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Matt Mikalatos offers a poignant and compassionate look at a father’s relationship with his children, the healing power of a small act of kindness, and the certainty that even death can’t stop love in a deeply moving memoir inspired by a sky lantern with a scribbled note and the journey to find the child who wrote it. “Love you, Dad. Miss you so much. Steph.” A brokenhearted Matt Mikalatos offers a poignant and compassionate look at a father’s relationship with his children, the healing power of a small act of kindness, and the certainty that even death can’t stop love in a deeply moving memoir inspired by a sky lantern with a scribbled note and the journey to find the child who wrote it. “Love you, Dad. Miss you so much. Steph.” A brokenhearted daughter scribbled those words on a sky lantern before setting it aloft. She had no way of knowing the lantern would fly halfway across the country. Matt Mikalatos found the lantern, broken and crushed, the words still legible. As a father of three daughters, Matt could not let Steph’s heart-wrenching note go unanswered, but he wasn’t sure where he could find her. So he posted an open letter to her on his blog, which went viral overnight. Little did he know how that small act of kindness would lead him to the real Steph and change his family’s life in remarkable ways. A poignant and lyrical account of the beauty and wonder of domestic life, Sky Lantern tells the miraculous events that followed Matt finding the sky lantern in his yard—of meeting Steph and forming a friendship that impacted him and his family—proving that the bond between a parent and their child is lasting and far-reaching. Sky Lantern will bring a tear to your eyes and a smile to your face as you fall in love with Matt and his family in this heartwarming, beautifully written memoir. This book is for people with questions about what it means to love, to be loved, and to love well. It’s for anyone who has had a parent relationship: absent, complicated, or amazing. It’s about embracing the truth about ourselves: that we are worthy of love, and that love makes our lives worth living.


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Matt Mikalatos offers a poignant and compassionate look at a father’s relationship with his children, the healing power of a small act of kindness, and the certainty that even death can’t stop love in a deeply moving memoir inspired by a sky lantern with a scribbled note and the journey to find the child who wrote it. “Love you, Dad. Miss you so much. Steph.” A brokenhearted Matt Mikalatos offers a poignant and compassionate look at a father’s relationship with his children, the healing power of a small act of kindness, and the certainty that even death can’t stop love in a deeply moving memoir inspired by a sky lantern with a scribbled note and the journey to find the child who wrote it. “Love you, Dad. Miss you so much. Steph.” A brokenhearted daughter scribbled those words on a sky lantern before setting it aloft. She had no way of knowing the lantern would fly halfway across the country. Matt Mikalatos found the lantern, broken and crushed, the words still legible. As a father of three daughters, Matt could not let Steph’s heart-wrenching note go unanswered, but he wasn’t sure where he could find her. So he posted an open letter to her on his blog, which went viral overnight. Little did he know how that small act of kindness would lead him to the real Steph and change his family’s life in remarkable ways. A poignant and lyrical account of the beauty and wonder of domestic life, Sky Lantern tells the miraculous events that followed Matt finding the sky lantern in his yard—of meeting Steph and forming a friendship that impacted him and his family—proving that the bond between a parent and their child is lasting and far-reaching. Sky Lantern will bring a tear to your eyes and a smile to your face as you fall in love with Matt and his family in this heartwarming, beautifully written memoir. This book is for people with questions about what it means to love, to be loved, and to love well. It’s for anyone who has had a parent relationship: absent, complicated, or amazing. It’s about embracing the truth about ourselves: that we are worthy of love, and that love makes our lives worth living.

