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

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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.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 2012)
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Chanda
I was hesitant about reading this. I've been reading her blog for years, since before the crash. Recently I've not been a huge fan of the blog. I felt like it was a little heavy in the self-promotion and I just didn't get the inspiration from it that I use to. I also wondered if the book would be boring if I had already heard much of the details from her site.

That said, I was totally wrong. I LOVED this book. I could not put it down and when I did, I couldn't stop thinking of it. A wonderful sto...more
Susanhayeshotmail.com
Hooo boy, everybody seems to love this book but I just didn't. Even the Pioneer Woman loves this book. I am not much of a blog follower and I pretty well left the Mommy Blog years behind before there even were blogs or Mommy Bloggers but I had read a few entries and about Nie Nie's accident and recovery. It's an amazing story. I love her courage and faith and perseverance. And in the vein of "don't say anything if you can't say something nice" I should probably stop right here. If you totally lo...more
Melissa
I am half-way through this book. I am familiar with Nielson's story and somewhat fascinated with the culture of "Mormon Mommy Bloggers" because their experience is so different from mine. My life is good and great, but I struggle with parenting, I'm on a pretty tight budget, I have one child. The first third of the book left me with a lot of cultural questions. Is every LDS household in Utah well to do? There's a lot of consumerist name-dropping- her mom's convertible Audi, Banana Republic this...more
Natalie
This book exceeded my expectations by far. I learned two lessons from this book.

1. As a nurse, it was very interesting to me to read the perspective of the patient, going through horrific emotional, physical and mental pain. What eased her pain? What were the characteristics of those who helped in her healing process. She gave great examples of both healers and non-healing experiences. I really learned from them and hope that I can be more conscious of how to better help others.

2. Faith can come...more
Becca
I probably wouldn't have read this if it weren't for my book club. And I do admire the faith and strength this family has needed to overcome such a trial. But I just wish that Mormon women had different kinds of role models out there, other than the "All I ever want to be is a mother and wife". While I want these things in my life, they are not the ONLY things and I really dislike that the world out there gets a taste of Mormonism from these women, like these are the only types of women in our c...more
Sarah Dominguez
I so needed this book. It's a book about exactly what it says- hope. I found myself reading through tears throughout most of the book and felt my faith and testimony strengthened constantly. It has helped confirm to me that I truly can do hard things. I have thought of so many I want to share this book with so that they, too, might enjoy the joy that comes from reading this beautiful book!
Lesa Parnham
As a long time reader of NieNie, I knew most of what this book is about. She is a woman with a lot of courage and faith. If the same thing had happened to me I would crawl into bed and not come out again. That being said, I followed the entire aftermath of Stephanie's accident. There were major fundraisers including an Ebay auction, tee shirt sales, straight up money donations etc. I donated money I could ill-afford because I was touched by this story.

When NieNie started writing again it turned...more
Kacey Kendrick Wagner
First of all, what this woman went through is horrific. I can't imagine surviving such terrible, severe injuries. I can't imagine my baby crying for Mommy and he didn't mean me. I can't imagine my child being too scared to look at me. I can't imagine not recognizing myself in the mirror. I can't imagine having my eyes sewn shut multiple times. She did many very, VERY hard things.

However, I have some issues with this book. It is not very well written. She spends way too much time discussing how p...more
Jane
Mar 05, 2012 Jane rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: memoir
Where I got the book: ARC won on the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program. To be released on April 3, 2012 (according to the publisher; the author's blog says April 2).

I had absolutely no knowledge of Stephanie Nielson's blog, nieniedialogues.com, when I requested this book. I'm not, on the whole, a follower of mommy/homemaker bloggers, although I have a couple of friends who are active in this niche. No, what made me interested, I think, was that it was about time to tackle a memoir because it's...more
Allison
Honest and heartfelt. While the first third of the book seems to have been written to serve as a foil to the latter part, I ended up skimming it, more interested in and inspired by her life and faith after the accident than before. A few favorite quotes:

[Elder Holland] greeted us warmly. "It's so good to see you, Stephanie. I'm thrilled to see you're up and walking."
As we walked he told me to be proud of my scars. "We look for Christ's scars because they are evidence of what He did for us. They'...more
Emily
I received "Heaven is Here" by Stephanie Nielson through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. Upon hearing that I had won a copy of the book to read and review, I was a bit concerned that I would find Nielson's Mormon background and the role of faith in her life preachy and over the top. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Nielson's religion and faith in God are a constant under current in the book, and a necessary part of understanding how she overcame the challenges she faced.

