Dr. Mary Neal’s entire life was rocked when she found herself trapped beneath eight feet of raging waters while kayaking in Chile back in 1999 — an experience that she says led her to die, visit heaven — and return. Neal, an orthopedic surgeon from Wyoming who authored the new book, “Seven Lessons From Heaven: How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy-Filled Life,” recently appeared on “The Billy Hallowell

Podcast” where she described her harrowing experience and revealed the stunning ways in which it transformed her life and perspective. Before her accident, Neal was a doctor and scientist who was nominally Christian. But what followed — her purported visit to heaven and interaction with Christ — changed everything, “We were kayaking on a section of river well-known for its waterfalls,” she explained. “As I crested the waterfall, I knew that things were not going to go well for me.” READ MORE