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)
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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.
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.
Sure Did. It was quite motivational and I had times of pure joy
Love it and review it some time next year again
So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.
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.
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.
Everything the way the story was laid out didn't seem just like a bio like some others that I read
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I loved his description of moving between the levels while in his brain dead state
His account of what happened while he was away was very complelling and rang of truth
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I listen to the whole book at least three timesAnd certain parts of it even more.
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.
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This book touches your heart in many ways. I laughed but I cried more. The author and reader of this book works VERY WELL. The story gets so difficult for him to tell you can tell he is having a very rough go at writing and reading about meeting his biological parents. He is barely makes it without tears, just at that part, you can hear it In his voice. I had to stop the book and allow my own compassion to be expressed so I could continue listening.
This is one of the best autobiographies about the NDE experience because it is written by a scientist formally a non believer.
I recommend this book with the wholeness of my soul. I will listen to this book over and over. It is that good.
Another book with great appeal is "Does the Soul Survive?" by Rabbi Eli Kaplan Spitz.
You will not regret either purchase.
I finished listening to this book about 10 days ago and find that I remember very little about it, other than a few idiosyncratic features of Dr. Alexander's story.
For one, it seems that his illness was exceedingly rare, and when it does strike, takes no prisoners. What are we to infer from his narrative? We are nudged toward the conclusion that Dr. Alexander's recovery, intellect intact, must be a miracle; although he stops short of casting it as such.
As for his son, who bears the majestic title of Eben IV, I guess he's OK with the moniker. But really? To refer to him always as Eben-the-Fourth must get a little cumbersome, to say the least.
His account of the NDE itself is ordinary fare. You've read or heard it all before.
Dr. Alexander reads well, and conveys his story with sincerity.
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