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)
Refreshing scientific viewpoint.
I actually appreciated that it wasn't a "performance." It was a reading of the book, by the author (a Doctor), with expected normal emotion (minor welling up in the voice a couple of times). It was so very credible from his point of view, let alone from his experience.I'm an engineer. I appreciate truth and facts. I dismiss most accounts of improbable events the moment I sense either some author-motivated personal gain or simpler explanation. Neither were present in this account - in fact, just the opposite. I wanted the clearest, most objective, most accountable peek into what we cannot measure (without actually experiencing it myself). For me, this is it, in spades.
Life, Part 2.
Tell us about yourself!
Thought I would enjoy and kept trying to get into the book - but found the main character unrelatable.
This book is purported to add to the discussion of near death experiences because the author is a scientist. However, the entire story hinges on the authors assertion that his "neocortex was shutdown" and thus he would have been incapable of experiencing an NDE within his own brain. A real scientist would have acknowledged that the entire NDE could have happened before or after this "shutdown". A real scientist also would have enthusiastically considered the possibility that the current body of knowledge regarding the neocortex is sorely lacking. A real scientist would have used his new found skepticism to formulate some hypotheses and conduct some experiments.Adding insult to serious injury, the author wants us all to believe that he was given the answers to the universe during his NDE, but that it might take a while for him to be able to explain it all to us -- presumably in a followup book that he will write after Oprah tells him how the universe really works (see his website for a photo to with Oprah and links to her various minions).I read most stories about NDEs with a mixture of skepticism and intrigue. This book, however, is different. While I do not doubt the authors illness and NDE, I do doubt his honesty and integrity. This book seems to be little more than a launching pad for a new career as a self-proclaimed prophet and purveyor of junk science.
Been honest about the science.
Less narcissistic rambling and more science.
Story reads like a boring clinical history. Argument unconvincing. If you are agnostic there is too much "God" stuff.
He tries but affect is very flat
I am a grower. A tangle of vines weaving round myrtle branch fences. Rusty metal, soft stone, and worn wood. Unkempt curls and knees covered in clay. I listen.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to recently. I love that it is narrated by the author. You get a different level of authenticity and emotion behind the reading. Especially given the subject matter.
The author is a man of science a neurosurgeon. This out of body near death experience that put his world views into question. I think that this the most compelling part of the book. Hearing a hardcore scientist talk about the realms of the spiritual based on personal experience.
The description of the actual near death experience.
Yes. I think I listened to this book all at once on a cleaning day. I didn't want to turn it off. I wanted to know the whole story and the out come. I had goose bumps at times and at other times I was nearly brought to tears.
I just want to say that this book although it is about a spiritual topic it is definitely not preachy or pushing one religious belief. It is more about one man's near death experience that pushed the limits of what he previously believed to be true. A man of science pushed past the limits of what science can explain. A really powerful and amazing story.
Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?
I can't help being a little skeptical of Eben Alexander's near death experience, but unlike other books in this religious genre that I've read, I believe him. Instead of quoting off Bible verses to tell his story, the author uses his professional medical background and science to backup what he experienced when he was in a coma and how he woke up because of his love for his son. He didn't see a light at the end of the tunnel or angel of death showing him to the gateway to heaven, but he saw a need to live again.
I have to admit that I'm the wrong person to write this review because I think that heaven is whatever your subconscious mind wants it to be. Many authors in this genre tries too hard to preach to us that heaven is real and we should all worship God. I'm not doubting them, but it is nice to hear from someone who wasn't as active in their religion before they had their near death experience.
"Proof of Heaven" was written in a way that you want to believe there is an afterlife, but without the agenda of going to church and being brain wash over and over that there is a god. If you belief system is strong, you already know base on your personal judgement that your religion is true to your heart and don't need convincing to act upon it. Instead of focusing on just one religion to explain Alexander's story, he made religion as an after thought and that is why it is so believable.
I saw a tiny bit of this story on "Through the Wormhole" on the Science Channel before he wrote his book. To see him interviewed on that TV program made his story credible, but I wanted to know more. Hearing his sincere and genuine voice reading this book confirmed that there is indeed so much more to "reality" than what we can tell with our senses. He's not a professional story teller, but that makes it even better for me. It's especially inspiring to hear someone so ensconced in academia and scientific reasoning have his belief system so entirely up-ended. It makes the fear of death put in proper prospective.
It was nice to was told by the author
He was very through in his explanation of his case. I work with Neurosurgeons and they want facts and evidence to back up NDE. Dr. Alexander did an excellent job.
The story about his sister was very moving.
I would highly recommend this book
aka Jane Ann Munroe, O. D.
It ranks as high on my satisfaction scale as any audiobook I've ever experienced. This story was just what I'd hoped it would be: written by an intelligent, well-educated neurosurgeon and articulated with an appropriate amount of scientific data and narrative, enough to explain his experience.
It's not easy to describe an experience such as the one he's had with finite language. He does a great job. I've heard criticism that Dr. Alexander did not talk about meeting God and Jesus. Even though I am a Christian, I think projecting the concepts of God and Christianity into his experience would have limited its efficacy. He does refer to a supreme being.
The experience he had exceeds the bounds of human perception and yet, he does a thorough job of using metaphor to help us understand how a human would interpret the experience. It's not easy and he admits he struggles to make the un-explainable explainable. Had he not had that difficulty, I would have doubted his account, thinking it was way too pat.
Even though his experience doesn't conform to the human temporal and linear mindset, he paints the picture well. I loved it! Good performance too! Way to go--didn't expect that rich, feeling voice from a neurosurgeon!
I liked to hear about the sister he meets in heaven, the one he never knew.
How heaven defies all human concepts of time and space. We get very anxious when we can't get the facts to conform to our own epistemology.
I am so glad he was the person chosen to have this experience and live to tell his tale. Wonderful...
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