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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
I've always heard that a Downs Syndrome child is so precious with a blooming and wonderful personality and always smiling. After I read Matt Patterson’s book about his daughter Emily, I can truly agree. As you can imagine, Matt and his wife Bonnie were beyond upset to hear that their beautiful newborn baby girl had Downs Syndrome. And as parents, they did everything imaginable to help with her care. But nothing took away the love they had for their child. And it is very clear to see that Emily truly was a daddy’s girl, a little girl that had her daddy wrapped around her little finger! The courage and strength of Matt is unbelievable as he tells this story of “My Emily.” Matt’s story will grip your heart like no other, as he tells of Emily’s journey from her first day with her family, to her last, and as he tells about the deadly disease that took her precious little body. Grab a box of tissues because the tears will come as you read about Emily’s life, but your heart will be filled with joy as well. The adorable pictures are an added bonus, of a smiling little girl that is so in love with life and her family.
As I read this book I thought about Emily’s short life and the meaning of it, and when I finished, I had my answer. Emily didn’t know she was different; she just had that huge smile on her face and a heart full of love for everyone around her. Emily left a legacy that is more valuable than anyone could ever leave, the priceless love of a precious baby girl that will live on forever in the hearts of those who knew her.
I encourage you to purchase a copy of “My Emily” to read. You will not be disappointed. I appreciate Matt Patterson, Emily’s dad, for sharing his daughter's story with the world. Even though it was not easy, I hope he finds peace, contentment, and healing through the Lord in writing this book.