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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster; 1 edition (Oct. 23 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781451695199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451695199
  • ASIN: 1451695195
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 EbenAlexander.com.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 28 2012
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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. Amazon.ca delivered on time!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MarilynGrace on Jan. 12 2013
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karl - Tiny Thought Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 31 2013
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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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Hardy TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 20 2012
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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 By zg7006 on June 2 2014
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This was an interesting account of a near death experience, given greater credibility by the fact that it was written by a neurosurgeon. His recollections I thought lacked clarity and needed further detail. Admittedly, it must have been profoundly difficult to make sense of the impressions he encountered in his suspended state. His discovery of the continuity of consciousness after death was perhaps the most interesting revelation and conforms with what some modern theologians have also suggested. It was a good read but not the compelling one that I had expected.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Whyte on Dec 31 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Geri Owen on Dec 21 2013
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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 By Barry Francis on March 27 2013
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There's a reason why Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander has spent week after week on the New York Times best seller list. It's full of fascinating insight about the mysteries of the mind, consciousness, and the inter-relationship of the physical and spiritual worlds.

The book is based on Dr. Alexander's out of body experience (OBE) while he lay in a coma in the intensive care unit in the hospital where he worked as a neurosurgeon. He was suffering from a rare form of bacterial meningitis from which recovery is rare. Miraculously, after seven days with no apparent brain activity, he recovers with a jolt, just as his caregivers are preparing to withdraw life support.

He returns with vivid memories of his experiences in a heavenly world characterized by a bright vivid landscape where he was guided by an angelic young woman and where he senses the higher powers of unconditional love. Unlike most other OBE experiences, he has no sense of his identity in the physical world and was not greeted by long lost family members. At least so he initially thinks. However, he later comes to understand that the angelic woman who guided him was a birth sister of whom he had not previously been aware.

Before his life-altering experience Dr. Alexander was skeptical about such OBE accounts, considering them merely a function of the dying brain. After it he was a changed man eager to record the awe-inspiring world and the presence of God to which he had been exposed. He now recognizes that, far from being an unimportant by-product of physical processes (as he had previously believed), "consciousness is not only very real it's actually more real than the rest of physical existence and most likely the basis of it all." His journey of understanding continues to the benefit of his readers.

Barry Francis
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