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Proof of Heaven

A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife
Alexander, Eben (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"A SCIENTIST'S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE Near-death experiences, or NDEs, are controversial. Thousands of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people. A highly trained neurosurgeon who had operated on thousands of brains in the course of his career, Alexander knew that what people of faith call the "soul" is really a product of brain chemistry. NDEs, he would have been the first to explain, might feel real to the people having them, but in truth they are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then came the day when Dr. Alexander's own brain was attacked by an extremely rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion--and in essence makes us human-- shut down completely. For seven days Alexander lay in a hospital bed in a deep coma. Then, as his doctors weighed the possibility of stopping treatment, Alexander's eyes popped open. He had come back. Alexander's recovery is by all accounts a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in 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. This story sounds like the wild and wonderful imaginings of a skilled fantasy writer. But it is not fantasy. Before Alexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. That difficulty with belief created an empty space that no professional triumph could erase. Today he 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"--
Authors: Alexander, Eben
Statement of Responsibility: Eben Alexander, M.D
Title: Proof of heaven
a neurosurgeon's journey into the afterlife
Characteristics: vi, 196 pages ; 22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-182) and index
Contents: The pain
The hospital
Out of nowhere
Eben IV
Underworld
An anchor to life
The spinning melody and the gateway
Israel
The core
What counts
An end to the downward spiral
The core
Wednesday
A special kind of NDE
The gift of forgetting
The well
N of 1
To forget, and to remember
Nowhere to hide
The closing
The rainbow
Six faces
Final night, first morning
The return
Not there yet
Spreading the news
Homecoming
The ultra-real
A common experience
Back from the dead
Three camps
A visit to church
The enigma of consciousness
A final dilemma
The photograph
A statement by Scott Wade, M.D.
Neuroscientific hypothesis I considered to explain my experience
Summary: "A SCIENTIST'S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE Near-death experiences, or NDEs, are controversial. Thousands of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people. A highly trained neurosurgeon who had operated on thousands of brains in the course of his career, Alexander knew that what people of faith call the "soul" is really a product of brain chemistry. NDEs, he would have been the first to explain, might feel real to the people having them, but in truth they are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then came the day when Dr. Alexander's own brain was attacked by an extremely rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion--and in essence makes us human-- shut down completely. For seven days Alexander lay in a hospital bed in a deep coma. Then, as his doctors weighed the possibility of stopping treatment, Alexander's eyes popped open. He had come back. Alexander's recovery is by all accounts a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in 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. This story sounds like the wild and wonderful imaginings of a skilled fantasy writer. But it is not fantasy. Before Alexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. That difficulty with belief created an empty space that no professional triumph could erase. Today he 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"--
Subject Headings: Alexander, Eben Neurosurgeons United States Biography Near-death experiences United States
Topical Term: Neurosurgeons
Near-death experiences
LCCN: 2012034584
ISBN: 9781451695182
1451695187
9781451695199
1451695195
Branch Call Number: 617.4809 A
Research Call Number: JFD 14-1053
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Jul 15, 2014
  • pam2014 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I find it interesting to read what people experience once they have died. No one ever comes back to life claiming their religion is the best and they should work more to obtain more money.

Jun 25, 2014
  • shaditabaei rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting book. His experiences don't seem far fetched, and his ideas were mostly well articulated. Very important topic.

Apr 14, 2014
  • Maxipoos rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Disappointing! I was hoping for a lot more from this book given the hype and subject matter. I have read extensively books about NDE and OBE and related subjects and felt that this author failed to add anything new to the subject or, more significantly, even write a gripping and interesting account of his own experience, which I do not doubt incidentally. I also found it particularly irritating that he refers to all the wonderful insights and knowledge he received during his NDE but essentially tells the reader almost nothing about it. I found myself skipping through page after page, not really interested in his family history et al, which though not exactly irrelevant was certainly, in my view too much. Thankfully I didn't spend money purchasing a copy. I would recommend instead Robert Monroe's excellent books and anything by Elizabeth Kubler Ross; in fact there is a list of many alternative books I would rate far higher than this.

Apr 07, 2014
  • brikes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eben_Alexander_%28author%29, and it presents a fuller picture of Alexander than that given by the last reviewers. Maybe like everything, it's how you look at the information. I'm not saying that Alexander was perfect, for who in the annals of recorded scientists throughout the ages didn't have some dark spots. Even Alexander mentions some of his failings. I found that his detailed efforts to explain the medical/scientific aspects as well were, though a little challenging, were deserving of credit. I also liked his family accounts and "touches" and his analogous explanations. Though they were not essential, they painted a picture of his/our humanity, and made a possible "tidy" account not so tidy. For isn't that what the human condition is? I don't think that Alexander wanted to just present the afterlife without some comparative relationship to the human life. I thought that his account was a very worthwhile reference point where one could not just say he was a religious man asserting his own religious beliefs in in a cloaked form. The different perspective was rather heavenly to me. It adds to my repertoire. I give the book a strong four stars.

Jan 24, 2014
  • naturalist rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Adult Nonfiction -- really? Check him out at: ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eben_Alexander_(author)

Dec 06, 2013
  • avratt rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This is a completely contrived, nonsensical book that should be filed under fiction. The author lies about his status as a surgeon. Reality is that he had numerous malpractice suits and been fired from the positions that he claims he left. This is a desperate attempt to reinvent himself and his "reputation", and make a few bucks in the process.

Dec 05, 2013
  • MilnRhe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is an interesting book on the author’s life and temporary afterlife but it is too long. It is a short book but it would be better as a short story.

Dec 02, 2013
  • BlueHippo rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

i read this in one day-it's okay. I found the editing pretty bad. Way too much information about all the things this guy had done and details about his families. Some of that could have been removed to an introductory section. Too much detail in the text about his illness-do I really CARE what exit his sister took to get to their town? I also did not need the constant reminders of how rare this situation was; how totally baffling it was that he had this bacterial meningitis without any precursor event, how anyone else in this situation would have been dead, blah blah blah. We get it. Too much melodrama as well - the sky was dark and the rain poured down for all the days of his coma, only to see the sun break through and the rainbow appear on the day he wakes up. Please. Probably 2/3 to 3/4 of the book's text was spent on that sort of thing. Only a small part of it had to do with his actual experience in the "afterlife" - a big disappointment. And of course, now he is a crusader for these kinds of experiences and for "love" (HA!! How much you want to bet he votes Republican? No health care for the masses and no food for those poor kids!!). I guess I just had higher expectations for a book written by someone who is supposedly a "prominent" neurosurgeon.

Sep 10, 2013
  • jacquie234 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A highly trained neurosurgeon who operated on thousands of brains had a Near Death Experience (NDE) and says that God (or The Source or OM) and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition.

Aug 25, 2013
  • 4book1 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The author describes his sojourns into both Heaven and Hell both of which appear to be brief. Most of the book deals with his physical condition and visits by his family. I have read other books about the afterlife, so my expectations were probably too high

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Dec 06, 2013
  • avratt rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This whole book is a farce

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