Last weekend marked the birth of my first Grandchild. I made an airline reservation to fly out the next day to see this new addition to the family. While browsing the books in the airport, I noticed "To Heaven and Back" (video introduction)...."A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again".
The life account of Dr. Mary Neal is certainly extraordinary. Her life's journey as a teenager to becoming a well educated orthopedic back surgeon is unusual enough. On a white water kayaking accident in Chile she was involved in a vertical pin and drowned. Her faith gave her peace in her death. She experienced heaven while her friends unsuccessfully tried to free her. Eventually the force of the water broke both of her legs below the knees and she washed out. It had been 15 minutes before the start of a frantic effort to revive the blue corpse.
Her description of heaven is something you will have to read. She learned many things of our purpose and the interconnection we experience. Of angels and God's all encompassing love. Her purpose here had not yet been fulfilled and she was sent back. Life came back into her body and she had a long and difficult recovery. The difficulty was physical, emotional, and spiritual. How could one experience heaven only to come back to this world?
As I gazed upon my Granddaughter, I was overcome with the joy of seeing a new life. I watched as my daughter nursed her first child on the first day of her life. I watched her father carry her around the room whispering things that only he and she could hear. I held her as she slept. A miracle of a new life, a spiritual creature here to have a human experience.
The book offers a different perspective. It is so easy for us to get caught up in the day and the minor obstacles. It is easy to respond in anger or frustration. The book reminds me to respond in love and compassion.