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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.

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Proof of Heaven
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Amazing
December 28th, 2014
Brought faith and easy in healing after my fathers death. As a scientific mind the "proof" from a scientist allowed for credibility and true belief.
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Proof of heaven
August 3rd, 2014
Easy to read story, very interesting regardless of your beliefs or religion. Makes you take a breath and realize how brief our lives are compared with what could be your next life.
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A Fantastic Read!
July 17th, 2014
I've always known it.
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Proof of Heaven
May 11th, 2014
Very good Read
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Just what i needed
May 5th, 2014
Just interesting and comforting. As a true religion....i assume......should be.
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Extremely good read!
April 30th, 2014
Dr. Eben struggles at times to convey his experience and it shows. But who has ever tried to convey something so spiritual and ended up getting their message across visually satisfying? Either way this book and experience couldn't have come from anyone else in my opinion. As a medically minded person myself, he truly has the data and background to support his experience which a lot of NDE's leave me desiring. Thank you for this look and journey.
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Doubting Thomases
April 12th, 2014
This book is intriguing because of the author's unique experience, but also because his impeccable credentials and research demonstrate his credibility?
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Proof of Heaven
April 3rd, 2014
I'm grateful that Eben Alexander wrote this book. Next to The Tibethan Book of Dying it gives such precious amount of information about the proces of death. Very interesting and useful in the same time.
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January 26th, 2014
This is an interesting, very personal book. The conviction with which Dr. Alexander writes is admirable, the title of the book is unfortunate in that it doesn't really offer "proof" of heaven. It's a terrific read that should have spent more time on the alternate theories for Dr. Alexander's experience. Speaking from the scientific point of view, the proof would be more convincing if the support were more objective. After reading this book, I went onto "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins, another New York Times bestseller and a counterpoint/counterpart to "Proof of Heaven".
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January 26th, 2014
If you were not a believer, you will BELIEVE!!!!
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January 26th, 2014
Good book. Well written and thought provoking. Loved that it is written by a physician. Just confirms my own beliefs.
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January 25th, 2014
Having read a multitude of books on this subject, starting with Raymond Moodys' Life after Life, I was thrilled to see documentation from a neurosurgeons perspective, both professional and personal. I was not disappointed. Dr Alexander answers many of the questions I have had about the physical aspects of the brain and dying. While I have never needed verification, having experienced my own NDE, it is always rewarding to have positive input from the scientific community.
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January 25th, 2014
This was a very interesting and well written account. I could not put the book down. As i was reading it I thought, more people should read this book. It could help so many and change so much in our world.
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January 25th, 2014
Earrily well written and difficult to put down. This book kept me on edge and engrossed with every page.
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January 25th, 2014
Sounds fasinating. Will read the whole book at 50 percent off. Thanks for the oppertunity to check it out first.
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January 24th, 2014
As a Christian and a registered nurse, I was keen to read this book. However, the medical aspect of the book was very technical. It was more then I was able to fully understand. The book itself was well written and the story line was interesting but all in all, I was disappointed with the book
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January 24th, 2014
It was a very interesting book, especially from a medical professional that is very scientific about everything. It was slow in some spots, but a very good read overall. I am glad I took the time to buy it.
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January 24th, 2014
A fascinating journey for physicians and non-physicians alike: this account of a man's illness and experience during coma would fascinate non-physicians and non-scientists in and of itself; but the fact that the man is a physician and one who prior to his coma would have rejected all possibility of religious experience as being as real as any conscious experience of reality makes the book potentially fascinating to doctors and those who are skilled in the scientific method of inquiry. One noteworthy and highly respected neurologist has taken aim at his thesis, but he was unable to convincingly demolish it. Until I read this book, due to my medical training, I had wanted to believe in God but I could not develop it. Reading Eben Alexander, MD's experience of God helped me connect with God in an intensely condensed and powerful way.
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January 24th, 2014
Proof of Heaven by Dr. Alexander was a deep and thorough journey about his experience with the next life. I believe in an afterlife, but what I appreciated most about reading this book was how non preachy and concisely written it was. He gives the reader the heart and soul of the gift he has been given in a very serious illness. He also writes a nice flowing account that keeps the reader interested. Reading it reminds me a bit of the book written by a Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor called My stroke of Insight. Her book is another account of the human spirit and the importance of this life we are given. Dr. Alexander tells us the same story of hope and love, not to be afraid of what is to come, but to be grateful and thoughtful of every moment we are given. The miracle of life and hope is the message I take away from this book. It helps to read and educate myself to think about others and be good to them and myself. Thank you for writing this book and not dumbing it down and explaining it scientific terms.
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January 24th, 2014
This book really made me think about afterlife and if it did really exist. The book made me really think about the power of faith. Great book. A must read.
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