The author of the number-one New York Times best seller Proof of Heaven teams up with the sages of times past, modern scientists, and with ordinary people who have had profound spiritual experiences to show the reality of heaven and our true identities as spiritual beings.
WhenProof of Heaven was published, some people contacted Dr. Eben Alexander to argue that his near death experience was impossible. But many more have written to say his story resonated with them in profound ways. Because of what these people have told him, Dr. Alexander has come to realize that sharing his story has allowed people to believe what so many in ancient times knew: there is more to life, and to the universe, than this single earthly life.
Dr. Alexander met and heard from thousands of individuals whom his story has affected. He also studied what the world’s religious traditions, and its philosophers, have had to say about the soul’s survival of death, and he has been deeply surprised at how often those voices from the past synch up with what he heard from people today. In The Map of Heaven, he shares some of the stories that the people have told him and links them up with what the world’s spiritual traditions have to say about the journey of the soul.
Part metaphysical detective story, part manual for living, The Map of Heaven explores humankind’s spiritual history and the birth of modern science in the 17th century, showing how we forgot, and are now at last remembering, who we really are and what our true destiny really is.
©2014 Eben Alexander (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio
Life is Eternal
All of the many books on Near Death experience
His personal commitment to the fileld of NDE's from his own experience and his role as a key figure in promoting the field of NDE research including symposiums and conferences and the many researchers he has dialoged with since his own NDE.
The Love of Heaven
I appreciated this collection of research and studies of the NDE experience and the current state of this new "science" of documentation and enquiry into the reality changing integration of NDE's into philosophy and psychology and ethics in to human experience and the resulting life changing effects of NDE's on all those involved with the experience and those close to those who have had NDE experiences. From Eben Alexander's background as a respected clinical physical/surgeon to the colorful writing style of Ptolemy Tompkins this book synthesizes many other books and research projects and stories on the subject of NDE and transformational effects and the life changing elements.
I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Alexander's first book, "Proof of Heaven", and so was looking forward to this one. I was not disappointed. The book synthesizes scientific and religious evidence of heaven, gently chiding both for their preconceived dogmas, and liberally salts it with accounts both from others' research and from letters Dr. Alexander received. The book presents a compelling case, with steps to move forward. Recommended.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
I’ve read a lot of books about the near death experience, reincarnation, consciousness, and the greater reality - some written by people who have graduate physics training but also appear to be mystics. Each book adds to a big picture as I’m seeking to understand what is reality, what is the purpose of life, is there something beyond death.
What I like about Dr. Eben Alexander’s book is that he has read a lot of the classic or relevant “hard books” and has thought about how they relate to his and others’ consciousness-stretching experiences.
I know that I too should read Plato, Socrates, Emanuel Swedenborg, and the other authors’ works that Dr. Alexander read and referenced. But I probably won’t, so I do appreciate Dr. Alexander’s distillation of the essential points he found in these books with regard to consciousness and the human experience of life and beyond.
There is a long introduction to this book, and then it starts with classic philosophy lines of thought, so I was worried that I was going to be bored. Nope. Dr. Alexander reads his own work, with a voice that is easy to listen to and I loved hearing out loud words I’ve often read, but never heard pronounced. That was a bonus!
Classic writings throughout history and expert opinions on consciousness are the bones of this book, giving those who are scientifically-minded food for thought and places to start reading. Throughout the book are letters people sent to Dr. Alexander after having read his first book, sharing their own experiences. Such letters, with their common points, add to the validity of the existence of a greater reality and flesh out the narrative.
The logical thought process of Dr. Eben Alexander has helped me to clarify and organize the ideas and experiences read from other books related to the continuation of Consciousness and the existence of a greater reality. This book is a clean and clear introduction and review at the same time. Pleasant and interesting too.
I read Eban Alexander's previous book, "Proof of Heaven", and loved it. Based on that experience I purchased this audible book. I was not disappointed!Neither will you. I just finished the book for the third time.
I've come to really enjoy this author as well as his narration. There's plenty to ponder through anecdotes and his own thought process regarding the subject of survival after death from a medical and personal perspective. As with his previous book, that was a welcomed touch. The scientific elements that were included were very stimulating and satisfying and I do wish that reflection and exploration of this subject throughout history and science was covered more than personal reflection. Overall, I felt it was very much worth the time, money, and consideration.
Simply the most influential book I have ever read, and Dr. Eben Alexander's message has changed me in profound ways, beyond anything I could have imagined. What a marvelous gift to each of us, and to all humanity.
After speed reading Dr. Alexander's book, "Proof of Heaven", I couldn't wait to read "The Map of Heaven." It truly confirmed so much of what I had long suspected and brought so much peace to my heart. I too experienced the monarch butterfly's presence as I walked the labyrinth in prayer - I have felt the peaceful and assuring presence of my husband after he died, which certainly has helped me through my grief process. For me, starting a new life without my husband here on earth, was so unsettling - but now with him fully at my side, wherever I am, I feel certain that I will find my way, thanks to the knowledge and my husband is still with me wherever I am. Thank you, Dr. Alexander - it was also good that you were able to read the book to us, it certainly confirms your insights as you verbalized your message.
I will have to dig out a CD that I have around here somewhere which I bought at the Notre Dame Chartes, outside of Paris.... The sound of the organ should now give me new meaning as well! I appreciated that reference in this book.
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