30 review for Sky Lantern: The Story of a Father's Love for His Children and the Healing Power of the Smallest Act of Kindness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I'm pretty sure that the majority of us have heard the phrase "One man's trash, another man's treasure." Well, Sky Lantern is more of a story of one man's trash becomes the same man's treasure. One morning, Mikalatos picked up a piece of trash from the end of his drive, he discovered that it was a sky lantern with a simple message of "Love you, Dad. Miss you so much. Steph." As Mikalatos pondered on this simple message, he felt compelled to write Steph a letter, but since he had no idea who she w I'm pretty sure that the majority of us have heard the phrase "One man's trash, another man's treasure." Well, Sky Lantern is more of a story of one man's trash becomes the same man's treasure. One morning, Mikalatos picked up a piece of trash from the end of his drive, he discovered that it was a sky lantern with a simple message of "Love you, Dad. Miss you so much. Steph." As Mikalatos pondered on this simple message, he felt compelled to write Steph a letter, but since he had no idea who she was or where she lived, he put her letter on the internet to share with the world. You can read it here. The letter went viral. So viral that it found Steph thousands of miles away. So how is it that this trash became treasure? As Mikalatos shares in this book, it changed the way that he interacted with his daughters, becoming more intentional of leaving a love note for each of them. The trash also became treasure in that it lead him to a rich relationship with Steph. This book is a wonderful reminder that we shouldn't keep our love for others to ourselves, assuming that our thoughts are sufficient. We can express it in small every day ways as well as capturing it in letters written to them (there are some tips in the book). The overarching message that I got from the book is that terrible crappy things happen to us and to those we love, but that doesn't mean that the love stops. Love always perseveres. A copy of this book was given to me for the purpose of review. I'm never required to give positive feedback.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kevin McAllister

    An absolute gem of a book ! Sky Lantern is one of the most life affirming pieces of art I've ever come across. In this day in age, when we turn on the news and are instantly, and constantly, barraged with news of terrorism, and all too harsh realities of life, we need to take the time to focus on the positive, and difference all of us can make, with even the smallest act of kindness. Put this on your must read list. An absolute gem of a book ! Sky Lantern is one of the most life affirming pieces of art I've ever come across. In this day in age, when we turn on the news and are instantly, and constantly, barraged with news of terrorism, and all too harsh realities of life, we need to take the time to focus on the positive, and difference all of us can make, with even the smallest act of kindness. Put this on your must read list.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debra

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen (Kat) Smith

    "We never know if this time we say "I love you" will be our last, or the last time we will say it in quite that way. In the next few days I would hear from people all over the world, telling me their stories of their own fathers, of fathers who loved them but couldn't quite say it, or who loved them and had passed away and had been unable to say it for many years. Or, for some, fathers who never showed any sign of love, or even showed evidence of the opposite. I couldn't have known any of those "We never know if this time we say "I love you" will be our last, or the last time we will say it in quite that way. In the next few days I would hear from people all over the world, telling me their stories of their own fathers, of fathers who loved them but couldn't quite say it, or who loved them and had passed away and had been unable to say it for many years. Or, for some, fathers who never showed any sign of love, or even showed evidence of the opposite. I couldn't have known any of those things, either. Who knows how far a simply love letter will travel? Who knows how far a sky lantern, with a simply phrase of love scrawled on the side, will fly? None of us have any idea. So we have to keep singing it, keep saying it, keep writing it, keep showing it. We have to send our live out into the world so others will find it." (pg 49). In the book Sky Lantern by Matt Mikalatos, a seemingly ordinary event of picking up trash that had blown into his yard, turned into a life changing event when he discovers a sky lantern in his yard with a heart felt love letter inscribed on it by someone only known as Steph. Matt takes readers into the journey of his search to find Steph and convey to her what he believes any father would say to his daughter if he could. Along the way, Matt discovers something about his own love for his three daughters, an unexpected friendship with Steph and more importantly how we can all make an impact in our own world to make things better for someone each day. "I was sitting at my gate an hour later, thinking about my trip, which had come to an end much faster than I had expected. I had a new friend who lived halfway across the country. Someone I would have never met, would have never known, if not for that lantern crashing in my yard. I had driven through her city many times. She had come to visit Portland, even staying ten miles from my house. It was strange to think that all the so-called strangers around me might be one small act of kindness away from becoming good friends. We have so much in common, all of us. We have lost our loved ones or we will. We have lived, fought, loved, and wanted to be loved. We have cried and laughed, struggled in relationships. We have lit in the darkness with our small flames. It that not enough to build a friendship around? What if Steph wasn't some amazing friend I had found through a series of inconceivable coincidences or generous providence? What if, instead, it was that every place was full of these potential friends, crowded around us, but we were unable to see them? Could it be that every person sitting around me could be someone who would be my friend, if only I took a few moments? If only I paid attention and gave them my full attention?" (pg 136). I received Sky Lantern by Matt Mikalatos compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation, aside from a free copy of this book, in exchange for my honest review. This is a book I believe we all need to read because there is some nugget of wisdom for all of us to glean something different from this book. Perhaps its validation that you are worthy, that you have something to offer the world, that you are loved, and most of all to take the time to tell others they are loved, to write letters if you are unable to, or to make a friend in the most unlikeliest of places through divine appointments in your own life. For me this one was well worth a 4.5 out of 5 stars and as you can see, I have shared with you some of those nuggets of wisdom I gleaned to share with you.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Victor Gentile

