Mattie’s Life

Posted on: April 23rd, 2012 by jeni No Comments




Mattie J.T. Stepanek, a well-respected poet and peace activist, lived a life that was brief in length but powerfully blessed with depth. Born on July 17, 1990, Mattie began creating and sharing Heartsongs at the young age of 3. He explained that Heartsongs are “gifts that reflect each person’s unique reason for being.” Mattie ultimately published six collections of his Heartsongs poetry books and one collection of Just Peace essays and e-mail correspondence between Mattie and Former President Jimmy Carter. All seven of Mattie’s books became New York Times Bestsellers and touched millions of lives around the world. He died on June 22, 2004 due to complications of Dysautonomic Mitochondrial Myopathy.




Click on the links below to learn more about Mattie


Mattie’s Disability & Childhood

Mattie’s Spirituality & Message

Mattie’s Writing & Advocacy Work

Mattie’s Death & Legacy





Read more in the NY Times Bestseller
“Messenger: The Legacy of
Mattie J.T. Stepanek & Heartsongs”
by Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D. 




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