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