Our pastor spoke about this book in one of his sermons, and suggested we read it, so we did. My husband and I listened to it separately, and he found it more interesting than I. I did enjoy it, but wish he had written more.
It was instructive that Alexander was pretty much a skeptic, and that his life truly changed after his experience. Of most importance to us was his incredible recovery from an illness which should have been fatal. The fact that brain function was so minimal for such a long time, 7 days, and the memories Alexander had from that week are incredible! His appeal is to the skeptic and the person needed scientific proof. For me, that is not necessary, and so I guess I wanted more details about his time and what he learned.
There is a realization Alexander has which is near the end of the book which is really awesome. If you want a book full of Scripture and specific discussions about how to better one's life here on earth, or a list of Christian only terms, it is not there. The author deepened his Christian faith as a result of his amazing week, but I think the desire was to reach many who are not of a particular belief. We are buying a copy for an agnostic brother for Christmas.
This is worth the read, and the author does an excellent job. I would have given this a 4.4 if possible.
Yes, it's hard to read while driving.
I liked the fact that as a scientist he provided all of the things that might have created his condition and experience, no matter how remote the chance, then went through each, step by step explaining why they couldn't have been the cause. It was very thorough.
Yes, I did. It is a powerful book and his description of his family living through the week and then having to make the 'big' decision at the end was very emotional.
Don't dismiss his experience just because you don't believe in an afterlife of some sort. Something happened to him that cannot just be dismissed.
The spirit of humanity is often not thought of as it is not science. I will read again to feel what message is being sent
Bible states we will be with HIM. Life is a journey not a destination
Being with God
the author discovering the larger picture of GOD
I believe him and what he has to say is comforting and makes sense. I can write nothing that would do it justice.
This was an excellent scientific look at life after death. I would highly recommend it for anyone in the medical or scientific field. It is very hard to dispute this experience.
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.