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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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    Kathy Montebello, CA, United States 11-24-12
    Kathy Montebello, CA, United States 11-24-12
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    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?

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    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.

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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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    Mia 11-12-12
    Mia 11-12-12 Member Since 2015

    I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.

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    "A magical storyteller for the entire family"
    Would you listen to Proof of Heaven again? Why?

    Yes, but not for the near-death experience itself. My guess is the publisher wanted to call it "proof of Heaven". The other seems both too humble and emotional for such a title. I would listen to it again because of the medical facts he Includes alongside the fact I think it was a story about actually being dead. Not being nearly dead.


    What did you like best about this story?

    No Christian television drama this guy gives an account without any threats. Unlike many stories featured there. For him a non-Christian at the time of his death he gives an account much like a memoir from the time he pass-out and cries out:God help me,« Which most people seem to say. Instead about talking too much about Heaven he gives space for his family and by doing so he painted a fuller picture. According to himself he was allowd to have a "deeper" experience. Personally, I do not think those experiencing this remember more than the creator wants them too.

    This story is told by a doctor risking much more than say a pastor in the same shoes. This is a balanced story.


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

    Two wards: Raw emotion


    If you could give Proof of Heaven a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "With this I risk my medical carer."


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a book filled with judgement for non-Christians this is not the one for you since it shows he loves athests with a good heart. A great gem for the entire family.

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    Jeaninec San Jose, CA 11-10-12
    Jeaninec San Jose, CA 11-10-12 Member Since 2012

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    "First Audio book, and got me hooked!"
    Would you listen to Proof of Heaven again? Why?

    Some of Eben Alexander's experiences were truly heartwarming. It did get a little technical, and at times I was getting a little exasperated with the science detail, but overall, it was a great listen. I've always been interested in NDEs and was excited to listen to this one. It really didn't disappoint. It was slightly technical, and I think that was due to his effort to convince people based on his scientific knowledge. He was a non believer until it happened to him.


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

    I don't think I would have read through all the technical details, but listening to them made it more palatable, and really did help with the overall story.


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    CB San Antonio, Texas United States 11-09-12
    CB San Antonio, Texas United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2012

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    "One of the Best NDE Books!"

    One of the best NDE books around. I found the narration to be very well done and the storyline very believable. I've read other NDE books that try to explain the experience scientifically, and they end up being dry and boring. This book was interesting from the start to the end. I won't say I couldn't put it down, but I always looked forward to getting back to listening to Ebon's encounter.

    This book may not make me 100% certain that NDE’s are real, but it did bring me one step closer. I don't know if it's possible for a human being to really be 100% certain of anything. It’s just not in our nature.


    Excellent book and well worth reading. I really enjoyed it.

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    Michele Chico, TX, United States 11-08-12
    Michele Chico, TX, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Sincere & Genuine - must "listen""

    It's interesting to me that there are so many rattled critics speaking out against this author. His story is fact based and full of sincerity. His desire to share his knowledge and experience is very real and I am grateful for his courage to speak out from a scientist's point of view knowing that his colleagues are probably not going to accept his account.

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