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)
This was a wonderful story and I loved hearing about Eben's experiences. There were a few times where I thought he jumped around too much in the telling of his story.
This book was made most enjoyable because it was read by the author. I could "feel" his enthusiasm and belief!
description of his experience
That God is in us all
Thank you to the author, you touched my life.
I enjoyed this audio book mostly because of the topic. I've always found stories about travelling to heaven to be fascinating. I enjoyed the author's scientific point of view and his attempts to "prove" his story.
Our pastor spoke about this book in one of his sermons, and suggested we read it, so we did. My husband and I listened to it separately, and he found it more interesting than I. I did enjoy it, but wish he had written more.
It was instructive that Alexander was pretty much a skeptic, and that his life truly changed after his experience. Of most importance to us was his incredible recovery from an illness which should have been fatal. The fact that brain function was so minimal for such a long time, 7 days, and the memories Alexander had from that week are incredible! His appeal is to the skeptic and the person needed scientific proof. For me, that is not necessary, and so I guess I wanted more details about his time and what he learned.
There is a realization Alexander has which is near the end of the book which is really awesome. If you want a book full of Scripture and specific discussions about how to better one's life here on earth, or a list of Christian only terms, it is not there. The author deepened his Christian faith as a result of his amazing week, but I think the desire was to reach many who are not of a particular belief. We are buying a copy for an agnostic brother for Christmas.
This is worth the read, and the author does an excellent job. I would have given this a 4.4 if possible.
Yes, it's hard to read while driving.
I liked the fact that as a scientist he provided all of the things that might have created his condition and experience, no matter how remote the chance, then went through each, step by step explaining why they couldn't have been the cause. It was very thorough.
Yes, I did. It is a powerful book and his description of his family living through the week and then having to make the 'big' decision at the end was very emotional.
Don't dismiss his experience just because you don't believe in an afterlife of some sort. Something happened to him that cannot just be dismissed.
The spirit of humanity is often not thought of as it is not science. I will read again to feel what message is being sent
Bible states we will be with HIM. Life is a journey not a destination
Being with God
the author discovering the larger picture of GOD
I believe him and what he has to say is comforting and makes sense. I can write nothing that would do it justice.
This was an excellent scientific look at life after death. I would highly recommend it for anyone in the medical or scientific field. It is very hard to dispute this experience.
As a seeker of truth I was excited about this book because it's written by a scientist who's world view was changed by the NDE experience, and while I enjoyed reading it and had many "yes" moments while reading it and found many things that resonated with me, I was very disappointed by how little information there was there about God and our universe. He kept saying that there were many lessons and I kept thinking "Okay, he must get to them in the next chapter", but he never did. What were the lessons? What was the knowledge that he received there? I understand that he was stripped of his identity and probably didn't ask any questions that an average human being would ask given the chance, and yet he said that he did have many lessons, but why did he not get into it? That's the stuff we want to know!
The author gave a scientific perspective to a topic that is of interest to us all.
I finished listening to the book on a Sunday night. My father had a massive stroke the following Monday night. I found the book very helpful as we struggled to abide by my dad's wishes in his living will.
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