To Heaven and Back

  • by Mary C. Neal
  • Narrated by Rebecca Lowman
  • 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.


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Customer Reviews

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Misleading Title!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This would be a good book for someone who is interested in an autobiography of a Christian woman doctor. The title is very misleading, with only a few pages about the author's brief experience in the afterlife.

What could Mary C. Neal have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I don't know if Ms Neal was at fault, or if it was her publisher, who came up with the misleading title and book description. The book would have been more enjoyable if it had been more about the afterlife.

Any additional comments?

I am a Christian and believe in the afterlife, and I do not doubt what the author experienced... I'm just disappointed that this book was more about the life of the author, with only about 5-10 minutes about the afterlife. Beware, the book title and publisher summary are misleading!

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- Johnny

To Heaven and back

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I had hoped to hear more in her out-of-body experience, however it was a good listen.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Surprised and pleased.

Was To Heaven and Back worth the listening time?


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- Joyce

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-29-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio