Tuesday, June 26, 2012

B4B: To Heaven and Back: A True Story by Mary C. Neal, M.D.



I found Mary's story moving in a lot of ways. Although, her life after death experience was brief, it was very interesting to see the experiences in life that led up to that moment and how it changed her life after. Her testimonies range from small to big. Although I might not agree with her on some points, I do believe that Jesus Christ can use anyone and enables those who are called, using our weak and human selves to let His light shine through if only we truly believe and make that covenant with Him. As our faith grows, so does our knowledge and that leads us not only to a closer relationship to Jesus, but to others around us as well. It's His love that draws them.

For my own personal experience, when we were told my father had cancer and there was no treatment to be done, I heard that voice of assurance loud and clear saying, "everything will be all right." And I knew it would be whether Dad recovered or not. He didn't, dying one month to the day after his diagnosis. But because of our faith and Jesus' goodness and comfort, we were able to rejoice and celebrate his going home, rather than bury ourselves in grief. I've found that the many testimonies we had as a family through Dad's illness have been a comfort to others, just as testimonies that were shared with us comforted our family.

Mary answered the call to share that there is nothing to fear from Jesus or death. That is an important message today when so many have lost that foundation in Christ and have no hope. I think it's a worthwhile book to read and recommend you read it with a prayer in your heart that Jesus will make known to you what is truth and give you that testimony.


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 you own faith and walk with God.

Check out the following links: Doctor Mary Neal on FOX News , or LIKE Mary Neal's Facebook

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.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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