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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife [Kindle Edition]

Eben Alexander
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Internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon Dr Eben Alexander always considered himself a man of science. His unwavering belief in evidence-based medicine fuelled a career in the top medical institutions of the world. But all this was set to change.

One morning in 2008 he fell into a coma after suffering a rare form of bacterial meningitis. Scans of his brain revealed massive damage. Death was deemed the most likely outcome. As his family prepared themselves for the worst, something miraculous happened. Dr Alexander's brain went from near total inactivity to awakening. He made a full recovery but he was never the same. He woke certain of the infinite reach of the soul, he was certain of a life beyond death.

In this astonishing book, Dr Alexander shares his experience, pieced together from the notes he made as soon as he was able to write again. Unlike other accounts of near-death experiences, he is able to explain in depth why his brain was incapable of fabricating the journey he experienced. His story is one of profound beauty and inspiration.

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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 )

It's a fascinating read whatever your own opinions (Belfast Telegraph )

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

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The life-changing near-death experience of a respected neurosurgeon.

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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put the book down! Wonderful! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Comfort 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but a little lacking in his experiences 23 Aug. 2014
By Shirin
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Not disappointing 26 Oct. 2012
By Nix
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly written
Thanks for writing this book about Heaven. I have always believed that we are all connected by Father God's Love.I have never seen what Dr. Alexander has. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Marlene Linton
2.0 out of 5 stars Quite interesting but very overpriced, most other books I've ...
Quite interesting but very overpriced, most other books I've ordered, on a similar subject, are half the cost at most, bit of a rip off
Published 20 hours ago by Karen Goodall
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
this was a reap off.
I expected more based on one review and I can say I was dissapointed
Published 1 day ago by m
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everyone should read this true story.
Published 1 day ago by Mrs. C. A. Boden
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but disappointing
Interesting but also a little disappointing ~ certainly no competition to 'After Life of Billy Fingers'. Doesn't live up to it's publicity.
Published 3 days ago by lynnbryn
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
Fab book, loved it!
Published 6 days ago by J M Portman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very informative.
Published 6 days ago by Johannes Cornelis Barto
3.0 out of 5 stars No real proof here.
Unsure about this book. On the face of it, a neurosurgeon schooled into the belief that all NDEs are explicable through brain activity and then having a powerful and life-changing... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jimifan1970
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Brilliant thank you.
Published 12 days ago by Susan Cheeseman
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world...literally
Thought provoking and easy to read. Gobbled it up in two days. Amazing story and message. Well worth a read
Published 15 days ago by Mr P G McNamara
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