A week and a half ago my trusty UPS man left a small package on my doorstep. Inside was Stephanie Nielson’s new book “Heaven Is Here”.
It was Spring Break, my kids were all home and happily occupied so I took the very precious liberty of sitting down on the couch to read it straight through in four hours.
It was an emotional experience. I laughed hard enough for my kids to wonder what was so funny. I sobbed hard enough that I couldn’t see the words on the pages. And mostly I marveled at the power and determination of one woman whose greatest desire in life is to be an able mother and wife.
I feel more grateful and aware having read this book. I will never take the basic functions of my healthy body for granted again. I will never look at a disfigured person the same again. I will never approach a trial the same way again. I will spend more meaningful time with my children and spouse and family. I will spend more time strengthening my relationship with my Heavenly Father. I will spend more time finding and cultivating inner beauty.
Do you need to be inspired? Do you need to be reminded how much God loves you? Is your life hard right now? Do you feel like you can’t handle the burdens that are yours? Are you exhausted from the daily grind of mothering and running a home? Do you need that extra push to reach a personal goal?
Please read this book. It will kindle in you a new hope, touch your heart and bring you joy.
It fits my definition of a great book: I couldn’t put it down, once I did I couldn’t get it out of my mind, and it has changed me for the better. “Heaven Is Here” will be going on my bookshelf to be reread yearly.