Nerves of Steel

How I Followed My Dreams, Earned My Wings, and Faced My Greatest Challenge
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (221 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Audiobook-exclusive bonus content includes a Q&A between Tammie Jo Shults and narrator Tavia Gilbert and a recorded speech detailing the events of Flight 1380.

Nerves of Steel is the captivating true story of Tammie Jo Shults’ remarkable life - from growing up the daughter of a humble rancher, to breaking through gender barriers as one of the Navy’s first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots, to safely landing the severely crippled Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 and helping save the lives of 148 people.

Tammie Jo Shults has spent her entire life loving the skies. Though the odds were against her, she became one of the few female fighter pilots in the Navy. In 1994, after serving her country honorably for eight years, Tammie Jo left the Navy and joined Southwest Airlines in the early 1990s.

On April 17, 2018, Tammie Jo was called to service once again. Twenty minutes into a routine domestic flight, Captain Shults was faced with the unthinkable - a catastrophic engine failure in the Boeing 737 caused an explosion that severed hydraulic and fuel lines, tearing away sections of the plane, puncturing a window, and taking a woman’s life. Captain Shults and her first officer, Darren Ellisor, struggled to stabilize the aircraft.

Drawing deeply from her well of experience, Tammie Jo was able to wrestle the severely damaged 737 safely to the ground. Not originally scheduled for that flight, there is no doubt God had prepared her and placed her right where she needed to be that day.

Bring the story to life with photos available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Captain Tammie Jo Shults (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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Impressive

This is a fabulous story of a ranch girl from New Mexico. She broke barriers to become one of the Navy’s first women R/A-18 Hornet pilots to being the Captain of Southwest Airline’s flight 1380. Shults worked as a pilot fighting fires before going to work for Southwest Airlines. The book is extremely well written. Shults tells of her early life, her battles to become a pilot to saving 148 lives on flight 1380. The story tells about a person who is talented, smart, competent and well trained. I like reading books about people who break barriers. I highly recommend this book. The book is eight hours and twenty-seven minutes. Captain Shults does a good job narrating her own book.

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Best book I’ve “read” all year.

What an amazing story; beautifully and transparently written! I have purchased the young reader’s edition and am giving it to my 10 year old granddaughter. As a service member’s daughter, wife, and mother, I am grateful to Captain Shults for her service to our country. As a frequent Southwest customer, and a former San Antonian, I’ll be looking for her and her husband on my future flights. Most importantly, as a Christ follower myself, I loved how she beautifully wove her faith in and through her story, just as faith is, the fabric of our stories! Well done!! A MUST read!

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A solid autobiography with an emphasis on faith.

If you're in this book for the story of SWA flight 1380, you need to skip to the last fifty pages. Fair warning. I enjoyed the book overall, though I had some trouble with the seemingly random sprinkles of patriotism sprinkled throughout an account of rampant sexism and perseverance. I though the connection made between the author's personal trials and her faith made clear sense - God acts as a guide and a comfort in her life. But I just couldn't relate to the small sections of patriotic praise for the U.S. dropped randomly throughout the book. It just felt misplaced to me. Oh well.

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Faith defined

This book weaves the plight of a female breaking into a predominantly man’s world and her faith. She doesn’t curse, scream and throw a fit each time a door is slammed in her face. She relies on her faith and God’s direction. Every step of her training prepared her for Flight 1780. Make sure to listen to her speech at the end...it is from her heart.

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Amazing Story & Well Told

This was one of the best audiobooks I have ever heard. Fascinating, realistic, and uplifting from start to finish!

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Fantastic!

What a wonderful story and a truly Godly woman. I highly recommend this book; you will not be disappointed.

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wonderful story of her life

Moments of tears and moments of joy. Her faith is just so amazing. Thank you for writing this book!

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I laughed, I cried, I will listen again!

This is a book everyone should read/listen to. It is real. It is uplifting. It is timely. I seriously laughed and cried and was on the edge of my seat. It is not a nail biting thriller, it isn't an I am woman, hear me roar, but it is a book about the life of an honest to goodness "Role Model!" I might even go as far as 'Hero,' not only for women but men as well. I would love to meet her someday and just listen to the stories of her life.

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great story of faith and professionalism

great story under an arch of faith that provides better understanding of both good times and calamities and how one may actively and positively deal with them

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Exciting & Encouraging

There is so much to glean from Tammie’s challenging experiences as a woman. Her faith in God, humility, kindness, grace and mercy are convicting especially when considering some of the people she has had to deal with over the years. I highly recommend this exciting and encouraging book!