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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.

©2012 Auroramark Enterprises LLC (P)2012 Hyperion (packaging elements only)

Critic Reviews

“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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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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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.

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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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  • Marian
  • La Palma, CA, United States
  • 07-23-14

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

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  • Hope
  • St Albans, VT, United States
  • 06-09-13

Finally!

What did you love best about Heaven Is Here?

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.

What other book might you compare Heaven Is Here to and why?

I don't know.

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

Yes

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  • Jessica
  • gilbert, az, United States
  • 05-21-13

so so so good

This book made me want to be a better person. I can't describe how much I loved it!

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INCREDIBLE!!!!!

What made the experience of listening to Heaven Is Here the most enjoyable?

One of the most amazing books I have ever listened to! A true love story with such inspiration.

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  • Carolyn
  • Carrollton, TX, United States
  • 02-14-13

A story you won't forget

Have you listened to any of Stephanie Nielson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

makes you know there truly is life after death and heaven is much closer than we think.

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  • Chelsea
  • NORTH LIBERTY, IA, United States
  • 09-03-12

Wow

Where does Heaven Is Here rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

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We all find a piece of ourselves in this story.

What did you love best about Heaven Is Here?

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.

What about Stephanie Nielson’s performance did you like?

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.

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

Most defiantly!!!!

Any additional comments?

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.

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So Much to Be Grateful For

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.

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