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Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Book Of Poetry For Everyone's Keeper Shelf

Journey Through HeartsongsThis book has been on my shelf since my accident in 2001.  Someone brought it to the hospital and left it for me.  Since that time I read from it several times a year.  The poetry covers it all, life, death, love, loss, faith, hope, joy and sorrow.

For those who don't know the story, Mattie suffered from a rare form of muscular dystrophy and passed away June 22, 2004.  Prior to his death he appeared on many morning and talk shows and was featured in many newspapers and other publications.  This book was a New York Times Bestseller and even includes a forward by former president Jimmy Carter.  This young man wrote with such insight, well beyond his age.  This book and all the others he has written will stand the test of time and be on must read lists forever.

Facing the Future

Every journey begins
With but a small step.
And every day is a chance
For a new, small step
In the right direction.
Just follow your Heartsong.
by Mattie Stepanek

As we celebrate National Poetry Month I feel it is important to celebrate the life of Mattie J. T. Stepanek and the wonderful poetry he has written.

To find about more about Mattie and all his books go to www.mattieonline.com.

2 comments:

Alexis said...

I'm going to check out Journey Through Heartsongs, I'm always looking for a good poetry book!
Stopping by via the Blog Hop, Nice blog! :)

Jeni said...

Thank you for recommending Mattie's poetry during Poetry Month! If you would like to learn more about Mattie's childhood, and details about how his poetry grew and evolved across the years, please considering reading the biography of my son that I wrote last year -- "Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsongs."
In hope and peace,
Jeni ("Mattie's mom").