I found this well worth the time but was much more touched by "Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo. Both are very worthwhile books for Christians and non believers as well.
Maybe the story, but not the reader.
Would completely depend on who directed it and who stared in it.
Mr. Alexander's near-death experience was not any more remarkable than others I've read. It was a fairly interesting story made mundane, almost painful, by his own narration of it. Stick to writing, forget reading.
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This story was pretty impressive and made one think. What he experienced after dying certainly was different from what others experienced. Being a Dr, you get the inside track on the medical side of things. Its well written and always interesting. Great narration and easy to listen to. Worth buying in my opinion.
I did enjoy listening to this book. It is well written and beautifully narrated. I am one of those skeptics when it comes to accepting the so called spiritual world but I am also open minded and this is why I listened to this book.
Unfortunately the outcome is always a sense of disappointment since in this case as in all other books written before it, it only served to reinforce what I, and so many others already know namely, belief systems and formal logic are mutually exclusive. In other words, any attempt to explain a belief and still comply with the strict rules of logic, is doomed to failure. In the end you either believe it or not.
This story takes forever to start, and the meat of it is information I've heard before much better presented.
This was my first time testing Whispersync. It turned out to be impossible. Audible/Amazon needs to take lessons from Apple on userfriendliness. I'm computer wise, and I couldn't figure out how to use this feature.
First of all, a disclaimer: Theology is my day job. So I was coming at this book from a very particular angle. I would not normally have read it, but a friend from abroad was asking me about it, and so I sort of did it as a favor for her. I nonetheless feel my time and audible credit were well spent.
Who this book is for: This book is for those who can appreciate and receive sincere accounts of others' experiences without condemning them and without adopting them as one's own. It is also for those who fear death, who are questioning their faith, or who are facing end-of-life issues. Finally, it is also for those who really like good writing read by the one who wrote it. Dr Alexander has a soothing voice, a gentle North Carolina accent, and a deep sincerity. There are a couple of points in the book where his voice breaks, so overcome is he with emotion, and in this context it feels entirely appropriate for him to have done so.
Who should avoid this book: Those who insist upon a specifically Christian view of the afterlife. If you are either looking for affirmation of Christian dogma or proof of any aspect of the Bible, you will be sorely disappointed. If need to be assured that some will go to heaven but that others will be punished, you won't find it here. You probably will not encounter Christ in this book, nor will you encounter in Dr Alexander's account any proof that you will be met/received/guided by someone you knew well in this life but who has died before you.
I was able to receive Proof of Heaven as the author's vision or perhaps as a revelation made to him - a vision recounted in the context of a very interesting life that was already filled with search for meaning, and which was already dealing with its own pain. It includes family history, and even a very interesting and satisfying plot twist in the end. I'm glad I listened to it.
It was a interesting but got into more technical medical information then I was interested in. So answer not sure.
His obvious search for the best words to describe this sensation which had so much emotion tied to it was, I felt, in the end successful and kept me wanting to hear more.
I was alway looking for a spare moment to continue to story.
I think the science, for me, made this a more interesting story, and really made me consider the author's viewpoint as a real possibility.
Very interesting and well put together story.
I will be listening to this book over and over. This is a confirmation of my own belief in the world to come. Whenever I find myself doubting my own beliefs, this book will remind me that smarter people than I, have experienced what I can only conjecture.
Eben Alexander gives a clear and believable account of his experiences, both in the here and now and in the here-after. I find his explanations and clinical expertise to be based on his vast knowledge in the field. It all makes sense to me. I did not find, as one reviewer pointed out, that there was any religious influence in either the writer's approach, nor his presentation of this subject. The most critical view of anyone who finds this book too religious, would be that it has some spiritual overtones.
I found the spiritual aspect of the book to be heartwarming and inspirational, even though I am not a religious person. The only person who would find this book to be too religious or too spiritual is one who objects to ANY belief in a higher power or any form of spirituality. I don't know why such a person would even bother to read a book on the afterlife.
If one believes that we came from nothing and no one had a hand in our creation, then it stands to reason that we go back to nothing and nothingness is the only thing that awaits us. I don't believe that and this book helps me to confirm my beliefs.
He is real!
I can hear the sincerity in his voice. His recounting of his illness and his experience while in a coma is believable because he experienced it and evaluated his own experiences with the expertise of a physician (neurosurgeon) who knows more than any lay person would.
Audio or print, this account of the near death experience of a brain surgeon is compelling evidence of the spiritual world that awaits us after death.
This is not a novel. The only "character" is the author, and he writes about his family, friends and doctors. The messages given to him while on "the other side" are life changing.
Other good books about near death experiences include Dannion Brinkley, "Saved By the Light" and Betty Eade, "Embraced By The Light." The similarities between these three books, whose authors have never spoken to each other... are remarkable.