To Heaven and Back

To Heaven and Back

A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Angels, and Life Again : A True Story

Paperback - 2012
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A kayak accident during a South American adventure takes one woman to heaven--where she experienced God's peace, joy, and angels--and back to life again.

In 1999 in the Los Rios region of southern Chile, orthopedic surgeon, devoted wife, and loving mother Dr. Mary Neal drowned in a kayak accident. While cascading down a waterfall, her kayak became pinned at the bottom and she was immediately and completely submerged. Despite the rescue efforts of her companions, Mary was underwater for too long, and as a result, died.

To Heaven and Back is Mary's remarkable story of her life's spiritual journey and what happened as she moved from life to death to eternal life, and back again. Detailing her feelings and surroundings in heaven, her communication with angels, and her deep sense of sadness when she realized it wasn't her time, Mary shares the captivating experience of her modern-day miracle.

Mary's life has been forever changed by her newfound understanding of her purpose on earth, her awareness of God, her closer relationship with Jesus, and her personal spiritual journey suddenly enhanced by a first-hand experience in heaven. To Heaven and Back will reacquaint you with the hope, wonder, and promise of heaven, while enriching you own faith and walk with God.
Publisher: Colorado Springs, Colo. : Waterbrook Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780307731715
Characteristics: xviii, 222 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm.


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Jan 21, 2020

This book is basically a religious fanatic's biography with the teaser of a near-death experience thrown in almost as an after-thought. Boring to the nth degree, not recommended.

Nov 01, 2019

This is an incredible account of the near death experience of a highly accomplished surgeon and the revelations she observed in retrospect. She discusses how the experience enlightened her perspective toward her life, her family, her history and the highs and lows she experienced in her life after her life changing near death event. I listened to the audio format.

Feb 16, 2015

Her story is incredible and easy to read. She writes as if you are reading her journal. An inspirational book about faith and surrendering to the unknown.

angelbearsmommmy Aug 05, 2014

Excellent Book ..came on it by "accident" amazing story.....fallowing Jesus voice and will

Jun 24, 2014

Amazing story and amazing she endured all that she did throughout her life. Good read.

Jan 12, 2014

medical journal style

teddypawz Jul 21, 2013

Overall this was a book of love for God throughout some horrific times. A lesson to learn from this would be to always have God in our thoughts and pray everyday to him about your love and needing guidance. RIP Willie and the family!

Jun 22, 2013

An inspirational and thought-provoking account of the author's near death experience, her journey to heaven, and her return to life with a purpose. This comforting book describes miracles and messengers from God who guide us, communicate with us, and provide us with peace and joy.

Dec 10, 2012

A thought-provoking story. To me, it was less than what I hoped it would be in terms of the hereafter.

Jul 31, 2012

This is a story about a women's near-death experience and what she experienced. This is a great and easy read. The author seems to be truthful in her experiences and does not exaggerate or preach.

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