Proof of Heaven a Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife
By Eben Alexander
Simon & Schuster Paperbacks
Description from the back cover:
“Thousand’s of people have had near- death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress.
Then 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 he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped opened. 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 a 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.
Alexander’s story is not a fantasy. Before he underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today, Alexander 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.”
I really have no words to tell you how I felt about this book. I can try though. I loved it. Even with all it’s medical references and scientific terms. I’ve always believed in an afterlife though. I didn’t need to be convinced.
Some of the time this neurosurgeon spent in “heaven” and some of what he was able to describe, I can picture perfectly. Why? I’ve had dreams for as long as I can remember living, of places like he’s described. From the time I was VERY small (at least 5 years old), I’ve believed that I came from a place like this. Like maybe it could have been a holding place until I was born? I know, sounds crazy. But they were reoccurring dreams and the theme always starred ME in this beautiful, comfortable place, for lack of better words. When I began reading Eben Alexander’s story and learned of his description of that place… I got goose bumps. I knew it was THAT place. Besides the fact that I’ve actually had to be brought back to life at least 3 times on the operating table in more recent years. Although, to be honest, I don’t have a memory of traveling to the afterlife during the times they’ve worked hard to bring me back.
I think, if you have any questions about an afterlife, you should read this. It’s not all Christiany, just the opposite. This is written from a clinical perspective. It struck me that God is “unconditional love” and that we are always striving to get back to that place. It also struck me that there are several other universes but God loves human beings the most. The whole “freedom of choice” thing came into play several times.
If you are stuck on your Christian views, I wouldn’t suggest reading this. I am a Christian but this didn’t offend me at all. I think I may have more of an open mind than most, understanding that God appears in MANY forms and that He’a not limited to what our brain can comprehend. He’s also not limited our human perception of Him.
I’ve read many books on the afterlife and NDEs. This is right up there with the best. I think I liked it so much because of his story. Obviously he was a neurosurgeon but what impressed me was that he was the ONLY person alive to have lived through such a lengthy coma where his brain completely shut down. Pretty much brain dead. In the book, he explains why none of the scientific explanations of an NDE can apply to what happened to him. It’s scientific but I think it needs to be as it is geared toward the unbeliever or the people in his scientific community.
BTW… I read this in 2 days. I only have time to read while I’m in the bath tub so this is amazing! lol It’s a quick read for sure and if I was able to read anywhere BUT the bathtub, I could have finished it in a couple of hours.