To Heaven and Back - Mary C. Neal, M.D.

To Heaven and Back

By Mary C. Neal, M.D.

  • Release Date: 2011-11-01
  • Genre: Christianity
Score: 4.5
From 814 Ratings


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.


  • Uplifting and Inspirational

    By Brewerln
    I bought this book because I am facing death, and while I believed in all she wrote before, it is comforting to be reminded of Gods love and grace when facing it. As promised, we all have Gods love. We only have to believe and except it with open heart.
  • My near death experience!

    By Just juju7
    I too had a near death experience in a white water incident on the Arkansas river in Colorado. My daughter and I nearly drowned together under a rock known as "The Pinball". I find Dr. Neal's book to be inspirational and truthful. I'm a commercial pilot and often fly into JAC. I would love to meet these very inspirational people! I hope that theirlife is filled with God"'s Blessings
  • Quick inspirational tear jerking read

    A friend of mine had recommended this book and I finally read it. I started at 4:30 am and finished with my tear streaked face and wet pillow at 7:30 am. It was a fast great read. She does a wonderful job of sprinkling bible verses throughout the story that help bring the verses to life. It is a very personal heartfelt story that is worthy of your time. She gives a great reminder that there is no such thing as a coincidences. The loss of her son and the struggle to regain themselves from the depths of despair is a helpful road map for anyone suffering from the staggering loss of a child.
  • To Heaven and Back

    By Theroog
    In the world press filled with corporate and political suspicion, violence,wars etc. we find faith, hope and love In this book. We are encouraged to make a difference in the world with our lives. How refreshing. Robert Ruggiano
  • To Heaven and Back

    By S. Creeger
    I have read many books on this kind of subject because it fascinates me and brings light into my life. This book did not disappoint!! I am noticing small miracles in my life and feeling very connected. So thankful for this book. I will read it many times I'm sure.
  • To Heaven and Back

    By Sony#
    Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Reading our book was an inspiration at a time when I am feeling desolate and hopeless. I believe this was God's way of telling me He is in control of my life too and all I need to do is trust in Him.
  • To heaven and back

    By Littlel1212
    A most uplifting book. I could hardly put it down. Even the sad parts are uplifting as the promise of the afterlife gladdens the heart. Thanks dr Neal for a wonderful book!
  • A very "real" author!

    By Esteban W
    I have read many books and heard many accounts of people going to and for from heaven. The difference with this one is she shares in detail the personal struggles she felt emotionally as she walked out life after her accident. The way she writes causes me to realize that no matter how great the encounter we have with the Father, Jesus and Heaven we still have to walk out our journey while on this earth. Life is fraught with highs and lows. Obtaining that knowing of Gods love for us, His plan and purpose requires diligence and purposeful faith. I'm very thankful for this real account of her journey.
  • To Heaven and Back

    By BamBam 216
    Life changing!!!
  • Rating To Heaven and Back

    By BiggarMarsh
    Inspiring - jus what I needed. Thank you Mary - God Bless.