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
Found it over simplistic
No. I recently heard Proof of Heaven and was throughly engaged
Ms Lowman was fine
I cannot imagine where to begin.
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.......
yes, because it teaches something good
that it is a true story
yes very mucho so
Yes it was very touchy
No, only that I enjoy it very much
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.
Very near the top!
hearing a first hand account of death, journey to heaven, and return to this earthly life. Her ability to change her life.
Love a story w/ humor,romance,adventure, w/out a lot of bickering,& good deals.
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.
Yes. The narrator was a great choice and the story was compelling.
No, but I'd like to do so!
This was an enjoyable "read." Engaging on all levels!
i would compare it to the letters that Paul wrote in the bible regarding perservering and demonstrating love
It was extremely encouraging on how to deal with difficult situations in our own daily lives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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