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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Powerful to hear a brain surgeon write about NDE's

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Yawn

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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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.

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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.

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Touching and Fascinating!

What did you love best about Proof of Heaven?

It was very personal, especially because it was read by the author, and it was like listening to him tell me the story himself. I was genuinely touched by the personal, human side of his story, but riveted and satisfied by the depth of his scientific, professional knowledge and his striking ability to blend the two aspects into a very moving, thought-inducing story. I have to listen to it again, because I want to hear the details I missed going through the first time. Adding to my list of all-time favorites!

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  • Sheryl
  • Conyers, GA, United States
  • 11-02-12

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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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.

24 of 32 people found this review helpful

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More proof that our Spiritual side is real.......

If you could sum up Proof of Heaven in three words, what would they be?

Fact, proof, Heaven

What did you like best about this story?

The description of the other realm

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

It made me smile to remember the other side.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I am a believer....

This book is both fascinating and fast moving. Truly, I could not put it down! Eban Alexander's story is so vivid in his telling. It is even more riveting because as a neurosurgeon he has been trained not to believe what he experienced. A wonderful story about an amazing man's journey to the afterlife and back. You will want to listen to it again and give it to those who you love.

53 of 74 people found this review helpful

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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.

19 of 27 people found this review helpful