The author's desire to pass on to man his knowledge and assurance that heaven was real and there was an afterlife was very believable. This definitely was the purpose of the book and it will give comfort to those who are not sure. His experience though still leaves open questions.
Maybe....I am not sure he has more to impart. This book seems to have told the story in enough detail I doubt if he will write another.
The point when he realizes the girl on the butterfly was his sister.
Too detailed to keep up focus for a one sitting book.
I think the author tries to rationalize something that man has tried to do for eons....an afterlife. I have read many books on NDE and his attempt to put it in scientific terms somewhat turned me off; not to his story but to his trying to apply humanistic principles to it. It is what it is. I know he is a scientist and his brain is trained to analyze everything that comes his way but adding dimensions to consciousness is probably a way to put reality in the discussion did not reconcile with my simple faith and hope.The fact that he did not actually see God, or whatever he calls Him, gets me to thinking that he may have been in what we Catholics call Purgatory. Some theory's of Hell is the absence of God, whereas Purgatory is not quite the absence but not quite his presence. Him being an Episcopalian I would have thought it may have entered into his thoughts. I still have an hour left so it may have. What he termed as the gateway may be Purgatory. All in all I liked the book.
Love the story, well written, very encouraging and give us hope, he is just the perfect one to be there for that long and come back to tell story. I like that he compares with science as well.
Because I am a believer who reads a lot, I am skeptical of this book. That is, while I believe in Jesus Christ and the afterlife, I have grown wary of anything FOR SALE that claims some authority or firsthand experience with God. Publishers know there is always a segment of the market that will buy a book like this, and with a brain-surgeon author, the book will sell. Make no mistake, that is always a primary consideration of a publisher; it has to be. Question: If Dr. Alexander's auto mechanic or gardener experienced what Dr Alexander did, would any publisher invest the capitol to publish and promote the story? Answer: Of course not! What I am saying is that one cannot trust anything where the spiritual/religious intersects with the desire to make money. The kicker for me is that this story and the story told by Todd Burpo in his book about his son's experience, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL have the same sort of verifying element: Both people bring back from their NDE the knowledge of someone they never saw in real life who actually existed, and they recognized that fact upon their return. Add to that the intensely popular and therefore requisite but questionable idea of "unconditional love," and you have a recipe for success with the mainstream religious mind. I read or listened to both books but I can tell you that neither of them impressed me as being true evidence for the afterlife. If one would seek evidence for such, one person's story is as good as another's and testimonies of spiritual experiences can be found from other people in other place. We put a lot more weight on books and that is what enables money to be made when credible people tell incredible stories. This book and the other one I've mentioned will go the way of all books of this stripe: Soon forgotten. But in ten or twenty years something similar will hit the market to gather the dollars of a new generation of people hungry for what the story offers. Even if Dr. Alexander's account proves to be entirely true, everything I have said here still applies.
Eben's narration is convincing!
His NDE interpretation with his medical knowledge is excellent. Being a Hindu and believing in shakthi as supreme power, his explanation of omnipresent is inline but I am not 100% convinced of all of it.
This book did not seem to accord with a majority of near death experiences that I have read about. It almost seems as if this was more of a demonic misleading, than a glimpse of Heaven. I found it to be an interesting read nonetheless.
I would encourage the listener to use caution if looking at this book in any theological sense, due to more than one statement that is not in line with Biblical thinking.
probably worth the listen, although I will probably only listen once.
I would not. The author spends maybe 10% of the book describing his NDE and the rest of the book talking about science and his personal life. Also, while an individual with a masters degree, I had difficulty fully understanding all the scientific concepts related. The target audience seems to be physicians, scientists, and/or surgeons who do not believe in God and not the middle class populace of Mormons, Catholics, and Christians.
A NDE book with more substance and less personal fluff.
Not a chance. Way too little substance to entertain anyone.
This was a very disappointing read as the author fails to even moderately describe his after death experience and even further fails to elaborate on it. He offers very little substance and seems to attempt to fill the book with his personal life, the situation of his coma, and scientific/religious theory and interpretation. It felt like going to a movie and then leaving 20 minutes after it started. This left me with a feeling of wondering where the "proof" was?
Fewer "I am SO special" repetitions
He did not need to, book was boring and predictable
the main character
self-centered rubbish, a complete waste of $$
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.