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One day Mike Mikalatos found a paper sky lantern in his driveway. Before throwing it away, he noticed the words written on it. Words from a daughter to her father who had passed away. Thinking of his own three daughters, Matt was touched by this message and posted an open letter to the grieving daughter on his blog. This small act of kindness and empathy went viral, inspiring thousands and finally reaching the woman who sent the lantern into the sky in honor of her father. This account of their journeys speaks to the power of family and how love makes our lives worth living.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1501123513
ISBN-13: 9781501123511

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A compassionate memoir about a father’s relationship with his children, the healing power of a small act of kindness, and the proof that love is everlasting.

Love you, Dad. Miss you so much. Steph.

A brokenhearted daughter scribbled those words on a sky lantern before sending it off to her father in heaven who had passed away. Halfway across the country, Steph’s lantern landed in Matt Mikalatos’s yard.

As a father of three daughters, Matt could not let that heart-wrenching note unanswered, 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 found in domestic life, 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 can last forever.

Author Bio

Matt Mikalatos works for a non-profit dedicated to helping people live better, fuller lives. He has done non-profit work all over the world, and he and his family lived in Asia for several years. He currently lives in the Portland, Oregon area with his wife and three daughters.

Editorial Reviews

“Mikalatos exquisitely describes the powerful bond he shares with his three daughters in Sky Lantern. A lovely, beautiful book that reinforces the importance of exploring our own invisible thread connections, and how one simple act of kindness—one small gesture of caring—can change the lives of others forever.”
"Sky Lantern reminds us that the smallest flame can brighten the deepest gloom. I loved it! It's easy these days to feel disconnected from other people because we all have our problems. But when a sky lantern, in whatever form, appears to us with its message of need, this book tells us what to do: Reach out, give, love."

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  1. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Sky Lantern Message That Touched Many Persons
    November 18, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Sky Lantern.
    Matt Mikalatos in his new book, Sky Lantern published by Howard Books gives us The Story of a Fathers 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, Stephs lantern landed in Matt Mikalatoss yard.

    As a father of three daughters, Matt could not let Stephs 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 Stephand 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 yardand the widespread and lasting impact his letter hadprove 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
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    November 17, 2015
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Sky Lantern.
    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 Matts 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!
  3. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A random event has long reaching and eternal consequences that are life changing for every reader!
    November 4, 2015
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Sky Lantern.
    "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.
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