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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife | [Eben Alexander]

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-19-13
    Michael Pittsburgh, PA, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a Physics and Engineering student.

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    "Proof?"

    You would think by the title the author does not really mean he has proof and that it is just a catchy title. However, he does actually feel that he does have proof. I wasn't convince, not totally anyway. I have trouble believing in an afterlife, but I want to. So, I look for stories like his to try and convince myself. I am somewhat more convinced, I guess.

    There is a lot of unnecessary information in this book, at least I thought so, and not enough of the information I was looking for. The book flowed very well and was not at all boring for me even with the unnecessary things.

    I do not regret buying this book or spending the time to listen to it. I would recommend this book, but don't expect to have a detailed description of what this man claims heaven is like. It is more of a, "I died, went to heaven and can prove it," type of book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    M. Bell BAKER CITY, OR, United States 03-17-13
    M. Bell BAKER CITY, OR, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Amazing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Proof of Heaven to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but think I might like to have it.


    What about Eben Alexander’s performance did you like?

    He seemed very honest in describing his experience and feelings.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I find myself disrespectful of most organized religions but I found great honesty, comfort and hope here.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P. Epps KERRVILLE, TX, United States 03-12-13
    P. Epps KERRVILLE, TX, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2012

    Just a goodolelady,reading and listening to books now as reading is getting harder.

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    "good story, an adventure of the mind"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It's good to hear the perspective of a near death experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the confirmation of where his mind went and that we are a consciencousness beyond this world.


    What does Eben Alexander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the fact that he read it and believed in his experience and miracle or recouperating is compelling.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing extreme.


    Any additional comments?

    No additional comment

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Blasia VALLEY STREAM, NY, United States 03-12-13
    Blasia VALLEY STREAM, NY, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I believe !"
    Would you listen to Proof of Heaven again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again because it gave me a sense of peace


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Proof of Heaven?

    when Eben realized the identity of the girl on the butterfly's wing


    What about Eben Alexander’s performance did you like?

    I could hear his belief in his voice


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    qhumberd Cunningham, TN, United States 03-07-13
    qhumberd Cunningham, TN, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Compelling without being over the top"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Provided time to reflect our our understanding of human consciousness


    What did you like best about this story?

    The analysis of the author's near death experience


    What does Eben Alexander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He made the story much more believable


    Was Proof of Heaven worth the listening time?

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten WASILLA, AK, United States 03-03-13
    Kirsten WASILLA, AK, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Do you want to "believe"?; this for encouragement!"

    He starts out a little dry and if you have no medical background you may get a little lost but stick through that first part. It will end shortly.

    The really thought provoking moment comes toward the end and when it can all be wrapped up. The revelation at the end will you give you pause, especially if you have ever encountered and kind of NDE or if you have only just encountered 'an out of body' experience. If neither of those apply, the you may want to read this for some answers to those unanswered questions in the back your mind.

    Since the loss of my 'heart parent' - my father, I am always looking for different verifications that death as we know it, is certainly not The End. This was a comfort to me to read this and to see what so may others have also said in the past. Although I wish no ill on others, it would be well interpreted by those who are in the medical field when these kinds of experiences occur. When the Right brain meets the Left brain, both brains are better together, correct?

    I glad you wrote this account Eben. May more people realize and acknowledge that there is something greater to be had.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Ellington, CT, United States 02-26-13
    Dave Ellington, CT, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This book is a must-read"
    Would you listen to Proof of Heaven again? Why?

    I listen to the whole book at least three timesAnd certain parts of it even more.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Mechanically Dr. Alexander did an excellent job of crossing his T's and dotting his eyes with the book. But certainly the most compelling part of the book was the subject matter. His story was beautifully told and left me with little doubt concerning his experience. Thank you Eben for daring to share your story. This book definitely deserves a spot on your night table.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The story you're dying to see.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't pass this one up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 02-25-13
    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 02-25-13 Member Since 2004
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    "what else did God tell him????"

    While I enjoyed Eben Alexander's account of his near death experience I was left wanting to know more of his time away from his body. he mentions God gave told him many secrets and knowledge but he didnt give us readers much more then "God is love"

    but....maybe that is all we need to know.

    im still touched by his account of his personal doubts and skepticism before his NDE. He is also a decent narrator for his first attempt

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Calgary, Alberta, Canada 02-22-13
    Glenn Calgary, Alberta, Canada 02-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Listened to this more than once"

    If you like books that looks at unearthly concepts from a scientific view point or in this case from a scientific mind then this is one book you will love. This book describes the actual experience along with all of the science that tried to disprove it but couldn't. This is the type of book that can sway people who are on our close to the fence about things beyond this world

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Palestine, TX, United States 01-07-13
    Joan Palestine, TX, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This opened my eyes outside of the normal spectrum"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Proof of Heaven to be better than the print version?

    It is read by the author. When there were emotional times in his story, you knew it. It was not done by an actor.


    What other book might you compare Proof of Heaven to and why?

    N/A


    What does Eben Alexander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The detail he gave was outstanding.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When his son went to the hospital. The decision was about to be made to "pull the plug"


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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