Friday, November 06, 2009

The Messenger- a new book about Mattie J.T. Stepanek's life by his loving mom, Jeni

"Remember to play after every storm."
-Mattie J.T. Stepanek

One of the highlights of my career was interviewing Mattie Stepanek, the charming, talented, young poet and peacemaker who had muscular dystrophy and passed away in 2004. His mother, Jeni, whom I also had the pleasure of interviewing, recently informed me about publication of her new book about Mattie's life entitled "Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsongs," with the foreword by Maya Angelou. You can find out more at the official Mattie Stepanek website.

Seems like a great antidote to yesterday's horrific Fort Hood news.

1 comment:

Jeni Stepanek said...

Thank you, Judy, for posting your thoughts about my new book, MESSENGER. Great to know that folks who remember Mattie, as well as folks who are just getting to know this young poet and peacemaker, are enjoying the book about his life and legacy. If every person who had a good thought about Mattie and this book took the time to share it in a meaningful way, like you have done, this book would soar, and our aching world might once again be touched with a much-needed bit of Mattie's wit and wisdom, along with a bit of my own!
In hope and peace,
Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D.
"Mattie's mom"