Heartsongs

Heartsongs

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Heartsongs by Mattie J.T. Stepanek, Matthew Joseph Stepanek

Matthew Joseph Thaddeus Stepanek, known to his friends as "Mattie," began writing poetry and short stories at the age of three. Some of his poetry explores the uncensored reality of living with a rare form of muscular dystrophy and with the grief associated with the loss of his three siblings to the same life-threatening condition. But most of his poems proclaim the innocent hope, profound wisdom, and delightful humor of childhood. Heartsongs is a collection of the early poems and artwork of this gifted, courageous, award-winning poet. This special edition includes a section of never-before-published poems and artwork.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786888092
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 01/14/2002
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Matthew J. T. Stepanek, best known as "Mattie," has been writing poetry and short stories since age three. His first three books of poetry are titled Heartsongs, Journey Through Heartsongs, and Hope Through Heartsongs. Mattie is a frequent public speaker who has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, and Larry King and has had his poetry published in newspapers and magazines nationwide. In 2002, Mattie was awarded the Children's Hope Medal of Honor, the Verizon Courage Award, and the Humanitarian Award from the Pediatric Nursing Society of America. Mattie serves as the Maryland State Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and was the National Goodwill Ambassador in 2002. He lives in Maryland with his mother, Jeni, where he is homeschooled.

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Heartsongs 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mattie writes with complete understanding of the thoughts and feelings of someone much older. His story is an inspiration to all who've heard it. Highly recommended!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Hope through Heartsongs is and interesting book because the author explains how he feels. He wrote alot of other good books. This book has alot of illustrations. My favorite poem is Future Reminiscing because he tells us what he thinks about the future. This poem was written December 2000. The author did a good job because he talked about his family and friends. Mattie wrote alot of other books. They are similar because he talks about friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm glad I somehow came upon this treasure of verse, and that I was able to stop the rush of the day to browse through these writings. Thanks for the boost to my spirit! I am now finding time for re-reading for added enjoyment, and am looking forward with anticipation to read his other works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is very uplifting to read. The content tugs at your heart. Mattie does a great job in expressing his thoughts on paper. Fantastic Job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think all his books are outstanding because he tells it as he see it or how he feels it is.He has me inspired by how he understandes the world around him and the people around him. I don't know meny authers who keep you inspired in what there writting like he does I highly recommed his books to any age group because he will keep you inspired in what he has to tell you or just to help you when your down and out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was great. I also read 'Cascade' by Dennis Klett and found it to be wonderful. Very real, emotional poetry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This author's wisdom is far beyond his years. What a gifted soul. Thank you, Mattie, for sharing your poetry with us. I wish you longevity and great happiness, and I look forward to reading more 'heartsongs' in the years to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a world filled with tension, mattie's words shine through like a light at the end of a lonely tunnel. BRAVO.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a remarkable philosophy of life this young man lives. He looks at life through a glass that is always half full. He appreciates God's creations and is thankful for every breath of life he takes. What an example he is to those who moan about what they do not have, and miss the happiness of what they have been given. You are an inspiration to us all, Mattie! Keep sharing your Heartsongs. We need to hear them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will lift you up, and brighten your spirits! Poetry lovers this book is a must! This gifted child sheds light on many subjects.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing story written by an amazing child. It reveals to you the more important things in life. Reading this story brought tears to my eyes because this boy has so much hope in life and inspiration.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mattie's wisdom is far beyond his years. What a gifted soul. Thank you, Mattie, for sharing your poetry with us. I wish you longevity and great happiness, and I look forward to reading more 'heartsongs' in the years to come. I also recommend a little book of wisdom by another young man who is wise beyond his years - 'Open Your Mind, Open Your Life' by Taro Gold. Both Mattie and Taro are humble young sages with the faces of boys but the hearts of philosophers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
HE talks of his gratitude for life and how he is grateful for all around him. To say he is an amazing person is an understatement.If you like this book by his first book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to admit I approached this book with some concern, some cynicism. But I have to admit that I was touched, moved and quite pleased by the maturity and eloquence of this young poet. Not quite in a league with the greats of the past, or even a contemporary genius like DeVault, he still shows those crystal flecks of brilliance that we can only hope will blossom into immortality.