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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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    lisa hufstetler 06-17-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Inspiring and insightful"

    Her story is intriguing. She delicately speaks about God and what she believes. Speaks from a loving place. The reader's voice is very soothing and comforting. Easy to listen to.

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    Dorothy Brown NEWHALL, CALIFORNIA, US 06-02-15
    Dorothy Brown NEWHALL, CALIFORNIA, US 06-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    This book was incredibly well written. I even enjoyed the performance by Lowman. I struggle with my faith from time to time, but not on whether I believe in God or not, but more so, whether he has a plan for me or not. This book had me understand that God does have a plan for me & everyone else. I felt that, I not just learned something new, but I also was validated in my other wandering & hopeful thoughts. It's nice to have my faith strengthened.

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    Jerel OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States 05-08-15
    Jerel OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States 05-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing Perspective!!"
    Where does To Heaven and Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The perspective of heaven I had not thought of.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Makes me want to study more about heaven


    What does Rebecca Lowman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Presents it from a personal perspective that I have not thought of before


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

    nothing


    Any additional comments?

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    "beyond living , it is what life îs all about."

    This is so creditable and so real. Mary tells her story in such a way that it leaves you jealous . God has truely blessed you. thank you for bring us along with you. I can only say the ad a fellow Christian t you given all what we need. Faith had been something we couldn't touch or feel or prove but now it's different. Ťhank you for giving us something that no one else could give us. Good bleeds you AND THE gift only you could give. thank you Andy

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    "Amazing true story"

    My husband had very similar experiences with dying visiting heaven and returning back to earth to complete his mission here on earth. He experienced the same emotions and feeling in heaven and on earth when he returned as Mary did. Very well written and read. I will listen to this over and over. As well as suggest it to others who are going though a loss of a loved one.

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    A Gail Frame 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "amazing how God works. "

    Takes more than one reading to assimilate it all. parts of the narrative I questioned, then the Holy Spirit brought to my mind Scriptures corroborating her experiences. A deep work. Well written with humility.

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    Leah 11-12-14
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    "Interesting audio!"
    What made the experience of listening to To Heaven and Back the most enjoyable?

    I've had a near death experience and to hear someone else's take on a near death experience was interesting to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her candid story.


    What about Rebecca Lowman’s performance did you like?

    She was very good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment her son said he knew he would die.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a totally different experience than mine.

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    Carla 10-02-13
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    "A good, quick listen. I listened to it twice. :-)"

    Very interesting story. Very inspirational. Great if you enjoy real-life accounts. I'm sure I'll listen to it a third time. :-)

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    R.T. 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

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    Lisa ROSWELL, GA, United States 07-26-13
    Lisa ROSWELL, GA, United States 07-26-13 Member Since 2013

    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.

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