Mattie’s Books

Posted on: March 14th, 2012 by admin No Comments


Mattie’s First Five Books

During his lifespan, Mattie published five NY Times Bestselling poetry books:


           Heartsongs (2001)

           Journey Through Heartsongs (2002)

           Hope Through Heartsongs (2002)

           Celebrate Through Heartsongs (2002)

           Loving through Heartsongs (2003)


He was working on several additional books at the time of his death, and left behind countless essays, short stories, speeches, and poems.




Mattie’s Final Two Books

As Mattie requested, his mom, Jeni, edited and published two books he was working on during his final year of life. Mattie’s final Heartsongs collection with eight chapters of poetry, and a collection of peace essays and e-mail correspondence with Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter:


           Reflections of a Peacemaker: A Portrait Through Heartsongs (2005)

           Just Peace: A Message of Hope (2006)


Both books became NY Times Bestsellers, and in 2007, Just Peace was awarded the IPPY Gold Medal for Outstanding Peacemaker Book of Year.




Mattie’s Memoir

In 2009, Mattie’s mom, Jeni Stepanek, penned Mattie’s memoir in  book titled:


           Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J.T. Stepanek and Heartsongs 


With a foreword by Maya Angelou, the book recounts the years before Mattie got sick; how he handled the loss of his siblings from the same disease he had; his decision to spread the message of peace and hope; and how, when he became a celebrity, Jeni helped to keep him grounded, and remember to embrace being a kid. Including never-before- seen poems, journal entries, photos, and correspondence with famous friends, Messenger is an inspirational book about a life lived to the fullest.



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