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Eben Alexander M.D.
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June 2013

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.

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“Dr. Eben Alexander’s near-death experience is the most astounding I have heard in more than four decades of studying this phenomenon. [He] is living proof of an afterlife.” (Raymond A. Moody, M.D., Ph.D., author of Life After Life)

“Eben Alexander brings a unique perspective to the sacred world combining a glorious, personal vision of spiritual consciousness with patient, insightful scientific inquiry. Proof of Heaven is a compelling story of what may lie ahead for all of us in the life beyond this one. We have nothing to fear.” —Allan J. Hamilton, MD, FACS, author of The Scalpel and the Soul and Zen Mind, Zen Horse

“I can highly recommend this important book that has the potential to break many scientific taboos.” —Dr. Pim van Lommel, cardiologist, author of Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience

Proof of Heaven is more than just an awe-inspiring account of a profound encounter with spiritual reality. Dr. Alexander’s neuroscience career taught him that near-death experiences are brain-based illusions, and yet his personal experience left him dumbstruck. His honest struggle to make sense of this unforgettable journey is a gripping story, unique in the literature of spiritual experiences, that may well change how we understand our role in the universe.” —Bruce Greyson, MD, co-editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Eben Alexander, MD, 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. He is the author of Proof of Heaven and The Map of Heaven. Visit him at

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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This is a fascinating account of an NDE by a neurosurgeon. The first half of the book is about the event itself with historical and family background to help the reader understand his perspective. The second half is a summation of what he learned from the event with recommendations for the reader to explore the subject as well. He communicates well a subject that must be very difficult to relay. Truly moving and thought provoking. He leaves the religious questions out of the picture and up to the reader to decide, however, espousing the refreshing viewpoint that we are all loved equally by the Creator. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, well worth the price. delivered on time!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously couldn't put it down... Jan. 12 2013
A trusted friend recommended this book, and he is never wrong... This book is amazing... I must admit I haven't been drawn to NDE books; there are so many on the market right now, but this one is different. Understanding the complexities of the brain and journeying with the Doctor through his coma was facinating to say the least. If you read one NDE (near death experience) book, read this one!!! You will not be disappointed!!!!!!!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seven Days in a Coma Nov. 20 2012
By J. Hardy TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I have read quite a few NDE books and this was a bit better than the rest. The fact that it involved a neurosurgeon who had originally dismissed NDEs in others, because he "knew" they were bogus, makes it more interesting. And I enjoyed and agreed with his conclusions that there is much more to our human consciousness than we normally think there is.
But I was a bit disappointed that, despite having been in the coma for seven days, Dr. Eben Alexander didn't describe very much of that experience. Instead he dwells more on what was going on with the family around him.
This is a very interesting NDE and I'm hoping that he considers writing a second book that ties his experiences in the coma to his revised belief system. It also appears that Dr. Alexander is working with Robert Monroe (which is good), but I hope Eben keeps lessons learned in that environment separate from the NDE lessons - ie. identify where they come from. They may be the same lessons but I want to know their source.
A good book. Thank you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and unique NDE shared July 31 2013
By Karl - Tiny Thought Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Let me start by saying that my blog post on June 13/2013 is related to Dr. Alexander's recent talk in Vancouver, BC, and adds a little more depth to his experience. As for the book itself, it has been quite some time since I started and finished a book on the same day. I quite enjoyed Eben's writing style in that he explained his situation in a way that people who are not scientists or in the medical profession can relate to. I think one of the greatest challenges for any person who has undergone such a deep personal experience, in this case an NDE, is the difficulty in finding words that can describe the experience.

I think another challenge that people who experience NDE’s have to deal with is the skepticism of people when they return. The fact that Eben is a neurosurgeon who did not believe in the possibility of these events, prior to his own experience, goes a long way in adding to the validity of his subsequent revelations. If you are looking for irrefutable proof that there is life after death, you might not find it here; however, that being said, I don’t think any one book can do that. Eben’s experience is one more unique and profound event that contributes a great deal to the study of NDE’s. Furthermore, the massive resource list at the end of the book provides you with numerous other books and references to help you unravel the mysteries of life after death.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a Surgeon Says So! Dec 31 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
My own life experience has taught me that life is a journey and death is our next adventure. But to read about a brain surgeon's proof of our afterlife was not only a page turned but a relief to read about his phenomenal experience. The only way this man could have survived his brain illness and without brain damage is if a miracle had occurred. I'm so happy that this book has been published. Every person alive should read it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Arguments Here Dec 25 2012
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At last, an NDE account that leapfrogs over religious dogmas and integrates cutting-edge science with vivid and detailed personal experience - a real gift to humanity. Dr. Alexander also identifies the crux of the issue for those of us who have returned from such an experience - how do we bring this expanded awareness back and learn to live it through the crucible of physical existence? I hope he writes more books on this process. I purchased fifteen copies and handed them out to my favourite people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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It is an affirmation of what I believe to be true. Banished any doubts that I may have had about life after death or of fear of death.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How does someone so full of himself Jan. 4 2014
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What comes through in this book is this man's inflated sense of himself , he has been privileged even in heaven. It's dull read, very disappointing.
You'd think someone would have told him the truth.
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