    Matt Mikalatos in his new book, “Sky Lantern” published by Howard Books gives us The Story of a Father’s Love for His Children and the Healing Power of the Smallest Act of Kindness. From the Inside Jacket Cover: Love you, Daddy. Miss you so much. Steph. Steph scribbled those words on a sky lantern before sending it off to her father in heaven who had passed away from cancer. Halfway across the country, Steph’s lantern landed in Matt Mikalatos’s yard. As a father of three daughters, Matt could not l Matt Mikalatos in his new book, “Sky Lantern” published by Howard Books gives us The Story of a Father’s Love for His Children and the Healing Power of the Smallest Act of Kindness. From the Inside Jacket Cover: Love you, Daddy. Miss you so much. Steph. Steph scribbled those words on a sky lantern before sending it off to her father in heaven who had passed away from cancer. Halfway across the country, Steph’s lantern landed in Matt Mikalatos’s yard. As a father of three daughters, Matt could not let Steph’s note go unanswered, so he posted an open letter to her on his blog. Matt never could have expected the viral response to his letter that led him on a journey to find Steph—and to bring healing to thousands of others in desperate need of the loving words of a father. Filled with paternal wisdom and reflections on the relationship between a father­ and their child, Sky Lantern shows how the miraculous events that followed Matt finding the sky lantern in his yard—and the widespread and lasting impact his letter had—prove that the bond between a parent and their child is everlasting. Matt Mikalatos defines a sky lantern in this manner, “sky lanterns are like hot-air balloons, only much smaller. This one was made of paper and metal. The candles are long gone.” This is how God has an adventure for us. It seems so innocent. You wake up in the morning after a storm and there is trash on your lawn. You go out to throw it away and that is when you find out about the girl whose father died. So Matt went on the internet to try to find this girl and in the process of doing that so many others were also touched. I think this is epic. In an effort to reach out to one person God was able to have Matt reach out to many. “Sky Lantern” is the story of what he did and What God allowed him to accomplish. It is a marvelous story. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Sky Lantern Author: Matt Mikalatos Pages: 240 Year: 2015 Publisher: Howard Books My rating is 5 stars. When I learned who the author was of Sky Lantern I knew I wanted to read it as Matt writes with lots of heart and soul. I knew nothing about sky lanterns until I saw them in a few movies and my curiosity was sparked. What is shared is a story of a young lady who lost her father to cancer and part of her way of expressing her heart was writing a simple note and sending it off on a lantern. I bel Title: Sky Lantern Author: Matt Mikalatos Pages: 240 Year: 2015 Publisher: Howard Books My rating is 5 stars. When I learned who the author was of Sky Lantern I knew I wanted to read it as Matt writes with lots of heart and soul. I knew nothing about sky lanterns until I saw them in a few movies and my curiosity was sparked. What is shared is a story of a young lady who lost her father to cancer and part of her way of expressing her heart was writing a simple note and sending it off on a lantern. I believe that God, who is in control of all things, made sure the lantern came down in Matt’s yard. He is a father of three daughters. Matt places an open letter on his blog, hoping to connect with the girl who sent the lantern. Anyone who wishes to read the letter that sets the adventure in motion can read it online. What is so astounding is the number of people that were touched and encouraged when Matt set out to meet with the girl. When you get the book, plan on being touched deeply in your soul, heart with possibly tears in your eyes. Anyone who has lost a family member or friend or known someone who has will want to see what acts of kindness can do to peoples’ hearts and lives. Along with that, I think the book shows the strong bond between parents and children and to nurture that relationship until the end of their life! Seize the moment and make the most of the time God gives you to build trust, love, a godly legacy and good memories! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    If I could only recommend one book from all the ones I've read this year, this would be it. Usually, I write my reviews as soon as I finish the story, because the feelings are still very fresh in my heart and it's easier to express my opinions more honestly. But this time, I couldn't do it. I was crying too much. I had to calm myself first, go do other things until I was finally ok to think about it again. I'm not a Steph, but I'm a daughter. I love my dad very much. We get along really well. I If I could only recommend one book from all the ones I've read this year, this would be it. Usually, I write my reviews as soon as I finish the story, because the feelings are still very fresh in my heart and it's easier to express my opinions more honestly. But this time, I couldn't do it. I was crying too much. I had to calm myself first, go do other things until I was finally ok to think about it again. I'm not a Steph, but I'm a daughter. I love my dad very much. We get along really well. I worry every day with the idea of not having him by my side someday. My parents are my best friends. I feel so lucky for having a good relationship with them, because I see lots of people wasting their opportunities, having horrible fights with their relatives, and it's so obvious they'll regret this later. Who knows if it'll be too late? Why can't they just try to understand each other and let love speak louder than all the problems they might have? I'm not a mother yet. I don't even know if I'll ever be one, but I can relate to everything the author says in his letters. If I had kids, I would like them to know all those things too. So, this book isn't just for fathers and the people who lost a special one. It's to all of us. It doesn't matter where you come from, your religion, your age or any of those things. If you love someone, you'll get emotional reading these pages. Trust me. My heart is broken, but I'm so inspired! Congratulations, Matt and Steph. You both have beautiful families and stories to tell. *Many thanks to Howard Books for providing an ARC*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ruel

