Mattie Stepanek is wise about love. Love for his family, friends, country, and faith imbues these poems with a heartfelt nature that is rare and inspiring. Of course, Mattie also knows about sadness and loss. He struggles with a rare form of muscular dystrophy that claimed the lives of his three siblings. But despite living a life that many would never choose, Mattie is a joyful kid who never lacks for someone and something to love.
Mattie Stepanek's fourth collection of poetry is a joyful "thank you" for life. In Celebrate Through Heartsongs, Mattie conveys the message that there is always a reason for happiness - whatever one's life circumstances. While acknowledging his own grief - at the loss of his three siblings and in living with a rare form of muscular dystrophy - Mattie can also see that to live fully, one must "celebrate life, every day, in some way.
Mattie Stepanek is familiar to millions from his two New York Times best sellers Heartsongs and Journey Through Heartsongs, and his appearances on Oprah, Good Morning America, and many other television and radio shows. In this new book, Mattie writes poetry about sustaining hope when your life and your world challenge you.
The award-winning poetry of young Mattie Stepanek has touched the lives of hundreds and thousands of people. Mattie writes movingly and courageously about life and death, love and loss, faith and hope, innocence and joy. His struggle with a rare form of muscular dystrophy has given him wisdom and insight, and his life, work, and message have been recognized by appearances on national television shows and profiles in national newspapers.