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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife

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

Eben Alexander
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 305 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0749958790
  • Publisher: Piatkus (23 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (542 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,534 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 37 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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164 of 172 people found the following review helpful
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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113 of 121 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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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucid, balanced and well written 27 Oct 2012
By David W
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Whether you agree with Dr Alexander's conclusions, or if indeed there is an afterlife at all, it is hard to deny that this rational, educated man has undergone an experience which, for him, has been life changing. He has gone to great lengths to set out that experience clearly for us (by his own admission words fail to match his experience) and his apparent lack of agenda, in terms of trying to convert us to one faith or another, lends credibility to his account. I was immensely relieved to find the book focused on the scientific and factual insofar as it was possible to do so, and chose not to descend into pulpit thumping.

Instead he proposes that science needs to look more closely at where it is going, and that ongoing studies and examination of the consciousness, as opposed to of the brain, is something that will bring science and spirituality closer together. If I've understood him correctly he sees the future of science as changing direction, accepting that consciousness exists without the brain which is little more than an elaborate processor of our consciousness in earthly terms, and considering in much greater detail the millions of experiences that people have had.

I read the entire book yesterday and am going back to the beginning today. It isn't one you should dismiss without reading it for yourself and (forgive the cliche)it might change your life. Other NDE accounts convince in varying degrees. This one stands head and shoulders above the rest.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A personal account of an NDE 26 Nov 2012
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Proof of Heaven: A neurosurgeon's journey into the afterlife by Eben Alexander, Simon & Schuster, New York; Piatkus, London, 2012, 208 ff.

Most of the books on near-death experiences (NDEs) are written by authors who relate accounts given to them by other people. The books by Raymond Moody, Pim van Lommel and Michael Sabom are typical examples. This book, like that of Nanci Danison, is a first-hand account written by someone who has himself experienced an NDE.

Dr Eben Alexander is a neurosurgeon. He had his first near-death experience as a parachute jumper when he nearly collided with another jumper. But it was the coma produced by an attack of bacterial meningitis in 2008 that provoked something of the kinds of mental images that are usually associated with NDEs. However, many of the incidents common to many NDE experiencers were missing. This event has however still led him to conclude that `our life does not end with the death of the body or the brain'.

The first couple of chapters of the book describe some of the symptoms of Alexander's condition when he was ill - not for the squeamish, perhaps. But his recollections of the first period of his coma in another spiritual realm are equally vividly described - and fascinating. The whole description is given more weight by the fact that Alexander is a scientist who started this experience with the usual reservations if not scepticism about the existence of the psychic realm. I found the details that Alexander recounts more convincing of continuing discarnate existence than several I have read. The personal details of his life that the author includes get the reader more involved in the story - it's not some dispassionate scientific account of an experiment but a real-life experience of a living being.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking read.
I have been very interested in Psychic Research for many years and read much on the "Near Death Experience", both the anecdotal accounts of those having had the experience... Read more
Published 1 day ago by KENCH
4.0 out of 5 stars Proof of heaven
This is a great book, k thoroughly enjoyed reading it from start to finish. So nice when someone of science has the courage to speak their truth. Definitely would recommend.
Published 4 days ago by Amanda
1.0 out of 5 stars No proof of Heaven in this book.
This is the worse book I have ever read,It is badly written, the title is misleading and in my opinion it is absolute nonsense. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
Thank you the book is in very good condition and I love it. I have recommended it to some of my friends.
Published 9 days ago by Marie-Carmen MORGAN
1.0 out of 5 stars Self absorbing clap trap almost died. Get over yourself.

Seriously, is it a bad book? Probably not, but just not my style. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Berniebob
5.0 out of 5 stars Divinely expressed account of the afterlife
I was lent this book by a friend in Danish translation. So please note that if I present any quotes from it, they are my translations from the Danish back to the English and may... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Iona Main Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful wonderful book
You get to know more about what matters.

The book is beautifully told!

And the main message is... no read it ;)
Published 26 days ago by Hannah Salsbury
4.0 out of 5 stars Proof of heaven
I have not finished this book yet but it is a fascinating story, recommended by my priest. I think it would give comfort to those with no religious faith who have lost a loved one.
Published 27 days ago by Z. M. Snarey
5.0 out of 5 stars spiritual overview
Really interesting read written in an engaging and objective manner on the subject of spirituality and afterlife. Well worth a read.
Published 29 days ago by Miss M Wilkinson
3.0 out of 5 stars proof of heaven
Would maybe have to read this book again, I got a bit confused but I'm afraid it didn't convince me that it was proof of heaven. Read more
Published 29 days ago by peggy alexander
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