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)
genteel, well spoken, southern gentleman
Mr. Alexander's comments and connections to his experience and science were eye opening. The story of his life around it did not seem quite the same.
Calming, intriguing, clear
That his sister was the butterfly
I loved when he saw dogs there.
Loved the narrator. Voice was perfect to follow on this journey. I was actually lying on my stomach getting a tattoo on my back. I listened to the entire book at once. Kept me interested and relaxed. Perfect choice.
Absolutely. A refreshing book on a NDE that sounds quite believable. Would have been more believable if the author had been an atheist or an agnostic, but it is still pretty good.
It just comes across as an honest account of what he experienced.
I was profoundly thankful the author did not use any scriptural reference from any major religion and spoil the authenticity of the book.
I would recommend this book, it's comforting and reinforces what some already know or believe.
I felt like some of the story about the authors background did not relate to the message he was trying to convey. Some details were not of interest and I didn't see how they related to the message.
Overall it was a good book.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, I love to learn about a great many things, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. Me, bored? Never!
Near Death Experiences are fairly common, and written accounts of them are seemingly everywhere these days. Most of them are similar, and while they seem to be as life-changing as they should be, reading such accounts typically don't do much for me because I feel like I have no common frame of reference.
This one's different. Not only is this offered firsthand by a neurosurgeon who can put a scientific perspective on everything, it's offered in such a way that the emotional context is there as well. The result is something geniune and mind-opening, offered to both believer and skeptic alike from the standpoint of someone who was predestined not to believe in anything past brain death, but experienced it all the same and was forced to confront it from the perspective of a scientist. I'm still trying to process it myself, but it's definitely worth the listen for those so inclined. It might prompt you to re-evaluate your own life and redefine what's truly important, and it just might leave you with a little peace of mind, regardless of what else you take from it.
Yes, well written and inspiring. Very factual.
It is a step on a journey to search for inner peace and the truth.
My beautiful mother passed away two days ago. I want to learn about life and death and the hearafter.
I loved the fact that the book was read by the author! I do not believe that anyone other than Dr. Alexander could have done a better job. The author's reading brought life to the story!
The NDE was so real through the author's reading that I could not help but feel as though I were on a journey into his encounter! What a marvelous listening experience! There are so many reasons why I love this story! The primary reason has to do with the fact that this extradinary experience happened to a Neurosurgeon! Everyone is aware of how science feels about the mind/brain issue, and the mere fact that this glorious encounter happened to an established Neurosurgeon blows my mind! God certainly has a sense of humor! Dr. Alexander was genuinely honest and at times it appeared that he read from the tablet of his heart. There were no traces of theatrics or fabrication about the journey into his NDE which made for a great listening experience! I understand that Dr. Alexander is an accomplished Neurosurgeon, but it definitely sounds to me that his encounter with NDE was indeed the best thing that could have ever happened in his life. His account of NDE will give credence to the experience, and I am very glad!
I experienced an NDE several years ago and it transformed my life. Actually, the NDE is just the beginning of the quest to experience the presence of the Divine.
Overall, I thought this audiobook was a good listen. (I always prefer those read by the author, so it had that going for it right from the start.) The subject matter of the story really captured my interest, so I was eager to get started. I though Dr. Alexander did a nice job building up to his time in coma, neither belaboring nor rushing the story. As a professional in his field, I also thought he did a commendable job keeping the language and explanations of the medical aspects of the book in terms the average person could understand. While I certainly understand a near-death experience (NDE) must be a terribly difficult thing to try and describe, there were times I found these portions of the story a bit difficult to follow. On the whole though, I thought the story was excellent, and I was moved by Dr. Alexander’s experiences and the central message—that we are loved—he conveyed in this work.
Yes, very uplifting!
The saying at the end was awesome!
Eben has great voice inflictions, easy to listen to.
Keeps your attention
The final chapter was worth the wait for what was revealed.
I thought the book might have been a better read if read by someone other than the author. While I believed what he wrote, he often times lacked the vocal expression of a professional.
That the medical field is starting to pay attention to people who detail out of body experiences rather than just dismiss them.
All in all it was a compelling book. It was a little slow when he detailed the medical proof from the aspect of a neurosurgeron - but I understand that the book was written to help his colleagues in the medical field understand and believe what he had experienced.
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