Book Review: To Heaven and Back by Mary C. Neal

Title: To Heaven and Back
Author: Mary C. Neal
Series: None – Stands Alone
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Released: May 29, 2012


Book 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.

I love reading about Near Death Experiences. I’ve read quite a few different accounts and love to see their similarities and differences.

I was surprised by how small of a role the author’s actual near death experience played in this book.  It is much more of an autobiographical – life lessons learned kind of a book.  However at the time I was reading this book those life lessons were exactly what I was needing to hear so this book really rang true to me.  At the time my own son was struggling and we were just day away from taking my son to the hospital where he would end up spending 5 weeks.  If I read this again today I’m not sure how I would react to it but at the time I read it I felt like it was one of those books that I picked up for a reason because I needed what it gave me.

Rating: 4 Stars

Source: Ebook for Review

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