To Heaven and Back by Mary C. Neal, MD. Review

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To Heaven and Back

 by Mary C. Neal, MD.

A Doctor’s Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again

A True Story

Life is spiritial journey and second chances are real with God.   

After having worked in the medical field for many years and seeing death first hand I was immediately interested in reading this title written by a real life medical surgeon who had a real near death experience. Throughout my lifetime I have read many real life NDE’s of those who either through  traumatic injuries or illness passed away only to later be revived and describe in as much detail as possible what they have seen. This however is the first I have read a NDE coming from a medical surgeon.

As most stories of this nature what happened to Mary C. Neal in To Heaven and Back is a unique experience. Mary not only drowned, she was dead for over 15 minutes before coming back to life. Although short in nature Mary then describes her spiritual journey. Mary was given much insight into her life and that of her family. I truly believe Mary’s story is sincere and she experienced what she did as she described many common events that are unique to someone who has experienced an NDE.

While I do not believe Mary described being in the presence of Jesus I do belief she was amongst spiritual beings and enlightening insight was given to her. I have already come across many NDE’s who described being told that to a point we humans are given a choice as to who we are to be in this life beforehand. But also that once we are born those memories are removed from our consciousness. Although this is not recognized by Christians or cannot be found anywhere in the Bible does not mean it to be untrue. Many call this new age beliefs. How can it be a new age belief if it has been told to these people when experiencing an NDE. These people have not made this up on their own.

When one thinks about NDE experiences. Would one believe a real life NDE experience from a bible thumping religious fanatic. I know I myself would feel they maybe had delusions due to their extremes in religion? Many NDE stories I have come across have been from normal everyday people, not religious fanatics. Yet I have also come across NDE’s from religious clergy that have gone to Hell and back. Why because life is about growing spiritually with God and how one treats others while here on this planet not about how many times one prays the rosary or attends church service. Yet even with these messages God sends back people are still blinded by religion which was created by man.

The reviews for this book will come down to those who have an open mind and believe Mary’s NDE and those who will not. I feel Mary was given a second chance to life not only because she has much work yet to do. But also because through this story Mary can help many who may be feeling they are out of time to make a connection with God. Maybe they ignored God all their life and now are dying from a terminal illness or just old age. It is a message from God that he gives us all a second chance to be by his side, if not before than after death. God will not turn anyone away who is sincere about coming to him whether in life or after death. Death can be a really scary thing for those who have never given a second thought to God. There are many lost souls that can find comfort in Mary’s story. A true story from someone who is not a bible thumbing fanatic and one has to be blind not to see that God purposely planned it this way.


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.

About the Author:


Dr. Mary Neal is a board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeon who drowned while kayaking on a South American river. She experienced life after death. She went to heaven and back, conversed with Jesus and experienced God’s encompassing love. She was returned to Earth with some specific instructions for work she still needed to do. Her life has been one filled with the miracles and intervention of God. Her story gives reason to live by faith and is a story of hope.Dr. Neal was born and raised in Michigan and graduated from the University of Kentucky before attending the UCLA medical school. She completed her orthopaedic surgery training at the University of Southern California after which she lived in Sweden, Switzerland, and Los Angeles while undergoing 1 1/2 years of specialty training in spinal surgery before becoming the director of spine surgery at USC. Five years later, she left the University for private practice.She currently lives and works in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she and her family enjoy everything the outdoor world offers, especially all forms of skiing, bicycling, boating, and hiking.

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