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Proof of Heaven - Eben Alexander

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"My experience showed me that the death of the body and brain is not the end of consciousness... What happened to me while I was in a coma is the most important story I will ever tell. But it's a tricky story to tell because it is so foreign to ordinary understanding."

When prominent US neurosurgeon Dr Eben Alexander goes into a coma after contracting a severe brain infection, his doctors tell his family to prepare for the worst – death or, at best, survival in a vegetative state.

Remarkably, Dr Alexander wakes up seven days later with his faculties intact. Just as extraordinary is his detailed recall of a near-death experience. Based on all that is known about how the brain works, Dr Alexander had no capacity, while in the coma, to create thought; his neocortex, the part of his brain that makes us human, had effectively shut down. So how was it that he awoke with a coherent and profound set of memories?

Near-death experiences have been well documented, but rarely with the kind of rigour and insight offered here. Dr Alexander has spent his adult life unravelling the mysteries of the human brain through the prism of medical science. His personal story is a moving account of facing death, and a compelling case for the survival of consciousness beyond the demise of the body.

About the Author

Dr. Eben Alexander III has been an academic neurosurgeon for the last 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Over those years he personally dealt with hundreds of patients suffering from severe alterations in their level of consciousness.

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4.2

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  • Inspirational (23)
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  • Easy to understand (22)
  • Informative (20)
  • Relevant (19)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

one for the skeptics

It's wonderful to find a book on the afterlife that's written (and experienced) by someone who is qualified to discredit it - but can't. I love it when a doctor is put in...Read complete review

It's wonderful to find a book on the afterlife that's written (and experienced) by someone who is qualified to discredit it - but can't. I love it when a doctor is put in the position of patient, and realises how impossible it is to relate his experiences to his colleagues who don't believe him - And he used to be just like that himself! Doctors, scientists in every field, are so focussed on science that they pompously disregard any other viewpoint and miss out on the wonder - the what if?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Spiritul deception.

I use it for refence to spiritual deception.
Attractive writing.
I thought it was a Christian document but found it propgates an occult experience.
The deited excerpt in AWW I believe...Read complete review

I use it for refence to spiritual deception.
Attractive writing.
I thought it was a Christian document but found it propgates an occult experience.
The deited excerpt in AWW I believe was designed to attract people without telling them it was in fact an occult experience. People with some knowledge of these things readily see this but others can be deceived. Not reccomended reading.

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1.0

Not exactly truthful.

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    Comments about Proof of Heaven:

    After doing some research on-line, found this author to be very misleading and not at all truthful. Do your own research and make up your own mind before purchasing.

     
    5.0

    Very Factual written by a Doctor

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    from Newport

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    • A Great Read
    • Easy To Understand
    • Inspirational
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      Comments about Proof of Heaven:

      A great read into the journey of the after life.

       
      5.0

      wonderful reading

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      from Bellerine Peninsular

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        I found this book to be very inspirational. Although it did leave me wondering. But good to see there is still an open mindedness with these matters

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Read!

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          A wonderful book for anyone that believes or wants to believe in the afterlife!

           
          5.0

          Wonderfully insightful and revealing.

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          from Australia

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            Comments about Proof of Heaven:

            An insight into life after death. Nothing to be afraid of. Just another journey

             
            4.0

            A bit 'out there' but worth a look.

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            from Sydney, Australia

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            • Food for thought
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              Comments about Proof of Heaven:

              The subject matter adds so much information to the topic of life after death without over doing religious aspects. A thought provoking book.

               
              5.0

              You will want to share

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              from Perth

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                Will give you peace of mind.

                 
                4.0

                very interesting

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                from nsw

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                  was more easy to understand than I thought it would be considering it was written by a neurosurgeon. Was great to0 read this proof.

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                  4.0

                  A serious but easy to read book

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                      Comments about Proof of Heaven:

                      Although written by a highly qualified doctor this book is written for a lay audience.

                      My one concern was that perhaps 10 % of the book was devoted to explaining specific details of the author's actual NDE in 'the other world'. But that was what I bought the book for.

                      Most of it was about his physical condition, the effects on his family, his recovery from his illness, etc.

                       
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                      Proof of heaven

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                          Gives a great insight into NDE

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                          ISBN: 9781742612812
                          ISBN-10: 1742612814
                          Audience: General
                          Format: Paperback
                          Language: English
                          Number Of Pages: 208
                          Published: 1st November 2012
                          Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
                          Country of Publication: AU
                          Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 1.6
                          Weight (kg): 0.3
                          Edition Number: 1