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Heaven Is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy by Stephanie Nielson Review

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

Author: Stephanie Nielson

First published April 3, 2012

310 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9781401341794 (ISBN10: 1401341799)

Rating: 4.1


When Stephanie Harrington’s family moves to the frontier planet of Sphinx, she expects a life of exploration and adventure in the virgin wilderness. But danger lurks in the form of deadly predators and powerful enemies determined to keep the planet under human control.

Stephanie’s life takes an unexpected turn when she discovers an intelligent alien species – the treecats – and forms a bond with one named Climbs Quickly. As Stephanie and Climbs Quickly navigate the treacherous landscape of Sphinx, they find themselves at the center of a galactic conflict with the fate of the treecats and the planet hanging in the balance.

With her loyalty to her newfound friends and her determination to protect them, Stephanie must face her enemies head-on and fight for what she believes in. A Beautiful Friendship is a thrilling tale of adventure, loyalty, and the unbreakable bonds of friendship.

About the Author

I’ve been through a lot. I survived a terrible airplane crash that left me with severe burns covering 80% of my body.

The road to recovery will be long, and I’ll likely need surgeries for the rest of my life. But despite all of this, I’m grateful to be alive.

There are a few people in my life who mean everything to me. Mr. Nielson, Claire, Jane, Oliver, Nicholas – they’ve all been there for me in different ways, helping me through the toughest moments.

And recently, I’ve been lucky enough to meet someone new – my sweetheart, Charlotte. She brings a brightness to my life that I never thought possible, and I feel so grateful to have her by my side.

Editoral Review

Heaven Is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy by Stephanie Nielson is a memoir that tells the inspiring story of a woman who survived a tragic plane crash and overcame immense physical and emotional trauma to find joy in the everyday moments of life. Nielson, a popular blogger and mother of four, chronicles her journey from despair to resilience with candidness and grace.

The book opens with Nielson’s account of the plane crash, which left her with third-degree burns covering over eighty percent of her body. She describes the excruciating pain of her recovery, which required numerous surgeries and months of hospitalization.

But amidst the darkness, she found glimmers of hope in the love and support of her family and community, and eventually in her own strength and determination to heal. Heaven Is Here blends vivid descriptions of everyday life with reflections on the power of faith and gratitude to uplift us in times of hardship.

Nielson writes with a sincere voice that is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming. Her story touches on themes of family, identity, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Nielson’s writing is clear and engaging, and her insights into her own journey are both poignant and relatable. She portrays her family and friends with humor and love, and her descriptions of nature and small moments of joy evoke a sense of wonder and gratitude.

However, the book occasionally suffers from a lack of depth, and readers looking for a more comprehensive exploration of Nielson’s emotional landscape may find themselves wanting more. Overall, Heaven Is Here is a powerful testament to the human spirit and the importance of finding joy in the midst of adversity.

While it may not be a groundbreaking work of literature, it offers readers a compelling story of triumph over tragedy that will leave them feeling inspired and uplifted. For readers who enjoy memoirs, especially those with themes of resilience and personal growth, Heaven Is Here is a must-read.

It may also appeal to those interested in themes of faith and spirituality. I would give this book a rating of four out of five stars, based on its emotional impact and the quality of the writing.