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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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    C. M. Otto Florida 01-04-13
    C. M. Otto Florida 01-04-13 Member Since 2012

    Spiritual Pursuit

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    "Worth the price and then some!"

    This is a magnificent Bridge from the material world our bodies live in to the spiritual world our souls (consciousness) reside in. A true scientific explanation of the two worlds as experienced by the author following his amazing near death journey across that bridge. I highly recommend this book either in the Audio format or in the written word. We are more than our human presence. We really are Spiritual beings having a human experience, not the other way around. His journey I believe was his destiny so he could bring this information in a scientific bent to the world. Thank you Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, MD

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carole Oregon, OR, United States 12-11-12
    Carole Oregon, OR, United States 12-11-12
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    "Interesting NDE experience"
    What did you love best about Proof of Heaven?

    Interesting twists involved.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In depth description, inclusion of details.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The overview of a happy open area where people and DOGS played.


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

    As I grieve the recent loss of my beloved dog, I was thrilled and comforted when the author said there were dogs "up" there. Also mentions of multiple universes, etc. I appreciate astral sciences. But most of all I appreciated the confirmation of our loving God. I knew it anyway but love to hear of HIM, our Creator.


    Any additional comments?

    I was somewhat perplexed as other was no mention of Jesus Christ, the son of God who bridges the gap between us and God, the Father. But I do believe that they are one, Father, Son, and Spirit. So I am not misled, just curious.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Connie SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 12-11-12
    Connie SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Compelling"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the author has done a good job of laying out the events and her thoughts in an accessible and compelling way that still allows readers to form their own opinions.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    I. Nikolakopoulos Mykonos, Greece 12-11-12
    I. Nikolakopoulos Mykonos, Greece 12-11-12 Member Since 2012

    Hippocrates Nikolakopoulos

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    "New insights on NDE and consciousness"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Proof of Heaven to be better than the print version?

    Dr. Eben Alexander colorfully shares with us his unique experience using both his left and right brain. He skillfully tries to share his experience as a scientist and convey logical data regarding the human brain. There is also a delightful personal narration of his life story with sincere feelings and narration of his emotional states.
    The honest conclusion of his narration applies to all people: we all need to try to become better in this life and develop our emotions of love, compassion, integrity and sincerity.
    Thank you Dr, Alexander for sharing your experience and feelings with us.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    andrea Littleton, CO, United States 12-11-12
    andrea Littleton, CO, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I believe him."
    Would you listen to Proof of Heaven again? Why?

    Maybe in a few years. It's powerful enough to give me something to think about for a long time. I don't need to hear it again.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    This may be a controversial subject, but the author really is compelling.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His depiction of the afterlife. When he meets the sister in Heaven that he never met while living on earth.


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

    That he wanted to meet his biological parents and siblings and that he cared so deeply for them.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert STAFFORD, VA, United States 12-06-12
    Robert STAFFORD, VA, United States 12-06-12
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    "Great book... well worth the time"
    Would you listen to Proof of Heaven again? Why?

    Yes. I'm always looking to better understand the unavoidable fate that awaits us all. I like the concept of heaven, and find a book like this somewhat reassuring and comforting.


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

    When Eben saw a picture of his previously unknown , deceased sister... whom he unknowingly met, as his guide in heaven.


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

    I always like when an author reads his/her own book... I feel a closer connection to the author.


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

    Yes, but I always listen on my commute to/from work.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book... really enjoyed it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl Conyers, GA, United States 11-02-12
    Sheryl Conyers, GA, United States 11-02-12
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    "Excellent Book"
    Would you listen to Proof of Heaven again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again because it is very informative. It kept me on the edge of my seat to get to end of the book.


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

    His son because of his strong belief in his father's recovery.


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

    Yes, his communication with God and how he described it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book left me wanting to know more.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Ninjachinchin SOUTHWEST RANCHES, FL, United States 11-02-12
    Ninjachinchin SOUTHWEST RANCHES, FL, United States 11-02-12 Member Since 2011

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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 24 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas coopersville, MI, United States 10-26-12
    Thomas coopersville, MI, United States 10-26-12
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    "Is this believable?"
    What made the experience of listening to Proof of Heaven the most enjoyable?

    The fact that it tackles the question which everyone who has ever lived, deals with.The question 'what is after death?' This is a well done true story about a man who has dealt with other people's fear of death on a daily basis and what happens when he is faced with death. Having a first hand narrator helps to not only 'hear' the story but to feel it also.


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

    I haven't wanted to read other Near Death Experience books, but when I saw it was a Neuro-surgeon, it really got my attention. Credibility is a big issue for me.


    What about Eben Alexander’s performance did you like?

    He comes across as being very sincere and genuine.


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

    When he talked about his mother ,( I don't want to give away any of the story ) it was hard not to feel the tears.


    Any additional comments?

    This will grab your attention for more than just the time you put into reading it. Real life is real life, no matter how many scoffers there are out there.They certainly need to read the whole book before making rash judgments. One of the top books I have listened to on Audible. Thank-you Audible. And thank-you Eben Alexander.

    22 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Gary United States 12-10-12
    Gary United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Scientific proof of Heaven"
    If you could sum up Proof of Heaven in three words, what would they be?

    Scientific and logical


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eben He was able to describe his extraordinary experience and it seemed very realistic.


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

    His long term experience as a physician and non-believer is somewhat normal. However, his life changing experience and explanation convinced me! He was able to explain to me how science and god can coexist. It finally make since to me. I studied medicine formally for 13 years and I've treated patients for the past 28 years.


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

    Yes


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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