Customer Reviews: By Eben Alexander III:Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife [Hardcover]
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on March 27, 2013
There's a reason why Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander has spent week after week on the New York Times best seller list. It's full of fascinating insight about the mysteries of the mind, consciousness, and the inter-relationship of the physical and spiritual worlds.

The book is based on Dr. Alexander's out of body experience (OBE) while he lay in a coma in the intensive care unit in the hospital where he worked as a neurosurgeon. He was suffering from a rare form of bacterial meningitis from which recovery is rare. Miraculously, after seven days with no apparent brain activity, he recovers with a jolt, just as his caregivers are preparing to withdraw life support.

He returns with vivid memories of his experiences in a heavenly world characterized by a bright vivid landscape where he was guided by an angelic young woman and where he senses the higher powers of unconditional love. Unlike most other OBE experiences, he has no sense of his identity in the physical world and was not greeted by long lost family members. At least so he initially thinks. However, he later comes to understand that the angelic woman who guided him was a birth sister of whom he had not previously been aware.

Before his life-altering experience Dr. Alexander was skeptical about such OBE accounts, considering them merely a function of the dying brain. After it he was a changed man eager to record the awe-inspiring world and the presence of God to which he had been exposed. He now recognizes that, far from being an unimportant by-product of physical processes (as he had previously believed), "consciousness is not only very real it's actually more real than the rest of physical existence and most likely the basis of it all." His journey of understanding continues to the benefit of his readers.

Barry Francis
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on May 14, 2013
This is a non-fiction book about Near Death Experiences (NDEs) and how a scientist and healer reconciled his pre NDE and post NDE lives. Dr. Alexander, a husband, father, and Academic Neurosurgeon suffered from a disease affecting 1 in 10 million adults which is almost always fatal. He was in a coma for seven days and miraculous came back from the beyond. What he experienced and learned is chronicled in this book from more of a scientific approach put as close to laymen's terms as possible. If you have a science and/or medical background it may be easy for you to understand. If not, Dr. Alexander does explain terms as he goes along.

I've never had a NDE and could not relate to that aspect of his story. I do have an open mind when it comes to the spiritual nature of our lives. It is hard for me to speak for someone who does not already believe in these things that this book would ultimately change their minds. However, if you are undecided and need a more scientific explanation of spiritual beliefs then this is the book for you.

Can science and spirituality co-exist my answer has always been yes. This book reinforces that to me. Check it out for yourself.
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on January 6, 2014
The details were sometimes difficult to get through because of the big words Dr. Alexander used. But overall this book was one of the greatest books I've ever read. I was drawn to the point of tears (especially towards the end) when he describes the way his family members reacted to his whole situation. The scariest thing to me is that no one was ever recorded in medical history to have had what he got. As I read I thought often, "I hope they will know what to do." There is always a first to everything and sometimes it goes well, sometimes it doesn't. I'm glad he survived and was able to write this book for the rest of the world to feel Heaven closer than they maybe had before. Everyone should have the chance to read this book and believe.
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on March 21, 2013
I am a healthcare professional. This book was written by a neurosurgeon/agnostic. Changed his life. Made ME think long and hard. Great read, especially for healthcare professionals. This book has teeth for those of us that experience life and death on a daily basis.
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on November 28, 2013
The fact that someone so into science and with no faith wrote this, made it much more compelling. Very intriguing and comforting when I think about dying.
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on August 23, 2015
My oldest and dearest friend was diagnosed with terminal cancer. This book brought both of us the comforting idea that there is indeed something beyond death, and death is not to be feared. It is especially important to note that the author isn't some wild-eyed amateur, but rather a world-class doctor who has earned a serious audience.
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on September 1, 2013
The story laid out in this book is one that is so moving it's almost unbelievable. As a devout Christian, I've never doubted the existence of eternal life, however even a non believer will have to stop and think about Heaven and what getting there entails. I can highly recommend this book for anyone, Christian or not. It's a very spiritual experience.
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on October 9, 2014
This is an intriguing account of a near death experience in which it's clear that Eben Alexander's brain was not producing what went on. It strongly suggests consciousness apart from the brain which is very thought provoking to say the least. Highly recommended.
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on October 5, 2013
The book was written so lay people as well as people with a medical background can understand it. My mother read it also and said she had a heaviness lifted from her. My Dad passed in 2005 and this is the first time in all that time she can speak of him without crying. Sh e also purchased this book for two of her friends who recently lost their Daughters. As for myself this reaffirmed what I already know.
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on August 13, 2013
It's just that good for five star rating. Very well written, will wake some people up about their lives and where they will end up when the end comes for them. I would recommend this book to everyone that can read.
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