Saturday, June 9, 2012

To Heaven And Back

To Heaven And Back by Mary C. Neal, MD

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 new found 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 your own faith and walk with God.

My Thoughts:
I still, and always probably will, struggle with peoples "to Heaven and back" experiences. It is something I am not sure of. Is it real, or was it a dream? But I enjoy reading stories like this, because then I can imagine what it is like for my son, Mason, up in Heaven. And these stories always corroborate what I imagine Heaven to be like in my own visions and dreams. This story is amazing. I mean, this woman actually was dead. In every sad sense of the word. But now she is healthy and well and alive, and able to share her story with us. A very interesting, and satisfying read.

About The Author:
Mary C. Neal, M.D. is an orthopaedic surgeon. She studied at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine, completed her orthopaedic residency at the University of Southern California and is fellowship trained as a spinal surgeon. She is the former Director of Spine Surgery at the University of Southern California and is a founding partner of Orthopedic Associates of Jackson Hole. Her after-life experience has been featured on national media including WGN, Dr. Oz, and Fox and Friends. She has served as a church elder, on several non-profit organization boards, and created the Willie Neal Environmental Awareness Fund. Dr. Neal lives with her family in Jackson Hole, WY.

Buy this book at To Heaven And Back on Amazon.
 
I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Blogging For Books. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

1 comment:

  1. This book is a thoughtful memoir and spiritual journey by a remarkable woman. The author's medical training and experiences served, not to distance herself from a seemingly incomprehensible God who makes people suffer, but to draw her and her family closer to God by seeing His work in their lives.

    Sometimes, I think it is much harder for people with a scientific turn of mind and training in the sciences and medicine to believe in God when all education is pretty much "it all happened by chance" and is indeed structured to teach that chance is the only reason things happen. Believe me, I went to school for 9 years after high school and all of that training was science and a lot was overlapping with the science that medical doctors study, because I studied biology, biochemistry and immunology. So I resonated with this book and Dr. Neal's journey--especially when she writes that "science and spirituality were assumed to be incompatible."

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