HEAVEN IS HERE by Stephanie Nielson

HEAVEN IS HERE

An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy

KIRKUS REVIEW

Family, friends and faith support a woman through personal tragedy.

As a young stay-at-home mother, Nielson was living the rewarding life she had always dreamed about. She had a loving husband who worked hard to support her and their four healthy children, a nice home, compassionate friends and extended family, a strong Mormon faith and a successful blog read by people around the world. Life only promised to get better when her thoughts turned to the possibility of another child. Then tragedy struck when Nielson and her husband, Christian, were badly injured in a plane crash. The author suffered disfiguring burns over 80 percent of her body and was in a coma for four months. Her husband suffered a broken back and burns on 40 percent of his body. Nielson recounts the ensuing months of struggle to regain some semblance of her former life. Graphic details of the numerous surgeries, physical therapy and daily existence as a severely burned patient are interconnected with the emotional roller coaster Nielson rode throughout her months of recovery. Her yearning desires were to tend to her children, husband and home, but she battled depression as she watched her children pull away from her disfigured body. Ultimately, self-determination, the encouragement of Christian, empathetic relatives and total strangers and Nielson’s devout faith helped her reclaim many aspects of her former life.

Strength found through faith helps a woman combat personal disaster—will appeal most to Christian readers.

Pub Date: April 3rd, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4013-4179-4
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Voice/Hyperion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2012




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