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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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To Heaven and Back
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3.9 / 5
April 20th, 2015
Without wanting to detract from the author's experience, it's mostly a bible-thumping autobiography. Was hoping it would be more Dying To Be Me by Anita Moorjani but bears little if any resemblance at all. I have no trouble accepting her story and am fascinated by her miraculous recovery, but just was expecting something more spiritual and a little less "religious".
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April 2nd, 2015
I liked it but found at times to much deails, the chapters after her son's death were the best !!!!!
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To heaven and back
February 12th, 2014
Its simply not what i expected.
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To heaven and back
January 31st, 2014
Very good to read
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Quick and nice read
January 28th, 2014
Was a very fast moving book, loved that she professed to be no one special and also how we should look for Gods hand in all coincidences and good/bad events in our life and the outcome of these.
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January 24th, 2014
I thought this was well worth the read. Her account of what Heaven was like sounded very real and comforting. I showed the trials and tribulations in this life are only temporary and our real home is with God.
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To Heaven and Back - A Doctor's
January 21st, 2014
Good read! Faith, Hope, & Love...will help you especially to BELIEVE in our God! Very moving, inspirational, motivational, true story!
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to heaven and back
October 21st, 2013
not what i had hoped for
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October 4th, 2013
This book gave me some solace after my son's suicide. There is something after we die and hopefully I will see my boy again when I go.
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