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).
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.
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.
Life changing. And I don't say that lightly! Stephanie has such a wonderful perspective. She is real and raw. She narrates the book beautifully as week. A must-read, or listen I suppose 😊
I loved hearing the author tell of her own struggle of survival and triumph! She is such a marvelous example of faith, courage and inner beauty that radiates from within BECAUSE of her faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ.
35 years ago I lost two of my precious children in a drowning accident. I, too, have had to trust in the Lord as I've found my way back to happiness. Happiness is a choice and life is good and full and rich even after devastating loss.
I cried many tears as I heard her tell her story. The Spirit has confirmed to my heart that, truly, our Heavenly Father know all of His children. He loves us and wants us to be happy. He awaits with open arms to assist and carry us.
Stephanie's story is truly beautiful. My heart broke as she shared her darkest moments, and my heart swelled with joy at her triumphs. I shed many tears. This is a must-read. What a beautiful, inspiring woman.❤️
Garrett Pierson, Author of How To Write A Book ASAP
I loved this book. Thank you Stephanie for sharing your story. I cried at least 100 times.
I have been inspired and motivated to be all that I can be.
My love has dramatically increased for my fellow man.
I'm excited to share this book with everyone!
A gratitude inspiring book! read with wonderful personal expression. Stephanie reads her story filled with joy, frustration, loss, love and most of all gratitude. it helped me to be grateful for the little and the big things in life.
I knew that I wouldn't be able to sit and read with tears, so audiobook was the way to go! seriously cried the entire book. So spiritual and full of love from start to finish...plus what better way to hear Stephanie's story with her own voice. She is a true hero, and I admire her so much!
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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