Reviewer: Kelsey (Kristen is MIA...)
Author: Mary C. Neal
Format: Paperback ( ? )
Rating: Let's skip this. It was good.
Summary (to Goodreads and back): Dr Mary Neal, an orthopedic surgeon, was on a kayaking holiday in Chile. Skeptical of near death experiences, she was to have her life transformed when her kayak became wedged in rocks at the bottom of a waterfall and was underwater for so long that her heart stopped.To Heaven And Back is Mary's faith-enriching story of her spiritual journey, her first-hand experience of heaven and its continuing life-enhancing effects.
Quick Thoughts: I don't feel comfortable writing a full review for this so I'll just tell you what I liked about it and you can decide what you think for yourself.
First, this novel wasn't too long to read in one sitting. How many times have you given up or not even started reading a novel because it was too long. That doesn't happen here. She gets right to the point and tells it like it is. Near the end she kind of goes off topic for a bit but she comes back around.
I felt that this novel was more about the power of prayer than about Heaven. It really focuses more on the author than on the actual near-death experience part. It talks a lot about her family and about her faith. In fact, it talks about those things more than anything else.
I loved that there were Bible passages at the beginning of the sections/chapters. They definitely managed to sum up the majority of what she was trying to say within the chapter in those small phrases. It's amazing the wealth of knowledge that can be found out in the world even outside of the realm of pure science.
One of my favourite things about this novel is that she is an intelligent woman and can obviously tell fact from fiction yet here she is with this tale. She explains it all in a way that makes sense. It also really makes you think about life and how everything fits together. Even people fit together and change the lives of those around them. Most of the time we don't realize this or we don't think about it.
I really enjoyed this novel. It's short and you can get it in eReader format s what's the downside. If you are religious or not, if you have an open mind than this book might be good for you. What's two hours of your life for a novel that will make you look at the world differently?