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Heaven Is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy | [Stephanie Nielson]

Heaven Is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Chad Duluth, GA, United States 04-25-12
    Chad Duluth, GA, United States 04-25-12
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    "This book is incredible!"
    Where does Heaven Is Here rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephanie Nielson because she shares her thoughts so well.


    What about Stephanie Nielson’s performance did you like?

    She explains so well what she was feeling and the thoughts that she had to overcome, etc..


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    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).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trudy Fresno, CA, United States 04-07-12
    Trudy Fresno, CA, United States 04-07-12
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    "INSPIRING"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heaven Is Here to be better than the print version?

    I set up an account at Audible just to listen to this book. Hearing the story in Stephanie's peaceful voice was powerful.


    What about Stephanie Nielson’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Stephanie for sharing hope with all of us.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pulaski, VA, United States 04-11-12
    Amazon Customer Pulaski, VA, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A story that touched my heart and soul."
    If you could sum up Heaven Is Here in three words, what would they be?

    Heartwarming and heart wrenching.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heaven Is Here?

    Stephanie's account of the first time her children saw her after the accident. I honestly wanted to hug her afterwards.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stephanie Nielson?

    Yes


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had that kind of time.


    Any additional comments?

    A true tale of the bonds we have with our loved ones and how those bonds sustain us when we need them the most.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lorraine 03-29-15
    Lorraine 03-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Inspirational !!!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed the detailed account of the incredible recovery and
    healing process and her sustained faith during this amazing ordeal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    aqtb2t 03-24-15
    aqtb2t 03-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    This book makes you want to be a better person!! I love that she reads the book, you feel like you are best friends when it's done! I hope I can be as amazing as her in my life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kara 03-04-15
    Kara 03-04-15
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    "Such a great story, such a great author"

    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.

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    Granny 02-19-15
    Granny 02-19-15
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    "Very inspiring!"

    It was hard to put this book down. It made me grateful for my knowledge of the purpose of life.

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    C. Higgins 01-28-15
    C. Higgins 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful"

    An honest story about overcoming trials. Stephanie shares her honest and very personal journey of family, pain and eventually triumph. Wonderful and inspiring!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mommorris 01-25-15
    mommorris 01-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Truly Faith-Promoting and Inspiring in Every Way"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marian La Palma, CA, United States 07-23-14
    Marian La Palma, CA, United States 07-23-14 Member Since 2015

    Avid listener ! Sucker for romance and memoirs

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    "Heartfelt ! Inspiringly beautiful ❤️"

    Such an inspiring book!!! This is one of the best I have purchased . It worth a thousand credit ❤️ To the author -- I admire your courage and you're will . May god bless you and your family always . You are such an inspiration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Thought provoking."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book as it came across as awful experience but heart warming at the same time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heaven Is Here?

    Meeting with the children and them accepting the burns as only children do.


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Nielson – was your favourite?

    Stephanie was definitely my favourite character. Her honesty and love for her family was a joy to read about.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love conquers all.


    Any additional comments?

    A good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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