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4.76 out of 54.76 out of 54.76 out of 54.76 out of 54.76 out of 5 4.76 (25 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: October 2009 ISBN: 9781608146062
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 Jenn | 1/30/2014

    " Interesting read about an amazing little boy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonny | 1/19/2014

    " This book was far better than all the reviews I had read, including a television interview I had seen. There are only two words to adequately describe this person's story; truly awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephani | 1/8/2014

    " This book was an amazing story of a family who were all diagnosed with a rare disease. The first three children died at a very young age, but the 4th child Mattie beat the odds and kept living. His life story is sad, yet very inspiring. I was amazed at how much this boy accomplished in such a little time. His plea for peace at a time when the world was yearning for it was readily accepted. He made his dreams happen and his hope and message inspired many other people. His poetry was beautiful and inspiring for a child so young - I was very touched. (The first half of the book took me awhile to get through, but I finished the second half quite fast.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evelyn Garzon | 12/28/2013

    " Not done with this book yet but already, the story makes me want to love, give and see the goodness in everything, one chapter at a time. Lessons from a child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Hoffman | 12/11/2013

    " An inspiring book. Can't wait for the discussion on this book at our next church book club meeting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 10/26/2013

    " Amazing story... Very uplifting and very sad... This child was a true Messenger... born with a gift to share with the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Rich | 8/19/2013

    " A powerful book about the life of Mattie Stepanek, the child philosopher, poet, and peacemaker, who taught the world how to live with joy, serenity, and happiness amid the pain and sorrows of life. I would high recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 7/18/2013

    " Have a box of tissue at the ready!!! This book will make you laugh and cry - appreciate your children and life in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melanie | 7/2/2013

    " Great book. What an amazing boy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 11/25/2012

    " Amazing child/teenager this boy was. AMAZING. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 7/20/2012

    " This book is amazing. What an impact this boy had on so many. MUST READ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barcar26 | 4/19/2012

    " A brilliant boy-man. Richly gifted with intuition, grace and a desire to see a peaceful world. Peace dominated his thoughts and formed his dreams which he then recorded in poetic verse. His was a life well-lived, an example to others... and to the world. Inspiring "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriela | 8/20/2011

    " A MUST read for everybody!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 7/13/2011

    " I borrowed this book from the library, but am now going to buy a copy for my bookshelf so that I can read it over and over again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 7/3/2011

    " Best book ever! Inspiring book! Thank you Jeni for sharing Mattie with us. He is one of my personal heros. My students love to learn about him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/14/2011

    " What a terrific book about a young boy who doesn't make it to his 14th birthday. This boy brought a message of peace and lived well even as he knew he was dying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 2/3/2011

    " Have a box of tissue at the ready!!! This book will make you laugh and cry - appreciate your children and life in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhiannon | 9/17/2010

    " so far i really like this book. when one of my ela teachers were talking about it during class, i thaught it would be something cool to read.this isnt a book u would normaly see me read, but i do like it anywayz. and i am looking forweard to see what is happening next.
    ttyl, Rhiannon "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 6/19/2010

    " Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!! The story of Mattie Stepanek lives on through his mother's words. You cry, you laugh, you remember a little boy who struggled through life and gave back so much to others. A must read for all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 6/4/2010

    " Amazing story... Very uplifting and very sad... This child was a true Messenger... born with a gift to share with the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Rich | 3/2/2010

    " A powerful book about the life of Mattie Stepanek, the child philosopher, poet, and peacemaker, who taught the world how to live with joy, serenity, and happiness amid the pain and sorrows of life. I would high recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 1/6/2010

    " I first heard about Mattie on Oprah's show. What an inspirational and beautiful boy Mattie was. I loved this book, and I cannot wait to meet Mattie in heaven. "

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