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Sunday, June 17, 2012

published by Waterbrook Press
available now

about the book:
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.


A warm, comforting novel.  Death is not the end, just a beginning.
The author presents an easy to read story of her life, her death and yes...her return.  You read correctly, HER RETURN.  Mary went to heaven, spent time with angels, asked questions and returned as her work was not complete.
Mary tells us of her up and down relationship with God.  He is always present in her life, but sometimes left on the back burner.  He is also always around when she needs help.  Her prayers are not always answered to her satisfaction, nor are God's answers always easy to understand, but they always benefit her in the long run.

I found this book inspiring.  I am on a personal journey of discovery and this book is exactly what I needed in my life right now.

I am comforted to know someone does wait for us after we finish our existance on Earth.

I encourage everyone dealing with loss and grief to read this book.  It will warm both your heart and your soul.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Donna, This sounds like an inspiring read- I would be interested in her descriptions of the transition throughout her experience in the story. Great review! Thanks! ~ Jess