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.
Author takes a valid experience, then extrapolates it into an bizarre far out conclusion.
Narration and interesting story
Confirmed my ideas, clarified some. Very good book, especially if you have lost someone dear.
About the same.
I love his accent, but his delivery seems a bit tentative.
Well, I hate the title. It sounds so hokey whereas the book is anything but. I'd call it "my journey into what's next"
Absolutely fascinating. I bought 6 copies of this to give as gifts. His story is truly amazing. Credible and awe inspiring.
Story was to much about Mr. Alexander and not enough about his experience in heaven. Hard to follow at times. There are some positive points to the book that cause you to really reflect on your own spiritual journey. I don't doubt what Mr. Alexander has conveyed and am happy for him and his family that he returned from such a terrible illness. The book did not offer me the "proof" I was seeking and have gotten more out of books that have described angelic encounters / experience. Would not recommend to friend or family to read.
The author's writing style vacillates between his personal, professional, and near-death encounter in a way the diminishes the reader's attention and, at times, exhaust their patience. Instead of wanting to hear more, you are left wanting Alexander to 'get to the point', to tell the story about what he encountered, and to tell the story of what he learned in Heaven in a matter of fact way instead of meandering.
Impatience. Lack of interest. Boredom.
My recommendation is try take a look at a book titled, Embraced by the Light. In this book, author, Betty J. Eadie provides striking detail of her experiences and clearly communicates how her life was changed by her journey into the Heavenly realm. Eadie's account is concise and moving with very little repetition. She unintentionally, invites the reader to cultivate their own 'take-aways' without the added verbiage, and her writing style is unpolished, yet authentic.
This rating is partly a reflection of my aversion to the writer's inability to make a convincing argument for including so many random details. The way he flipped back and forth between his memories and the recollections shared by others concerning the 7 days of his coma was exhausting, and the clutter he created by making obscure comments relative to his professional background diminished the power of the book's title. Where was the proof? I couldn't find it. Such rhetoric made his account seem more like a mishmash of unresolved questions or scientific research topics than 'proof of Heaven'. His inability to effectively communicate 'earth shattering truths/significant epiphanies' made the read an epic fail for me, but to each his or her own.
My advice is to check this book out from your local library and save your audible credits for another day.
My mom is 94 and starting to think about what death is like. I got this book to be a possible read for her. This book was ok but the focus seemed to be more about Eban's present incarnation rather than his experience on the other side. I think I learned more about his adoption and his experiences with that rather than about his experience after his crossing over. I am also adopted so I could appreciate that part of his journey, but it was not the purpose of my purchase. It was ok.
Not for my purposes