Stephanie...more
Alice
I wasn't sure I would be able to write an objective review of this book because Stephanie is my sister-in-law (married to my brother). But after finishing the book I believe I can give an honest assessment; it's good. It's really good. You already know it's inspiring and uplifting; motivating for anyone going through something difficult in life.... which pretty much means everyone.

But it's also very intimate and honest. I think anyone who has experienced a serious tragedy in life, whether or no...more
Kimberly
This was a SUPER emotional book for me to read. I'm not sure if it was just because of the incredibly moving story or if maybe my emotional female hormones had something to do with it, but I cried my way through the whole book.
I cried tears of heartbreak, I cried in moments of courage and triumph. I cried when sweet Jane looked at her and little Nicholas accepted her as his mother. I cried when she hiked to the Y. I cried reading her and Christian's sweet love story and thinking very nostalgica...more
Lissa Chandler
I don't want to rain on everyone's parade by giving this book only two stars, but it kind of upset me. I started reading Stephanie Nielson's blog in the fall of 2009 and read every post (and posts on her other blogs) until last summer (including her archives). I think her story is absolutely heart wrenching and inspiring, both motherhood wise and survival wise. So, because of that, I'm really glad I read this. But! I just couldn't get over how sugar coated a lot of this memoir felt. I mean, a lo...more
Rosemary
I had a fascination with "Mormon Mommy Bloggers" during my first two years of medical school, which has dwindled (but not disappeared) since I started clinical work. I think this interest was essentially a vicarious exploration of the world that could have been. I hold great value in the role of a mother, and admire the many mothers in my life. I hope to be a mother, too, but I don't anticipate that this will be a possibility for me for many years, as I now commit myself to surgery residency. Du...more
Debbie Thacker
I read this mostly because NieNie is a fellow Utahan and a fellow member of the LDS Church. I am always intrigued by someone overcoming adversity. Especially those who endure a lifetime of challenges - such as Stephanie has and will continue to do.

I have to admit that I almost put it down after reading the first section. This woman's life played out absolutely perfectly up until the plane crash. I mean, there's about 5 generations of perfection it seemed. Not a dysfunctional mess in the lot. It...more
Daniellefirth
I wanted to love this book, I really did.

A few years ago when I first heard about Stephanie Nielsons story of her tragic plane accident, and her emotional and physical rebirth, I was absolutely stunned and inspired.

I camped out in front of my computer and read everything I could on her courageous story- I read her blog, I saw her mormon.org video, I watched news interviews, and even checked out a design book from our library of which she had contributed.

I am absolutely fascinated with Stephan...more
Marcie
I found this book hard to read. I almost didn’t finish it after reading the first part of the book- her courtship, marriage, and joys of motherhood. I understand that it was written to show how she felt her life was perfect but I found it almost nauseating. I would have preferred and appreciated this part of the story more had it been written in a chapter or two rather than 11.

Throughout the rest of the book I did find the uplifting and inspiring story that I expected. It seemed to me that she...more
Rene
More than anything, I was affected by the honesty through good and bad of her recovery and the family relationships (that supported Stephanie so well). I cried especially at moments that involved the children and their responses to her suffering and appearance. I was inspired by her faith in a God of miracles, large and small, her hope in the resurrection when all things will be restored, and her appreciation for life as she can live it now. I appreciated her short explanations of her mormon fai...more
Amy
It was just OK. Fascinating and harrowing story, but waaayyy too sappy for me. All the "darling" "lovely" home vignettes she painted were far too saccharine for me to identify with. It felt like a magazine spread of perfect home shots. It reminded me of another author (who shall remain nameless) I've read who name-drops to describe Utopian scenes.
I liked section 2 that talked about the accident and her dealing emotionally and physically with the after-effects; truly horrific and hard to imagine....more
Amy
First of all, sorry all of my friends who got an email saying I gave three stars a French book with a naked lady on the front cover with a similar title. I guess I accidentally clicked it when I was adding this book as currently reading. I had no idea, so thanks, Brad and Jess for noticing that I marked a book that you knew I wouldn't read. Oops!

As far as Heaven Is Here, I would give it 4.5 stars. I didn't love the writing and the first part of the book got old kind of fast, so I didn't give it...more
Becky
I don't normally take the time to "review" books. But...

