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  • Hardcover: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (15 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410458806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410458803
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (925 customer reviews)
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Dr Eben Alexander's near-death experience is the most astounding I have heard in more than four decades of studying this phenomenon. In my opinion, Dr Alexander is living proof of an afterlife. (Dr Raymond Moody, bestselling author of Life After Life)

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. (Dr Bruce Greyson, Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia School of Medicine; co-editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences)

An interesting account of how a man's spiritual beliefs were fundamentally changed by an unforeseen and nearly fatal event (Glasgow Herald)

I don't know whether Heaven exists, but I do believe that Eben's account is real and that he witnessed a part of the Universe that most of us haven't seen (Anthony Peake, author of Is There Life After Death?: The Extraordinary Science of What Happens When We Die and Making Sense of Near Death Experiences)

A man of science coming out for life after death has extra resonance, rather like Richard Dawkins saying 'God bless.' Based on his own life experience after falling into a coma, it's a fascinating read whatever your own opinions (Belfast Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The life-changing near-death experience of a respected neurosurgeon. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Lemon Balm on 10 Feb. 2013
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This is by far the best book I've read for a very long time and I could not put it down. I read it in a day!. It has confirmed things for me about near death experience, which a friend told me about after he came out of a coma, and Dr Eben Alexander's experiences were almost exactly the same. The story held me from page one from when Eben started to become ill, right through everything that the medical profession did to support him during the 7 days he was in a coma, and how his family tried to cope with the knowledge that Eben might never come back to them, an experience that for them was very harrowing. When Eben went into his coma, he knew nothing of the drama that went off around his bedside or the fears of his family and friends that he many never recover. Eben was, in the eyes of the scientific medical world, brain dead, as a result of the bacterial e-coli Meningitis that attacked his brain. I found this an easy to read and truly enthralling book even though there were some technical medical descriptions that I didn't wholly understand. True stories like this one are so inspiring. I have never been afraid to die but this has confirmed to me that there should never need to be a reason to be afraid anyway. Dr Eben Alexander also opened a website following his experience. This is mentioned in the book and it gives support to people who have returned to earth after a near death experience. There are stories and lots of information on the website. Do read this book from the first page to the very last and then pass it on as I have done.
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200 of 211 people found the following review helpful By Ms M Minx on 26 Oct. 2012
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I have read a large number of books on this subject over the years. A lot have been written in anecdotal style and I have been left feeling sceptical. This book is quite analytical in approach and does not attempt to sensationalise or lead the reader to accept weird and wonderful reasons why the author had the experiences described. Whilst it would have been helpful to have more on the actual content of what the author experienced and perhaps a little less of the scientific explanations; overall,the book provides food for thought and for me personally some antidote to the grief I still experience thirty five years after losing my young son. I believe the book will be a great comfort to many others who are also grieving.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shirin on 23 Aug. 2014
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I gave this 3 stars for the following reasons. On the plus side, this is a very nice and hopeful story thats easy to read and certaintly cheerful and thought provoking. The author's accounts of what happened to him are very interesting and definitly worth musings and considerations and I found this book to be an enjoyable read that I would recommend. To those mentioning his cases of medical malpractice, while perhaps this somewhat reduces the validity of the book slightly, it doesnt downright proove that he's lieing or anything, he most probably did have this experience as many others also have near death experiences, you can't always judge someone on their past mistakes. There's also been accusations that he exagerated things like the weather conditions, it's a book; I think writers are allowed a little poetic lisence to say it rained a little heavier so as to build up their scene a little more. However, that's just my opinion.

On the negative side, I would have liked more about his actual experience, very little of the book is actually devoted to that, the majority telling about his family life and illness leading up to the experience, however, I guess perhaps this is to be somewhat expected, as I'm sure that amount of material alone would be hard pressed to fill a whole book. What there was of his actual experience was very interesting but I did feel it was teasing a bit in terms of implying there was a lot more to tell but then never really saying it. 'Proof of Heaven' as a title is also a bit misleading. Probably the editors choice; there is no 'proof' in this book. If something can not be currently explained by science, that doesnt mean there is no scientific explanation, it just hasn't been discovered yet.
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144 of 155 people found the following review helpful By Nix on 26 Oct. 2012
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Dr Alexander`s formidable credentials as a doctor and scientist lend credibility to this fascinating subject.

His descriptions of the "other world" he entered are a little hard to understand, visualise, conceptualise, but as he himself says several times throughout the book words are simply an inadequate means of describing the experience he went through.

The twist at the end (don`t want to ruin it for anyone with any further details!) that proves what he saw was real will take your breath away. Conclusive proof that what he saw could not have simply been a hallucination.

I have read several books on this subject, and would put myself in the camp of "skeptical but so wanting it all to be true." The scientist in me tries to come up with rational explanations for what people describe. The spiritual side of me tries to prove otherwise. Dr Alexander, far more scientific than me, has managed to put into words what I never could. His experience, combined with his medical background, is good enough for me. I believe everything he said, and thank him for the courage he has shown in putting his scientific repuatation on the line in order to share the good news with all of us. Whether or not we now choose to heed it or not is entirely down to us as individuals. There`s that "free will" again! Enjoy!
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