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
"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)
Make no mistake: We're all mammals here.
First of all, a disclaimer: Theology is my day job. So I was coming at this book from a very particular angle. I would not normally have read it, but a friend from abroad was asking me about it, and so I sort of did it as a favor for her. I nonetheless feel my time and audible credit were well spent.
Who this book is for: This book is for those who can appreciate and receive sincere accounts of others' experiences without condemning them and without adopting them as one's own. It is also for those who fear death, who are questioning their faith, or who are facing end-of-life issues. Finally, it is also for those who really like good writing read by the one who wrote it. Dr Alexander has a soothing voice, a gentle North Carolina accent, and a deep sincerity. There are a couple of points in the book where his voice breaks, so overcome is he with emotion, and in this context it feels entirely appropriate for him to have done so.
Who should avoid this book: Those who insist upon a specifically Christian view of the afterlife. If you are either looking for affirmation of Christian dogma or proof of any aspect of the Bible, you will be sorely disappointed. If need to be assured that some will go to heaven but that others will be punished, you won't find it here. You probably will not encounter Christ in this book, nor will you encounter in Dr Alexander's account any proof that you will be met/received/guided by someone you knew well in this life but who has died before you.
I was able to receive Proof of Heaven as the author's vision or perhaps as a revelation made to him - a vision recounted in the context of a very interesting life that was already filled with search for meaning, and which was already dealing with its own pain. It includes family history, and even a very interesting and satisfying plot twist in the end. I'm glad I listened to it.
It was a interesting but got into more technical medical information then I was interested in. So answer not sure.
His obvious search for the best words to describe this sensation which had so much emotion tied to it was, I felt, in the end successful and kept me wanting to hear more.
I was alway looking for a spare moment to continue to story.
I think the science, for me, made this a more interesting story, and really made me consider the author's viewpoint as a real possibility.
Very interesting and well put together story.
I will be listening to this book over and over. This is a confirmation of my own belief in the world to come. Whenever I find myself doubting my own beliefs, this book will remind me that smarter people than I, have experienced what I can only conjecture.
Eben Alexander gives a clear and believable account of his experiences, both in the here and now and in the here-after. I find his explanations and clinical expertise to be based on his vast knowledge in the field. It all makes sense to me. I did not find, as one reviewer pointed out, that there was any religious influence in either the writer's approach, nor his presentation of this subject. The most critical view of anyone who finds this book too religious, would be that it has some spiritual overtones.
I found the spiritual aspect of the book to be heartwarming and inspirational, even though I am not a religious person. The only person who would find this book to be too religious or too spiritual is one who objects to ANY belief in a higher power or any form of spirituality. I don't know why such a person would even bother to read a book on the afterlife.
If one believes that we came from nothing and no one had a hand in our creation, then it stands to reason that we go back to nothing and nothingness is the only thing that awaits us. I don't believe that and this book helps me to confirm my beliefs.
He is real!
I can hear the sincerity in his voice. His recounting of his illness and his experience while in a coma is believable because he experienced it and evaluated his own experiences with the expertise of a physician (neurosurgeon) who knows more than any lay person would.
Audio or print, this account of the near death experience of a brain surgeon is compelling evidence of the spiritual world that awaits us after death.
This is not a novel. The only "character" is the author, and he writes about his family, friends and doctors. The messages given to him while on "the other side" are life changing.
Other good books about near death experiences include Dannion Brinkley, "Saved By the Light" and Betty Eade, "Embraced By The Light." The similarities between these three books, whose authors have never spoken to each other... are remarkable.
While I don't have time to do this right I do want to encourage you to experience Dr. Alexander's story and especially his efforts to back up what he experienced with a full frontal scientific explanation.
If you are drawn to learning about life after death or life between life, this is a wonderful fulfilling listen.
Eben's voice is soothing. He demonstrates that if you are good at reading aloud you can place emphasis where it is meant to be by the author. Many times when I read or listen to a audio book, I place the emphasis where I or the reader thinks the author wants it to be. Not all readers are that good.
Eben's family member that suggested the "round the clock" hand holding. I think it was his wife.I believe this kept Eben from physically dying and his sub-conscious in touch with his dimension. Had they not done that he would not have come back because he did not know what dimension he was from. This gave the beings a link where to send him back to. I believe the touching was “felt” by his sub-conscious and the beings he encountered also “felt” that there was a “need” of him in the dimension his spirit came from, even though the doctors/he said that his brain was effectively dead.
There are beings in other dimensions. Not just Earth and Heaven.
I agree with Rumsfeld, “…We don’t know what we don’t know”. My wife had two massive hemorrhagic strokes in 2002. Each time she survived, she came back with less of everything that she was. The 2nd time she had to learn to talk again. She is still living today in a nursing home. She did not enter the home until 2006 when I could no longer take care of her at home by myself. She did not have an OBE either time. I learned a lot about the brain close up and personal. Eben’s experience is unique and we are fortunate he survived with so much of his memory and cognitive abilities. I believe what he experienced was real and because of his medical knowledge we know what went on in his brain from a medical point of view. The seven days he was in his OBE provides us with many things to think about. Mainly, he describes passing through a place he says was like “in the earth” or words to that effect. Then he moves out of that realm into a more comfortable place. And finally to the ethereal place where all is perfect and as close to God as anyone I know ever got. I will have to ponder that journey and what went on in that ethereal place. I would find it difficult to return from there. But if I didn’t return then I could not tell my family and friends what Heaven is most likely to be. It is a great listen and I went back to several points in the book to listen to several paragraphs again and again. I will be listening to this book again. It was a lot to wrap your brain around. No pun intended.
I cannot say I loved the book, but I did enjoy it. I am happy that I bought it and will eventually listen to it again.
I enjoyed learning about his turnaround regarding life after death.
Himself. He did a nice job with all the characters, but it was easy to know that when he spoke of his experiences, it was his truth.
No, but it was thought-provoking. I'm not a cryer. It's a rather serious book, not much into humor.
At times, it got a little more detailed about the science than I would have preferred. But, it was not off-putting.
Loved the book! The science of the brain and the phenomena of life after death is amazing. The Author did an outstanding job reading at a great pace. Well done.
The audio version is amazing and better than the print version because its the author, a neurosurgeon, telling his most amazing journey to Heaven and back. You can hear the deep emotion in his voice as he tells of his fate and the joy that his experience has brought to his life.
No other book can touch the depth and detail of Eben Alexander's description of his near death experience. His testament regarding the three different phases of his journey and the absolute love that he came to know shall one day become our newest gospel.
The author brings the most credible and incredible account of what we may expect our conscience to experience at death. First, he is an Neurologist, a scientist, who's training allows him to honestly evaluate and confirm the validity of his experience. Second, the severity of his illness and the depth of his coma give us the most comprehensive view of what exists in what Edgar Cayce called the "Super Conscience." Lastly, the fact that a brain surgeon fully recovered from such an exceedingly rare and unexplainable illness, one that allowed his brain to be completely shut down thus allowing a level of an out of body experience never seen before, makes one think that a higher power was truly at work with Eben Alexander.
The Gospel of Eben
My opinion is that God chose this time and this person to convey a truth about reality and the Love that awaits our understanding. I feel that one day Eben Alexander's story will be shown as a watershed moment where mankind truly began to comprehend our place in the Universe.
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