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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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    Ninjachinchin 11-02-12 Member Since 2013

    Books make the world a better place

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    "LIFE AFTER DEATH IS NOT ONLY POSSIBLE...IT'S TRUE!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have recommended this book to several people because the truth of this doctor's personal experience is hard to deny. I believe what his spirit or soul, etc. went through was very real. I appreciated that the author is a doctor and a scientist whose was/is a practicing neurosurgeon (what better person to tell us how the brain works) and the fact that he was a skeptic on the subject, before he had his NDE (Near Death Experience). In other words, he is the last person who might admit there is life after death.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was mesmerized by the description of the clouds; the transparent, shimmering beings; the huge, booming sound "like a glorious chant"; the way the author could hear the visual beauty of the silvery bodies of the beings...and how he could see the surging, joyful perfection of what they sang, etc. I particularly loved the "super-vivid aliveness" of the doctor's NDE. It was and is completely welcoming and soothing to know that life is better after death.


    Any additional comments?

    I just loved this audiobook. It is not just a story or another person's experience. It is the gift of hope and love to those of us who haven't or will never have a NDE.

    18 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Rudick Kingston Springs, TN, USA 08-27-13
    Rudick Kingston Springs, TN, USA 08-27-13 Member Since 2012

    The mountains...says it all....

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    "This skeptical believer found it convincing."
    What made the experience of listening to Proof of Heaven the most enjoyable?

    I always enjoy for the most part hearing the author's own words as it tells me sometimes what is important to the author and helps me determine the authenticity of the work. I felt a sense of wonder from Alexander in his retelling and an authenticity to his experience.I am a believer but a skeptical one of the the other side. Alexander had everything to lose writing such a book and I suspect his professional stature has been battered with this retelling of his experiences. When someone puts his/her reputation on the line, when someone challenges his/her own accepted beliefs, when someone steps outside of his/her own comfort zone and risks ridicule and rejection, it lends credence for me to the telling of their "truth". Eban Alexander does all of these here.The story is an easy listen and at times seems almost magical in its retelling but then would not a visit to the "other side" be magical to anyone? I enjoyed the book and it further enhanced my efforts to explore this "other side", its existence and its experiences. I found a certain synchroncity with other NDE experiences but again it had surprises.

    This book does not answer all your questions; but it does offer a glimpse of his experiences and creates even more questions, at least for me, to explore.I highly recommend it.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vinicius CAMPINAS, Brazil 04-26-13
    Vinicius CAMPINAS, Brazil 04-26-13

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    "This Book had really open my eyes"
    Where does Proof of Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 1st book


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    This is a very interesting book, it help me understand some situations that I am currently leaving in my family. in addition to revitalize my faith in people.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The favorite scene is the awakening of the author "the Photo" and the poem that comes with it. I have repeatedly listen to it in order to revive it.


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

    Sure Did. It was quite motivational and I had times of pure joy


    Any additional comments?

    Love it and review it some time next year again

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 04-11-13
    Brock DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain 04-11-13 Member Since 2015

    So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.

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    "So much better than I expected"

    Proof of Heaven has been the #1 book on the NY Times best seller list (nonfiction) for quite some time, but it didn't appeal to me at all. To me Near Death Experience stories don't carry much clout because people can claim anything they want, and nobody can contest it. I finally purchased it because a friend told me it was super good, and I wasn't disappointed.

    My impression of Dr. Alexander, who also read the book himself, was of a real genuine and likeable guy. There were some very moving times in the book as he told about his life where you could hear the emotion in his voice, and I'll be honest, I teared up as I listened.

    I liked the way he used his scientific background as a neurosurgeon to explain a lot of what he went through, and why major parts of his experience are physically impossible in this present world. As a Christian I also enjoyed seeing the way Dr. Alexander's experiences mirrored many Biblical descriptions of God and Heaven, even though he had no theological background or even prior belief in God. This book was in no way written to support Biblical Christianity, but it's hard to ignore the number of times his recollections unknowingly do align with the Bible.

    It is very enjoyable and easy to listen to. It doesn't get overly scientific, or get too bogged down lengthy, sci-fi-like descriptions. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Winona, Mn, United States 03-19-13
    Carolyn Winona, Mn, United States 03-19-13
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    "The best book I have read/listen to on Heaven"
    What made the experience of listening to Proof of Heaven the most enjoyable?

    It was not just a Bio but it was easy to listen/read as far as relating to what is heaven like. He told about questions he had and answers that made sense. I fully recommend this book to everyone. A have to for persons/ relatives of dying.


    What about Eben Alexander’s performance did you like?

    Everything the way the story was laid out didn't seem just like a bio like some others that I read


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

    The Truth of Heaven


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Semple 03-18-13
    S. Semple 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I believe him :)"
    What did you love best about Proof of Heaven?

    I loved his description of moving between the levels while in his brain dead state


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    His account of what happened while he was away was very complelling and rang of truth


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

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    While I think his experience was real and I even believe he went to heaven, I have some questions about his interprutation and his reaction to that information now that he is back. He asked questions that were important to him, but I would have had some other questions as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    david keyser SILVER SPRING, MD, US 03-18-13
    david keyser SILVER SPRING, MD, US 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Perspective means everything - a very good book"

    This is a fascinating story told well by the author, a neurosurgeon. I completely believe that this was his experience and his truth but from a neurophysiology perspective there are many issues left unasked and unanswered. A great book to stimulate discussion on things that we may never have the answer to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    joe NASHVILLE, TN, United States 03-07-13
    joe NASHVILLE, TN, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Looking for a good NDE book? This aint it."
    Would you try another book from Eben Alexander and/or Eben Alexander?

    Eben says in his reading of the book that he has gone in deeper into the death than ‘anyone’ before him and came back to tell us all of what comes next. To be a messenger of the profound and ...blah.

    I found his book to be like eating a pancake with no syrup. No visuals worth the price of admission. No profound truths or interesting heavenly stories. I had now sense of wonder at all listening to this book. I just sat there, eating my dry pancake, and listening to the chief tell me how wonderful and important it was.


    What could Eben Alexander have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    he could have made a much more solid attempt at a visual description or at the very least tell us the answers to some of the questions he was asking God...or OM as he calls Him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The only 2 scenes worth anything are a scene of him fling over a countryside that was heaven abd the descriptions of what he calls the Worms Eye View. Which I still cannot figure out what it is. At first it seems like hell then it just seems like limbo.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Sadness... sad to hear that of all the really good stories about life after death that wont be committed to film and this one will. It will make for a very boring movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Look for better books. Maybe a doctor might like this book, but unless you have never read about the subject before, you wont find this book stirring at all. I am sorry that his family went though so much pain watching him die like he did, but if you are going to put a book out there and claim that you have gone deeper and and can better describe what comes next than all previous books, you’d better deliver the good. The author fails in this, and fails badly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 03-03-13
    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2014

    I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.

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    "Good book"

    This was a really good book, but at times it got really technical with the medical information. I found myself drifting away at those times. I really liked the story of the near-death experience and I found it to be very believable, but it would have been fine with me if all the medical terminology has been left out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Ellington, CT, United States 02-26-13
    Dave Ellington, CT, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This book is a must-read"
    Would you listen to Proof of Heaven again? Why?

    I listen to the whole book at least three timesAnd certain parts of it even more.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Mechanically Dr. Alexander did an excellent job of crossing his T's and dotting his eyes with the book. But certainly the most compelling part of the book was the subject matter. His story was beautifully told and left me with little doubt concerning his experience. Thank you Eben for daring to share your story. This book definitely deserves a spot on your night table.


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

    The story you're dying to see.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't pass this one up.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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