A Story Unfinished: 99 Days with Eliot

A Story Unfinished: 99 Days with Eliot

by Matt Mooney


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At thirty weeks pregnant Matt Mooney and his wife Ginny were informed that their child had a genetic disease— Trisomy 18.

They were told that birth was unlikely.

That life was not viable.

That a bleak future awaited.

They were not told that they would get 99 days with this child and these precious days would change them forever. Through the sleepless nights, an unrelenting desire for answers, and the frightening reality that slides in where optimism once resided, Matt and Ginny walked with family and friends through the life and death of their first born son.

At Elliot's funeral, 99 balloons were released into the air to represent the 99 days of his life. This act of remembrance stirred the hearts of a community and a country.

The story of Elliot was featured on Oprah and the Today show. A video of his life was watched by millions on Youtube. But the story of Elliot's life and death is not the end of this journey. Through the impact of his life, a legacy has continued.

A Story Unfinished chronicles a father's journey of pain and redemption and the mystery of God and His goodness in the midst of it all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780834130111
Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Publication date: 07/28/2013
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Matt Mooney and his wife Ginny founded 99 Balloons, an organization that engages children with special needs locally and globally. Many know him through the story of his son, Eliot- whose 99 days on this earth were commemorated with 99 balloons. He lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he busies himself raising Eliot's siblings- Hazel, Anders and Lena. You can find his blog at TheAtypicalLife.com

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Part 1 Before 9

1 Fear of Father 11

2 Swirl 21

3 Preparation 33

4 The Way of a Woman 45

5 A Day Not Forgotten 49

Part 2 During 63

6 It's a Boy 65

7 The Gift of Presence 77

8 Margin for Mystery 95

9 What Went Unsaid 109

Part 3 After 121

10 The Taste of Ashes 123

11 Big Hair, Big Smiles, and Big Lies 135

12 Holes in the Fence 143

13 Blooms 149

14 Myth 155

15 Instead 163

16 The Art of Now 171

17 Going to God 177

18 An Unfinished Redemption 185

Postscript 189

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