My Emily

My Emily

by Matt Patterson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449951559
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/29/2012
Pages: 98
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

About the Author

Matt Patterson is a highly sought-after inspirational speaker, as well as an award-winning and international best-selling author.

Matt's background includes 20-plus years in marketing communications, public and media relations, as well as print and broadcast journalism. In addition, he is an Air Force veteran, having earned the Air Force Commendation Medal and Air Force Achievement Award.

In addition to speaking and writing, he volunteers his time to helping organizations and charities dedicated to assisting families with children who have special needs or those battling pediatric cancers.

To learn more about Matt and how you can bring him to speak at your next conference or event, please visit or

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My Emily 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
authorjentucker More than 1 year ago
I have never read a more beautiful and touching love story from a father to his daughter. Matt Patterson shares every ounce of his journey with his daughter in the book, "My Emily" with nothing held back. There are many tears to be had, married with laughs, which I think is exactly what sweet Emily would want her daddy to write. Rally around this author and read this book. Thank you Matt, for giving us all a little piece of your Em & Em to love.
Judi-Ashley More than 1 year ago
Honest look at how a family deals with poor health diagnosis and stays strong through the fight. Touching and personal. Thank you, Matt Patterson, for sharing a piece of your heart and life with the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The bravery Matt Patterson must have had in order to write My Emily is commendable. Reading about his struggles and fears as a father with a child diagnosed Down’s Syndrome was so uplifting. His ability to look back and realize his faith hinged on the fate of this beautiful little girl – I don’t know if I could be so forgiving. I smiled when he wrote of her infectious laugh, her smiles – I cried with him when I read about her birth and when they found out she had Down’s. I cried with the image he painted when he and his family found out she had leukemia. I, really, was just a mess of emotions throughout this short piece of magic. My Emily will resonate with me as a parent, as a human being. The courage weaved in his words, the pain, the laughter, the hope, the ultimate peace they eventually found – I can’t forget it and I honestly don’t think I ever will. This is not just a story for those who have gone through or are going through similar circumstances. This is a story for all those who have children. This is a story for anyone questioning their faith, questioning their relationship with God. I want to thank Matt for sharing his story. It touched my heart in ways I never thought possible. Christine Hughes, author of TORN
SolitaireParke More than 1 year ago
Matt Patterson's "My Emily" is a must read for anyone who has kids, or for anyone who is thinking about having kids or anyone who knows someone with kids. This truly is a great book. I read "My Emily" in one sitting and I was riveted to both the book and a box of kleenexes. What Matt's family went through was heart rending and I for one will never forget this book.
Lynnette_Bonner More than 1 year ago
Will any of us, this side of eternity, every truly understand God's grace? Where some would look at having a child with Down Syndrome as nothing but a burden, Patterson and his wife saw it for what it was - unmerited favor... God's Grace. Do we think God's love for a child who comes into this world unique and full of challenges is LESS than that He has for any other one? What about the family He gives that child to? Does he look for one who simply hasn't had enough burdens yet? Pretend with me, for a moment. You are a social worker. You have several children in your care, one of whom is a special needs child, and you are looking for families to place them into. All the families who will get these children have been screened. They are all acceptable. But wouldn't you look for a something a little extra in the family to take care of the special needs child? One that you knew would be willing to go the extra mile, give a little more, meet out a little more compassion? Don't you think God does the same when he has a soul, one he loves dearly enough to have died for, one who is going to face some obstacles on this physical plain, one through whom His Grace can shine extra bright? Don't get me wrong, Patterson's book in no way claims that they were extra special because God blessed them with little Emily, it is simply a heartfelt journey from a perspective of faith, but I think when you get done with the book you will see them as God must have seen them before He chose them to take care of his little girl - they had that something extra special, that potential to learn and to share and to SEE. Who are we, us blobs of clay in The Potter's hand, to tell The Potter what "perfect" looks like? Who are we to cry, "But I don't want to be used this way!"? My Emily is a short book. Oh, but there are some powerful truths packed within its pages.
Author_AmandaBeth More than 1 year ago
I cried through the whole book! It was a heart-whelming story. It's a short read, only took about an hour. You could truly feel the pain this family went through, but also the overwhelming grace of God and His loving presence. It makes you appreciate each moment you have with your loved ones!
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
