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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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    J Riverton, WV, United States 11-27-12
    J Riverton, WV, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pollyanna Austin, TX, United States 11-26-12
    Pollyanna Austin, TX, United States 11-26-12

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    "Exciting and disappointing at the same time"
    Would you try another book from Eben Alexander and/or Eben Alexander?

    Yes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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!


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

    N/A


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    11-25-12
    11-25-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Both fascinating and comforting"
    What did you love best about Proof of Heaven?

    The author gave a scientific perspective to a topic that is of interest to us all.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Huck Finn Canada 11-24-12
    Huck Finn Canada 11-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Powerful!"
    Would you listen to Proof of Heaven again? Why?

    Yes, definitely! Although only purchasing this audio book this last week, I have completed it and just about to listen to it again. I have purchased this book as a gift for family and friends.


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

    Although this book is ultimately about Dr Alexander's astounding near-death experience (NDE), I feel that his journey prior and post his NDE is at times gut-wrenching (I cannot give away too much here). Therefore it is difficult to compare this book with say "Dying to be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing" by Anita Moorjani, being the only other book I have read on the subject matter. In my opinion, Anita's book introduces the reader to the idea that "all is well in the universe and live your life fearlessly". Dr Alexander a renowned academic neurosurgeon, who previous to his own account was a sceptic of the phenomenon of near-death experiences, raises the level considerably by giving us substantial medical PROOF and elaborates in detail on the concepts of "Truth" and "consciousness". This very moving book is very well written and is a must read.


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

    Dr Eben Alexander, who incidentally is a brilliant narrator - you will not be disappointed here.


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

    Surprisingly I did. One night, I was so overcome with emotion that I had to take a break from reading. Keep a box of tissues handy.


    Any additional comments?

    As a loving and devoted mother of a precious three year old special needs child (both medical and developmental), I gravitated toward this book seeking hope and inspiration to quell the insidious sense of abandonment I have felt from family, friends and moreover God on this seemingly lonely and long journey. Unexpectedly, this book has delivered on many fronts, but particularly a message Dr Alexander received as he travelled through heaven: "You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever"; "You have nothing to fear"; "There is nothing you can do wrong."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Montebello, CA, United States 11-24-12
    Kathy Montebello, CA, United States 11-24-12
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    "An inspiring Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Proof of Heaven to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the book but I certainly enjoyed the audible book.


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

    Life after Life. Out of body experiences which I myself have had.


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

    I believe so. Speaking of the experience is better than reading the book


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

    What Eternity Holds


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first audible book and I just purchased four more. I'm sold....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Felton, CA, United States 11-21-12
    Barbara Felton, CA, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Well told story that is hard to describe in words"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Proof of Heaven to be better than the print version?

    Yes especially since it is told by the author.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Which scene was your favorite?

    N/A


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

    The NDE experience.


    Any additional comments?

    The authors background makes this an especially important book for the more skeptical listener.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 11-19-12
    William 11-19-12
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    If you could sum up Proof of Heaven in three words, what would they be?

    Near Death Experience


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

    Revelation of the person on the butterfly


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

    Emotion


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

    Revelation of the person on the butterfly


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Shields Medford, OR 11-19-12
    Douglas Shields Medford, OR 11-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story with a comforting message."
    What did you love best about Proof of Heaven?

    The personal nature of the story and how the author's experience was placed against the backdrop of his family and friends.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The message that we're all okay and that there is something more that lives on after we are gone.


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

    No.


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

    NA


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug St. Louis MO, USA 11-18-12
    Doug St. Louis MO, USA 11-18-12 Member Since 2004
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    "There are more things in heaven and earth,"

    reductionist scientific materialist, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

    As someone who has occasionally followed the near death experience literature since encountering Raymond Moody as a teen in the late 1970s, I found this to be by far the most compelling contribution and experience so far. This is because of the author's distinguished career as a neurosurgeon, and his scientific, scholarly approach to assessing the data of his own experience, and then the broader phenomenon of NDE and consciousness.

    Science has become arrogant with the manifest successes of its method, to the point of excluding the possibility of truths not accessible by its techniques. This book provides a compelling counterexample to the materialist zeitgeist, and a more catholic approach to truth.

    In a universe where 96% of what is (dark matter and energy) has never been directly observed (a point whose significance was infused into Alexander during his experience), I am mystified by the confidence of science and scientists and the new atheists in believing that their findings disprove the possibility of meaning or creation or a creator. Alexander points the way to a fuller, and humbler, awareness of reality.

    This is a mind expanding and profoundly moving and important book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen ROSCOMMON, MI, United States 11-15-12
    Karen ROSCOMMON, MI, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2011

    Karen of Northern Michigan

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    "Author gives medical facts plus NDE"

    Because this is written by, and experienced by, a neurosurgeon, it adds something even more credible to the NDE.. He explains throughout the story where his body was at as the days go by, and what that means as far as brain activity, etc., and why his NDE cannot be attributed to his brain...it simply was not working. Incredibly interesting story. I very much enjoyed it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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