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)
To hear such a personal and powerful tale told by the very person that experienced it gives it the highest possible level of honesty and believability. Since I did not also read it for myself, I cannot compare it to that, but I can encourage everyone to hear Dr. Alexander for themselves, since he is absolutely and completely credible.
I liked the depth and completeness of his remembered experience, and that he was able to relate it to his lengthy profession as a respected neurosurgeon.
No. My wife and I listened to it together as part of a very special togetherness activity.
No matter how or what you think about religion, this book will reach your spiritual center and give you hope and peace.
The human factor of this story is what made it such an intersting read. The author was truthful in sharing his life and his NDE, with the reader.
The authors truthfulness in his drinking, his heartbreak in feeling rejection from his biological family.
The description of his NDE. Very interesting.
The author reads this story, and it truely adds demention and depth. You are able to hear the pain and hurt as he almost cries during one part of the story. His voice was very pleasent and his reading add a lot to this book.
cook, lawyer, knitter, mom, grandmom
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.
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