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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

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Eben Alexander

5 Hours 14 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

October 2012

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The #1 New York Times bestselling account of a neurosurgeon's own near-death experience—for readers of 7 Lessons from Heaven.

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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  • Anonymous

    When selecting this book I was hoping to get some sort of an insight into an NDE. However the author of the book seem to be more interested in validating he's NDE as an authentic experience as well as describing the experience of the people around him at the time. And while he claims to have seen and learned a lot during he's experience it seems that the only message he's passing on is the same old message of "you are loved". I was somewhat disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Another amazing book, Men, please read this (listen)

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  • Carol C.

    Enjoyed all the medical lingo due to being in the medical field myself...but after my husband passing recently, the medical lingo was not comforting! Disappointed at the lack of description of the trip!

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  • Laura U.

    The story of him surviving his illness is amazing in itself. His outer body experience is something I have always believed in. I have witnessed two family members pass, seeing some unexplainable things during those times. Later seeing them in meditations or while dreaming. This book was comforting to me, letting me know that my loved ones who have passed are somewhere out there!

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  • labarbara nash

    This book was very believable and I found myself eager to hear what Eban was going to say next. It had a lot of medical terminology, but what do you expect from a brain surgeon.

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  • Travis Swanson

    What a fantastic book. So profound and enlightening!

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  • Lynda Colter-Bergh

    Reading these events from the mind of a skeptical doctor made this a journey of discovery tempered by the struggle to explain. His experience and conclusions will expand your view on the topic of NDE no matter your current belief.

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  • Robert Batts

    New age stuff to me. I don't need science to confirm or affirm that there is God and an after life; it's called faith.

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