Great story of the hardships that the Patterson family endured after their daughter was diagnosed with both Down Syndrome AND Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It's the story of a little girl who changed many lives in her short time on earth. The book itself is a quick read, but it contains a lot to think upon. "Our lives, as short as they may be, are a test. And one of the biggest tests we can endure is how we respond to those moments when we don't feel the presence of God in our lives."
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
My Emily By Matt Patterson My Emily by Matt Patterson story of his precious angel Emily! What a love a father had for his little one who was born so precious. Emily was a perfect gift from God. What a hard story to tell. I know I couldn’t keep from crying. Still sitting here thinking about her what lives she touched. I know I never met her but she is now in my heart. Children like her can teach us so much. They know nothing but love. Matt I don’t know how you wrote this I am sure your cup runneth over with tears. I can see her in Heaven running and playing having a good time. With a big smile on her precious face. Thanks for your story. This book should be read by all. God Bless you and your wife.
Dawson59 More than 1 year ago
Excellent Tribute! My heart goes out to the family of Emily. This is one of the most heart wrenching short stories I’ve ever read. Who could have imagined what the pages held for the reader? I didn’t. I’ve lived my share of tragedy through the years, but nothing as difficult as losing a child. The story really started sinking in the with photo section. I connected with Emily and her two year old innocence.  I found myself tearing up after she passed, not during her final breath. Now that is brilliance on dad’s part. It wasn’t planned. There wasn’t a big build up, just Matt’s story and how they were all affected. Brilliant, just brilliant; the writing style, not the outcome. I feel trivialized having to assign stars to this work. I feel ashamed because I’m giving the death of Emily five stars. A more appropriate rating would be EXCELLENT TRIBUTE. That to me is much more fitting. I am so sorrowed you, Bonnie, Lauren and the grandparents endured such a devastating loss, but as you say in the end, God was there to listen and heal.  A must read for those who have traveled this path. 
Amy_LouAM More than 1 year ago
My Emily is a bittersweet account of a little girl's brief but meaningful life, told by a father who both celebrates her life and grieves her death. We read about two parents overcoming the news of their baby being born with Down syndrome. They move past the shock and into a blessed life with a beautiful baby girl. But God has more plans for Emily and her family. At two, Emily is diagnosed with leukemia, and her family's world is turned upside down. Matt speaks of his faith being tested, but in the end he sees the miraculous hand of God, and he shows us a glimpse in this memoir. The description for this book says, "Her loving nature and courage touched the hearts of everyone she met." That is exactly what Mr. Patterson does in this book: he touches the hearts of everyone who reads it. I was worried I would cry my whole way through this book, but this isn't a story of sadness. I laughed more than I cried and couldn't put the book down. Matt Patterson's Emily changed people with her love, light, and life. Matt is continuing her legacy with this book. This book is a must read for parents of special needs children, but it is also a must read for people who question the power of God, and people who are seeking to find answers in the midst of pain. Mr. Patterson shows that God is at work in ways we don't understand, but even in tragedy there are blessings. Emily, and in turn her father, Matt, are inspirations. Emily clearly got her strength, courage, and loving nature from her father. Love can change the world. Matt Patterson shows that in My Emily.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Courageous & Inspiring Like most young couples Matt and Bonnie Patterson were eager to start a family. Their hopes and dreams of delivering a healthy newborn were typical of expectant parents. Shock and confusion shattered those dreams when their newborn daughter, Emily, was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Acceptance stemmed from overwhelming love and joy that far outweighed their initial disappointment. A precious and loving child, Emily brought life and light to the family. Two years passed at which time Emily received a second diagnosis. The family's dreams were once again shattered with Emily's diagnosis of leukemia. Additional heartache and pain brought this family to the discovery of numerous blessings through the courage and love of their special angel, beautiful in every respect, a precious gift from God. Through a father's eyes, Matt Patterson tells Emily's story with love, courage, and poignancy. Although a difficult story to read, Emily's life is a reality that may assist and bring healing to others who have experienced similar situations. Disappointment, heartache and raw emotions are interwoven with love, joy and blessings throughout this emotional and heartwrenching true story. "My Emily" had a profound affect on me. It's a reality story I'll never forget.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emily wasn't born perfect - or so one might think. She was born with Down Syndrome and many would jump to the conclusion that she would have little to no hope for a life with any significance. Two years later came the diagnosis of leukemia. What little hope remaining turned to no hope whatsoever - or so one might think. This short story tells how the life of one little girl, with all its perceived imperfections, had great and lasting meaning. Her loving nature and courage touched the hearts of everyone she met. Emily also taught them how to value their own lives - even with their many "imperfections."