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.
About Mary C. Neal, M.D.
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 andFriends. 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.
Dr. Mary Neal Talks About Going To Heaven and Back - TV Trailer
Dr. Neal's incredible story has become a #1 New York Times bestseller. Read more of Mary remarkable book here in the special sneak peek of chapter 9, in which Mary talks about the kayaak adventure in Chile, which ultimately led to her death.
Mary C. Neal, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller To Heaven and Back (WaterBrook Press), will be featured on Oprah Winfreys OWN Network in a new series called In Deep Shift which will air on Sunday, February 8 at Noon EST. Filmmaker Jonas Elrod hosts the 30-minute weekly program which features individuals whose lives have been transformed by an extraordinary event.
In To Heaven and Back, Neal, an orthopaedic surgeon in Jackson, Wyo., recounts the experience of her drowning during a kayaking accident in South America and her journey to heaven where she communicated with angels and ultimately returned to earth to share what she learned.
Neal has appeared on Today, Fox and Friends, Hour of Power, Marie and Katie, as well as dozens of radio programs and been featured in Guideposts and Christianity Today. Released [ … ]
“I was under water for a minimum of 15 minutes. Eventually, my spirit separated from my body and I rose up out of the water and I was greeted by a group of, people, spirit beings, I’m never sure what to call them. But they were overjoyed to welcome me and greet me,” Dr. Neal told INSIDE reporter Megan Alexander. “I absolutely believe that Colton Burpo went to heaven and came back”
Dr. Mary C. Neal, author of New York Times #1 BestsellerTo Heaven andBack, was featured in CNN’s program on stories of life, death and faith, entitled “To Heaven and Back.” This documentary aired on Sunday, December 1st and will air again this coming Sunday, December 7th at 7 pm and 10 pm EST.
To watch part of her interview where she recounts her near death experience while kayaking in Chile, please click here, or read more at cnn.com.
“People ask why so many miracles occurred in ancient days but not in our present time. I contend that there are just as many miracles occurring today, in the lives of ordinary people. But I also assert that most of us don’t look for miracles, don’t recognize them for what they really are, and don’t really believe them to be of divine origin even if their miraculous nature is noticed.”
Excerpted fromTo Heaven and Back by Mary C. Neal, MD
Daily Reflection: What miraculous things have you seen God do recently, even though they may have been small?
“Although I felt God was present and holding me, I was still entirely conscious of my predicament and my surroundings. I was able to feel the current pushing and pulling my body and feel the pressure of the water. I could not see anything or hear anything but I was acutely aware of everything that was happening around and within me. I was comfortable, calm, and marveled at God’s presence. [ ] As I waited under water, I thought about and analyzed my life; its course, my choices, my joys, and my regrets. I thought about everything. Eventually, I thought about how bored I was. I was tired of thinking and tired of waiting; I was ready to get on with the journey, whatever that was meant to be. With the assurance that all would be okay regardless of [ … ]
“I believe nothing can separate me from God’s love: God’s love was present with me when I was spinning out of control, when the truck was stuck in the mud in the middle of the Mexican mountains, as well as during the various times when I was anxious about my personal life or work situations. He held me and loved me when I was pinned in a waterfall and dying. He kept me from feeling pain or worry. The experience of His presence, love, and compassion reassures me that Willie suffered no pain at the end of his life. His spirit probably left his body long before it was broken, and I feel confident that he was greeted by a host of overjoyed and excited witnesses.”
Excerpted from To Heaven and Back by Mary C. Neal, MD
Mary C. Neal, MD, author of To Heaven and Back, is featured in Christianity Today’s cover story on heaven in the December 2012 issue. Christianity Today examines the surge of interest in stories about personal encounters with heaven, such as Mary Neal chronicles in her New York Times #1 bestselling book. Neal further describes her experience in heaven in this web exclusive interview with Christianity Today Editor Mark Galli
“There was one elevator operator who arrived by 6 a.m. each day with a large smile on her face and obvious joy in her heart. She was always like a beacon of light in that dark and gloomy building, and many of us would wait longer just to ride in her elevator. She was old, wizened and uneducated. She was often treated rudely. But she never let anyone or anything darken her day, and she shared her joy with anyone who cared to receive it.”
Excerpted from To Heaven and Back by Mary C. Neal, MD
Daily Reflection: When we are working for God, we live with joy in our heart. How can you let your joy shine through and touch the lives of others?
A Christmas Reflection by Dr. Mary Neal, #1 New York Times best-selling author of To Heaven and Back
It is that time of year when there is a chill in the air and the brilliantly yellow, orange and red colored leaves fall gently to the ground. For me, this annual display of Gods handiwork sounds the warning bell of the coming winter. I am reminded that it is time to stack firewood, dig out warm jackets, clean the skis, and prepare for my favorite holiday: Christmas…
This story has revived me into the consciousness of God's Presence, Love and Faith. An understanding of God's promises and forgiveness. Of His endless and continue love and grace, even when we fail Him, ourselves and others. The remaining faithfulness of God in the midst of tragic events in our lives. The miracles and coincidences of God in our lives. The unknown of the future and the faith in God's holding arms to rescue us and protects us...
The concept of this book intrigued me from the very beginning. I've never doubted the existence of God, or of life after death, but since I haven't exactly been through it myself, I was curious to read about the personal experiences of someone who had.
In her book, To Heaven and Back, Dr. Mary C. Neal shares a very detailed, very personal account of what happened when she drowned during a white water rafting accident, went to heaven, and...
What's interesting, is just like Eben (who suffered from an extremely rare form of meningities), it seemed like God used Mary's injuries to get her attention.
As she was kayaking, she was trapped in the boat underneath a deluge of water. As people tried to rescue her, both her legs broke as she was sucked by the water out of the kayak. On top of that, she obviously inhaled a lot of water and after her resusitation, developed a lung injury...
My kindle holds the book To Heaven and Back by Mary C. Neal MD and I read this on my earlier trip to Texas. This is a story of a physician who has a life after death experience following a kayaking accident in Chile. She is forever changed and even prepared for future events. This is an interesting read. It appealed to me since she is a doctor and does write more from a factual, not sappy point of view.
I've always been inspired by people's accounts of being in Heaven. Whether they've had a near-death experience or they've been given insight into Heaven it's a sign to me that Heaven is real and that God's promise to us is true. So when I was given the chance to review this book I jumped at it. While I may be a bit impartial on the subject I did truly enjoy this book.
Mary's story is inspirational. What I loved about her story is she...