There are few in the blogosphere that haven’t heard about Stephanie Nielson and her family. She was already a popular blogger at Nie Nie Dialogues prior to her tragic plane crash in 2008 that left her with burns over 80% of her body, and facing a lifetime of surgeries and medical treatments.
It is rare to have the chance to witness the incredible bravery and strength that Stephanie has displayed on her blog as she’s dealt (and continues to deal) with the aftermath of her tragedy. But those of us that read her blogs have been lucky enough to do just that, and so it is with the happy glee of a fan that I’m able to remind you that next week Stephanie’s book hits the bookshelves.
Heaven Is Here: An incredible story of hope, triumph and every day joy is being released on April 3rd by Hyperion Books.
It’s unlikely that Stephanie envisioned this future for herself when she started blogging in 2005. Initially she blogged primarily to share about her life as a wife, mother, and Mormon, but after the crash her blog became the place she worked through the trauma. When speaking to ABC.com, she talked about reclaiming her life while writing the book.
“I would get to be a mother to my children. I would smell flowers, eat my favorite foods and kiss my husband. I would do yoga again one day, and make dinner, and wake up in the morning with gratitude, peace like I used to have and without so much pain,” Nielson said in a video promoting the book. “Life would look different, but it would be amazing so I wrote this book so it could hopefully inspire people.”
It seems like the book will be a wrenching read, and early reviews on Amazon seem to agree.
“What a wonderful gift Stephanie has given us with this terrifying and beautiful memoir. Her message of hope, determination, and love, in spite of the very worst of circumstances, has given me renewed joy in my own life as I realize how insignificant my petty complaints are and how boundless my blessings. Thank you Stepanie, what a blessing and inspiration you are to all of us!”
This one is definitely going on my wish list.
Once again, it’s wonderful to see another member of our community make that leap to a book. Congrats, Stephanie!