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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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    William Helena, MT, United States 06-15-13
    William Helena, MT, United States 06-15-13
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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.

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    Debra 05-22-13
    Debra 05-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    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.


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    Carolyn Indiana, Panama 03-22-13
    Carolyn Indiana, Panama 03-22-13 Member Since 2013
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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 2015

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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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    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

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    Janet BAY CITY, MI, United States 01-07-13
    Janet BAY CITY, MI, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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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
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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.


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    Amazon Customer ROGERS, AR, United States 12-23-12
    Amazon Customer ROGERS, AR, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2012

    Love a story w/ humor,romance,adventure, w/out a lot of bickering,& good deals.

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    "Inspirational for Believers"

    The story was great for me as I loved seeing God's awesome and tender
    Love. He is faithful. But I must add that the title is not the best as it infers
    you will actually here her account of being in heaven, which was not included.
    It is a more intellectual account better understood by those who are familiar
    with Scripture for she quotes many while explaining how Jesus, still doing miracles
    In our lives today as He did when He walked on earth, in particular her circumstances
    of her death and back to this world. What a blessing, an awesome testimony to Christ's
    Presence with us if we allow Him in.

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    jennifer Lexington, SC, United States 12-06-12
    jennifer Lexington, SC, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good choice!"
    Would you listen to To Heaven and Back again? Why?

    Yes. The narrator was a great choice and the story was compelling.


    Have you listened to any of Rebecca Lowman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I'd like to do so!


    Any additional comments?

    This was an enjoyable "read." Engaging on all levels!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark west ossipee, NH, United States 11-14-12
    Mark west ossipee, NH, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Faith with turmoil"
    If you could sum up To Heaven and Back in three words, what would they be?

    Faith,endurance,love


    What other book might you compare To Heaven and Back to and why?

    i would compare it to the letters that Paul wrote in the bible regarding perservering and demonstrating love


    Have you listened to any of Rebecca Lowman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    It was extremely encouraging on how to deal with difficult situations in our own daily lives.


    Any additional comments?

    this book is very encouraging to the reader regarding their own trials & tribulations. Mary went through some difficult physical & emotional circumstances. If the reader compares their life to hers, he/she may gain confidence that God is always with us no matter what we go through. If the reader was not a believer, it is difficult to disgard that there is no God when the descriptions of what she went through are seriously thought about. I can understand her delay in writing the book since the believer is taught that it is not for our glory but for Christ's glory that we acknowledge our difficulties so that we may witness to those who don't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The narrator also does an excellent job in describing these chllenges that Mary and her family faced.

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