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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

Critic Reviews

'It is not often that one has the opportunity to be a hero and even more seldom does that opportunity come along twice. Tammie Jo Shults' inspirational story is one of service, grit, and humbling endurance in the face of discrimination and visceral danger. Her persistence paved the way for countless pilots to follow, and against all odds her composure saved the lives of 148 people on that Southwest flight. I feel honored to know her and to have read her story and am excited that others get the chance to see what true courage looks like." (Peter Berg, director, producer, writer, and actor)

"Nerves of Steel is truly one of the most inspiring, beautifully written, and important books of my lifetime. I am an avid reader, but Tammie Jo's story resonated with me like no other. She is a champion for not only women but for all who want to be better, stronger, and more loving human beings. Her story and life lessons should be read by everyone. She is a model of faith, ferocity, and femininity. Despite her unique and extraordinary story, Nerves of Steel is so relatable - I felt I was by Tammie Jo's side marveling and cheering her on through every twist and turn of her life. And what a life she has had. I will tell everyone I know about this book. Must-read should be shouted from the rooftops." (Martha Raddatz, ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and best-selling author, The Long Road Home)

"Captain Tammie Jo Shults is a hometown hero to South Texans. More than that, Tammie Jo is a hero of faith. Her nerves of steel were forged in learning to trust God in all seasons - through times of turbulence and periods of testing - and to keep Him in the center of her life. In Nerves of Steel, she reminds us that life's challenges and the choices we make equip us to face anything with confidence and that we don't face them alone." (Max Lucado, pastor and best-selling author, How Happiness Happens)

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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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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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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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Great story great book

There is nothing negative except for the behavior of my sex, men! We Ned to learn to become people. Tammie exemplifies what a person should be like! I wish I could be more like her!

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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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Profoundly personal

Captain Shults provides us with a deeply honest and personal look into her life as a woman, a wife and mother, a pilot and a person of faith. This was one of the more compelling books that I've listened to in recent months. As a pilot myself and a person of faith, I was captivated and inspired by her story. Frankly, it was more than I expected.

While she frequently speaks of her Christian faith, she is not proselytizing. More than anything, her faith simply is part of a genuine humanity about which she is honest, but not arrogant. Clearly she respects those who may not share her faith, because she genuinely loves those who share her humanity. However, she does not mince words when dicing those males whose macho insecurity sometimes stood in her way. Hooray for Tammie Jo!

One tiny complaint: I was surprised that she, a pilot and narrator of this book, made a couple of (i presume) reading errors. In one instance she read "altitude gyro" instead of "attitude gyro" and in another she said "glidescope" instead of "glideslope". Then again, maybe I just misheard her.

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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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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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This book was awesome!

I found this book to be absolutely amazing. I loved how the story was told and how she never hid her faith in God! It was so good to hear a story without any foul language and it was great to hear about an event that I didn’t know anything about. Great job!