Heaven Is Here by Stephanie Nielson
An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy

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14 Critic Reviews

Strength found through faith helps a woman combat personal disaster—will appeal most to Christian readers.
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Synopsis

Go on an unforgettable journey, with a woman who has unimaginable strength.

Stephanie Nielson began sharing her life in 2005, 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.

Praise for Heaven Is Here

“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 bestselling 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 bestseller 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 bestseller The Happiness Project

“For anyone who wonders how they will come through a difficult time, Heaven Is Here proves that human beings were built to survive. Stephanie Nielson weaves a humbling and spellbinding tale of how her perfect life was upended on one beautiful afternoon. Her story is a powerful testament of the healing powers of an unyielding faith, the gift ...

 

About Stephanie Nielson

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Stephanie Nielson was born and raised in Provo, Utah. In 2005, she began, nieniedialogues.com, a popular blog about her life as a wife, mother, and Mormon. In 2008, Stephanie and her husband survived a near-fatal plane crash in which they were both severely burned. Stephanie has maintained a positive outlook in the aftermath of this ordeal and through her extensive rehabilitation, a journey she continues to share on her blog, which is visited by four million people every month. Her story has been featured on Oprah, The Today Show, and in People magazine. Stephanie lives in Provo with her husband and their four children.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Hyperion. 272 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Heaven Is Here
All: 14 | Positive: 14 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 01 2012

Strength found through faith helps a woman combat personal disaster—will appeal most to Christian readers.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 19 2012

Nielson’s journey from a simple life taken for granted to complex and challenging daily joy is moving and authentic.

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The Blue Bookcase

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Reviewed by Christine-Chioma

Although she is positive, she is not unrealistic about the more difficult parts of her life. It's never sappy, corny, or predictable.

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Reading for Sanity

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Apr 03 2012

If you read only one book this year, make it this one....her experience and message of hope holds universal appeal, regardless of religious preference.

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Book BagLady Reviews

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May 03 2012

I promise that when you’ve read this book, you will appreciate yourself, your life, your husband, your family, and your friends a lot more.

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5 Minutes for Books

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Reviewed by Trish on May 25 2012

Heaven Is Here is a testimony to the power of love, faith, and determination.

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Life by Candlelight

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Reviewed by Amy on Mar 15 2012

Recommended for fans of inspirational memoirs. It is definitely an inspiring story of faith and love...

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Mrs. Jensen's Book Reviews

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May 03 2012

I recommend this to whoever needs a reminder on how good there life is and how strong you really are.

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Betsy Reads Books

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Reviewed by Betsy on Apr 02 2012

This book is a powerful statement about the capabilities of the human spirit...This is one of the best and most honest memoirs I've read in a while. 

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Design Mom

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Reviewed by Gabrielle Blair on May 11 2012

it is seriously gripping. It will make you laugh and cry and it will make you want to be better.

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Reviewed by Emily on Apr 27 2012

It is about hope, love, joy, faith, and the importance of family...I highly recommend Heaven is Here to adults and young adults.

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Tristi Pinkston, LDS Author

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Reviewed by Tristi Pinkston on Apr 15 2012

You will be inspired, you will cry, you will appreciate life so much more, and you will grab your children and your spouse and squeeze them a little tighter.

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Busy as a Bee in Paris

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Reviewed by Maria on Mar 15 2012

She's honest and funny. She sees the good and the ugly and she takes it as it comes, often with a touch of humour, always with a powerful conviction that makes you feel like you're ready to move mountains.

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Reviewed by Amanda

...An incredible story of hope, triumph, and everyday joy is an incredible memoire written by an inspirational woman.

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