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American Book 399618 Messenger

The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsongs

By Jeni Stepanek, Larry Lindner, Maya Angelou

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Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 September 2010
The moving tribute to the young man Oprah Winfrey called "an inspiration"-told by the woman who raised him. Mattie Stepanek's Heartsongs books were a phenomenon. Not only did they hit the bestseller lists but the books-and Mattie himself- were a source of inspiration to many and brought him major recognition. Jimmy Carter described young Mattie Stepanek as "the most remarkable person I have ever known.". In Messenger Jeni Stepanek shares the inspiring story of her son's life. Mattie was born with a rare disorder called Dysautonomic Mitochondrial Myopathy and Jeni was advised to institutionalize him. Instead she nurtured a child who transformed his hardships into a worldwide message of peace and hope. Though Mattie suffered through his disease his mother's disabilities and the loss of his three older siblings he never abandoned his positive spirit. His Heartsong- the word he used to describe a person's inner self-spread a philosophy that peace begins with an attitude and can spread to the entire world. Publisher: New Amer Library. Author: Stepanek Jeni. Pages: 336. Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.3 x 0.9. Language: English.

About the Author

Jeni Stepanek is the mother of Mattie Stepanek, the New York Times bestselling author and humanitarian, who passed away in 2004 to Dysautonomic Mitochondrial Myopathy. Jeni lost three other children to that same neuromuscular disease and has the adult-onset form herself. She holds a doctorate in early childhood special education and is an award-winning speaker. She lives in Rockville, Maryland.

EAN: 9780451231147
ISBN: 0451231147
Publisher: New American Library
Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2.3 centimetres (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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