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This is the worst book I have ever read on "near-death" experiences.
on August 13, 2017
I have recently read numerous volumes on near death experiences and I purchased this 222 page soft cover book (To Heaven and Back: A doctor’s extraordinary account of her death, heaven, angles, and life again by Mary C. Neal, MD) for a bargain price on Amazon.
The cover claims this book was a “#1 New York Times bestseller” which really surprised me. For me this was the worst book I ever read on near-death experiences. The author is a medical doctor and this book gives basically the story of her life, which for the most part she was clearly concerned with God and religion more than anything else. In fact, this is clearly a book primarily about the author's personal life and her belief in a supreme being. I guess this demonstrates that even if an individual has been scientifically trained as a medical doctor you can still turn into a religious fanatic. This book is organized into 33 mostly short chapters and covers the following topics:
The early years, spinning out of control, Mexico, spiritual reawakening, God is faithful, an attitude of joy, God shouts when necessary, breaking the bonds, an adventure in Chile, death on the river, my rescue, going home, angels by the river, return to Wyoming, the power of prayer, clarity of vision, conversing with an angel, the patient care unit, my physical recovery, Bob, my beloved George, inspiration to others, God rolls the stone away, Willi, Bill, Chad, compulsion to write, the longest day of the year, my beautiful son, the other side of time, gifts of compassion, perfect timing, and logical conclusions. There is also a question and answer section at the end of the book.
If you consider yourself a very religious person you probably will love this book; however, if you are a scientific minded person who believes in using reason, logic and the scientific method this book gives absolutely no compelling evidence her heavenly experience was real even though this is supposed to be “a true story.”
Rating: 2 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Tactical Principles of the most effective combative systems).