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by Stephanie Nielson
I have to say, I was extremely excited to read this book. I enjoy following Stephanie's blog, nieniedialgogues, and waited anxiously for the book to be published. As soon as I got my hands on it I read, read, read. Stephanie is very honest and open in the telling of her story. Really, it is a story of family and faith. She loves her husband and children dearly. She finds strength in her faith. She reveres motherhood and womanhood.
Despite the tragic airplane crash that seriously burned both her husband and herself, and took the life of their friend, she survived. Not only did she survive, but she learned to live life again and make the most of what it has in store for her. Stephanie tells the story of her journey so far...of life before the airplane crash, her recovery in the hospital after, and life since. It may have been a long, hard road to get to where she is...and maybe it was difficult to come to terms with the reality of her life, but she has done it with so much grace and strength that she has shown that she truly is an amazing person.
From my experience of having a chronically ill child who eventually passed away, I came to believe that not only do our trials help us grow...but hope, faith and love can flourish... we can find happiness and joy despite our trials. Stephanie is an example of all of this and that is why I loved her book. She has values and beliefs I can relate to. I love that she was not afraid to be honest about the good and the bad. She was not afraid (or at least was willing even if she was afraid) to be herself. I appreciate that and am glad for the reminder of how special our families are, how wonderful motherhood is, and how good life can be if we find the faith to accept what we are given and make the most of it, standing strong and true to what we believe. Well done Stephanie. You are an inspiration.