describing her son’s trips to the beach, his love of reading, his obsession with Legos®, his planning of a surprise birthday party for his mom, we see an ordinary child who just so happened to be facing a life-threatening health situation. In recounting Mattie’s sadness at losing all of his siblings to the same disease, his astonishing intellect, his belief that he was channeling God’s message into his poetry, and his dedication to spreading the message of peace he so believed in, we see the extraordinary boy who lived every day given to him to the fullest. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Incredibly inspiring, and although sad, it’s ultimately an uplifting tale of how Mattie inspired Americans to find peace and hope after 9/11.”

    Soul & Spirit Magazine

  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sue | 2/15/2014

    " I'm at a loss for words!!!! If this doesn't inspire you, nothing will! What God can do through us, if we allow Him!! Wow! Impossible to read without weeping at the end. What a beautiful, heroic mother Jeni is! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/6/2014

    " What an amazing boy Mattie Stepanek was! We need more people like him, with his message of peace! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jaime Maldonado | 2/1/2014

    " Remarkable, a must read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenn | 1/30/2014

    " Interesting read about an amazing little boy! "

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