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

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

by Eben Alexander
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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 775 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a physician and NDE researcher, I highly recommend this book. Dr. Alexander's book, like Dr. Mary Neal's book, "To Heaven and Back," includes the important elements of an NDE, including recognition of being in a different dimension, meetings with unusual beings, feelings of being accepted and welcomed, and a realization that we are all part of the universe, and carry divine universality in us at all times. Dr. Alexander includes his own research in this great book, conducted after his NDE, where he shows how he is working through the many questions that his experience engendered. His book also shows how he, as a physician, had to let go of engrained thinking about the possibility of NDEs and his colleagues skeptical views of NDE, after surviving his own NDE. A masterful book, beautifully written, and sure to become a classic of true NDE literature. Recommended for all who really want to learn about a true NDE, and about current scientific thinking about NDEs and the directions that NDE research is taking. It is wonderful that, like Dr. Neal, Dr. Alexander does not focus on "religion" in the books. It is interesting to note that the survivors of NDEs do not usually focus on religion as being important. Instead, based on years of talking to them, survivors of true NDEs have moved beyond religion to focus on compassion and humanity, as they have report that there is no religion in the afterlife, but there is a higher consciousness that we are all one, and that goodness and light live in the community of universal consciousness, which erases the people-made divisions of "religion." Please note that to date, no survivor of a true NDE has returned to promote only their religion, or to become hysterical if someone dies and is not a member of that same religion. Survivors of a true NDE report the opposite, and that we are all important in the afterlife, with an emphasis on the divinity found in all of us. Anyone using a story of NDE phenomena to promote their personal view of religion is being misleading, as that is simply marketing with a view to making money, and not truthful reporting of an NDE to increase knowledge and respect for all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book! Dr. Alexander's story is gripping. I started reading the book last night, and it was very difficult to stop! His writing makes reading almost effortless, and he tells his story as if he were there talking to me. The scientific information is written so that it is very easly understood. I'm very much looking forward to reading the rest of the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a nurse, so I was able to follow alot of the physiology and the medical challenges Dr. Alexander use to describe his experience. For me, what was most compelling about this book is recognizing how difficult this was to write in light of the fact Dr. Alexander had spent a lifetime substantiating findings with facts; then having only his word to tell others about this incredible experience. This book makes me want to know more about this God that Dr. Alexander now knows so intimately. I came away a little envious of the experience - how absolutely blessed he was to get this opportunity. Thank you Dr. Alexander for sharing this experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been studying quantum mechanics for a while, and this book is right on. I would venture to say, life changing. And if you've ever suffered a great loss, this book will give you great comfort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a nice read for those that cling to the idea that nde's are brain chemistry at work and scoff at the idea of life after death. Clearly the authors brain was gone... yet they still scoff and deny. I was hoping to read more about his nde experience but the book was written to try to inform "scientific" types that nde's are real...too much talk about his illness and family....not enough about what he experienced beyond. I was expecting more but understand why he did so... I am always amazed how some are so big inside that they can't see beyond themselves. They close themselves off to possibilities beyond man and his ideas....this is a good book for those very people ...to at least entertain the idea that the universe is beyond the human mind and always will be ... man's science flip flops constantly...God does not. The scientists cant cure the common cold but decided that nde are all in the mind...i wonder what fool or group of fools decided to put that into the textbooks. Tg for people that are willing to go against the crowd or we would still be living on a flat earth ..this author did a fine and honest job of telling what he learned ...outside of man's ever changing, flawed textbooks..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to read this book. Being a medical practicioner myself, I was excited that the author was a practicing neurosurgeon who, by his own admission was lacking in faith. What I expected was a convincing monologue on why he could really prove the existance of an afterlife. What I got, instead, was a treatise on meningitis and ICU psychosis along with a life's history and confessions of insecurity about being put up for adoption by parents who later married and had other children. Dr. Alexander's description of heaven was minimal, inadequate and bizarre. Don't waste your money.
karenmariehart More than 1 year ago
The only thing that stopped me reading was the need to wipe my eyes. My tears were blurring my vision. Though—especially if you are in the medical profession—you still might not believe in heaven, I don't think it's possible for anyone to read this book and not believe in love.