    Picked this up on a whim from my local library's "New Books" shelf. Author Matt Mikalatos comes across a sky lantern with the inscription "Love you, Dad. Miss you so much" in his driveway and posts a picture of it on his blog, along with an open letter to the unknown woman who had written on the lantern. The post goes viral and Mikalatos receives an unexpected amount of replies from all over the world. Remarkably, he meets the woman behind the lantern and they bond over their shared experience. H Picked this up on a whim from my local library's "New Books" shelf. Author Matt Mikalatos comes across a sky lantern with the inscription "Love you, Dad. Miss you so much" in his driveway and posts a picture of it on his blog, along with an open letter to the unknown woman who had written on the lantern. The post goes viral and Mikalatos receives an unexpected amount of replies from all over the world. Remarkably, he meets the woman behind the lantern and they bond over their shared experience. His memoir is about more than this random encounter, though, as he delves into the responsibilities of fatherhood and the effects of a simple act of kindness. It's a thoughtful and inspirational story, one worth sharing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This book... It didn't jump out from the shelf at me. In fact it's been sitting on the shelf for quite a few months and I've skimmed over its cover numerous times, always picking up something more interesting that caught my eye. And that's ok. I ended up reading this book at the exact time that I needed to, like the universe was directing my limbs to pick it up now. For anyone who has lost a parent, a dad specifically, read this. No matter what your relationship with your parent was like, no mat This book... It didn't jump out from the shelf at me. In fact it's been sitting on the shelf for quite a few months and I've skimmed over its cover numerous times, always picking up something more interesting that caught my eye. And that's ok. I ended up reading this book at the exact time that I needed to, like the universe was directing my limbs to pick it up now. For anyone who has lost a parent, a dad specifically, read this. No matter what your relationship with your parent was like, no matter how much you miss or do not miss them. Read this. Read this. Read this.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Candace Lazzaro

