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 saw a tiny bit of this story on "Through the Wormhole" on the Science Channel before he wrote his book. To see him interviewed on that TV program made his story credible, but I wanted to know more. Hearing his sincere and genuine voice reading this book confirmed that there is indeed so much more to "reality" than what we can tell with our senses. He's not a professional story teller, but that makes it even better for me. It's especially inspiring to hear someone so ensconced in academia and scientific reasoning have his belief system so entirely up-ended. It makes the fear of death put in proper prospective.
It was nice to was told by the author
He was very through in his explanation of his case. I work with Neurosurgeons and they want facts and evidence to back up NDE. Dr. Alexander did an excellent job.
The story about his sister was very moving.
I would highly recommend this book
aka Jane Ann Munroe, O. D.
It ranks as high on my satisfaction scale as any audiobook I've ever experienced. This story was just what I'd hoped it would be: written by an intelligent, well-educated neurosurgeon and articulated with an appropriate amount of scientific data and narrative, enough to explain his experience.
It's not easy to describe an experience such as the one he's had with finite language. He does a great job. I've heard criticism that Dr. Alexander did not talk about meeting God and Jesus. Even though I am a Christian, I think projecting the concepts of God and Christianity into his experience would have limited its efficacy. He does refer to a supreme being.
The experience he had exceeds the bounds of human perception and yet, he does a thorough job of using metaphor to help us understand how a human would interpret the experience. It's not easy and he admits he struggles to make the un-explainable explainable. Had he not had that difficulty, I would have doubted his account, thinking it was way too pat.
Even though his experience doesn't conform to the human temporal and linear mindset, he paints the picture well. I loved it! Good performance too! Way to go--didn't expect that rich, feeling voice from a neurosurgeon!
I liked to hear about the sister he meets in heaven, the one he never knew.
How heaven defies all human concepts of time and space. We get very anxious when we can't get the facts to conform to our own epistemology.
I am so glad he was the person chosen to have this experience and live to tell his tale. Wonderful...
A learned man of Science critically reviews and affirms his own experience of the afterlife.
comforting and interesting
description of "the other realm"
haven't finished listening, so don't want to chose one yet
To hear such a personal and powerful tale told by the very person that experienced it gives it the highest possible level of honesty and believability. Since I did not also read it for myself, I cannot compare it to that, but I can encourage everyone to hear Dr. Alexander for themselves, since he is absolutely and completely credible.
I liked the depth and completeness of his remembered experience, and that he was able to relate it to his lengthy profession as a respected neurosurgeon.
No. My wife and I listened to it together as part of a very special togetherness activity.
No matter how or what you think about religion, this book will reach your spiritual center and give you hope and peace.
The human factor of this story is what made it such an intersting read. The author was truthful in sharing his life and his NDE, with the reader.
The authors truthfulness in his drinking, his heartbreak in feeling rejection from his biological family.
The description of his NDE. Very interesting.
The author reads this story, and it truely adds demention and depth. You are able to hear the pain and hurt as he almost cries during one part of the story. His voice was very pleasent and his reading add a lot to this book.
cook, lawyer, knitter, mom, grandmom
I listen usually to fiction; this is non-fiction. It is an incredible and spiritual experience, just to listen to it. I have a daughter and son-in-law who are neurologists, MDs who are specially trained in the brain, like Dr. Alexander except their specialty is the chemistry, not the surgery, so I am keenly aware of the training they all had. His training makes his insights on this all the more credible. And it makes it all more amazing. I would recommend it to anyone, of any background, and intend to share it with many members of my family.
Probably his analysis in the Appendix of the things that his experience cannot be because of the non-functioning of his neo cortex during the time of his illness.
Same as the title.
I would be interested to know how the books does; it was just released two months ago.
What a marvelous testimony of family, faith and miracles. That the author is the narrator makes this personal account all the more real. His intelligence and his sincerity are clear.
My prayer is that those who believe will be encouraged, and those who don't believe as they listen to the first chapter, will believe as they listen to the last.
I would listen to it again because the story is so intriguing. Eben's miraculous recovery and life events proceeding made it difficult to stop listening.
Dr. Alexander's background as a neurosurgeon and how he couldn't explain the journey away with science.
No. However, I thought he did an excellent job narrating the book.
Yes. I would end up sitting in my car in the garage after I came home listening to the end of a chapter.
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