Heaven Is Here

  • by Stephanie Nielson
  • Narrated by Stephanie Nielson
  • 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

“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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

This book is incredible!

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

From a male perspective, this book ranks up there as one of the best books I have ever listened to. I think if I were a woman (especially if I were a mommy), I think it would be the best book I had ever listen to with no competition.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Stephanie Nielson because she shares her thoughts so well.


What about Stephanie Nielson’s performance did you like?

She explains so well what she was feeling and the thoughts that she had to overcome, etc..


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole thing.


Any additional comments?

I would say that most women who listened to this audio book (especially mommies) will be moved to cry at least 5 times (in a good way).

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- Chad

INSPIRING

Would you consider the audio edition of Heaven Is Here to be better than the print version?

I set up an account at Audible just to listen to this book. Hearing the story in Stephanie's peaceful voice was powerful.


What about Stephanie Nielson’s performance did you like?

Listening in Stephanie's sincere, soothing voice made me think of the gift it must have been to her children and family at the beginning of her recovery.


Any additional comments?

Thank you Stephanie for sharing hope with all of us.

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- Trudy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2012
  • Publisher: Hyperion AudioBooks