    I love Matt's books. They are warm, full of humor, but serious too. Sky Lantern is the true story of a Sky Lantern found torn and broken on the sidewalk that lead to reevaluating Matt's love for his daughters and finding the daughter who had honored her father with the sky lantern. This is a good fast read that will touch your soul and heart. I love Matt's books. They are warm, full of humor, but serious too. Sky Lantern is the true story of a Sky Lantern found torn and broken on the sidewalk that lead to reevaluating Matt's love for his daughters and finding the daughter who had honored her father with the sky lantern. This is a good fast read that will touch your soul and heart.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gayle

    This story was a little sappy, and the author’s thoughts were unorganized. It would have been better as a short story in a book of other short stories. Two stars for effort and overall message.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    Sky Lantern is the story of a man who finds a sky lantern at the end of his driveway, and on picking it up to put it in the bin notices a message written on it. The message is from someone called Steph and she has written it to her father about how much she misses him. Matt can’t help but think and reflect about how his own young daughters would feel if he were no longer with them, and it leads to him writing an open letter to Steph on his blog in the hope that one day she, or even his own daugh Sky Lantern is the story of a man who finds a sky lantern at the end of his driveway, and on picking it up to put it in the bin notices a message written on it. The message is from someone called Steph and she has written it to her father about how much she misses him. Matt can’t help but think and reflect about how his own young daughters would feel if he were no longer with them, and it leads to him writing an open letter to Steph on his blog in the hope that one day she, or even his own daughters, might find the letter and be comforted. Matt’s open letter is very moving. He deliberately made it quite non-specific so that it would apply universally but he talks about how proud a father is of his daughter and how much he loved her. He gives life advice about finding those who love you and filling your life with them. He explains that he knows you miss your father and that you can’t replace him but that you have to keep moving forward. I was crying by this point in the book, my mum died a few years ago and it made me think of her because it’s the sort of letter that I know she would have written if she had had more time. Matt’s letter reminded me a little of Mary Schmich’s commencement speech (that was later turned into a song by Baz Luhrmann called Wear Sunscreen). It’s a life-affirming letter that everyone will be able to take something from even if not all of it relates to them. Matt’s letter ended up around the world, he received many letters from people who weren’t Steph but who appreciated the letter all the same and found comfort in it. He received many letters from women who believed they were the Steph who sent the lantern but even while Matt wasn’t sure they were the right Steph, he still wrote back and showed real kindness and compassion. Throughout this book, Matt learns lessons himself about not taking his loved ones for granted. He is obviously a lovely dad to his children, but as is the case with all of us, life gets busy and sometimes we brush off a loved one wanting a few minutes of our time. Matt’s book is a reminder to always tell the people we love that we love them. If I was to be at all critical it would be to say that at times this book does feel a little drawn out; I’m not sure that there was enough to make a full-length book out of this experience. Having said that, it is a very moving and life-affirming read and I’m sure it will offer great comfort to people who have been bereaved. I cried over a chapter where Matt wrote about loss and how we make sense of it and how our lives can never be the same. It’s the silly thing of still picking up the phone to call a loved one who has been gone for a while but in that moment our brains forget for an instant until the phone is in our hand. I did this so many times after my mum died so it resonated greatly for me. It is wonderful that a new friendship came from Matt finding the sky lantern, and that he helped not just one woman find solace but hundreds or even thousands of people who were comforted by reading his letter. This beautiful book really is a lesson to us all that showing a little more kindness to others can go a really long way. I received this book from Howard Books via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Sky Lantern is out today and available from Amazon.

