Literary Insights

Literary Insights: A Book Lovers Review

Saturday, July 21, 2012

To Heaven and Back by Dr. Mary Neal

To Heaven and Back is Dr Mary Neal’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.  Dr. Neal shares the captivating experience of her modern-day miracle.

            Dr. Neal’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.

            I did find it amusing that the author believes herself to live an ordinary life. From my perspective the author and her family have an extraordinary life full of travel and adventure.  I appreciate the challenge that the author presented in writing down coincidences that occur in life to look for God's fingerprints.

            While I believe in encounters with angels and miraculous events of God's intervention in our lives, this book contains subtle deception away from Biblical truth, perhaps not intended by the author, but there nonetheless. To Heaven and Back proved to be a quick read and was well written. While I found the book to have very little to say about her actual experience in heaven or her later conversations with angels, I would recommend this interesting read with spiritual caution.

            I received this complimentary copy from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group through their Blogging for Books program.