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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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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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    Tobitha ROGERS, AR, United States 12-23-12
    Tobitha ROGERS, AR, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2010

    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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    Claire 11-06-12
    Claire 11-06-12
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    "Great story here, but not in this book!"

    I found this book dissappointing in the fact that the description of her trip to heaven was minimal and from what she told of it I didn't consider it a trip to heaven at all. I purchased this book because it was the book of the month for a Christian book club I am in and felt less than inspired by the theology she expresses but what did intrigue me was the actual story of her accident.
    At the end of the audio book there were some questions and answers and she said she didn't understand why so many people inquired about her actual injuries to her legs. But the real miracles in this story were that not only was she revived after drowning but that she also survived her trip back to the United States with two broken legs and a disorder of her lungs that should have killed her within 48 hours and yet it took longer than that to get to the hospital in the United States. Also, after breaking her legs the way she did it seems miraculous that she is even walking again, let alone skiing. However, because she doesn't elaborate on any of these facts, the story seemd to have so many holes that I found myself not believing what happened after her accident. I couldn't picture how she even got on the planes to get back to the United States seeing that she couldn't have been walking and I couldn't visualize the splints her husband put on her in such a way that didn't make her legs so that they wouldn't bend. And how did he carry her on and off the plane if they couldn't bend?
    I also think the story of her flying to her father's funeral 2 weeks after she got out of the hospital in casts on both legs from her ankle to her groin with no one flying with her is a story in itself. How do you even sit in a wheelchair like that let alone get in and out of it to sit on a plane? And the conflicting emotions she must have been feeling at the awkwardness of her physical situation along with the loss of her father and the anger at her step mother, yet from what she wrote, I did not get any sense of this at all. I felt this could have been a really good story but not from the way she told it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debora ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 08-13-12
    Debora ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 08-13-12
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    "As if there."
    Would you consider the audio edition of To Heaven and Back to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version; I choose audio editions for their ease of use these days.I did not pay attention to the name of the narrator in the beginning. I assumed it was the author, Mary Neal. When I realized it was a different person, I was surprised because the voice and elocution of Rebecca Lowman sounded like a voice that would have come from the intelligent and educated author, and it made me connect more with the story and perhaps with Mary Neal, too. I would be very pleased to listen to Rebecca Lowman narrate additional books.


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

    It is difficult to narrow down the most memorable moments. Actually, I suppose if I listened to "To Heaven and Back" during another point in my life, the most memorable moments would be different. However, I found it interesting and intriguing when Mary's son, Willie, mentions to her at a younger age that they both know he would not live past the age of 18. I ponder the connection we have to some people and not others, regardless of relation.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when Mary and her youngest son, Elliot, are skiing and Mary sprains her ankle. The recovery process while on the mountain seemed straight forward, until Mary related that the rescuers remarked a noticeable change in the effort to complete the process once Mary and Elliot were rescued. I imagined the rescuers supported with supernatural means until that support was no longer needed. I also imagined that the earth adjusted itself to make the recovery process less obstacle-filled as possible, making paths clear and elevation less steep.


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

    I have made an appointment with a person who specializes in past-life regression and who also assists her clients with discovering their LBL, life between lives, based on Michael Newton's work.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, Mary, for listening to and accepting the need, impulse, push, to write this book, and for speaking publicly. I feel blessed because of your blessed experiences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 07-24-13
    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 07-24-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Not enough details of heaven"

    As far as books on NDEs go this book was on par with everything else out there. Always too much information is given about the person's life and only a small amount is written about the experience itself. I'd pass on the book and just watch her interviews on Youtube and save yourself 8 hours

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    James Gordon New York, NY 08-13-12
    James Gordon New York, NY 08-13-12 Member Since 2004
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    What disappointed you about To Heaven and Back?

    I want to believe this doctor's story is true, but this pious pap only turns me off. There is nothing real about this doctor, her family and her faith.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm listening to Defending Jacob


    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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