Being an autobiographical account of his life, the best character in this book was the author himself. I also enjoyed the behind the scenes accounts of his family, friends, and medical personnel. The reader met each character in his life with personal, relevant detail.
The author's rich voice takes the reader on a journey of his personal Near Death Experience (NDE), as if it were unfolding before our eyes. If you are a believer, this will help you solidify your thoughts about the process. If you are not, it is still a very thought provoking book on the subject of NDE and for me, a very interesting introduction to the subject I'd heard quite a bit about. Sometimes a little too rich in medical detail in an attempt to "prove" why he was not hallucinating, I found that overall this was an excellent book and worth while purchase.
Save your money and your time with this book. It is not at all what you would expect it to be from the title or the narrative about the book. It's more of an autobiography fromthis doctor - his career and family - and an explanation of what he recalls from deep within his psyche while being in a coma - and the physical and mental after-affects. NOWHERE in the book did he ever talk about the hereafter or having been there - only what his injured brain conjured up while he was asleep. And some of his descriptions are beyond ludicrous. I'm a religious person, but I had to force myself to listen to the entire thing. Just awful.
The author's method of describing his own agnosticism before his experience, his personal beliefs as a neurosurgeon, and his transformation after were incredible.
The author describes how he believes that there was only one possible explanation for his experience is very compelling. As a fairly scientific minded person, I can say that this book was the most convincing story I have ever read on spiritualism.
Please read this book if you are someone who has been finding yourself believing more and more the scientific gospel against God. This book helped instill some spiritualism that I was losing.
genteel, well spoken, southern gentleman
Mr. Alexander's comments and connections to his experience and science were eye opening. The story of his life around it did not seem quite the same.
Calming, intriguing, clear
That his sister was the butterfly
I loved when he saw dogs there.
Loved the narrator. Voice was perfect to follow on this journey. I was actually lying on my stomach getting a tattoo on my back. I listened to the entire book at once. Kept me interested and relaxed. Perfect choice.
Absolutely. A refreshing book on a NDE that sounds quite believable. Would have been more believable if the author had been an atheist or an agnostic, but it is still pretty good.
It just comes across as an honest account of what he experienced.
I was profoundly thankful the author did not use any scriptural reference from any major religion and spoil the authenticity of the book.
I would recommend this book, it's comforting and reinforces what some already know or believe.
I felt like some of the story about the authors background did not relate to the message he was trying to convey. Some details were not of interest and I didn't see how they related to the message.
Overall it was a good book.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
Near Death Experiences are fairly common, and written accounts of them are seemingly everywhere these days. Most of them are similar, and while they seem to be as life-changing as they should be, reading such accounts typically don't do much for me because I feel like I have no common frame of reference.
This one's different. Not only is this offered firsthand by a neurosurgeon who can put a scientific perspective on everything, it's offered in such a way that the emotional context is there as well. The result is something geniune and mind-opening, offered to both believer and skeptic alike from the standpoint of someone who was predestined not to believe in anything past brain death, but experienced it all the same and was forced to confront it from the perspective of a scientist. I'm still trying to process it myself, but it's definitely worth the listen for those so inclined. It might prompt you to re-evaluate your own life and redefine what's truly important, and it just might leave you with a little peace of mind, regardless of what else you take from it.
Yes, well written and inspiring. Very factual.
It is a step on a journey to search for inner peace and the truth.
My beautiful mother passed away two days ago. I want to learn about life and death and the hearafter.
I loved the fact that the book was read by the author! I do not believe that anyone other than Dr. Alexander could have done a better job. The author's reading brought life to the story!
The NDE was so real through the author's reading that I could not help but feel as though I were on a journey into his encounter! What a marvelous listening experience! There are so many reasons why I love this story! The primary reason has to do with the fact that this extradinary experience happened to a Neurosurgeon! Everyone is aware of how science feels about the mind/brain issue, and the mere fact that this glorious encounter happened to an established Neurosurgeon blows my mind! God certainly has a sense of humor! Dr. Alexander was genuinely honest and at times it appeared that he read from the tablet of his heart. There were no traces of theatrics or fabrication about the journey into his NDE which made for a great listening experience! I understand that Dr. Alexander is an accomplished Neurosurgeon, but it definitely sounds to me that his encounter with NDE was indeed the best thing that could have ever happened in his life. His account of NDE will give credence to the experience, and I am very glad!
I experienced an NDE several years ago and it transformed my life. Actually, the NDE is just the beginning of the quest to experience the presence of the Divine.