Dr. Eben Alexander colorfully shares with us his unique experience using both his left and right brain. He skillfully tries to share his experience as a scientist and convey logical data regarding the human brain. There is also a delightful personal narration of his life story with sincere feelings and narration of his emotional states.
The honest conclusion of his narration applies to all people: we all need to try to become better in this life and develop our emotions of love, compassion, integrity and sincerity.
Thank you Dr, Alexander for sharing your experience and feelings with us.
Maybe in a few years. It's powerful enough to give me something to think about for a long time. I don't need to hear it again.
This may be a controversial subject, but the author really is compelling.
His depiction of the afterlife. When he meets the sister in Heaven that he never met while living on earth.
That he wanted to meet his biological parents and siblings and that he cared so deeply for them.
Really enjoyed it.
[C]ourage is a prerequisite for the practice of all other virtues, otherwise one is virtuous only when virtue has no cost. ~C.S. Lewis
It was very personal, especially because it was read by the author, and it was like listening to him tell me the story himself. I was genuinely touched by the personal, human side of his story, but riveted and satisfied by the depth of his scientific, professional knowledge and his striking ability to blend the two aspects into a very moving, thought-inducing story. I have to listen to it again, because I want to hear the details I missed going through the first time. Adding to my list of all-time favorites!
Yes, I would listen again because it is very informative. It kept me on the edge of my seat to get to end of the book.
His son because of his strong belief in his father's recovery.
Yes, his communication with God and how he described it.
This book left me wanting to know more.
The fact that it tackles the question which everyone who has ever lived, deals with.The question 'what is after death?' This is a well done true story about a man who has dealt with other people's fear of death on a daily basis and what happens when he is faced with death. Having a first hand narrator helps to not only 'hear' the story but to feel it also.
I haven't wanted to read other Near Death Experience books, but when I saw it was a Neuro-surgeon, it really got my attention. Credibility is a big issue for me.
He comes across as being very sincere and genuine.
When he talked about his mother ,( I don't want to give away any of the story ) it was hard not to feel the tears.
This will grab your attention for more than just the time you put into reading it. Real life is real life, no matter how many scoffers there are out there.They certainly need to read the whole book before making rash judgments. One of the top books I have listened to on Audible. Thank-you Audible. And thank-you Eben Alexander.
I consume a lot of audiobooks and realized I'd only been reviewing books that I felt were worth the commentary, and had been ignoring the ones I'm kind of embarrassed about.
Which is a disservice to other members who, like me, often rely on reviews to help me decide what to download.
In my younger years I was fascinated with NDE's, and a recent experience a friend told me about made me want to revisit the literature to see what was new. Alexander's account looked promising, so I downloaded it on a whim.
It's interesting enough, but nothing distinguishes it from other NDE's--his claim that his brain was dead has been refuted and the truth is, he could have experienced everything during his reboot when he came out of his coma. And the fact that he calls himself a neuroscientist throughout the book (surgeons and scientists are two very different things in my mind) also put me off. There is nothing in this book that remotely "proves" there is an afterlife.
So while I would love to believe his account and hope it's true, I can't recommend this book to anyone who is seriously searching for answers.
Fact, proof, Heaven
The description of the other realm
It made me smile to remember the other side.
This book is both fascinating and fast moving. Truly, I could not put it down! Eban Alexander's story is so vivid in his telling. It is even more riveting because as a neurosurgeon he has been trained not to believe what he experienced. A wonderful story about an amazing man's journey to the afterlife and back. You will want to listen to it again and give it to those who you love.
Can't tell you how many audiobooks have been ruined for me because the author read it themselves. At any rate, this story was really hard to follow along with, mostly because I was looking for some writing that I would consider worthy of a Harvard professor. Instead this is just another Christian-religious book without any scientific validity. I was hoping for something that would challenge me. This just bored me.
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I already have recommended this book to several people because the truth of this doctor's personal experience is hard to deny. I believe what his spirit or soul, etc. went through was very real. I appreciated that the author is a doctor and a scientist whose was/is a practicing neurosurgeon (what better person to tell us how the brain works) and the fact that he was a skeptic on the subject, before he had his NDE (Near Death Experience). In other words, he is the last person who might admit there is life after death.
I was mesmerized by the description of the clouds; the transparent, shimmering beings; the huge, booming sound "like a glorious chant"; the way the author could hear the visual beauty of the silvery bodies of the beings...and how he could see the surging, joyful perfection of what they sang, etc. I particularly loved the "super-vivid aliveness" of the doctor's NDE. It was and is completely welcoming and soothing to know that life is better after death.
I just loved this audiobook. It is not just a story or another person's experience. It is the gift of hope and love to those of us who haven't or will never have a NDE.