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

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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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"Mormon homemaker Nielson was leading an old-fashioned happy life with a handsome husband (she called him 'Mr. Nielson,' à la Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy), four kids, and a successful blog about her perfect life. Then she and her husband were in a small plane crash. Both survive, but are badly burned; Stephanie is burned over 80% of her body and in a coma for four months. After she awakens, she isn't sure she wants to live, but she is sure she doesn't want to see her children, and most of all she doesn't want them to see her, disfigured by burns. Nielson heals, as the subtitle immediately telegraphs. But the road to recovery is deeply cratered with difficulties: pain, depression, the inability to look in a mirror and behold her scarred features. What saves her almost in spite of herself is her large family: parents, brothers and sisters, and her husband, himself recovering from injuries. Nielson's journey from a simple life taken for granted to complex and challenging daily joy is moving and authentic. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

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.

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McGuffy Ann, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by McGuffy Ann)
Stephanie Nielson began writing her blog in 2005.
It became very popular as she wrote about her happy life with her husband, four children, and Christian community.

Then tragedy struck in 2008. A plane crash changed life for the couple and their family. Christian was horribly burned on almost half of his body. Stephanie was in a coma for four months, burned over 80% of her body.

In this extraordinary memoir, Stephanie tells the story of survival, and coming to terms with devastating disaster. She is honest in her pain and sharing of her raw feelings. However, Stephanie manages to find humour and use wit, as well.

Together, Christian & Stephanie, draw on their love as a couple, sharing the strength of their marriage, and the support of their community and faith. These elements combine to sustain them, and not only do they survive, they thrive.

Inspiring.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401341794
Author:
Nielson, Stephanie
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Subject:
General Biography
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Biography - General
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 22.8 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mormon homemaker Nielson was leading an old-fashioned happy life with a handsome husband (she called him 'Mr. Nielson,' à la Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy), four kids, and a successful blog about her perfect life. Then she and her husband were in a small plane crash. Both survive, but are badly burned; Stephanie is burned over 80% of her body and in a coma for four months. After she awakens, she isn't sure she wants to live, but she is sure she doesn't want to see her children, and most of all she doesn't want them to see her, disfigured by burns. Nielson heals, as the subtitle immediately telegraphs. But the road to recovery is deeply cratered with difficulties: pain, depression, the inability to look in a mirror and behold her scarred features. What saves her almost in spite of herself is her large family: parents, brothers and sisters, and her husband, himself recovering from injuries. Nielson's journey from a simple life taken for granted to complex and challenging daily joy is moving and authentic. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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