Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander III M.D.

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Alexander uses his medical credentials to substantiate the belief that his reconstructed memories offer conclusive proof of his current religious beliefs; readers who don't share these beliefs will find his account less convincing.
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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.

 

About Eben Alexander III M.D.

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Eben Alexander, M.D., has been an academic neurosurgeon for the last twenty-five years, including fifteen years at the Brigham & Women’s and the Children’s Hospitals and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Visit him at LifeBeyondDeath.net.
 
Published October 23, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 209 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Aug 30 2012

Alexander uses his medical credentials to substantiate the belief that his reconstructed memories offer conclusive proof of his current religious beliefs; readers who don't share these beliefs will find his account less convincing.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Peter Stanford on Oct 10 2012

At least he didn't mention a bright white light, but in every other way his account contains just about heavenly cliche known to humankind.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Gail Welborn on Jan 04 2013

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.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Donald Calbreath on Oct 23 2012

...Proof of Heaven is a thought-provoking book clearly challenging the prevailing materialistic paradigm about the nature of the world.

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Huffington Post

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Reviewed by Amitai Shenhav on Nov 04 2012

...if you combine the likelihood that Alexander's experience can be explained by worldly sources and the likelihood that he would come to the explanation he did whether or not heaven exists, you have to conclude that his proof is still at the very least incomplete.

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Huffington Post

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Reviewed by Paul Raeburn on Oct 15 2012

...I strongly object to Alexander's, and Newsweek/Beast's and Simon & Schuster's collusion in dressing this up as scientific evidence for heaven, golden-locked lasses, and out-of-body experiences. There is nothing scientific about Alexander's claims or his"proof."

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BellaOnline

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Reviewed by Susan Helene Kramer on Sep 08 2013

The easy-to-read format of the book makes it accessible to all serious voyagers on earth who want confirmation they are vastly more than their body and brain.

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Patheos

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Reviewed by Fr. Dwight Longenecker on Jan 20 2013

...Proof of Heaven is an extraordinary story about a most extraordinary experience...Dr Alexander argues quite effectively that his NDE was unique.

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Patheos

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Reviewed by Dan Peterson on Nov 11 2012

Dr. Alexander speaks repeatedly of the “astonishing clarity,” “vibrant richness,” and “ultra-reality” of his experience. And yet, “while I was in coma my brain hadn’t been working improperly. It hadn’t been working at all” (emphasis his). Important claims. Fascinating to read from a neurosurgeon.

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Patheos

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Reviewed by Roger E. Olson on Nov 08 2012

Is Proof of Heaven proof of heaven? Hardly. It’s intriguing. That’s all. But what I fear is that many Christians, to say nothing of non-Christians, will use books like Alexander’s to develop their picture of afterlife (better called afterdeath). Rather than go to Scripture...

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Salon

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Reviewed by Mark Martin on Nov 26 2012

He has the conviction that an amazing thing happened, not the thing itself. That is as far as one need go to refute “Proof of Heaven” as a work of science. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon.

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Times Dispatch

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Reviewed by Doug Childers on Mar 03 2013

“Proof of Heaven,” much of which moves deftly between chapters describing Alexander’s otherworldly experience and somber ones describing the stages of his acute medical decline, might not persuade skeptical readers to reconsider their doubts. But receptive readers will find its message of unconditional love comforting.

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Reviewed by Pastor Larry DeBruyn on Dec 01 2012

...Alexander’s reported experience appears surreal to others, it was real to him. When his brain died his consciousness personally journeyed to another world. Second, as the director of research at The Monroe Institute, he possesses a vested interest in explaining the afterlife from an occult and New Age spiritual perspective...

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EzineArticles

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Reviewed by Lucky Akpodiete on Mar 10 2013

Having read a handful of accounts on NDE's myself, what I like about Dr Eben's book is his "non religious'' approach which is a rear thing whenever the topic of near death experiences is being discussed.

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Men Reading Books

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Reviewed by West Coast Don on Jan 26 2013

Alexander’s book is a good read, a pretty fast read, and it’s a true story that shows that a nonspiritual and rigid-thinking scientist can evolve to a more inclusive understanding of his life.

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The Bookwyrm's Hoard

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Reviewed by Lark on Jan 25 2013

Is Dr. Alexander’s experience, as the title (chosen by his publisher) asserts, “proof of heaven”? No. When all is said and done, it is only his experience, and therefore unverifiable...

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Reviewed by John Dorsey on Oct 26 2012

My conclusion is that the “Proof of Heaven” Book is a very lucid and well-written. Dr. Eben makes a convincing case for the afterlife and explains, as a scientist, the amazing experience of not only heaven but of returning to life on earth.

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Reviewed by TM Williams on Sep 08 2013

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife may not be considered a literary masterpiece but it is absolutely a great work.

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