While kayaking in South America, Dr. Mary Neal almost drowned and experienced what she claims was a glimpse into the next life. In To Heaven and Back: The True Story of a Doctor’s Extraordinary Walk With God, she discusses her experiences and relates how she spoke with angels and experienced God’s love.
This is the kind of book that is likely to divide opinion, and is unlikely to persuade any cynics to change their views. Neal is clearly a passionate believer in her own story, and she presents her account of what happened – even the moments that are harder to believe – with a degree of clarity that lends them extra power. Whatever you might think of Neal’s story, it’s clear that she genuinely believes it to be true, and that it has changed her life.
Neal is an engaging writer and To Heaven and Back: The True Story of a Doctor’s Extraordianry Walk With God is powerful stuff for anyone who already believes in this kind of thing. Even if you don’t believe in it, there’s still a fascinating story here, one that leaves plenty for believers and non-believers alike to think about. I personally don’t believe in this kind of thing, but it was still very interesting to read such a lucid account from someone who does.
Star rating for To Heaven and Back: The True Story of a Doctor’s Extraordinary Walk With God: 3½ stars.
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