Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 208 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.6 in
Published: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451695195
ISBN - 13: 9781451695199
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P ROLOGUE A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be. —A LBERT E INSTEIN (1879–1955) When I was a kid, I would often dream of flying. Most of the time I’d be standing out in my yard at night, looking up at the stars, when out of the blue I’d start floating upward. The first few inches happened automatically. But soon I’d notice that the higher I got, the more my progress depended on me—on what I did. If I got too excited, too swept away by the experience, I would plummet back to the ground . . . hard. But if I played it cool, took it all in stride, then off I would go, faster and faster, up into the starry sky. Maybe those dreams were part of the reason why, as I got older, I fell in love with airplanes and rockets—with anything that might get me back up there in the world above this one. When our family flew, my face was pressed flat to the plane’s window from takeoff to landing. In the summer of 1968, when I was fourteen, I spent all the money I’d earned mowing lawns on a set of sailplane lessons with a guy named Gus Street at Strawberry Hill, a little grass strip “airport” just west of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the town where I grew up. I still remember the feeling of my heart pounding as I pulled the big cherry-red knob that unhooked the rope connecting me to the towplane and banked my sailplane toward the field. It was the first time I had ever felt truly alone and free. Most
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A SCIENTIST'S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE
Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists
have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of
those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew
that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains
under extreme stress.
Then, Dr. Alexander's own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The
part of the brain that controls thought and emotion-and in essence
makes us human-shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a
coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment,
Alexander's eyes popped open. He had come back.
Alexander's recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of
his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander
journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who
guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence.
There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe
Alexander's story is not a fantasy. Before he underwent his
journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with
any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today Alexander is a doctor
who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize
that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of
personal existence but only a transition.
This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That
it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist
or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will
change your life.
"Proof of Heaven is more than just an awe-inspiring
account of a profound encounter with spiritual reality. Dr.
Alexander's neuroscience career taught him that near-death
experiences are brain-based illusions, and yet his personal
experience left him dumbstruck. His honest struggle to make sense
of this unforgettable journey is a gripping story, unique in the
literature of spiritual experiences, that may well change how we
understand our role in the universe." -Bruce Greyson, MD,
co-editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty
Years of Investigation