Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Heaven Is Here - Nielson

In Heaven is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy, Stephanie Neilson tells the story of her near-perfect life.  She has a very close family, has met the love of life, and is building what promises to be a wonderful life with him and her four children. She looks forward to having many more. She is, in fact, so happy with her life that she shares her wonderful story, and her religious views (she is a Mormon), online at

But life is never perfect, and just when you get the hang of tends to teach you new lessons.  Sadly, Stephanie's lessons are learned through a horrific plane crash in August of 2008.

Neilson wakes, months later, bed ridden and fighting to survive burns over 80% of her body. Her husband was also severely burned, though not as badly as Stephanie, and a friend died. Though she knows deeply that God and her family love her unconditionally, Neilson struggles with the changes in her life, her inability to care for her family, and the physical changes that threaten to take away the possibility of ever having more children.

Ultimately, with the help of her amazing family, friends, and online community, Neilson finds her way through the horrible experience and learns about overcoming adversity and sharing the joy and hope of life.

An interesting book, though a bit heavy on the religious focus. This religious fervor however is understood to be truly a part of Stephanie Neilson's being, and does not come off as false or overplayed for the purposes of the memoir. 

Well worth a read for anyone who loves a great triumph story.

3/5- Good. Read it, have a good time and move on. Or not.

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