Young Mattie Stepanek published several best selling books of poetry: Heartsongs, Journey Through Heartsongs, Celebrate Through Heartsongs, and Loving Through Heartsongs. Teenage country music artist, Billy Gilman, released a CD entitled, Music Through Heartsongs, featuring songs based on the poetry of Mattie. Mattie passed away on June 22, 2004, but his life and work continue to touch the hearts of people worldwide as shown by the MY HERO guestbook entries devoted to this remarkable young man.
For Our World
We need to stop.
Stop for a moment
Says or does anything
That may hurt anyone else.
We need to be silent.
Silent for a moment
Before we forever lose
The blessing of songs
That grow in our hearts.
We need to notice.
Notice for a moment
Before the future slips away
Into ashes and dust of humility.
Stop, be silent, and notice
In so many ways, we are the same.
Our differences are unique treasures.
We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts
To nurture, to offer, to accept.
We need to be.
Be for a moment
Kind and gentle, innocent and trusting,
Like children and lambs,
Never judging or vengeful
Like the judging and vengeful.
And now, let us pray,
Differently, yet together,
Before there is no earth, no life,
No chance for peace.
Mattie J.T. Stepanek
September 11, 2001
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On July 6, 2001, VSP Books and Hyperion Books joined efforts to publish Mattie's book, HeartSongs. Now a national best seller, Heartsongs is a compilation of Mattie's early works, including 20 of his poems, as well as his artwork.
As part of a three-book deal signed by Mattie and Hyperion, the publishers have also released Mattie's second book, Journey through Heartsongs. This new tome includes a larger collection of poems spanning the seven years he has been writing.