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A Transformational Near-Death Experience Inspired an Extraordinary Tale of Miracles and Lessons


Everything has its own paradox, and one perfect example of this is LIFE and DEATH. The living has long been curious about the other side. But, given a chance to experience death for a brief time, would you accept it? In this book by Jean Nielsen, entitled “Almost to Heaven,” readers are given a glimpse of the author’s Near-Death Experience that opened doors for faith and hope.

It was the 26th of August 2013 it was announced Jean was dying. Everyone from the community of New Ulm, Minnesota, her family down to her neighbors, church, strangers, and the hospital felt their heart shattered. After all, in every sense of the word, both physically and spiritually, Jean was a healthy 52 year-old female. The question kept resurfacing, how could this be that Jean had a heart attack? When everyone wept and mourn for what could be this sorrowful fate,  of a well-loved person, a miracle happened. After two days of breathing on an oxygen tank, because of the medical expertise of both the New Ulm Medical Center and Abbott Northwestern Heart Hospital, and prayer, on the 28th of August 2013—Jean was revived to life, and her heart started its rhythmic impulse once more—uplifting the whole community’s sorrows and shock. From this extraordinary experience, Jean learned a valuable lesson about love, family, and faith that every person needs to realize before they go to the other side of life.

Inspired by her own experience, author Jean Nielsen wants every reader to understand what holds after a life-changing miracle. In this astonishingly inspiring and honest memoir, one does not only appreciate the life that they are relishing at the moment, but are taught to give importance and respect to everyone’s inevitable fate called death.

At the end of the story, one is reminded that although night is a dark time that sprouts fear from the hearts, it is the only time where people realize the brightest stars that light their path.

“Almost to Heaven” book copies are available at
Writer: Jean Nielsen
Publisher: XlibrisUS
Publication date: November 29, 2018
ISBN-10: 1524540544
ISBN-13: 978-1524540548
Paperback: $18.88
Kindle: $3.99
About the Author
Jean Ann Murphy was born the second of five daughters on the 24th of September to parents Cyril Francis and Shirley Mae Weis (Murphy) in Marshfield, Wisconsin where she spent most of her childhood years. Her life in Wisconsin developed her love for God, family and the Green Bay Packers, as Vince Lombardi would say.

After graduating high school at Prairie du Chien, Wi in the year 1979, she moved to Fosston, Minnesota and worked at the city’s municipal nursing home in 1982. There, she met her husband, Rod Nielsen and they tied the knot in June 1982 in Bemidji, Minnesota. They had two daughters: Lori Jean, and Rachel Elizabeth.

Jean earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, and received additional licensures in the Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and early childhood special education areas at Bemidji State University. From there, she, along with her family moved to Fairmont, Minnesota, where she had taught at the Martin County Special Education Coop. In the year 1995, they moved to New Ulm, Minnesota where she worked as the director of the New Ulm Area Catholic Schools EduCare preschool and daycare, to which she proudly served 80 families and worked with group homes. From their span of stay in New Ulm, she and her family discovered the true values of community. This very community became the light during her roughest time, thus, inspiring her to write her book entitled, “Almost to Heaven.”

At present, she is a loving wife to her husband, dedicated mother to her kids and a dear grandmother to Lily and Eve: Lory and husband Brett’s daughters.

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