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PRESS RELEASE: To Heaven and Back Sells Half-Million Copies

Dr. Neal to Appear on Katie Couric’s New Show

Colorado Springs, Colo—WaterBrook Press is pleased to announce that To Heaven and Back, by Mary C. Neal MD, has sold 500,000 copies since it was released on May 28, 2012.  The national bestseller has spent 17 weeks on the New York Times Hardcover “How-to, Advice” Bestseller List with eleven of those weeks in the #1 spot. It has also appeared on the bestseller lists for USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Times and the Christian Booksellers Association.


Dr. Neal, an orthopaedic surgeon in Jackson, Wyo., is scheduled to appear on Katie Couric’s new daytime program “Katie” on Monday, Oct. 8.  She will recount the experience chronicled in To Heaven and Back 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.


Dr. Neal has appeared in recent months on “Today,” “Fox and Friends,” “Hour of Power,” as well as dozens of radio programs and been featured in Guideposts magazine. To Heaven and Back was originally self-published and was acquired by WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, in May 2012 following a spike in online sales. WaterBrook Press released 200,000 copies of the WaterBrook edition within two weeks of acquisition. Dr. Neal’s story immediately became a national bestseller.


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For more information on this release, please contact Beverly Rykerd at the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Publicity Office at 719-268-1935 or

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