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)
I appreciated how this NDE opened a neurosurgeon's mind to the afterlife. I was particularly interested in how his brain was completely non-functioning during his coma, therefore could not be creating this experience as is often alleged by the medical community.
The author was adopted as an infant. I enjoyed hearing his challenges and eventual success in locating his birth family. I was moved by the role a family member played in his NDE.
HIs sincerity and spiritual conversion were affecting.
The author's voice and delivery are a little clinical. However, his authenticity and my interest in the subject rendered it irrelevant for an enjoyable listening experience. The descriptions of his experience in heaven, while fascinating, were not as much a focal point of the story as his medical circumstances proving his experience was not created by his mind.
Perhaps this book represents as much credible proof of the reality of NDE as anyone could expect
As a physician touched many of my own thoughts. Glad he's the one that went through the experience and not me. An amazing illness and journey.
I could feel the emotion of the story in his voice
Couldn't stop listening.
This book is an interesting story but the author's attempt to cast his opinion as proof is wrong. The author dismisses a number of things that might explain his "out of body" experience. All of the things he dismisses are not proof either. They are just an attempt by people to explain why the "out of body" experience might have occurred. I doubt any of the people who have had such experiences accept these explanations. The thing is, the lack of an explanation does not make his explanation the only acceptable answer or the true answer.
I also do not see any science in the book. The author seems to think that if he says that it is science; then it is science. If his hypothesis is correct the next step would be to see what things that the idea would predict and what things we might do to test the hypothesis. He mentions at the end that he has started a non-profit organization and that site says that it supports a "rigorous scientific research concerning spiritually transformative experiences" but it doesn't say what that research is.
The author suggests:
Edward Kelly's "Irreducible Mind".
I would suggest:
"How the Mind Works" by Steven Pinker
"The Greatest Show On Earth" by Richard Dawkins
This book was a scientific review of the author's illness. It was boring and unemotional. If the intent was to share the promise of Heaven and a wonderful, loving God, he missed the mark.
Sure, it's an interesting first person account of an afterlife experience.
I don't have one
His voice telling his own story.
This is a book that is the telling of by a doctor his personal experience(s) of near-death following brain damage.
The audiobook is read by the author, Eben Alexander, which I suppose lends more credence to the events he describes. Although an interesting conveyance of these events, I think you need to stretch your imagination a bit to stay with him.
Lots of hype, which is why I bought the book. But, I think the human phenom of wanting to know the answers to what happens after death is the reason for the book popularity. Everybody wants to know.
This is one man’s experience. I still wonder if my experience would be the same. Hope not to find out, at least anytime soon.
Awesome, inspiring, life changing
When Dr. Alexander realized that the angel was his deceased sister whom he had never met in this lifetime.
No, I savored it and doled it out because I didn't want it to end.
It would be impossible to read this book and not be in awe of the experiences and miracles within.
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
Well written, scientific, an excellent listen for anyone but especially those who are analytical thinkers. Jennifer
I loved his description of how our brains work. His experience is so well documented. I am grateful that Dr. Alexander wrote this and told how other people who have had this experience weren't believed even by Dr.'s like himself. Hopefully being in the profession, a few more Docs will start to listen to those who have been lucky enough to glimpse paradise but then had to return to finish the job! And Spread the word, that this is not-all there is.
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