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 listen again. I loved the authors NC accent and his calm and collected voice.
As a total non-believer in religion, I was not likely to find this compelling. But the fact that Alexander is a scientist and was basically a non-believer too, made it totally believable.
I have recommended this book to at least 4 people.
The writer/reader was very charismatic, interesting and engaging. I was multi-tasking while listening so it was worth-while. The ending was disappointing because I had so many questions, but, of course, this subject has no definitive answers.
Very interesting book. I'm glad I bought the audio version because I think it would have been a difficult read for me because of all the medical terms used by the author.
Captivating, inspiring, enlightening
The story kept your attention and was thought provoking. Enlightening as well.
I didn't want to stop once I started- though I did. But I found extra time to listen. In my car and at home.
The NDE experiencer being a neurosurgeon of acclaim is probably one in a million. I gave it four stars only because the autobiographical aspect of the book was a little too much of the body of the book, not a reason anyone would have bought this title. His unique perspective on his experience would have been better filler than the details of his family. All in all, if you are at all interested in this topic, you will not be disappointed. Hope there is a follow up after he has fully digested the event and pursued the topic of NDE in its fullest.
One of the best -- unlike me, l'll listen again and again; there's a lot to absorb.
Universal, unconditional love. Hey that's more than a tidbit!
Great gift book to people you care about.
This was a wonderful story and I loved hearing about Eben's experiences. There were a few times where I thought he jumped around too much in the telling of his story.
This book was made most enjoyable because it was read by the author. I could "feel" his enthusiasm and belief!
description of his experience
That God is in us all
Thank you to the author, you touched my life.
I enjoyed this audio book mostly because of the topic. I've always found stories about travelling to heaven to be fascinating. I enjoyed the author's scientific point of view and his attempts to "prove" his story.
Our pastor spoke about this book in one of his sermons, and suggested we read it, so we did. My husband and I listened to it separately, and he found it more interesting than I. I did enjoy it, but wish he had written more.
It was instructive that Alexander was pretty much a skeptic, and that his life truly changed after his experience. Of most importance to us was his incredible recovery from an illness which should have been fatal. The fact that brain function was so minimal for such a long time, 7 days, and the memories Alexander had from that week are incredible! His appeal is to the skeptic and the person needed scientific proof. For me, that is not necessary, and so I guess I wanted more details about his time and what he learned.
There is a realization Alexander has which is near the end of the book which is really awesome. If you want a book full of Scripture and specific discussions about how to better one's life here on earth, or a list of Christian only terms, it is not there. The author deepened his Christian faith as a result of his amazing week, but I think the desire was to reach many who are not of a particular belief. We are buying a copy for an agnostic brother for Christmas.
This is worth the read, and the author does an excellent job. I would have given this a 4.4 if possible.
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