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)
Hearing the authors genuine belief of what happened to him. Coming from a man of science, admitting miracles do happen.
When he went to church after his illness and he was overwhelmed with emotions.
Emotion, feelings and a true belief.
This strengthened my faith. I had chills many times while listening .
I found this well worth the time but was much more touched by "Heaven is for Real" by Todd Burpo. Both are very worthwhile books for Christians and non believers as well.
Maybe the story, but not the reader.
Would completely depend on who directed it and who stared in it.
Mr. Alexander's near-death experience was not any more remarkable than others I've read. It was a fairly interesting story made mundane, almost painful, by his own narration of it. Stick to writing, forget reading.
Avid reader IT professional, a firm believer in quality in all things.
I did enjoy listening to this book. It is well written and beautifully narrated. I am one of those skeptics when it comes to accepting the so called spiritual world but I am also open minded and this is why I listened to this book.
Unfortunately the outcome is always a sense of disappointment since in this case as in all other books written before it, it only served to reinforce what I, and so many others already know namely, belief systems and formal logic are mutually exclusive. In other words, any attempt to explain a belief and still comply with the strict rules of logic, is doomed to failure. In the end you either believe it or not.
This story takes forever to start, and the meat of it is information I've heard before much better presented.
This was my first time testing Whispersync. It turned out to be impossible. Audible/Amazon needs to take lessons from Apple on userfriendliness. I'm computer wise, and I couldn't figure out how to use this feature.
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.
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