One book that has inspired me is called "Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J,T. Stepanek and Heartsongs", by. Jeni Stepanek. Its about the life of Mattie Stepanek, a boy who had a very rare form of muscular distrophy and his mission to make the world a better place. He had a unique life in that his older siblings (his mom had 4 kids with the same disorder) died before the age of 4, and that his mom didn't know she was passing some horrible disease to her children until she was diagnosed with the adult form of the disorder. Jeni talks about Matties struggle to live when she was an infant, how he dealt with his brother Jamie's passing (the only sibling he ever knew) by writing poetry, and how he worked hard to spread his message of peace and love to everyone. He dealt with numerous medical issues like not being able to walk without feeling like he was suffocating (he eventually had to use a power chair to get around), he had a traceotomy, and even had to have other painful medical procedures performed without anesthesia, due to his disorder. His mom talks about how he used faith to get him through all of the hard times.
Mattie has met with Jimmy Carter, Oprah, and other advocates of peacemaking before he died in 2004 of congestive heart failure. He wrote several book of poetry that were published, according to one part of the book.
It was a wonderful book and I have read it twice to give me inspiration and even bought the audiobook recently to listen to whenever I feel like I need something positive feelings in my life. I feel that everyone should read this book, because it is such a wonderful book!