Review for To Heaven and Back by Mary C. Neal

Jocelyne Andrade

4 Stars

August 20, 2012

First and foremost I must say that I am a huge skeptic. I don't believe it if I don't see it with my own two eyes. So going into this book I was expecting to read about absurd and crazy events, but as Neal started telling about her early life I realized that maybe this book wasn't written for publicity.

The beginning of the book was slow for me. Although I was grateful for Neal writing about her early life towards the end of the book, at the moment I wished she would have started with the incident that sent her to heaven. I felt comforted that she too, had faith problems in her teenage years. Upon reading about the many almost unbelievable coincidences Neal had made me wonder if we really do have a guardian angel with us at all times, and if angels do exist, then there most certainly is a higher power that sent them to protect us right?

One of my favorite moments in the book was from chapter 21 when Neal's stepfather, George, planted a pear tree so he and his wife (Neal's mother) could enjoy its vibrant pink blossoms, but the tree never blossomed. That is, until George died in the hospital of a bout of pneumonia. The next day at Neal's mother's house, they looked out the window and saw that the pear tree was overflowing with pink blossoms. The blossoms lasted well after the winter even when all the other trees were barren. The entire book is sprinkled with little miracles and coincidences here and there that reinforce the thought of a higher power. Overall, I enjoyed the book very much although it was easy to put down. I'm definitely more willing to believe in god after reading this book and I'm absolutely positive about one thing; coincidences aren't just coincidences anymore. Things happen for a reason.

Disclosure: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging for Books program, but this review is completely my own. I chose the book I wanted to read, they mailed it to me, and I have given my honest opinion of it.