Saturday, September 29, 2012

Book Review: Heaven is Here

Title: Heaven is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy
Author: Stephanie Nielson
Genre: Non-Fiction
Publish Date: April 2012
Personal Rating: 4 stars
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About the Book:
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.

My Review:
I laughed and I cried while reading this book. This book made me feel every emotion possible. I loved it.
 
I was amazed at a lot of the personal moments were shared. What a strong woman to write exactly how she felt knowing others were going to read this. I think that is truly amazing and greatly appreciate those thoughts and ideas that were shared.
 
I loved seeing the amazing relationship between Stephanie and Christian. Thoroughly amazing from the beginning to the end. With the trial of the airplane crash, what a toll that took on their love. And how it could have broke them. Truly in love and never wavering.
 
I shared these teasers on my Teaser Tuesday, but had to share them again in this post. What an amazing moment to have while the world was turned upside down for her.
 
 I stared at a leaf above me. It was so removed from the chaos. I wished I were the leaf, gently waving in the faint breeze, serene and calm on a Saturday afternoon. Nielson, Stephanie (2012-04-03). Heaven Is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy (Kindle Locations 1763-1764). Hyperion. Kindle Edition.
 

I stared up at the leaf again as the sirens approached. In just minutes, it had become an anchor, a symbol of my hope. But as the sirens wailed closer and closer, a breeze stirred the jet-black smoke that poured from the wreckage. A cloud of smoke blew over the tree. My leaf was gone. Nielson, Stephanie (2012-04-03). Heaven Is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy (Kindle Locations 1819-1821). Hyperion. Kindle Edition.

I recommend this book to any reader old or young. What an inspiration and example we can follow, her and her family.

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