This book was impressively well-written for someone who just thought it was time to share their story. I guess being a popular blogger for a several years gives her writing experience, but for what I expected, I sure thought it was well-done.

The book is written in 3 parts: Life before the crash, during the crash and hospital stay, then after coming home and adjusting back to family life. In part one, I kind of found it refreshing how bold...more
Kristin
I had to choke down the first third of this book. It was SO syrupy and her idyllic pre-accident life seemed very much like a rose-colored skewed remembrance. I understand completely how much she must have come to treasure every memory from before the accident but it just made me feel very inadequate and like a big loser for thinking my life with 3 kids and my husband gone a lot is often HARD. Roses were constantly blooming beneath her feet and everything was pretty much 'darling' all the time......more
Andrea
A few weeks ago I got a mass email from a church friend saying that Stephanie Nielson was coming to TX to speak and that we should get a group together and go see her. I knew of her but haven't ever followed her blog, only knew the smallest of details about her. Even so I thought it would be neat to go see her. Another friend ended up lending me her book and I figured it would all be more meaningful if I knew her story. So I immediately abandoned Percy Jackson and devoured this book. Even if I d...more
Anna
People who have read the Nie Nie Dialogues know the basic outlines of this memoir: Stephanie Nielson, a very young mormon lifestyle-and-family blogger, was nearly killed by a tragic plane crash that killed the flight instructor, badly injured his pupil Mr Nielson, and left Stephanie with devastating burns on 80% of her body. It is a triumph of modern medicine that she survived and to this day she has to deal with the severe consequences to her health, though readers of her blog will also know th...more
Sara

I was familiar with NieNie's blog but not a "follower." She was too Provo, Utah Mormon bubble for me. But of course, after the accident, I was curious to know if she would recover and what 80% burns would look like on someone.

I enjoyed her writing style in her book because she seemed more honest about what she was experiencing and putting it all out there rather than in her "Life is a peach" ALL THE TIME blog. My heart broke for her and her family. I think any mother would feel as she did. It w...more
Lisa
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Can you imagine life as a cute 30-something with an attractive husband and 4 cute kids? What would it be like to be part of one of those families that others always look at as physically attractive, a perfect-looking family?
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We all know that there is no such thing as a perfect family, but some families definitely look better than others.

Stephanie Nielson was one of those Mormon Mommy bloggers (http://nieniedialogues.com/) who busied themselves with furnishing their house and dressing their fam...more
Julie
I listened to this book as I drove across New Mexico and Arizona over the weekend. This book is amazing! It is incredibly well written and leaves the reader with a new sense of peace and hope. Stephanie describes her life before the crash starting when she met her husband, Christian. She talks about their great joy and love they have for each other before the crash. She has such a wonderful life before and after. It is heartbreaking to hear her tale of the day of the crash. She mentions somethin...more
Sarah
Okay. So. Here's the thing. You might know who this chick is. Heck, if you live in Provo, you might know her personally. She writes that one blog that I'm actually not going to say the name of because I prefer that no one look it up and give it hits. Of course, if you're already a subscribed reader of it, hit to your heart's content. I read her book because, based on her blog, I decided I didn't like her. She's superficial times a million. I don't care for superficiality, so I don't read her blo...more
Stepper
I was hesitant to read this book at first. I was a big fan of NieNie's blog and then an even bigger fan of her sister, CJane's blog - but where I used to relish the inspiration received from both of these blogs, they both recently seem to have lost their steam. I was concerned that this book would be more of the same.

But - while I admit that I had a bit of trouble with the first sections high-school-drama feel of Stephanie's relationship with Christian (and I do realize that she was, in fact, i...more
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I am: Returning from a near-fatal airplane crash, burned 80% of my body, and will have surgeries for the rest of my life. Probably. But I am alive. I cherish Mr. Nielson, Claire, Jane, Oliver, Nicholas and recently, my newest sweetheart Charlotte.
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“I know, now, without a doubt that the true source of happiness, self-worth, and authentic beauty doesn't come from the outside. Women are constantly being persuaded to want something unachievable, to look younger or thinner and above all to fit in because being different is too painful and embarassing. I have accepted myself in a world that does not accept me, because I have learned [ . . . ] that our hearts matter most... It's a beautiful heart, not a perfect body, that leads to a beautiful life.” 25 likes
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