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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Engaging Book, March 3, 2012
This review is from: Heaven Is Here: An Incredible Story of Hope, Triumph, and Everyday Joy (Hardcover)
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I could not put down this book. I literally started it one afternoon, and finished it in the wee hours of the morning. I had recently become aware of Stephanie Nielson's story a few months ago. I had actually read a story about Mormon Mommy Bloggers on Salon, which lead me to her blog. I read a few posts and saw that she had been on Oprah...but kind of forgot about her until I saw this book come up on the Amazon Vine program. I'm not Mormon, but with all the attention on the LDS church recently, I've been trying to find out more. I figure the best way, rather than listen to the detractors, is to go to the actual church members as well as the church's website. It's been quite enlightening.

Stephanie's faith is woven throughout this book. I quite honestly do not believe she'd be here today if it wasn't for her strong faith in God (whom she and other Mormons call "Heavenly Father"). She firmly believes in the power of prayer--and the results of those beliefs come through--be it the strength to get through just one more therapy session or to handle the struggles with her children accepting her new limitations. When my husband was doing a surgical residency, the worst rotation was the burn unit. He would always come home very humbled after each day....and a full month in the burn unit was about all he could take. Stephanie was burned over 80% of her body when the small private plan she was riding in with her husband and his flying instructor crashed. Her husband was burned as well--I believe around 40-50%, as was the pilot/flight instructor (50%--did not survive.) I think the reason she survived were two fold--one her faith, and two her family. She was blessed with a large family as well as a network of church family which really came out to help her and her husband.

The book is not all about her accident or recover, however. You get a glimpse of her life before the accident--including her engagement with her husband. You also get to see how she's doing nearly three years later. It's a really inspiring book. I also think it's a good read for non-Mormons to better understand the Mormon faith. Highly highly recommended. This is a book that really makes you count your blessings and realize what is important in life.

I found a video of Stephanie on Youtube, for those that are interested... [...]
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Initial post: Apr 2, 2012 6:37:49 AM PDT
As a member of the LDS faith I would like to take a moment and thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for seeking knowledge for yourself and not listening to the anti-mormon sentiment and drawing a conclusion based on the ideas of others. If only more people would do that there would be a better understanding of the question...Is the Mormon Church "Christian". As a person who "slammed" the Church for many years and then returned to find the most peaceful existence in my Christian journey....I speak from experience. I would be happy to answer any questions about who we are and what we believe. Not my own opinion...but as a guidepost as to where to find the answers! Have a great day!!
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