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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder-full, June 1, 2012
This review is from: To Heaven and Back: The True Story of a Doctor's Extraordinary Walk with God (Paperback)
While reading Dr Neal's book I kept coming back to that line from Hamlet: "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." This book isn't a cozy read - parts are downright excruciating to hear and difficult to imagine. It can't be easy for her to tell it, except for a strange grace she was given. I imagine that folks who read it to with an eye to validating a firmly-held dogmatic religious or agnostic position will be irritated. She isn't proselytizing or apologizing - she is simply relaying the facts of her own strange tale with an almost unadorned precision. In thinking about it, that's precisely the power of this book - Dr Neal is a hard person to dismiss. She doesn't seem fanciful or eccentric or disenfranchised or neurotic or a religious fanatic or needy or any of the traits I had expected. Her voice rings out unusually clear and fresh, cool and concise. It's because of this, even more than her impressive resume, that I find her credible.

The actual tale is emotionally moving, occasionally disturbing, spiritually and intellectually challenging. At the end of it I find myself with a sense of wonder that life is more beautiful than we can conceive, that there is more going on than anyone can imagine, that the Creator is impossible to wrap into a tidy, presentable box, because our ideas about Him are too cramped and small. Ultimately I am left with an ever-growing hope we can live fearlessly, that we will see our loved ones again, that they are near and that all is well, here and there. GREAT READ!
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Initial post: May 26, 2013 7:34:45 PM PDT
Rich says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2013 4:19:26 PM PDT
Frederick H. says:
What a brilliant observation!

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 5:34:43 AM PST
CoachLoraine says:
...our creator is impossible to wrap into a tiny presentable box... including the idea that our Creator is "him"?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2013 6:31:18 PM PST
Lady Tate says:
People today get very opinionated with respect to the 'gender issue'. Even modern theological professors have their thoughts on this sensitive ;) matter. Logically speaking, did not God, our Christ, walk the earth as the man called Jesus? And was not man created by Him? Also, the first woman came from the body of the first man created, did she not? So why then should He not be what we refer to as "male"? Precisely why should that be so great an obstacle to some? Could it possibly be that we are confusing our own self-perceptions/conceptions with God? We are probably not quite understanding what is meant by referring to Him as male - it is not connoting the sexual aspect per se, as in terms of biological processes within the kingdom of life. Nor does male indicate any necessary opposition to female here. In reality (and scripturally speaking), the word denotes the origin or source of creation, that is all: yet that is an essential point!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2016 7:13:33 AM PST
Avelee says:
In my humble opinion God is neither male, nor female, God is Spirit. Too many people get caught up in the gender of God. He is not in need of sexual anatomy as we are, being that we are mortal creatures and need it to procreate. Jesus came down as a man and that makes it easier for us to associate God as a male, so to speak, and refer to God as He/Him.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2016 8:26:40 AM PST
Lady Tate says:
God created man in His image.... we differentiate, not anyone else. Parenthetically, I've noticed also that it appears to be only in recent times that His 'gender' has been an issue. Certainly God as woman would be a definite conundrum!
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