What I liked most about this book was how the author remained objective and explained from the scientific, yet personal point of view, why he thinks that human consciousness exceeds this one lifetime.
This is an autobiography, but the family members are also involved.
I didn't know about the "re-entry" process that people who have been in a coma might have to deal with. It isn't my "favorite" scene, but one that I wasn't expecting.
Not what the title says. This isn't a "heaven" factored story, it is a NDE, or near death experience biography told in a straightforward manner.
The authors background and education gave this some credibility. This book is so different than most books about nde that focus on religious conversions. Much more inline with the experiences my freind had.
I would have rated this a 5 but the details were a little murky.
Yes - It addresses issues of what it means to be at once "a soma", and "a soul", inexorably engaged in contemplative proximate union with it's Creator!
The collected works of Saint John of the Cross. Especially, "The Assent of Mt. Carmel" and "The Dark Night of the Soul." which also focus primarily on the nature of our proximate union with God. Also, one might wish to read the Biography of St. Theresa of Calcutta."
This one I hope to read many times.
Proof of Heaven was very enjoyable listening to all the details Dr. Alexander was able to describe.
This is an amazing journey that makes the listener want more. I was sorry when it ended. I plan on listening to this audible book many more times. Dr. Alexander's journey opens up many areas I don't think I would have thought about until I heard this wonderful book.
Thank you Dr. Alexander!!
I had not listened to any of Dr. Alexander's books until now. His voice is very relaxing and keeps you wanting to hear more. I am anxious to hear more from Dr. Alexander!
I wouldn't change it at all.
There is so much material so get lost in. When it ended my thought was I need to learn more.
Confirms what I have believed to be true.
Love facts..hate drivel. Want cutting edge resesrch that is relevant to my daily life - what effects me - you - us. No "50 Shades" for me.
Yes. It is much better to hear the author read it the way he MEANT it to be read. And his Southern accent was charming.
Tom Piper's book is very good - and there another about a little boy that had an NDE - Colton Burpo - it used to be on Audible but is no longer there, sadly.
Eban himself - Hearing his words in his own voice (and charming southern accent) helps the reader "be there" with him.
"a medical journey there...and back!!"
The acknowledgements at the end were WAAAAAAAY too long. Not meant to be read out loud, in my opinion.Best book on the subject that I have read. Tom Piper's book is great, as is Colton Burpo's story written by his mom and dad - it was in my library but is no longer there for some reason - (Heaven is For Real).
Looking forward to reading additional, more current science-based books on the topic.
Would you like to be in a singular awareness in the midst of a soupy, dark, muddy nothingness that had no beginning and , seemingly, no end. I don't want to be there...READ IT!
It would rank in the top 5 for sure.
The reason I loved this story is because the chapter in which he begins to realize something is going on with his health and it progresses at such a rapid pace, is almost the exact scenario I experienced when I had a health scare. The medical symptoms and terminology he uses in the story that lead up to him on his deathbed in the hospital was eerily the same experience I had. Of course, the similarities end there, but his story continues to unfold in such a fascinating, well-told story from then on. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book.
A high quality performance.
If your a skeptic, it's food for thought. If you are a believer it's just another confirmation that there is life after death and your loved ones are never very far from you.
I have read some about near death experiences (NDE) but this story and experience as told by the patient himself, Dr Eben Alexander is fascinating. His medical knowledge brings the facts and myths of NDEs to a new level of understanding and I really enjoyed it. It is very 'medical' at times with words that I didn't always exactly understand the meaning of, but that is precisely what gave it validity in my opinion.
He is the only character in the book. He did a fabulous job of telling his story, even doubting at times, how it could be real given the graveness of his medical condition. That fact that he is living, and writing, and able to so clearly tell his story is a miracle.
He did a great job reading and got emotional at times so I knew he was really reading from the heart.
When he talked about meeting his birthparents.
I buy audiobooks so I can listen to them in the car on long trips. This was the first audiobook engrossing enough for me not to be able to limit it to car trips. I listened to it inside my home, and that's saying something. It makes me want to own the printed book, however, because there were so many things I wanted to underline and dogear for future reference.
Alexander tells us how we can attain the realms he reached (albeit probably not as perfectly) through meditation and prayer.
This question is not relative to a nonfiction memoir.
That the brain is not the end all. That science is limited, a kind of ideology that precludes our understanding anything beyond our own perceptions. That something of us is eternal, and that even in that higher realm, our earthly family is important.
The author, Eben Alexander, does not explicitly state this, but I believe he was chosen to experience the "after-death" realm so he could return and share his story with us. Though he states more than once how difficult it is to translate what he saw and learned into the language and perceptions of mere mortals, he has done a spectacular job trying. I have read many NDE memoirs and this one has to stand as the most credible.