  13. 4 out of 5

    C.J. Darlington

    I bought this book based on this quote: “The fact that you love your dad so much is a sure sign of how much he loved you. He’s not here now, but accept the love that comes from the people around you. Let them be his sky lantern back to you. Let them share their love, and let that be a reminder of his. No one will ever love you quite the way your father did, but many people will see in you some of the same qualities and beautiful bits that he did. Love is as strong as death. As inevitable, as powe I bought this book based on this quote: “The fact that you love your dad so much is a sure sign of how much he loved you. He’s not here now, but accept the love that comes from the people around you. Let them be his sky lantern back to you. Let them share their love, and let that be a reminder of his. No one will ever love you quite the way your father did, but many people will see in you some of the same qualities and beautiful bits that he did. Love is as strong as death. As inevitable, as powerful, as eternal. It can’t be escaped. It can’t be avoided. It won’t be forgotten. And when death is gone, love will remain.” It hits so close to home for me, and it was such a comforting thought. I hoped the rest of the book would be too. It was. I read Sky Lantern in one day. That is an unusual feat for me. Matt's writing style is so easy-to-read and flows like all good stories. This is a book for every daughter who's missing a father (whether her father is alive or not), and every father OF a daughter. But it's also for those who need a reminder that small acts of kindness can touch people's lives in ways we might not even realize. It makes me want to take more moments to just be kind to fellow human beings who might be going through a tough time. Matt's love for his kids comes through in such a loving way that makes me smile. He doesn't sugarcoat his life. It's clear he struggles like everyone else, but through this touching story I think everyone will come away with a better understanding of just how much their Heavenly father loves them. Because after all, HE is the father to the fatherless. And He used this book to touch my heart in a way I really needed. Thanks, Matt.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    This was a cute, short read about a father who feels compelled to track down a woman, Steph, after her sky lantern with a message for her father lands in his driveway. Sky lanterns are often launched in memory of deceased loved ones or with prayers up to the heavens from any number of faiths, though Mikalatos couldn't be certain of the reason for Steph's lantern based on the little information written in the message nor were there any further clues to her identity besides something he felt was n This was a cute, short read about a father who feels compelled to track down a woman, Steph, after her sky lantern with a message for her father lands in his driveway. Sky lanterns are often launched in memory of deceased loved ones or with prayers up to the heavens from any number of faiths, though Mikalatos couldn't be certain of the reason for Steph's lantern based on the little information written in the message nor were there any further clues to her identity besides something he felt was nonsense scribble. A father of 3 daughters, Mikalatos ponders what he would want to tell his girls should something happen to him such that they could only communicate with him via sky lantern. In doing so, he also pens a letter to Steph describing a father's love and what he envisions Steph's father would want to tell her in response to her message from the lantern. Posting it online, his letter soon goes viral, with many people claiming to be Steph, and many more telling him that although they are not Steph, reading his letter brings peace to them as they long to hear from their own deceased or estranged fathers one last time. While I am thankful to have my father in my life, and our relationship has grown stronger over the last 6 years or so, it came at the cost of losing my mother to cancer. We were the best of friends, and while I wouldn't sacrifice my dad to bring her back, I miss her terribly and wish I could have paused time to a period before she fell ill so we could live in the moment a little longer. I've never sent her a sky lantern or anything similar, but I frequently wonder what she'd think of what we've been up to or changes that have come to the family and I trust that she's proud of me and as long as I'm happy/content, then that would make her happy too.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Sky Lantern' by Matt Mikalatos is a non-fiction story about a father's love for his daughter, and one father's attempt to pass on that message to someone hurting. When Matt found a sky lantern in his driveway with a simple, sad message written on it, he didn't think much of it at first. As he thought about what he'd like to happen to his daughters if he were gone, he decided to track down whoever sent this sky lantern and pass along a message from a dad to his daughter. The journey takes him a b 'Sky Lantern' by Matt Mikalatos is a non-fiction story about a father's love for his daughter, and one father's attempt to pass on that message to someone hurting. When Matt found a sky lantern in his driveway with a simple, sad message written on it, he didn't think much of it at first. As he thought about what he'd like to happen to his daughters if he were gone, he decided to track down whoever sent this sky lantern and pass along a message from a dad to his daughter. The journey takes him a bit farther than he expects, and he also manages to touch lots of people along the way with his message. We also learn a bit about Matt as a father and his three unique daughters. This is a touching book and I really enjoyed reading about Matt's journey to meet Steph. I think Steph is fortunate that her sky lantern landed in Matt's yard, and that Matt's daughters are fortunate to have such a caring man for their father. I love true stories like this, and this was well written. I received a review copy of this ebook from Howard Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    The only words I can use to begin to describe this book don't do it justice and only skim the surface of how deeply it moved me and healed my heart some more..... Amazing! Beautiful! Uplifting! HEALING! I highly recommend everyone read it and then share it with your family and friends. It was especially moving and healing to me as I have experienced tremendous loss... family extremely close to me and who were essential in my life. One was my Dad, so this story of a sky lantern found by Matt with The only words I can use to begin to describe this book don't do it justice and only skim the surface of how deeply it moved me and healed my heart some more..... Amazing! Beautiful! Uplifting! HEALING! I highly recommend everyone read it and then share it with your family and friends. It was especially moving and healing to me as I have experienced tremendous loss... family extremely close to me and who were essential in my life. One was my Dad, so this story of a sky lantern found by Matt with words to a father who is gone, really hit home for me. The other was my husband who was an amazing Dad. This book is not just about loss but also it's about love, miracles, the beauty that's all around us, and healing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Detter Smith

