The Meaning of Matthew

The Meaning of Matthew by Judy Shepard Book Summary

The Meaning of Matthew is Judy Shepard’s passionate and courageous attempt to understand what no mother should have to understand, which is why her son was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming, in the fall of 1998. It is a vivid testimony to a life cut short, and testimony too, to the bravery and compassion of Judy and Dennis—Matthew’s parents—as they struggle to survive a grief that won’t go away.”—Larry McMurty, author of Terms of Endearment and Lonesome Dove

Today the name Matthew Shepard is synonymous with gay rights, but until 1998, he was just Judy Shepard’s son. In this remarkably candid memoir, Judy Shepard shares the story behind the headlines. Interweaving memories of Matthew and her family with the challenges of confronting her son’s death, Judy describes how she handled the crippling loss of her child in the public eye, the vigils and protests held by strangers in her son’s name, and ultimately how she and her husband gained the courage to help prosecutors convict her son's murderers.

The Meaning of Matthew is more than a retelling of horrific injustice that brought the reality of inequality and homophobia into the American consciousness. It is an unforgettable and inspiring account of how one ordinary woman turned an unthinkable tragedy into a vital message for the world.

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- We are all Matt Shepard5 star

Moving and beautiful. He could have been anyone I knew at that age. Thank you Judy for sharing your side of he story.

- Terrible book1 star

Stupid book ,stupid story ,

- The Meaning of Matthew4 star

Heartfelt story from his mother's recollections. Wonderful synopsis of Matthew's life, struggles, and untimely death. I am amazed at the level his parents were able to 'keep their emotions in check.' If a prosecutor or investigator were to tell me this under these circumstances, I don't think I would have the strength, nor the courage exhibited by Judy and Dennis Sheppard.

- Good Read5 star

An amazing book that will bring you to tears. By the end of the book you feel as though Matt was your friend and that makes his loss all the more personal.

- Thank you5 star

Thank you Judy Shepard for sharing your precious memories of Matt. I feel like I know him now. Also, thank you Dennis, Judy and Logan for allowing the public to be a part of this tragic event in your life, something that you could have kept private. You have made a difference. I read this book in 2 days while our government passed a law repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell. About 20 years of public discrimination is now history. The Matthew Shepard Foundation was a major influence in this legislation. So again, thank you for all you have done. Buy this book, read it and learn. It won't be easy. At times I had to put it down because I couldn't see the words through my tears.

- Honestly A Great Book5 star

This is a great book for anyone to read. There is so much story here and if you step back and realize this actualy happened to a person, family, nation and world it truly can make you cry. I recommend it to anyone and everyone I know

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