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To Heaven and Back

A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again:A True Story

Mary C. Neal, M.D.

About To Heaven and Back

New York Times bestseller

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.


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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 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.

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Product Details

240 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: May 29, 2012

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

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By Mary Dorsey

This story has revived me into the consciousness of Godâ??s Presence, Love and Faith. An understanding of Godâ??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 Godâ??s holding arms to rescue us and...

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By Jenny Proctor

The concept of this book intrigued me from the very beginning. Iâ??ve never doubted the existence of God, or of life after death, but since I havenâ??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,...

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By Jordyn Redwood

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...

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By Jean Wise

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. Inspring Read!

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By Jennifer DeFoy

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...

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