Go on an unforgettable journey, with a woman who has unimaginable strength.
Stephanie Nielson began sharing her life in 2005 on nieniedialogues.com, drawing readers in with her warmth and candor. She quickly attracted a loyal following that was captivated by the upbeat mother happily raising her young children, madly in love with her husband, Christian (Mr. Nielson to her readers), and filled with gratitude for her blessed life.
However, everything changed in an instant on a sunny day in August 2008, when Stephanie and Christian were in a horrific plane crash. Christian was burned over 40 percent of his body, and Stephanie was on the brink of death, with burns over 80 percent of her body. She would remain in a coma for four months.
In the aftermath of this harrowing tragedy, Stephanie maintained a stunning sense of humor, optimism, and resilience. She has since shared this strength of spirit with others through her blog, in magazine features, and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Now, in this moving memoir, Stephanie tells the full, extraordinary story of her unlikely recovery and the incredible love behind it—from a riveting account of the crash to all that followed in its wake. With vivid detail, Stephanie recounts her emotional and physical journey, from her first painful days after awakening from the coma to the first time she saw her face in the mirror, the first kiss she shared with Christian after the accident, and the first time she talked to her children after their long separation. She also reflects back on life before the accident, to her happy childhood as one of nine siblings, her close-knit community and strong Mormon faith, and her fairy-tale love story, all of which became her foundation of strength as she rebuilt her life.
What emerges from the wreckage of a tragic accident is a unique perspective on joy, beauty, and overcoming adversity that is as gripping as it is inspirational. Heaven Is Here is a poignant reminder of how faith and family, love and community can bolster us, sustain us, and quite literally, in some cases, save us.
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“In Heaven Is Here, Stephanie chronicles in harrowing detail the unspeakable tragedy that would forever alter her life. But the real story is this: Through all the tears, pain, upheaval, sadness, and struggles, it was Stephanie’s faith—and the abundant love of her beautiful family—that brought her back to life. I recommend this book to anyone who needs a reminder of just how strong the human spirit is, and how instrumental faith can be in overcoming what life throws at us.” (Ree Drummond, New York Times best-selling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks)
“Moving and transformative, Heaven Is Here is one of those rare books that causes you to count your blessings, and it reminds you that even in face of devastating loss, you can rebuild to become stronger. Gripping from beginning to end.” (Liz Murray, author of the New York Times best seller Breaking Night)
“How do you find your way back to happiness after your everyday life has been shattered? Stephanie Nielson paints a vivid picture of the happy life she possessed before a devastating plane crash—and how she built that happiness again. Honest, insightful, and compulsively readable, this book gave me much food for thought.” (Gretchen Rubin, author of the New York Times best seller The Happiness Project)
I would highly recommend this amazing story of courage and strength. She is incredible, I can't imagine going through the things she had to endure. Truly inspiring.
I did take for granted the little moments of my kids. I am ashamed to say that I tune them out way to much and have relished in the joy of the quiet of the night when they are all sleeping. I now savor the moments and listen to my kids words more intently. I am grateful for the experience I went on while listening to this book. I truly loved the analogy that We look for Christ's
scares as a proof of the miracle just as she had scars of her miracle. Thank you for your story and strength through all of your adversity.
What an amazing story! I met Stephanie the other day at Cafe Rio of all places! (If you've read the book, you know that's pretty cool!). I knew of her story and also knew my wife had read her book- I promised Stephanie when she told me it was available on Audible that I would get it and am so glad that I did. Stephanie, I may never know why you were called in this life to endure such an accident but your faith and courage has made me a better person, father, son and husband. Thank you. Thank you.
Had a hardtime getting past the monotonous voice and slow development of the story.
I love this book. The author's experiences and how she dealt with trials gives me so much hope for myself. She is so honest and open, putting her raw emotions on the page, laid out for everyone who reads her story. It's a refreshingly clean book filled with spiritually uplifting material, even during the thick of her horrendous challenges. I can clearly visualize a real person behind her words.
I would recommend this to everyone I know. It had a profound influence on me. Her determination, grace, faith, perseverance, love of motherhood, etc inspired me to want to be better and feel like I could.
This book was an excellent listen. I loved Stephanie's calming voice and I felt like we were best friends when it was all done. The love of family in this story was deeply touching. Her own mom and dad and siblings and the sacrifices they made was astounding. They are just as inspiring as Stephanie. Christian, though, wow. What a truly incredible soul. His strength and commitment, his love and dedication to his family. His perspective remained unclouded throughout. What an amazing couple. What a beautiful love story. I feel blessed to have been able to have a glimpse into their very special and inspiring family. (I would love to hear Christian's side of things... his thoughts, struggles, etc.!)
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