Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
by Eben Alexander
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (October 23, 2012)
A Scientist's Case for the Afterlife...
Thousands 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 open. 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 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.
When I first heard about this book I was intrigued. I work in the medical field and I am fascinated with the workings of the human body. I've seen so many instances where the body can literally die over something as seemingly insignificant as a urinary tract infection. And I've seen people rally and overcome multi system shut down. The idea that a black and white clinician experienced something that opened his world to color really felt like a must read.
The writing is great. Dr. Alexander paints of picture of who he was and who he has become since his experience. The medical aspects were easy to follow without being too clinical. His experience with his coma was amazing and it is a miracle he's alive today. The statistics were chilling.
I can't say I can embrace all of Dr. Alexander's experiences as absolute truth, but I'm glad I read his account and feel that it would interest anyone who is interested in near death experiences.
Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer