Messenger [NOOK Book]

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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 up 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 eventually selling over 2 million ...

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Overview

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 up 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 eventually selling over 2 million copies of his books. He gave inspirational speeches to thousands and became an ambassador for his illness. He also knew his heroes personally, including Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Carter and Maya Angelou. But his legacy lives strongest in his decision to live celebrate life and perceive it as a blessing even during the most painful moments. It is that legacy that Jeni Stepanek, as only his mother could, honours with Messenger.

Recounting the amazing details of his life, and the powerful reach of his message, we also gain a picture of an ordinary boy who happened to be facing a life-threatening health situation. It remembers him as he wanted to be remembered, as 'the poet, the peacemaker and the philosopher who played'.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848504257
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,310,337
  • File size: 6 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

    More than a mother's love for her son, Messanger is an inspiration beyond disabilities literature.

    I never got to meet Mattie Stepanek, while living in Maryland, however I knew of him from colleagues in the Prince Georges'County Public School District who had worked with him when he first started school. I knew of his poetry, his friendship with former President Jimmy Carter, Oprah Winfrey, and other famous people. He was going to do a book signing at the Barnes & Noble in Bowie, Maryland, which I planned to attend, however that was cancelled as he had to return to the hospital. He was unable to ever do public book signings again. When I saw Jeni Stepanek's book, Messanger, how could I not want to read it? I am so glad I did!
    Jeni Stepanek writes with warmth, love and caring as only a mother can about her incredible son - poet, advocate, inspirational speaker, friend and kid, yes, kid. Jeni gives a balanced account of her struggle along with Mattie's, and it's not all gloom. She knew the outcome, yet she writes of Mattie's and her capacity to still have fun, build memories and engage in the world better than most. Jeni not only articulates what Mattie's life was like, but her own focus on developing herself as well as Mattie's talents. She has left us all with a gift of how to live each day beyond what we think we are capable of and to cherish each moment. I felt priviledged to have finally been able to meet both Mattie and Jeni through her words in Messenger. As an occupational therpaist and as a Christian, I thank her for having written this book.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A compelling saga of one family's dealing with a terminal illness

    I just finished reading Jeni Stepanek's wonderful biography of Mattie Stepanek's life and message. The novel beautifully outlines Mattie's trials and tribulations throughout his difficult life as told by his mother. This book shows that Mattie's message of hope and peace is universal and still pertinent in today's world. Jeni Stepanek has captured how Mattie came to be a peacemaker in his life through a superb narrative. This book is well worth your time and will truly change your perspective on life. Buy It!
    ~ A Fan and Supporter

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

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    Peacemaker

    MESSENGER is a powerful and inspirational message to all who read it. It's a beautiful testimonial of strength and love beyond measure. This is Mattie's legacy. This is a tender read, a detailed account of the life and feelings of Jeni Stepanek's son Mattie who suffers the pan of muscular dystrophy. Mattie was an angel from heaven who looked beyond himself to do good for others, in spite of his own struggles to survive. He brought peace, love and harmony to all who knew him. This young man's indomitable spirit lives on even though he lived a short of 14 years but has left a legacy of inspiration and hope for all who come into contact with his writings. His dream was to be known as a "Peacemaker" and he achieved his goal lovingly. I can't recommend this one high enough!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2010

    Life Changing

    I read the review in People magazine about this book and it sounded like something I would enjoy. Once I started reading the book I could not read it fast enough. I was overwehlmed with such an inspiring story about a special needs family. Not only did they suffer loss of loved ones but Mattie and his mother were both disabled. To have so much negative in your life yet be able to see beyond that and be such inspiring and positive human beings. This true story has been a life changing experience for me. Since reading about the incredible journey that Mattie lived, with the support and unconditional love and sacrifice from his mother, I have grown as a person. I am 49 years old and have never read or seen anything that has inspired me like this story. I have recommended everyone I talk to to read this book. I have given a book to each of my own children. Mattie's story will make you cry, but not because of being sad, but because it will touch your heart. This story can truly help you put your life into persepctive and see what is truly important.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2009

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    The Message goes on -- and on -- and on!

    Mattie's mom, Jeni, is not only faithful to Mattie's message, after all she largely nurtured it, she is the most authentic person to describe its birth and growth, while urging us all to take our part in spreading it farther and farther.
    Mattie's message that Peace is possible is so simple that it is disarming.

    At its root, Mattie said:

    "Peace can begin over a cup of tea and a game of chess."

    "Make peace an attitude.
    Make peace a habit.
    Make peace a reality."

    As it was written by a pre-teen, it is readily understood by all from those ages up.

    Jeni shows us that Mattie was, first of all, very much a boy who enjoyed all the fun and games that every normal boy enjoys. He lacked the opportunity to fully enjoy them because of his incredible handicaps of muscular dystrophy, from an early age.

    We learn what an ingenious practical joker he was, and how deeply it was rooted in his nature. He loved games and played them with both joy and enthusiasm. To say that Mattie was an all-around boy would be the understatement of the year. Jeni describes for us the depth and breadth of that missed description.

    Please read this book, enjoy it and allow it to have its greatly beneficial effect on your life. You will be pleased to find that you can become a more peaceful person, contribute to the peace of those around you, and enjoy a much more rewarding life -- just as Mattie did while he remembered to "Play after every storm."
    Bob Balkam

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

    Remember to play after every storm....

    Messenger is written by Jeni Stepanek and is an excellent biography about the life of his son, Mattie J.T. Stepanek, the young author behind the bestselling collections of Heartsongs poetry & peace essays. It tells about Mattie's upbringing, his love for his family as well as extended family and friends, his hardships with having Dysautonomic Mitochondrial Myopathy, his incredible passion to live life and his dream to be a Peacemaker.

    I thought the book balanced well with the happy and sad stories of Mattie's life, including insights from his mom, the author. The book also shows the humorous & witty side of Mattie, even during some of his 'storms', and includes some of Mattie's published and never-before-published poems.

    I believe there is something we all can learn or relate from reading this book and grow from it. He had an extraordinary life and beaten many odds over the course of his young life before he passed away in June, 2004. During his life and after his death he gave people inspiration and hope. His Heartsongs live on in his books and people who met or learned from him.

    I highly recommend anyone to read this book. It is a celebration of a Messenger's life. And if you have not read any of Mattie's Heartsongs books, I encourage you to read them as well.

    Lastly, I feel strongly of Mattie's philosophy and encourage everyone to "Remember to play after every storm."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Keb

    Nodds alright then but if your name is put up on the BHKL i will protect you your a nice good person and i want to keep you save send anyone here that you think would be a good bounty hunter and also BHKL stands for Bounty Hunters Kill List

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2014

    Calli

    o.o Oh okay, thank you... and will do. She smiles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Touching story

    Very good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Messenger The Inspiring Story of Mattie J. T. Scepaneck

    A great book about a little boy, his family and the struggles of his life. He and his mother have such a healthy attitude about Mattie's devastating illness and the every day trials. One often wonders how they are able to get through this pain but realize they have a greater power in their life and it is He who carries both of them through all of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Touched my soul

    An Angel from God Thank You Jeni

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Precious mom and son story. They are inspirations to all who "meet" them. Great read that will make you appreciate what you have. This book will make you believe in miracles and the strength of love and a positive attitude.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Touched my heart

    This wonderful book really touched my heart. I don't normally re-read books, but I'm now on my 3rd time. I get something new each time I read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    Very insightful and inspiring.

    Teaches us the art of keeping focused, remaining positive and grateful for being placed on this earth. What a testament to the love between this mother and son. We must communicate!!!

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  • Posted June 6, 2011

    Most totching book ever

    I have read many books and this out of all is my favorite. I love the hart warming story that goes with the positive little boy. If i had to describe Mattie to any person i would say that he never starts a sentence with I.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

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    Heartfelt & Inspiring!

    This book will change your life! This wonderful little boy and his Mom were a remarkable duo for peace!Read this book! Give yourself this Gift!

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Everyone should read!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was very well written. I recommend it to anyone.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

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    I can't recommend this one high enough!

    This is a beautiful inspirational message that empowers all who read it. It's a testimonial of strength and love and endurance. This is Mattie's legacy. A detailed account of the life and feelings of Jeni Stepanek's son Mattie who suffers the horrible debilitating desease, muscular dystrophy. Mattie was an angel from heaven who wanted nothing more than to do good for others, in spite of his own struggles to survive. He empowered all with peace, love and harmony. This young man's indomitable spirit lives on beyond his 14 years on earth but has left a legacy of inspiration and hope for all who come into contact with his writings. His dream was to be known as a "Peacemaker". A beautiful read for great inspiration!

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  • Posted May 21, 2011

    Definitely pulls at the heartstrings.

    I am inspired to be a better person after reading this book. But most of all I am embarressed for complaining about everyday things that are not important. His final word was 'yes' He made it. May God watch over his mother as well. For those of us who pray lets remember her in our prayers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2011

    saw it today!!!!

    saw it on oprah today and i think i should get it!!!! (mom was watching oprah and while walking down the hall i saw it)

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