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)
Yes I would. It was entertaining and uplifting.
He described what he went thru very thoroughly.
That he seemed honest and seemed to really believe what he was telling the reader.
This book has a beauty about it that is undeniable and it gave me a sense of calm about the end of life. From a writing standpoint, it felt like it needed a stronger editor to bring it to life and help us feel more deeply connected with the experience of the author. He would graze over subjects that sounded fascinating and then skip right over them. That aspect seemed lazy from an editorial standpoint and I found it aggravating, but only because I was enjoying the book as much as I was and didn't want to feel cheated out of an ounce of its goodness.
yes, because Eben clearly explains all medical terms and his ideas. The description he gives of flying over land , the overwhelming feeling of love and seeing faces he knew but could not remember at the time all described what so many of my patients had described prior to death, or surviving it. I found it so reassuring that the things i had learned from years of nursing were not from my imagination.
somewhat different from the other NDE books out there
great book and if you have questions as to what will it be like when you die, what am i here for ect.... you must read.
From Fort Worth, Texas. Avid reader. Especially love Hebrew roots!
Pretty hard listening. Slow story, etc.
Too slow, not enough excitement.
It's just too new agey for me and too vague.
Mostly enjoyed this book as it called on emotions and challenged preconceived ideas or long-held truths. While I may not agree with this author's perspective in whole, I enjoy being challenged as to my beliefs and why I hold them.
A bit longwinded at times, but worth pursuing to the end.
I am a retired Histology Technician. My time is spent caring for my grandchildren, my dog, cat, and blue & gold macaw.
The doctor's story is interesting and well enough presented that I listened to the book in toto. But, like books on the existence of alien life on earth, it is lacking in proof. We journey with the doctor through a life and death illness and are presented with his trip into the nether world; however, we are left feeling.... " Like, ok man...Where's the beef ? " I'll try not be too hard on the doc. I like the guy. He is being honest in his presentation and loving in his wish to convey a beautiful story. Very few of the living have seen past the door he was able to pass through. My real problem is with the book's title. His, while in a coma journey, is proof to him of a life after death, but not to anyone else. Believers will enjoy his story, nonbelievers may enjoy it, but I am afraid it is not proof of heaven or a conversion tale. The doctor's reason for writing the book is generous and I believe his story. I believe in heaven too. I just wish the book had another name.
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.
Quality is everything
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.
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