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)
From a male perspective, this book ranks up there as one of the best books I have ever listened to. I think if I were a woman (especially if I were a mommy), I think it would be the best book I had ever listen to with no competition.
Stephanie Nielson because she shares her thoughts so well.
She explains so well what she was feeling and the thoughts that she had to overcome, etc..
The whole thing.
I would say that most women who listened to this audio book (especially mommies) will be moved to cry at least 5 times (in a good way).
Heartwarming and heart wrenching.
Stephanie's account of the first time her children saw her after the accident. I honestly wanted to hug her afterwards.
If I had that kind of time.
A true tale of the bonds we have with our loved ones and how those bonds sustain us when we need them the most.
I set up an account at Audible just to listen to this book. Hearing the story in Stephanie's peaceful voice was powerful.
Listening in Stephanie's sincere, soothing voice made me think of the gift it must have been to her children and family at the beginning of her recovery.
Thank you Stephanie for sharing hope with all of us.
I loved this descriptive and honest life telling of Stephanie's story. I have read so many books in the genre of heaven experiences. This one did not detail those heaven experiences and it was so good, it did not even matter. Stephanie also was so honest with her accounts. She is a religious woman and never felt the need to tell you that you need to be as well. So fresh, full of life, honestly, just lovely.
I don't know.
One of the most amazing books I have ever listened to! A true love story with such inspiration.
makes you know there truly is life after death and heaven is much closer than we think.
I loved this book. It made me count the blessings in my life and try to become a better person. Regardless of the situation the author was in, she recognized the good in it and her influence around her. It is an incredible story about an everyday woman. I'm recommending it for our book club. It was also great to have the author also narrate it, I almost feel as if we're friends! Inspirational, funny, and definitely a tear-jerker.
I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!
I loved how Stephanie picked up the broken pieces of her life and with the help of God and family patched it back together again.
Her voice was so clear and tender as she relived her life and the accident. It could have only been done with her own voice and passion.
I bought this book for my daughters who are mothers. It's a beautiful example of how a mother will do anything for the sake of her children.
Heaven is Here is such an inspirational story that is relevent to all types of families, faithes, and personal beliefs. Stephanie finds gratitude in the smallest things, and reminds us that we can too. Her descriptions are beautiful and her pain reminds us to be grateful for the most basic things everyday. This is a wonderful and inspiring read.
I would recommend this book as it came across as awful experience but heart warming at the same time.
Meeting with the children and them accepting the burns as only children do.
Stephanie was definitely my favourite character. Her honesty and love for her family was a joy to read about.
Love conquers all.
A good read.
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