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Heaven is Here

Stephanie Nielson and her husband were involved in a horrific airplane crash in Arizona in August of 2008. They were at the time the parents of 4 young children. Up to the plane crash they had lived fairly normal lives, doing normal things, falling in love, getting married, raising their young family, jobs and Christian Nielson learning to fly an airplane. The day of the crash, Christian and Stephanie, along with the pilot that had taught Christian to fly, were in an airplane on their way back from a pleasure trip to Christian's family's ranch when as they took off after filling up with gas, something went terribly wrong. The airplane crash was a fiery mess, and Stephanie woke up in the backseat of the plane, uncertain of how to unbuckle her own seatbelt and get herself out of the plane. She also had no idea where her husband or the other pilot was. She has a few memories of being in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, but beyond that, she remembers nothing until she woke up from her medically induced coma 3 months later to a very different reality. In pain and unable to move and sometimes even to open her eyes to see, Stephanie must find her faith to be able to move on with her life as a wife, mother and daughter of a loving family. 

I usually take longer to read non-fiction like this, but Stephanie's writing of this book is amazing. I was captivated by the story of her life, both before and after the crash. Stephanie is an amazing woman from whom we can learn so much from about faith and determination. I haven't ever followed her blog, but I had heard of her before I read this book, so I was excited to learn a little more about her and her story. I highly recommend this book! It was amazing!

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About the CD: Award-winning tenor Nathan Pacheco has toured the world featured alongside world-class artists such as Yanni, Katherine Jenkins, and Placido Domingo. In all of his travels across South America, through Europe and Asia, and across America, Nathan often includes spiritually rooted and uplifting songs in his repertoire. This album is a collection of his favorite songs that connect with those spiritual moments from his performances across the world. These songs take the listener on a beautiful journey with classic hymns such as "Be Thou My Vision," soaring Italian epics like "Nella Fantasia," and modern classics such as "Forever," by Kari Jobe. Performing with intimate acoustic backing and often featuring piano and cello, Nathan's desire with this album is to help people reach higher, to feel deeper spiritual connection, and to find peace through songs that life the soul.

Track List
1. Forever
2. Be Thou My Vision
3. The Lord’s Prayer
4. His Love

Deseret Bookshelf Plus Review

I'm super excited to be able to tell you about Deseret Bookshelf's newest feature, Plus. I actually first heard about plus coming six months ago at Deseret Book's ladies night. I thought it sounded pretty great and now that I've tried it, I think it's even better than it sounded. It's basically a subscription that you add on top of the Deseret Bookshelf App. If you have Deseret Book's Platinum membership, you pay only $6.99 a month or $69 a year. If you don't it's $9.99 a month or $99 a year. Either way that's a really good deal for what you are going to be getting.

Here's the deal. With plus, you get to listen to all of their audiobooks...for FREE! Something I noticed on this is that you get to listen to even the newest books that are just barely in the store for FREE. I love this! Who has the time to run to the store to grab the book the very day it comes out? Not me, I'm too busy chasing kids around to do that!

Not to mention - have you…

Kayaks and Kisses

About the book: Brynn Caley is about to start her dream career running an outdoor sporting goods store when an out-of-town business guru makes his own offer on the property. Coerced into forming a temporary partnership, Brynn, with her ski experience, finds she has to work with fishing expert Gage to run the year-round shop. 

Through a series of innocent misconceptions and a few blatant lies, Brynn doesn’t realize that the handsome single guy on the construction crew is her new partner, and he doesn’t want to set her straight until he can gain her favor. She, on the other hand, would do anything not to work with the stuffy businessman she’s only met through email. 

Inspired by the movies You’ve Got Mail and The Shop around the Corner, Kayaks & Kisses is a heart-warming tale of finding love in autumn leaves, outdoor activities, and new friendships.

My review: This book was so fun! I loved that it's loosely based on one of my very favorite movies, You've Got Mail. There was at …