As a seeker of truth I was excited about this book because it's written by a scientist who's world view was changed by the NDE experience, and while I enjoyed reading it and had many "yes" moments while reading it and found many things that resonated with me, I was very disappointed by how little information there was there about God and our universe. He kept saying that there were many lessons and I kept thinking "Okay, he must get to them in the next chapter", but he never did. What were the lessons? What was the knowledge that he received there? I understand that he was stripped of his identity and probably didn't ask any questions that an average human being would ask given the chance, and yet he said that he did have many lessons, but why did he not get into it? That's the stuff we want to know!
The author gave a scientific perspective to a topic that is of interest to us all.
I finished listening to the book on a Sunday night. My father had a massive stroke the following Monday night. I found the book very helpful as we struggled to abide by my dad's wishes in his living will.
Yes, definitely! Although only purchasing this audio book this last week, I have completed it and just about to listen to it again. I have purchased this book as a gift for family and friends.
Although this book is ultimately about Dr Alexander's astounding near-death experience (NDE), I feel that his journey prior and post his NDE is at times gut-wrenching (I cannot give away too much here). Therefore it is difficult to compare this book with say "Dying to be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing" by Anita Moorjani, being the only other book I have read on the subject matter. In my opinion, Anita's book introduces the reader to the idea that "all is well in the universe and live your life fearlessly". Dr Alexander a renowned academic neurosurgeon, who previous to his own account was a sceptic of the phenomenon of near-death experiences, raises the level considerably by giving us substantial medical PROOF and elaborates in detail on the concepts of "Truth" and "consciousness". This very moving book is very well written and is a must read.
Dr Eben Alexander, who incidentally is a brilliant narrator - you will not be disappointed here.
Surprisingly I did. One night, I was so overcome with emotion that I had to take a break from reading. Keep a box of tissues handy.
As a loving and devoted mother of a precious three year old special needs child (both medical and developmental), I gravitated toward this book seeking hope and inspiration to quell the insidious sense of abandonment I have felt from family, friends and moreover God on this seemingly lonely and long journey. Unexpectedly, this book has delivered on many fronts, but particularly a message Dr Alexander received as he travelled through heaven: "You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever"; "You have nothing to fear"; "There is nothing you can do wrong."
I did not read the book but I certainly enjoyed the audible book.
Life after Life. Out of body experiences which I myself have had.
I believe so. Speaking of the experience is better than reading the book
What Eternity Holds
This was my first audible book and I just purchased four more. I'm sold....
Yes especially since it is told by the author.
The NDE experience.
The authors background makes this an especially important book for the more skeptical listener.
Near Death Experience
Revelation of the person on the butterfly
Revelation of the person on the butterfly
The personal nature of the story and how the author's experience was placed against the backdrop of his family and friends.
The message that we're all okay and that there is something more that lives on after we are gone.
reductionist scientific materialist, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
As someone who has occasionally followed the near death experience literature since encountering Raymond Moody as a teen in the late 1970s, I found this to be by far the most compelling contribution and experience so far. This is because of the author's distinguished career as a neurosurgeon, and his scientific, scholarly approach to assessing the data of his own experience, and then the broader phenomenon of NDE and consciousness.
Science has become arrogant with the manifest successes of its method, to the point of excluding the possibility of truths not accessible by its techniques. This book provides a compelling counterexample to the materialist zeitgeist, and a more catholic approach to truth.
In a universe where 96% of what is (dark matter and energy) has never been directly observed (a point whose significance was infused into Alexander during his experience), I am mystified by the confidence of science and scientists and the new atheists in believing that their findings disprove the possibility of meaning or creation or a creator. Alexander points the way to a fuller, and humbler, awareness of reality.
This is a mind expanding and profoundly moving and important book.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
Yes, but not for the near-death experience itself. My guess is the publisher wanted to call it "proof of Heaven". The other seems both too humble and emotional for such a title. I would listen to it again because of the medical facts he Includes alongside the fact I think it was a story about actually being dead. Not being nearly dead.
No Christian television drama this guy gives an account without any threats. Unlike many stories featured there. For him a non-Christian at the time of his death he gives an account much like a memoir from the time he pass-out and cries out:God help me,« Which most people seem to say. Instead about talking too much about Heaven he gives space for his family and by doing so he painted a fuller picture. According to himself he was allowd to have a "deeper" experience. Personally, I do not think those experiencing this remember more than the creator wants them too.
This story is told by a doctor risking much more than say a pastor in the same shoes. This is a balanced story.
Two wards: Raw emotion
"With this I risk my medical carer."
If you are looking for a book filled with judgement for non-Christians this is not the one for you since it shows he loves athests with a good heart. A great gem for the entire family.
Some of Eben Alexander's experiences were truly heartwarming. It did get a little technical, and at times I was getting a little exasperated with the science detail, but overall, it was a great listen. I've always been interested in NDEs and was excited to listen to this one. It really didn't disappoint. It was slightly technical, and I think that was due to his effort to convince people based on his scientific knowledge. He was a non believer until it happened to him.
I don't think I would have read through all the technical details, but listening to them made it more palatable, and really did help with the overall story.