    My nephew passed away over the summer and I was looking for a way to honor his memory on his birthday. I decided to try sky lanterns because... I don't know why. I ordered the book on a whim (because I'm a librarian and English teacher so books are my thing) and I'm so glad I did. Matt shared his story of what seemed like an odd, annoying coincidence that turned into serendipity. Luckily Matt took trash and made it treasure. Then Steph took not one but two chances and reached out to Matt. This b My nephew passed away over the summer and I was looking for a way to honor his memory on his birthday. I decided to try sky lanterns because... I don't know why. I ordered the book on a whim (because I'm a librarian and English teacher so books are my thing) and I'm so glad I did. Matt shared his story of what seemed like an odd, annoying coincidence that turned into serendipity. Luckily Matt took trash and made it treasure. Then Steph took not one but two chances and reached out to Matt. This book is a wonderful affirmation about the best aspects of humanity, which is a message much needed in today's world.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Although this book carries a beautiful message, I'm disappointed in the actual work. This story could probably have been more effectively written as a magazine article than a book. It was highly redundant. Although this book carries a beautiful message, I'm disappointed in the actual work. This story could probably have been more effectively written as a magazine article than a book. It was highly redundant.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joey

    thoroughly enjoyed this book. read almost all of it in one sitting and stayed up way too late.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diane Lupton

    read for the theme - a book with a noun in the title

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    It was ok. The premise of finding the sky lantern and looking for the original owner was promising, but the potential wasn’t fully realized. Didn’t seem like there was a strong central theme. Sort of the importance of parents letting their kids know how much they are loved? That was a valuable reminder for me and anybody so I appreciate that. But overall it seemed pretty aimless. Part memoir, part philosophy, part story, but none done really well.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    I enjoyed parts of this book, but I think the biggest misconception is that it's a story, which made me disappointed with this book. It is not a story but a collection of thoughts surrounding an event in the author's life. Sometimes it rambled and I became bored, but other times I enjoyed the insight the author was trying to impart on the reader. I enjoyed parts of this book, but I think the biggest misconception is that it's a story, which made me disappointed with this book. It is not a story but a collection of thoughts surrounding an event in the author's life. Sometimes it rambled and I became bored, but other times I enjoyed the insight the author was trying to impart on the reader.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    So here's the thing. This story is not well put together/written. But it is a true story and that redeems it for me. I like how the author emphasizes caring for others, the love of parents for the kids, the emotions behind all of it and how a little act can change everything. So here's the thing. This story is not well put together/written. But it is a true story and that redeems it for me. I like how the author emphasizes caring for others, the love of parents for the kids, the emotions behind all of it and how a little act can change everything.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth

    This is a very inspiring and touching story from Matt Mikalatos. It truly hits at what it means to be a father, and more importantly a human being. Mikalatos does a wonderful job of connecting his readers to his story. Well worth the read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A short sweet book, a relief during this period of uncertainty, stress and quarantine to read a story of family, connection, love, home and also of making home somewhere new and making friends far from home.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alix St Amant

    A great, quick read that will restore some faith in humanity.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Varina Denman

    Sweet story. 😊

  28. 5 out of 5

    Charlene

    So beautiful and timely.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Prudence Miller

    I truly enjoyed this book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    nate

    A touching story of how a moment we would normally miss became a story of grace and redemption.

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