SteveJ54 More than 1 year ago
From the reviews I thought this book would be controversial, but I found it to be highly enjoyable. I guess some people know exactly how "heaven" is "supposed" to be... I thought this book was both thought provoking and well written, and I would recommend it to others who choose to live with a scientific, and ever expanding, open mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of this book only to be disapponted after reading it. If i wanted to know so much about mengitis we would not have bought it but we wanted to know about his out of body experience to heaven, not much of that in this book. Most of the contents of the book is the index which relates to the books the author read before publishing his own. Many of those books offer a farther in depth view of what proof there is of heaven than this book leads me to believe. If you want an autobiography of a neurosurgeon's life who was adopted and survived a deadly disease, this for you. I would suggest other books for stronger proof that heaven is for real.
bettysunflower More than 1 year ago
A truely remarkable book written by a remarkable man. Dr. Alexander is a highly educated and respected Neurosurgeon and as such his thought process is based in scientific fact. His story is amazing and miraculous to say the least. He presents his experiences through a Doctor's scientistific eyes and does it so that the average person understands and can believe. He is able to present the vastness of the universe and the connectedness of all that it entails. His book is truely his testament and answers some of life's greatest questions. *This was a GoodReads win
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating story....all true....of a physician's journey from near-death, back to life and the amazing trip and experience that it was for him. I am also a physician and while from the standpoint of 'facts,' 'proof,' and 'truth' the story does not have the usual scientific credibility and validity that any scientist would demand, still the story is compelling. I have been involved in acute care in the hospital setting for many years and have seen many things over that time that made no scientific sense to me. I believe in things that I cannot necessarily see, feel and prove. There remains much that we do not know. I have had personal experiences that make me except Dr. Alexander's 'proof' of different worlds, habitats, and environments that our souls or spirits may experience. Said another way, we most often think of this sort of thing as we human beings have a spiritual experience. Perhaps it is more correct to say that we are all spirits who are having temporary experience as a human being.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting but only for the open minded If you are a searcher you will be fascinated and uplifted
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story of unconditional love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will get the most out of it if you read it with an open mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What sets this book apart is the fact that Dr. Alexander is a neurosurgeon with great knowledge of what makes up consciousness. The parts of his brain that would create experiences like he underwent (such as in a dream state) were not functional at the time he experienced them. He is also a man of science and a skeptic, who changed his views completely after experiencing this. This transformation is interesting and notable. His descriptions of heaven are vivid, uplifting, and fascinating. Dr. Eben Alexander, a prominent neurosurgeon at Harvard University, has written a fascinating book about his near-death experience. At the age of 54, he contracted a severe form of E. Coli meningitis, which aggressively attacked his cortex, or the portion of the brain that supplies conscious, rational thought. He slipped into a coma, but instead of experiencing nothing, like in deep sleep, Dr. Alexander describes a journey to heaven. It helps explain on a deeper level why it was so painful for Jesus to be separated from God even if only for a short while. That once you have been there you realize that while life in this realm(earthly)is precious, what is ahead is so much better. That we realize the fear of this new place or what happens next is completely unfounded. Sort of like a child's first day of school....by the afternoon most love what they initially feared and never look back to the time before as "better". As someone who has experienced an NDE, and struggled with many of the same things that Eben discusses here, I am not surprised at the response that many are having to this book. To say "people who have NDE experiences often find the telling of their story, while trying to impart the information they receive during their experience, a difficult task," would be an understatement as vast as the universe.       
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those who really want to believe will believe. Those who do not, will not. And all of these reviews are just that, the result of open or closed minds. I don't necessarily believe Dr. Alexander's story, but I do believe that people either want to believe in God or they don't. These reviews demonstrate nothing more than that.
reneesarah More than 1 year ago
Dr. Alexander's "proof" is a self-report of a mystical experience he had. To believe that what he says if "proof of heaven" you have to believe that his self-report is true. The self-reported events occurred while he was unconscious in the hospital, and when he awakened from that unconsciousness he experienced a kind of "ICU psychosis" that he eventually recovered from. Additionally, he states that his NDE (near death experience) was more profound that anyone else has ever had. Exactly how could he know that? What he has to say could have been said concisely in one chapter, but he has added enough fluff to make a book out of it. He notes that he is still gaining additional understanding of his profound experience, so I am guessing that there will be another book with more supposed insights. I am both a spiritual and cynical person, and I am not convinced that this is not just another attempt to make money by feeding on people's fear of death and sense of unknowing about what does or doesn't happen after we die.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I expected this book to be inspirational. Instead it was egotistical. Perhaps this "NDE" would have been better as a short story. The author spent too much time talking about himself and his family in a way that was unjustified in his near death experience. What was most embarassing to read was the almost competitiveness in which the author claimed his experience was "real" compared to anything else out there. He  even wrote that he was the exception to all other  experiences because he had such an unusual medical experience. Instead of justifying his case, he came off as unapproachable and egoistic. I'm sorry this story had to be told in such a way. Not a recommendation of mine. "Life after Life" and "The Light Beyond" are writing in a much less self-serving way for the public. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to believe, I did. The whole book felt fake and contrived. It feels like it was written by someone who knew it would be an easy sell to suckers like me who are skeptical but want to believe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This, is an awesome book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Om?? REALLY? Reading and verifying Dr.Eben's account* reveal 3 facts. #1. He died #2. Heaven is NOT where Dr.Eben went. #3. There is an afterlife *Read "Decieved by the Light"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read from an unusual perspective. What makes this story even more unusual is that the author seems to have made it his new calling -giving talks and setting up a web site. I don't know about all the other reviews but I for one would never doubt what someone else had experienced. The author and other writers had said that heaven cannot be put into words or described in mortal terms. That for me hints at something more than our physical world. There are no experts only people of faith who don't choose to know who's experience is real.
YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
When Dr. Eben Alexander, M.D. went to bed On 9 November 2008 his back was achy, when he awoke the next morning at 4:30, the pain was severe.  By 9:30 of that morning he was in a coma.  What began as a small discomfort was the early onset of a deadly disease.   When an otherwise healthy individual contracts spontaneous E. coli bacterial meningitis (a 1 in 10,000,000 occurrence), spends seven days in a coma and fully recovers (90% of the individuals who suffer this malady die, the remaining 10% remain in a sustained vegetative state), “miracle” is the only fitting term.   The fact of his survival remains unprecedented in the annals of Medical Journals.  What is most remarkable, however, was what he experienced while in the coma.  Dr. Alexander is convinced that he spent those seven days in a place “more real” and  “more beautiful,” where he learned without limits or filters of matters that will take him “the rest of his life to sort out,” and which he understood Love is the core of the universe; he visited what is commonly called “Heaven.”   His difficulty in describing exactly what he saw was a matter of limited speech. (How does one describe chocolate to one whom has never tasted that treat?  How to relate the vastness of the Grand Canyon to someone who has never seen a valley?  These are the difficulties Dr. Alexander faces in trying to relate his experience.)  He possesses the intelligence, the vocabulary and the ability to relate difficult concepts clearly (he has been a medical researcher and neurosurgeon for over 25 years) yet he is greatly limited to the use of inadequate tools to detail the glories he saw.  The description he was able to present caused my heart to race – THAT is how magnificent what he saw was.   After he recovered he researched Near Death Experiences, a field of rich documentation, spanning decades and multiple cultural strata, that he has ignored because he “knew the about NDEs without caring about the facts.”  The last 50 pages of the text are devoted to his speaking of the medical validation of his experience.  As a skeptical scientist, he knows the difficulty before him as he speaks to his fellow scientists of what he learned.  He argues a strong case.  As a therapist, I was skeptical of many of the events/details Dr. Alexander posits in this book.  His was a VERY sick brain, under unimaginable stress.  I have seen what that organ can make up when people are under far less stress.  His ending the book addressing many of the questions I pondered was a help.  His brain, according to his illness, was not stressed, the parts of his brain that “caused” him to be human “WERE OFF LINE,” they were unavailable to create hallucinations/dreams/logic.  In other words, he was not capable of making up the elaborate events during his illness. As a Theologian, much of what he said resonated deeply within me.  His speaking of all things being connected, of his “being a part of all there is,” reminded me of some of the profound Spiritual moments in my life.  I want to believe there is a place where my Grandfather Stonecypher can hear, where my Mom-by-Marriage can remember my name, where my Uncle Ted can see.   A place, as the old hymn states, “of quiet rest, near to the heart of God.”   A home where the greeting is, as it was for Dr. Alexander: “You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever.” “You have nothing to fear.” “There is nothing you can do wrong.” (p.41) That is the message of hope upon which my theology stands.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not a biblical account but a personal account of what Dr. Eben Alexander experienced. If you are looking for a by the numbers book( based on scripture) this isn't it. It is well written and thought provoking. It left me feeling like he shared an intimate part of his spiritual experience and I appreciated every minute of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started this book I was fascinated by the three different plots of the book: the illness itself, how his family coped during the experience, and then his experience in the coma. I did notice some differences between his views of heaven and my religious experience, but it didn't take away from the overall message of the book. This novel combines religion and science without forcing any kind of opinion upon the reader. Definitely a must read!