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The #1 New York Times bestselling account of a neurosurgeon's own near-death experience.
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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    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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    A great book!

    To my Family, this book may help bring you comfort, it certainly did for me, I hope you read it.

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    It was a thought provoking book and gives hope that life goes on in another realm.

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    Proof of Heaven

    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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    I thought this book was very interesting and provocative. It is well written and reads easily. The flow of thoughts and continuity in writing is clear and concise. The fact that this type of book is written by someone with such a strong scientific background adds to the interest and makes it all the more compelling. Whether a NDE has happened to you or someone close to you this book is a must read, if only for the sense of community. If you are just doing research or choose to disbelieve it is also a must read for the credentials Dr. Alexander brings to the discussion of NDE's.

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