A Message of Hope
Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Self-Help Health | Non-Fiction Religion
Sometimes the most important messages come from the most
unlikely places. Mattie J.T. Stepanek, a 13-year-old boy,
made a difference before he died with his Heartsongs poetry.
He continues to impact the world through Just Peace. This
poet, best-selling author, peace activist, and prominent
voice for the Muscular Dystrophy Association fervently
believed in and promoted world peace not just as a concept,
but as a reality.
Mattie was working on this
manuscript with Jimmy Carter when he died in June 2004. His
mother, Jeni, who edited the material and wrote a preface
for the book is publishing it at her son's request. Just
Peace explores Mattie's concept of the world and all people
as a unique mosaic of gifts. War and injustice shatter the
mosaic, which can only be made whole again by planning and
actively pursuing peace. The young visionary's essays,
poetry, and photographs appear throughout the book. Jimmy
Carter has written a special foreword and forthword for the
Just as important to the book and enlightening
to the reader are Mattie's many correspondences. Central to
these are his personal e-mails to and from former president
Jimmy Carter, Mattie's peace "hero" and role model. The
Nobel Peace Prize winner met Mattie, considered him an
angel, messenger, and hero in his own right, and was
genuinely affected by Mattie's passion and drive. Just Peace
is an intimate portrait of a president, a young man of hope,
and peace itself.
A portion of the proceeds from Just
Peace will be donated to the MDA Mattie Fund designated for
medical research to help find treatments and cures for
childhood neuromuscular diseases.
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