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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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    Throuogh a Golden Eye 12-06-12

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    "Amazing story"
    Where does Proof of Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Eben Alexander – was your favorite?

    Himself.


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

    Same as the title.


    Any additional comments?

    I would be interested to know how the books does; it was just released two months ago.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Ann Arbor, MI, United States 12-06-12
    Barbara Ann Arbor, MI, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "an inspiring testimony of miracles and faith"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Neenah, WI, United States 12-05-12
    Peter Neenah, WI, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to Proof of Heaven again? Why?

    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.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Dr. Alexander's background as a neurosurgeon and how he couldn't explain the journey away with science.


    Have you listened to any of Eben Alexander’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. However, I thought he did an excellent job narrating the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I would end up sitting in my car in the garage after I came home listening to the end of a chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole port alberni, British Columbia, Canada 12-05-12
    Nicole port alberni, British Columbia, Canada 12-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent book"
    If you could sum up Proof of Heaven in three words, what would they be?

    I wish it was longer . I would like to hear more from him .


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine M. Hollander Albuquerque 12-05-12
    Catherine M. Hollander Albuquerque 12-05-12

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    "Loved this!"
    Would you listen to Proof of Heaven again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again. I loved the authors NC accent and his calm and collected voice.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this book to at least 4 people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    gina 12-04-12
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    "Difficult subject matter"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Eben Alexander’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    Do you think Proof of Heaven needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no.


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    Doris FRIENDSVILLE, TN, United States 12-04-12
    Doris FRIENDSVILLE, TN, United States 12-04-12
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    "Interesting"
    Where does Proof of Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    Timothy Oil City, PA, United States 12-04-12
    Timothy Oil City, PA, United States 12-04-12
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    "Excellent from Beginning to End."
    If you could sum up Proof of Heaven in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, inspiring, enlightening


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story kept your attention and was thought provoking. Enlightening as well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 12-03-12
    John Huntington Beach, CA, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyed a very unique NDE"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Cook 12-03-12
    C. Cook 12-03-12
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    "Everyone should know this. Change the world."
    Where does Proof of Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best -- unlike me, l'll listen again and again; there's a lot to absorb.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Have you listened to any of Eben Alexander’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Universal, unconditional love. Hey that's more than a tidbit!


    Any additional comments?

    Great gift book to people you care about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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