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To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again | [Mary C. Neal]

To Heaven and Back: A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Mary C. Neal M.D. (P)2012 Random House

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    R.T. CASPER, WYOMING, United States 10-01-13
    R.T. CASPER, WYOMING, United States 10-01-13
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    "no thank you"
    What would have made To Heaven and Back better?

    Tell her story.... She told the sad story about the death of her son...I understand what she was trying to do but it failed


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something more moving


    How could the performance have been better?

    more about what happened to her


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the only redeeming qualities was it was over


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of money

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa ROSWELL, GA, United States 07-26-13
    Lisa ROSWELL, GA, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2006

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Deepened My Spirituality"

    Amazing listen - both the story and performance. I do not doubt the facts in this book at all and really appreciate the willingness of Dr. Mary Neal to share the intimate details of her life.

    This book has brought me to a place where I want to keep growing spiritually and has deepened my relationship with my higher power. I am not a "religious person" and there was a lot of reference to the bible in the story but IMHO each reading from the bible related to each chapter in the book and only enhanced the book.

    I don't believe in coincidences. Listen to this audio book - you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William Helena, MT, United States 06-15-13
    William Helena, MT, United States 06-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "My first review after hundreds of books listened"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Had to stop listening. This story is an autobiography of a fanciful life that most could not relate too. The life of the “upper class” woman and her journey with God. Perhaps the author needs a reality check. The author, I’m sure would agree, is one of God’s chosen ones.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mary C. Neal? Why or why not?

    No way.


    Did Rebecca Lowman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Wonderful reading and great skill. Will look for her in other books!


    Could you see To Heaven and Back being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sure. Zsa Zsa Gábor could be the woman and Clark Gable could be the husband. Jesus could be played by Mark Damon. The world around them could be played by regular plebes like us. It could take place between their mansions in Beverly Hills, there many vacations around the world, and occasional volunteer work with with Mexican commoners.


    Any additional comments?

    People need to know what they are buying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Hoffman Kirkland, WA United States 06-11-13
    D. Hoffman Kirkland, WA United States 06-11-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Not much story and a lot of Bible references"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Stick to the story of the NDE.


    What was most disappointing about Mary C. Neal’s story?

    The actual NDE experience is less than 10% of this story. Is that really all the author got out of the experience?


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Lowman – was your favorite?

    NA


    What character would you cut from To Heaven and Back?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    If you want biblical references that tie to what the Author experienced you will be happy. If you want to know what the author experienced and learned during the NDE you will likely be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Ladera Ranch, CA, United States 05-22-13
    Debra Ladera Ranch, CA, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Missing any detail"
    What did you like best about To Heaven and Back? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed and appreciated the author's story but I don't feel like I got any information about what she learned while visiting Heaven. It clearly transformed her life, but I'm not sure I got any information.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Indiana, Panama 03-22-13
    Carolyn Indiana, Panama 03-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not my cup of Tea"
    What disappointed you about To Heaven and Back?

    Found it over simplistic


    Has To Heaven and Back turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I recently heard Proof of Heaven and was throughly engaged


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rebecca Lowman?

    Ms Lowman was fine


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from To Heaven and Back?

    I cannot imagine where to begin.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 03-11-13
    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 03-11-13 Member Since 2009

    paws4me

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    "Save your $$ and your time"

    To me there are other books that are more inspiring about going to the next world and back. For my taste all the Bible quotes were off putting. I believe the next world is for everyone. Even without the quotes, it was just ok, yes her rescue was remarkable but.......

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    Patricia MIAMI, FLORIDA, United States 01-08-13
    Patricia MIAMI, FLORIDA, United States 01-08-13
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    "It is a very touching story, you live with it)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, because it teaches something good


    What did you like best about this story?

    that it is a true story


    What about Rebecca Lowman’s performance did you like?

    yes very mucho so


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes it was very touchy


    Any additional comments?

    No, only that I enjoy it very much

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet BAY CITY, MI, United States 01-07-13
    Janet BAY CITY, MI, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Fascinating"

    Near death experiences are always more interesting/credible when written by a physician, because they can address the critics arguments about the impossibility of NDE's in a scientific manner. This is a great story. It is very well written and there is a lot of detail on the experience itself and how it affected the author and her family. The narrator does a great job too.

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    Deborah DONALSONVILLE, GA, United States 12-24-12
    Deborah DONALSONVILLE, GA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "AWESOME!"
    Where does To Heaven and Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very near the top!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To Heaven and Back?

    hearing a first hand account of death, journey to heaven, and return to this earthly life. Her ability to change her life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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