Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife

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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife

by Eben Alexander

Simon & Schuster | October 23, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife is rated 3.75 out of 5 by 4.
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 itself.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.6 in

Published: October 23, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451695195

ISBN - 13: 9781451695199

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED the book. I have read in various sources (East / West / old) similar views of the relationship between the matter and Conscience, but this is the first book which very effectively bridges all this to my hard-science knowledge of the universe. Not only excellent as an account / report / evidence done by a trusted source from the field of science, but also an excellent piece of writing. At times I had troubles the book has been written by an MD and not an experience writer. Keeps you interested at all levels, both rational and emotional. Definitely worth reading.
Date published: 2014-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting and unique NDE shared Let me start by saying that my blog post on June 13/2013 is related to Dr. Alexander's recent talk in Vancouver, BC, and adds a little more depth to his experience. As for the book itself, it has been quite some time since I started and finished a book on the same day. I quite enjoyed Eben's writing style in that he explained his situation in a way that people who are not scientists or in the medical profession can relate to. I think one of the greatest challenges for any person who has undergone such a deep personal experience, in this case an NDE, is the difficulty in finding words that can describe the experience. I think another challenge that people who experience NDE’s have to deal with is the skepticism of people when they return. The fact that Eben is a neurosurgeon who did not believe in the possibility of these events, prior to his own experience, goes a long way in adding to the validity of his subsequent revelations. If you are looking for irrefutable proof that there is life after death, you might not find it here; however, that being said, I don’t think any one book can do that. Eben’s experience is one more unique and profound event that contributes a great deal to the study of NDE’s. Furthermore, the massive resource list at the end of the book provides you with numerous other books and references to help you unravel the mysteries of life after death.
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No "Proof" Here SImply put - if a person puts forth a well-written manuscript on their experience as an alien abductee, does that prove that aliens are abducting people [i.e. Whitley Streiber's "Communion"]? Or does it simply mean that people can easily be misled into seeing what they are conditioned to expect? The scientific expertise of someone is no proof of infalibility, and while I am sure this is a genuine tale of the author's memories, it is no more "proof" than any other incredible tale told by any other person.
Date published: 2013-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Science & Religion Do Go Hand in Hand Reason for Reading: My friends had been talking about the book about the little boy who went to Heaven and everyone was mentioning that there was a new one out about a doctor who had had the same experience. That was the one I was interested in reading, so I was thrilled when I received a copy to review out of the blue! I'll refer to the author as Eben as that is what he is most referred to by others in the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book; it is the first modern-day account of Heaven that I have read. I found it fascinating. Of course, his descriptions of what Heaven is like makes profound reading for a believer, but it is also the complete tale of his story that is awe-inducing. Eben writes the details of his medical condition that caused him to be virtually brain-dead and in a coma for seven days in a voice that makes all the medical intricacies understandable to the lay person. This is very important for the reader to realize just how unrealistic his recovery was in this situation. The fact that Eben is a neurosurgeon also means that the book is filled with exceptional details, again written as to be understandable to the lay person, on how the brain works and just what scientists and the mainstream medical community believe about the brain and the scientific incompatibility of believing in a soul when one puts their faith in scientific knowledge. It is amazing how non-believer scientist Eben, flooded with the realities of God is able to come to terms with faith and science and explain how they go hand in hand. A must read as the publishers promote for both scientists and believers. The only problem I had with the book was one particular chapter where the author strays from presenting the facts and theorizes about religion and I found his theology way off but he is entitled to his musings and conclusions, no points off my review for that! Very interesting and uplifting, especially in the fact that it presents how science and religion *do* work side by side when your faith is in the Creator.
Date published: 2013-01-07
Rated out of 5 by from Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife by Eben, M.D. Alexander has to be considered the definitive travelbook to the afterlife. This is the book everyone should read before taking the journey themselves.
Date published: 2012-12-03

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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife

by Eben Alexander

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 208 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.6 in

Published: October 23, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

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 itself.

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.

Editorial Reviews

“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
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