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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife | [Eben Alexander]

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed. Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have.
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Publisher's Summary

A Harvard-trained neurosurgeon's minute-by-minute account of his own near-death experience - and what he discovered in the heavenly realm beyond life.

On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed.

Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have functioned at all. That left only one conclusion: that we are conscious in spite of our brains - that, in fact, consciousness is at the root of all existence.

The evidence supporting Dr. Alexander's experience transformed him into a believer in God's unconditional love and brought reconciliation to his family - and will upend our ideas about human consciousness and spirituality.

©2012 Eben Alexander (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc

What the Critics Say

"Dr. Eben Alexander's near-death experience is the most astounding I have heard in more than four decades of studying this phenomenon. In my opinion, Dr Alexander is living proof of an afterlife." (Raymond Moody, MD, PhD, author of Life Beyond Life)

"Eben Alexander brings a unique perspective to the sacred world combining a glorious, personal vision of spiritual consciousness with patient, insightful scientific inquiry. Proof of Heaven is a compelling story of what may lie ahead for all of us in the life beyond this one. We have nothing to fear." (Allan J. Hamilton, MD, FACS, author of The Scalpel and the Soul and Zen Mind, Zen Horse)

"I can highly recommend this important book that has the potential to break many scientific taboos." (Dr. Pim van Lommel, cardiologist, author of Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience)

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    Michelle BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, United States 01-13-13
    Michelle BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Extraordinary Account of NDE!"
    What did you love best about Proof of Heaven?

    I loved the fact that the book was read by the author! I do not believe that anyone other than Dr. Alexander could have done a better job. The author's reading brought life to the story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The NDE was so real through the author's reading that I could not help but feel as though I were on a journey into his encounter! What a marvelous listening experience! There are so many reasons why I love this story! The primary reason has to do with the fact that this extradinary experience happened to a Neurosurgeon! Everyone is aware of how science feels about the mind/brain issue, and the mere fact that this glorious encounter happened to an established Neurosurgeon blows my mind! God certainly has a sense of humor! Dr. Alexander was genuinely honest and at times it appeared that he read from the tablet of his heart. There were no traces of theatrics or fabrication about the journey into his NDE which made for a great listening experience! I understand that Dr. Alexander is an accomplished Neurosurgeon, but it definitely sounds to me that his encounter with NDE was indeed the best thing that could have ever happened in his life. His account of NDE will give credence to the experience, and I am very glad!


    Any additional comments?

    I experienced an NDE several years ago and it transformed my life. Actually, the NDE is just the beginning of the quest to experience the presence of the Divine.

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    Lisa 01-12-13
    Lisa 01-12-13
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    "A Thought-Provoking Tale with a Resonating Message"

    Overall, I thought this audiobook was a good listen. (I always prefer those read by the author, so it had that going for it right from the start.) The subject matter of the story really captured my interest, so I was eager to get started. I though Dr. Alexander did a nice job building up to his time in coma, neither belaboring nor rushing the story. As a professional in his field, I also thought he did a commendable job keeping the language and explanations of the medical aspects of the book in terms the average person could understand. While I certainly understand a near-death experience (NDE) must be a terribly difficult thing to try and describe, there were times I found these portions of the story a bit difficult to follow. On the whole though, I thought the story was excellent, and I was moved by Dr. Alexander’s experiences and the central message—that we are loved—he conveyed in this work.

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    Frances 01-12-13
    Frances 01-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Proof of Heaven was outstanding!"
    Would you listen to Proof of Heaven again? Why?

    Yes, very uplifting!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Proof of Heaven?

    The saying at the end was awesome!


    What does Eben Alexander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Eben has great voice inflictions, easy to listen to.


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    Eileen Chicago, IL, United States 01-11-13
    Eileen Chicago, IL, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Compelling evidence of an afterlife"
    If you could sum up Proof of Heaven in three words, what would they be?

    Keeps your attention


    What did you like best about this story?

    The final chapter was worth the wait for what was revealed.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought the book might have been a better read if read by someone other than the author. While I believed what he wrote, he often times lacked the vocal expression of a professional.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That the medical field is starting to pay attention to people who detail out of body experiences rather than just dismiss them.


    Any additional comments?

    All in all it was a compelling book. It was a little slow when he detailed the medical proof from the aspect of a neurosurgeron - but I understand that the book was written to help his colleagues in the medical field understand and believe what he had experienced.

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    Bernard Douthit Denver, Colorado 01-09-13
    Bernard Douthit Denver, Colorado 01-09-13 Member Since 2014

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    "A good story and a great listen!!"
    Would you listen to Proof of Heaven again? Why?

    Yes, I thought it was well laid out and was a very memorable listen. I also may pick up some additional details if I were to listen to it again.

    I have a number of doctors in my family and many skeptics about Near Death Experiences and I think they all should listen to this book. I think this is an outstanding book and that Eben Alexander is sincere. I purchased this book as a Christmas present for a good friend of mine. I highly recommend it.

    My only concern is what Eben Alexander is doing with the proceeds of sales of this book. As a Neurosurgeon he must be fairly wealthy already. I would think that the proceeds should be donated to charity or NDE research.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would say Eben, the author - but he's really the only character.


    What about Eben Alexander’s performance did you like?

    It seemed genuine and personal.


    Any additional comments?

    Eben Alexander goes into a little bit too much detail about his personal history and life. While I think this might help the story a bit, it was more detail than was probably needed.

    Overall though I thought this was a great book.

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    L. Dicken St. Joe, MI United States 01-08-13
    L. Dicken St. Joe, MI United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but needs some help!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Eben should of let someone professional read his book he does not do a good job but leave it to a Doctor to think they can do everything correctly. He also should gotten help on his writing for it could of been a lot better with more examples of real people with stats to back him up. I was disappointed and I am surprised that this book has sold so well, the one and only thing I can mark it up to is that he did have an amazing experience which he wrapped with frivolous information. All I am saying is that it could of been done so much better with a ghost writer. ( Preferably Malcolm Gladwell yes I know he would not be available but would of been the greatest.)


    Would you be willing to try another book from Eben Alexander? Why or why not?

    no because of his success he will feel he can write well and read his own book the next one won't do so well for he won't have the flash in the pan.


    How could the performance have been better?

    He does not have the smoothness of a professional he gets emotional, stammers a bit, you get the idea. A professional would of brought it to life where he just read.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, it the middle he did tell the heaven experience that was very interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    There is only a small section of this book worth reading or listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 01-07-13
    Cheryl 01-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I have throughly enjoyed this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Proof of Heaven the most enjoyable?

    The author/narrator is so earnest and spell binding. I have really enjoyed his account.


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    Ruthies Hankins, NY 01-07-13
    Ruthies Hankins, NY 01-07-13
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    "Excellent treatment of difficult subject"
    What made the experience of listening to Proof of Heaven the most enjoyable?

    Too see and hear of the conversion of this talented, experienced scientist and his detailed description of his experience. He will have an uphill task to convince other medical men of its validity.


    What about Eben Alexander’s performance did you like?

    Intelligent reader, pleasant voice, earnest performance


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    Margie 01-05-13
    Margie 01-05-13
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    "Remarkable!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Proof of Heaven to be better than the print version?

    I have both, and it's great to hear the author's voice change when he's describing something particularly meaningful for him.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    His authenticity and his objective presentation of data


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    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 01-05-13
    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    but you must experience this book for yourself and make up your own mind. The story and background alone are deserving of a read. I found it fascinating.

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