• 7 Lessons from Heaven

  • How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy-Filled Life
  • By: Mary C. Neal MD
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (474 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this inspired follow-up to her million-selling To Heaven and Back, Dr. Mary Neal shares untold stories about her encounters with Jesus and powerful insights about how the reality of heaven can make each day magnificent.

Dr. Mary Neal's unforgettable account of a 1999 kayaking accident that took her life, and what happened next, has riveted more than a million listeners. But something happened as she shared her story in the years since. Not only did Neal realize she had more to tell, she discovered she had yet to answer the biggest question of all: How does knowing heaven is real change our lives on Earth?

"I have never finished speaking at a venue, including corporate settings, without people wanting to know more," says Dr. Neal. In 7 Lessons From Heaven, Neal takes listeners deeper into her experience, which includes encounters with angels, a journey to a "city of light", and what it was like to meet Jesus face to face. Even more, Neal shares how she was sent back with the absolute knowledge that the God we hope for - the one who knows us, loves each of us as though we are the only one, and wants us to experience joy in our daily life - is real and present. She offers practical insights and inspiration for how each of us can experience this God every day and begin living without regret, worry, anxiety, or fear.

©2017 Mary C. Neal (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Mary Neal is the sort of friend - and doctor - we all want to have. Compassionate, kind, thorough, knowledgeable, healing in the best sense of the word. In her newest book, she calls on all of those gifts to explain the unexplainable and show how the heavenly impacts earth." (Rick Hamlin, executive editor, Guideposts magazine and author of Pray for Me)
"In 7 Lessons from Heaven, Dr. Mary Neal shares more about her inspiring near death experience and God's profound love for us. Her powerful testimony and the practical advice she gives on accepting God's love, forgiveness, and trusting Him completely is life-changing and should not be missed." (Immaculee Ilibagiza, best-selling author of Left to Tell and Led by Faith)

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Eye opening

I've been a believer for a very long time but couldn't shake the fear of death, no matter how much faith I had. Dr.Mary Neal is an expert witness to what lies beyond the world we know. This book has helped calm my fears and has helped be to learn to give God "perfect trust" . I now can read the Scriptures with new eyes and realize God does have a plan for me. Also He can work through all circumstances in my life, good and bad. Thank you Dr. Neal for giving me my life back.

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Three quarters of this book is reading scriptures from the Bible.

So disappointed! I have read many many many NDE books, I find them fascinating, incredibly enlightening and some what magical. All of them except this one.
The first chapter is great she tells the story of what happened to her... this is incredibly interesting and held me spellbound.
From there it goes downhill... and fast.
80% of the book is nothing to do with her experience but her reading passages from the Bible. 15% of other people’s experience then backed up with a scripture. And 5% her own experience.
Now, Before you think “oh the person giving this review is an atheist and doesn’t believe in God that’s why she doesn’t like it”. You would be wrong. I do believe in God. However, it’s overkill. It’s so heavy on scripture at times I forget what book I actually brought to listen to.. it says seven lessons from heaven. I am two thirds of the way through this book, and so far it jumps around so much I don’t know if she even spoken about the seven lessons. It jumps here, there and everywhere and I have a hard time following it. There has been two chapters in a row on just Biblical scriptures and no story.
Unfortunately I cannot finish this book as I feel like I’m in Sunday school rather than listening to enjoyable and interesting read.
However, I will say the narrator does a great job.
I know The author had an amazing and real life experience which I completely believe she did ... I just wish she had written a book that we could go on that journey with her and enjoy it as well. She did not achieve that. In my opinion (and of course that’s all it is. mine) but in my opinion there are fantastic NDE books out there. This is not one of them.

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WOW! TRULY INSPIRING AND INSURING!

Truly GREAT book that warms the Heart and praises the greatness and lovingness of our GOD and the LORD Jesus Christ! Had me in tears at times!

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Thank You For Sharing

I became lost of what were the seven lessons. Perhaps information overload. i understand the authors personal reasons for trying to cover everything possible and the compelling reason to try to cover any and or all questions that a reader or interested party might have so it is hard to complain about the information overload. The technical and physiological portion seemed to drag on but the author being a doctor, hence analytical would explain that need to go deep.
Truly enjoyed all the many many many supporting examples of other people and their experiences with angels, NDEs, God/Jesus ...... they even more brought things down to everyday people.
To me, the most interesting and thought provokating was how someone could experience heaven (home) and comfortably or not hugely resist the acceptance of coming back here (not home).

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On and on with bible blah

I really loved her story. The true account of her visiting heaven was remarkable. However this book was simply a way to put forth Christianity rather her seven lessons. If you were not a Christian this book is definitely not for you.

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Good story; but not a Biblical view of Heaven.

What made the experience of listening to 7 Lessons from Heaven the most enjoyable?

I have been studying Heaven for a lot of years. I am always looking for NDE's stories of Heaven to line up with what GOD says about Heaven in HIS Bible. Dr. Neal's story is really interesting and she has probably written the best chapter I've ever read on how to hear and respond to GOD's promptings in our lives. She does use Scripture to support her experience but this it is not primarily a theological work and I don't believe she ever represents herself or her story as being a theological work. Her story does not line up with a Biblical description of Heaven even though it is exciting, specific and encouraging. It is clear this is her story and she provides information I've never read before. Her descriptions of how GOD supernaturally provided for her step after step is exciting and I wholly believe her. She never says she is coming from a theological perspective. The writing is excellent and easy to understand. The reader is easy to listen to.

Would you recommend 7 Lessons from Heaven to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend it as a good story but not if someone wanted to learn more about the Biblical view of Heaven.

What does January LaVoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

January's voice is easy to listen too. One of the things I generally do not enjoy about women narrators is that their voices can be on the high side or squeaky side and I, personally, do not enjoy these voice qualities for listening to a book. It is clear that January has read and understood Neal's book. Listening to her was a pleasure because it was like listening to the author telling her own story. The tempo and tone of her voice is quite enjoyable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was impressed with Dr. Neal's chapter on how to recognize, hear and respond to the promptings of The Holy Spirit in our lives as believers in CHRIST.

Any additional comments?

Please let me repeat. Dr. Neal's story is a really good story. January is easy to listen to. But if you are looking for a biblical view of heaven I don't think this is the book you're looking for.. I'm so glad Dr. Neal identifies herself as a Christian and a Medical Doctor and her insights into NDE's are great. I'm glad Dr. Neal shared her interesting story with us.

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Excellent & Thorough Account of Heaven

This is the best NDE account I've read. The author answers all questions one would have like is what do Jesus and people in heaven look like; does hell exist? She provides a scientific argument against the theory that NDEs are brain functions. a must read

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I didn't want a lecture.

I couldn't make it through the first hour. There was very little description of her experience as she mostly spoke of the lessons. It felt like I was in church. Because of that, it did not feel authentic. I'm sending this one back.

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A healing experienced

I have followed Mary Neal’s God assignment for a number of years while my own life transitions have been occurring through losses and sorrows. While I have searched for God’s Presence and comfort, Mary’ story gave me a measure of what I needed in order to go on with my life in spite of severe depression. This newest effort coming from her gives me more courage to seek God and find meaning and my own purpose for living as an 81 year old survivor of many tragic circumstances. I cannot find adequate words to express my gratitude.

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Beautiful and Encouraging

Couldn't put it down until I finished.
It is as though it were written just for me.

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