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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife Hardcover – October 23, 2012
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A neurosurgeon’s first-person account of his near-death experience after an E. coli meningitis-related seizure and seven-day coma will reassure afterlife believers, though it is unlikely to convince skeptics. Alexander’s credentials are impressive: medical school at Duke and 15 years at Harvard-affiliated hospitals. But to agnostics and atheists, Alexander may not come across as a completely objective observer. He writes that he attended his Episcopal church even as he questioned how God, heaven, and an afterlife could exist, yet the heaven he describes seeing certainly seems like a biblical one; a typical line is, “the visual beauty of the silvery bodies of those scintillating beings above.” His story includes interesting asides about past struggles with alcohol and with adoption. (His birth mother delivered him when she was 16 and for years did not want to meet him.) But the book mostly focuses on religion. It ends with a request to support Eternea, Alexander’s nonprofit that has as its mission, “increasing global acceptance of the reality of our eternal spiritual existence . . . under an all-loving God.” For believers, not skeptics. --Karen Springen
“Dr. Eben Alexander’s near-death experience is the most astounding I have heard in more than four decades of studying this phenomenon. [He] is living proof of an afterlife.” (Raymond A. Moody, M.D., Ph.D., author of Life After 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
“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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I did sort of enjoy the parts about the heaven. I think it's hallucination but who knows. I do hope that there is more to life. And I do believe that the human brain and body cannot possibly comprehend what the afterlife experience would be like. I do believe that the experience will be outside of our human abilities to understand
The problem of this book is too many details of what went on with everyone else while he's in a coma. In this case, less detail is more believable.
Did not finish the book.... I do not recommend paying for it.
My mom went through a very difficult procedure in the hospital last year. It ended up she needed emergency brain surgery (craniotomy) and watching her come out of it and wondering if she would be the same, was a horrible ordeal. Being on a neuro ICU unit for 4 weeks, I was so curious as to what she was going through. She would talk once in her sleep, she wasn't in a coma, she was heavily sedated. Did she have a near death experience? No. But I was so curious and this book sounded right up my alley. She did have "ICU Psychosis" which is theme described in the book and really helped me understand what she was going through at that point. Her dreams were so real to her, she really believed these tings were happening.
Being a neurosurgeon and understanding the brain is one thing. To be a scientist that always brushed off these stories of near death experiences, and having your own, is all together different. This book is a very quick read. It doesn't drag, it takes you on a ride and is so interesting. Here is scientist that questioned his faith and is now having a NDE that was so real.
For anyone interested and especially for people that wonder about these things, this is a book for you. What a great book club read it would be. There are so many discussions here to be had. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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