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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 Oprah, The Today Show, and Good Morning America, and profiles in The Washington Post and The New York Times. This collection includes Mattie's first two books, Heartsongs and Journey Through Heartsongs.

©2002 Mattie J.T. Stepanek (P)2002 Hyperion

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I needed inspiration. Wellspring of it.

This little child of God brought it to me. "Thank Fully." "Love Joyfully." "Find Peace."

Such themes are consistently and imaginatively evidenced by your life, Mattie. And your Words echo your Spirit... Both vibrate in our minds and hearts.

Mattie, You write of concepts that resonate with every age... in simple terms a child of any culture could understand. I smile and cry. Above all, I empathize.

I feel connected to you, Mattie... and each of you, my fellow listeners. Even not knowing you, I know of you... From within we are drawn like magnets to this child's brave survival voice.

I feel I am with you in your baby innocence, Susan Claire, Malcolm and Sparkles... And in your maturity and blessings, my dear Dad, Carmella, Gerry, Michael, Mark, Stella, Pat and Marilyn. Once triggered, this love goes on and on. As angels now, you all know of and beyond this life on land.

I have my experience and perspective. You, readers and listeners, have yours. I love when we share in each others. Please do so here. 💃 Let's tango!

When we "let go of" someone we love in this dimension... I believe we remain on call for each other. Our Own Special Angels are always there to call on for rope, and to listen to when we hear.

Dear angels on high and within --- we grip your courage; we rest in your comforting. We tickle, laugh, and smile. When we need hope, we sing in rounds ("O Be Joyful, O Be Jubilant... Put your sorrows far away") to feel freedom and peace.

You are part of me, and I of you. We spread our compassion. We become refreshing 🌈 rainbows of light rejuvenating ourselves and each other. Professing our faith; enjoying our passing fancies. I know you are always there, listening for and hearing me.

I believe as we relate... we help shape each other... Many fun-loving spirits with deep harmonies of laughter and heartsongs. And so we live in each other's spiritual hearts. Great and grand - moms and pops, parents and families of friends, cousins, and sibs. In such essential dimensions of understanding and caring is the lively spirit of God.

On earth we journey in spirit through the physical... whether mountains of peace or tornados of torment. As you have your gifts, Mattie, and share them generously, it is our turn to discover our own 🎶 heartstrings and life
songs. I pray we will do so with each other here. 💃

In heaven I believe we are, each and all, the invisible atoms and cells that convey the "Loving Divine Intelligence" that I call God. We are forever children of God, whether living until 3 months after conception, 9 months after birth, or 94 years after being born.

Crying and aching, celebrating and laughing, we are with you in spirit, Mattie. Please say hi to my special angels and give them a reminder hug from you and from me. I believe that we are ALL of 'heaven' on earth. Love everywhere is an echo of fullness, vibration of health.

Thank you for being and sharing You, Mattie... And for inspiring Me. I will be listening for your new heartsongs and am confident you will understand mine.

💓 LoisS