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
Maybe a shorter one.
I wanted a more indepth book about near death experiences. I thought that since the book was over five hours long he would talk quite a bit about what he saw when he died, but I found there was very little mention, and a lot of filler about his life, how he is a surgeon and meningitis.
Anyone who enjoys manipulation
Give 100 percent of the proceeds to charity
Make no mistake about it. It's a masterful performance. It just wasn't the truth
None. The book is a cash cow as is.
Save yourself from contributing to this fraud. It's a very, very convincing story. However, the author has been revealed as a fraud and a liar in court and in his medical career. Sad.
Mild mannered easy going superhero
With the like of Dawkins and his crackpot, unstudied ilk its great to hear a voice of a person who was passive in their assumptions about the afterlife and now, impossibly and against all known understanding of the human brain, Eben Alexander now believes.
A Doctor or Medical Chemist.
He told too much about his life, what his family and doctors were saying or doing while he was in the coma, and too much medical terms. Not enough about the out of body experience.
Too much medical terms and too much about his life.
Anger and disappointment because I wanted to hear more about his out of body experience and not his life etc..
Too technical with medical terminology and not to the point with the topic-out of body experience.
I have a hard time reading/listening to true fiction books. I think this is because my main reason for reading is to learn and not necessarily just for enjoyment, although I do read many historical fiction books. Favorites history/biography books and science/tech info books.
Dr. Alexander's expertise in knowing the brain and how he couldnt have possibly dreamed the experience and how convincing he is in telling the reader how real it was (even more real than his earthly expieriences) makes this story even more believable and amazing!!
Married with 4 children. Love listening to the books. I have a variety of interests in titles.
I recommend this book to everyone, but especially those who are nonbelievers. I think Dr. Eben Alexander was chosen by God to go through this experience for two reasons: 1) because he was a nonbeliever and 2) because he is a neurosurgeon. Scientifically he was able to prove without a doubt that Heaven and God truly exist. I love this book and will most likely read it again and again!
I need to be able to add fuel for philosophical exploration, this was an excellent springboard. I've read many of the sources he listed (years ago), you don't have to buy in head first, but it is compelling.