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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, 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, 310 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Hachette Books
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Courtney Did we read the same book? This is about surviving a plane crash and how her marriage and family helped her heal physically and emotionally.

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Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: don-t-recommend
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 I thought, hey, if anyone could represent her personality more in depth and honestly, it would be her, right? Her story is that she had a "p ...more
Lesa Parnham
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-books-read
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
Sarah Dominguez
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
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
Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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'
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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,, 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
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
i have followed or checked in with stephanie's blog for years. i remember well when she and her husband were in the airplane crash. i also remember one of her sisters updating readers on the blog about stephanie's long road to recovery. the outpouring of love & support was incredible. this book is an account of her life before accident & after accident. she lays it all out there & at times it is a devastating read. i've read a few of the reviews here on GR & had to stop because i was so shocked ...more
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.

Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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
May 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Molly Froerer
May 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoir
Before I lay into this book, I need to say I really admire Nielson and how she has gone through this challenge. The accident really sucks and I can (unfortunately) imagine all too well her fears about leaving her children. I'm so glad she was able to draw on her faith and thrive both despite and because of this crisis.

That said, this book made me cringe throughout. Her announcement to her dating partner of six minutes of how she doesn't want to finish school but instead wants to be a wife and mo
Debbie Thacker
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 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
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a sweet story. I actually read it in one night. It was interesting how the author tried to reveal only parts of her life, many details that would have enriched her story were omitted (details as to why they crashed, how they were able to live financially, more background on her upbringing) but at the same time so open in other areas ( her faith, her love for her husband). I understand the need of privacy but it makes the memoir feel glossed over and not authentic.

I LOVED reading about he
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
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
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
I know this is an inspiring book to many, but not to me. I was too put off by the simplistic theology and gender essentialism to be able to see what others saw in this book.
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I recently read Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson the creator of This book is a memoir of Stephanie's life, who is a famous Mormon blogger. She and her husband were in a plane wreck in 2008. 80% of her body was burned and she was in a coma for about 4 months. This book is about her miraculous survival and recovery after this horrible accident. Just so you know,this book is a tearjerker! The book is split up in three parts, part 1 is about her life before the crash: growing ...more
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Ugh, it's so tough to review a book like this because I feel like I'm critiquing the person, especially when it's about an experience as intense and personal as this. So here's what I will say. I was very familiar with her story going into this book - I learned about her blog shortly after her accident and I vividly remember the first time she posted a picture of herself (just her eyes). So it was interesting reading the whole story from her perspective - and I did learn some details I didn't kn ...more
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
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
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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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