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 the Author
by Mary C. Neal, MD
Spinal surgeon Dr. Mary Neal is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller and Books for a Better Life finalist, “To Heaven and Back” (Waterbrook-Multnomah, May 2012).As a result of her extensive medical training, she was definitely a skeptic before drowning on a South American river changed her perspective forever. She experienced God’s pure love and learned to trust the truth in all of God’s promises.She has been interviewed and featured as a guest on many national and syndicated television and radio shows, in documentaries, and in print media. She has traveled throughout the world sharing her experiences and her life-changing insights and observations.In the hope that her observations and practical advice will help others develop the trust that leads to a joy-filled life, she was prompted to write her new book “7 Lessons from Heaven” (Convergent, September 2017).
Originally from Michigan, she completed her medical and surgical training in California and now lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.