Proof of Heaven

Proof of Heaven

A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife

Book - 2012
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"Near-death experiences are controversial. Thousands of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that what people of faith call the "soul" is really a product of brain chemistry. NDEs, he would have been the first to explain, might feel real, but they are fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then came the day when 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 Alexander lay in a hospital bed in a deep coma. Then, as his doctors weighed the possibility of 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. This story sounds like the wild imaginings of a skilled fantasy writer. But it is not fantasy. Before Alexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. That difficulty with belief created an empty space that no professional triumph could erase. Today he 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"--
"A SCIENTIST'S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE Near-death experiences, or NDEs, are controversial. Thousands of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people. A highly trained neurosurgeon who had operated on thousands of brains in the course of his career, Alexander knew that what people of faith call the "soul" is really a product of brain chemistry. NDEs, he would have been the first to explain, might feel real to the people having them, but in truth they are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then came the day when Dr. Alexander's own brain was attacked by an extremely rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion--and in essence makes us human-- shut down completely. For seven days Alexander lay in a hospital bed in a deep coma. Then, as his doctors weighed the possibility of stopping treatment, Alexander's eyes popped open. He had come back. Alexander's recovery is by all accounts 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. This story sounds like the wild and wonderful imaginings of a skilled fantasy writer. But it is not fantasy. Before Alexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. That difficulty with belief created an empty space that no professional triumph could erase. Today he 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"--
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, October 2012.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451695199
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9781451695182
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Characteristics: vi, 196 pages ; 22 cm

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naturalist
Jul 29, 2017

“The 'Proof of Heaven' Author Has Now Been Thoroughly Debunked by Science"
by Esther Zuckerman, posted July 2, 2013. at The Atlantic
https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/07/proof-heaven-author-debunked/313681/
and,
““Proof of Heaven”?”
by Donald Prothero, posted September 19, 2014, at Skeptic
http://www.skeptic.com/insight/proof-of-heaven/

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richibi
Aug 06, 2016

having experienced my own near-death experience, I found Eben Alexander's account not at all convincing, what he lacks is the sense of awe that silences the subject before so sacred an epiphany, one isn't called to shout it from the rooftops when one is so blessed

also talking about my own experience seemed an affront to its sanctity when I'd just returned from its utter majesty - what Alexander lacked was humility, an ineluctable consequence of so profound a revelation

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htliang
Aug 27, 2015

I enjoy reading about near death experiences because it always encourages me in my faith. I hope that when I face my own death, I will be able to have peace knowing that heaven is incredible beyond what words can express.

Whether you believe in the events told in this story will boil down to faith. You will either read Dr. Alexander's account of his trip to heaven and discount it as just a result of lack of blood to the brain, or you will believe. That is the interesting thing about faith - it is the hope of something that cannot be seen or proven. So even little children can have great faith!

I would have liked to hear more accounts than just the few that Dr. Alexander mentions, but he does provide an exhaustive reading list in the back of the book for those who want to read more. I preferred Dr. Maurice Rawling's book, Beyond Death's Door, because there were so many examples from his experiences as a heart specialist (often resuscitating patents from death). I also found that the medical explanations lost me a few times; I did a bit of skimming over a few pages.

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AnLouCo
Mar 01, 2015

Being a neurosurgeon, Dr. Alexander answered many scientists' doubts about NDEs, but the book was less inspiring to me than the other books I have read about NDEs.

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barbara1942
Jan 09, 2015

A little disappointed. Not as inspiring as I had hoped it would be.

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pam2014
Jul 15, 2014

I find it interesting to read what people experience once they have died. No one ever comes back to life claiming their religion is the best and they should work more to obtain more money.

shaditabaei Jun 25, 2014

Interesting book. His experiences don't seem far fetched, and his ideas were mostly well articulated. Very important topic.

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Maxipoos
Apr 14, 2014

Disappointing! I was hoping for a lot more from this book given the hype and subject matter. I have read extensively books about NDE and OBE and related subjects and felt that this author failed to add anything new to the subject or, more significantly, even write a gripping and interesting account of his own experience, which I do not doubt incidentally. I also found it particularly irritating that he refers to all the wonderful insights and knowledge he received during his NDE but essentially tells the reader almost nothing about it. I found myself skipping through page after page, not really interested in his family history et al, which though not exactly irrelevant was certainly, in my view too much. Thankfully I didn't spend money purchasing a copy. I would recommend instead Robert Monroe's excellent books and anything by Elizabeth Kubler Ross; in fact there is a list of many alternative books I would rate far higher than this.

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brikes
Apr 07, 2014

I read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eben_Alexander_%28author%29, and it presents a fuller picture of Alexander than that given by the last reviewers. Maybe like everything, it's how you look at the information. I'm not saying that Alexander was perfect, for who in the annals of recorded scientists throughout the ages didn't have some dark spots. Even Alexander mentions some of his failings. I found that his detailed efforts to explain the medical/scientific aspects as well were, though a little challenging, were deserving of credit. I also liked his family accounts and "touches" and his analogous explanations. Though they were not essential, they painted a picture of his/our humanity, and made a possible "tidy" account not so tidy. For isn't that what the human condition is? I don't think that Alexander wanted to just present the afterlife without some comparative relationship to the human life. I thought that his account was a very worthwhile reference point where one could not just say he was a religious man asserting his own religious beliefs in in a cloaked form. The different perspective was rather heavenly to me. It adds to my repertoire. I give the book a strong four stars.

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naturalist
Jan 24, 2014

Adult Nonfiction?? Proof that one can sell nonsensical books to gullible people. Check him out at: ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eben_Alexander_(author)
and, look for:
“Cults of Unreason”
Christopher Riche
Farrar Straus & Giroux; 1st American Edition, 1974, hc, ISBN-10: 0374133247, ISBN-13: 978-0374133245

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avratt
Dec 06, 2013

This whole book is a farce

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