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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2012
I read this book quite a few months ago but I have to say it's warm and comforting message has stayed with me. I found the book deeply moving in many ways and felt very emotional whilst reading it as well as much closer to God upon completing it. Dr Mary Neal has written the book in such a way that you feel you are hand-in-hand with her as you read of her joy in her relationship with God as well as the pain and heartbreak which life has brought her. Ultimately the book is a wonderful and uplifting journey and I would recommend it to anyone who is open-minded enough to truly appreciate it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2012
One of those books that will stay with you long after you've put it down. Im grateful to Mary for putting pen to paper and sharing it. Wonderfully reassuring, uplifting and incredibly moving. I'm so glad I bought it . I think it would be good for those who have belief in God, those who have lost their faith and for even those who have no faith in God x
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2013
I love this type of true story where our unseen 'Helpers' deliver us from almost certain death. Delightfully written by its author. It is also a tear jerker as she had to overcome great human loss and saw it as 'part of the plan'. Would highly recommend.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2012
Brilliant reading. A thorough recommend. Will bring hope to all those that read it. Couldn't put the book down once started reading it.
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on 19 May 2014
This book was recommended to me as I had lost my husband in a drowning incident and was looking for answers which no one had been able to give. Yes, I knew the facts but the answers I wanted were: what happened? How did he feel? Did he know he was drowning? Was he frightened? This book gave a clear insight into what happened to the author when she was underwater and drowning and was able to answer my questions in a way that satisfied my need.
I would recommend it to anyone who has lost a loved one in a drowning situation as it could give you answers which you need to be able to move on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2013
Interesting book, faith building for sure and written with complete integrity. One or two bits with a bit of questionable theology but doesn't spoil it in my opinion.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2012
Mary Neal had an accident when kyaking in Chile, and this book includes an account of what happened to her during the accident, when she was dying: a 'near-death experience'. The book is also a form of autobiography, because this central experience is set within Mary Neal's story of her life, so you feel that you get to know something about Neal as an individual before and after a life-changing event.

The most striking aspect of this account is Mary Neal's integrity. She leaves the reader in no doubt that she is telling her story as frankly, objectively, and clearly as she possibly can. She is very matter-of-fact, and there is a complete absence of flim-flam in this narrative.

You are given the strong feeling that Neal's apparent encounter with another existence which we enter at the end of this life, was an absolutely concrete experience. What she describes is nothing like a fantasy or hallucination taking place within herself: this was something apparently outside herself, and it was perceived by her to be even more real than any ordinary reality. It changed her life. Her description is not only powerful for its integrity, but for its sense of well-grounded, objective intelligence.

It is becoming more and more clear that experiences like this one which happened to Mary Neal, have to be considered more seriously by science and philosophy. Such experiences have been known about for centuries, and many more are constantly coming to light.

Some people have been reluctant to speak of what happened to them because they have not been able to express, in ordinary words, the extraordinary power of the event. It is time for scientists of courage to face the reality of facts which are -it appears- completely reliable. These are facts not yet fully understood. They have not been explained -and are too often scornfully rejected by materialists.

(This audiobook isn't read by Mary Neal herself, but is spoken by a sympathetic American voice that's easy to listen to.)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2012
`To Heaven and Back' is top-shelf. It ranks together with Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back and The Reincarnation of Albino Luciani: In Search of the Human Soul as the best near-death experience books ever written. Well done.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2012
A lovely easy to read book. The reason I bought it was because I have recently had two bereavements, a brother and a sister. I think when this happens we all look for comfort, and I certainly found it in this book.
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on 22 November 2014
fascinating story. Very encouraging to hear of beautiful realities beyond this life written in a very clear way by a doctor. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for spiritual truth and hope. A lovely book to read.
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