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  • Proof of Heaven

  • A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife
  • Written by: Eben Alexander
  • Narrated by: Eben Alexander
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (72 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Harvard-trained neurosurgeon's minute-by-minute account of his own near-death experience - and what he discovered in the heavenly realm beyond life.

On November 10, 2008, Dr. Eben Alexander was driven into coma by a disease so lethal that only 1 in 10,000,000 survive. Seven days later, he awakened with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm that were more real than this earthly one - memories that included meeting a deceased birth sister he had never known existed.

Dr. Alexander deployed all his knowledge as a scientist to find out whether his mind could have played a trick on him. In its shutdown state, there was no way it could have functioned at all. That left only one conclusion: that we are conscious in spite of our brains - that, in fact, consciousness is at the root of all existence.

The evidence supporting Dr. Alexander's experience transformed him into a believer in God's unconditional love and brought reconciliation to his family - and will upend our ideas about human consciousness and spirituality.

©2012 Eben Alexander (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc

What the critics say

"Dr. Eben Alexander's near-death experience is the most astounding I have heard in more than four decades of studying this phenomenon. In my opinion, Dr Alexander is living proof of an afterlife." (Raymond Moody, MD, PhD, author of Life Beyond 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)

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Review reduced after reading Wikipedia

I planned to give this title five stars for colourfully illustrating the wonderful life we ascend to after death, but I had to remove one star after the author lapsed into tedious, repetitive prosletizing. My review fell to three stars after reading the Wikipedia entry for Dr. Alexander, which criticizes his medical career and raises questions about his credibility. The author could have improved the Audible book through an update that addresses the issues raised by his critics. As well, I wonder how many people who are thinking about suicide go through with it after reading one of these "the afterlife is wonderful" books.

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Fascinating subject.

The subject itself is interesting, the story is written in a dry way. Excellent narration.

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Insightful but with distractions

This book is very insightful and convincing and I'm grateful for the author's perspective.
Unfortunately, the author's references to Christian religion were irritating to me, to the point of being distracting. I wonder if the text would be more accessible to readers without those references, especially for readers like myself who are allergic to traditional religion, whose evils did so much pernicious harm to humanity. The surgeon is merely sharing his own beliefs, of course, but he did want to be heard by all.

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Read by the author

What a great book! I recommend it. It gives you a clear enough account of what he says he saw up there...no one really knows but bottom line is it's all about LOVE!!! Good book! Check it out!

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loved it

my mom is dieing soon from a butterfly brain cancer. I needed to know there is a heaven thank you.

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Excellent

Recounts such as this really help to enlighten and inform us as to the nature of reality and what comes after this life. It is all so uplifting and comfortlng.

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Beautiful Experience

Narrator did a great job conveying his thoughts in spite of the fact that it is basically impossible to share the experiences he had through words. I was moved and felt inner peace in hearing Eben's story.

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You need to read this book!

Engaging read. Powerful storytelling with compelling evidence of the afterlife. Accompanying music was very fitting.

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Fluff

This book is long on title but short on content. The majority of the book is about his hospital experience and those around him. Very few chapters about the afterlife. There is literally no proof whatsoever show. How the heck did this book ever become a #1 bestseller? Definitely returning for credit.

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Great that it comes from a doctor

I dont agree with everything he says but overall it was good. He does not understand the nature of rebirth and Kamma based on what he says about it. All things are impermanent, nothing is forever including heaven.

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  • Kelly
  • 2012-10-27

Compelling

If you're reading this review then you are contemplating the purchase of this book. Correct? Just get it. You won't be disappointed.

However, if you (as other readers have) expect the book to "deliver on it's promise" of including "God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit" then you will be disappointed. But, I do urge you to get the book and listen with an open mind.

I find it quite rude to give a negative review and rating to a book based solely on the fact that it does not conform to your set of beliefs. Nowhere in the description of the book does it promise to do so either. It is a well-written and researched book and deserves to be reviewed as such.

Those of you who do purchase the book I ask you to give it a fair review. No need to type out a response, just a click on the stars will do. Thanks!

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  • Richard D. Shewman
  • 2012-10-31

a challenge to the skeptics

The title "Proof of Heaven" is a bit of an overstatement but Dr. Alexander does add interesting data to the debate. He had a near death experience as a result of bacterial meningitis. This illness placed him in a coma and took his neocortex off-line for seven days. The highly detailed and hyper-real NDE experienced by Dr. Alexander would be dismissed by some skeptics as brain activity while the doctor was in coma. The thing is that with the neocortex non-functional it was biologically impossible for him to have the NDE that he did, if it was reliant upon brain activity. This basic fact is the prime message that he presents through the book. The book is a challenge to skeptics who automatically reject any experience that can not be explained away through material means. His data do not fit the material paradigm and he sees this as requiring the serious seeker of truth to look for alternative explanations. His personal conclusion is that consciousness is more than just an epiphenomonon of brain activity. Now, some might like to reject his conclusion out of hand and seek the opinion of experts, the thing is that he is the expert! There are few people in the nation who know more about the working of the brain than Dr. Alexander.

The book is fascinating and works at several levels. First, it tells the story of Dr. Alexander's illness and the impact it had on his family. This part of the story is moving and offers insight not only into Dr. Alexander and his family but into the plight of many families who are trying to cope with the devastation of brain injury and coma in a loved one. It is worth a credit for this part of the story alone. It also works in delivering Dr. Alexander's challenge to the scientific community. He has good, well documented data and challenges others to make sense of the data...in good scientific fashion.

The frustrating part of the book is that he doesn't really give much information on his NDE experience other than the general outlines and visual impressions.
Though he suggests that he experienced a good deal of intuitive insight during the experience. Perhaps the insight is too difficult to translate into more mundane concepts but it is a real loss to the interested reader/listener who doesn't have to be convinced of the validity of his experience.

The author is also the narrator. He does a good job. It helps that the book is about very personal experiences, so that he brings an emotional investment to his narration that enriches the listening experience.

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  • Susan
  • 2012-10-24

very, very disappointing

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Although Eben read his own work very well and this seemed well written, I was incredibly disappointed

I enjoyed his descriptions of skydiving and also was very engaged with his descriptions of family pathos.

BUT, this book doesn't deliver as promised. I believe he believes. But this book is a jumble of Christian half truths and contains such things as: calling God Om, using mantras, channels and psychics, it is really more of a scientific explanation of new age type philosophy. Om or "God" appears to him in a dazzling black core. Noticeable absent: God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit.

If you are interested in this sort of thing, try Heaven is for Real or 90 Minutes in Heaven.

I'm afraid he is deceived, though sincere. Please don't be deceived as well.

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  • John
  • 2012-11-18

This Book Will Challenge Non-Believers

I spend most of my Audible "reading" on business books, but bought this book because the story sounded so interesting. This book is very compelling. The author, an accomplished neurosurgeon who was a committed scientist and religious skeptic (if not an outright non-believer) before he went into a coma that should have killled him or left him hopelessly brain damaged, made a miraculous recovery. That alone would be an interesting story, but Dr. Alexander absolutely believes that he visited heaven during his near death experience.

Dr. Alexander's prior skepticism, when combined with his scientific analysis of why what happened to him could not have been produced by his brain, makes his story extremely compelling, and, for some, will probably be life changing. The book has certainly caused me to examine my own beliefs, and has also added some comfort to my belief that there has to be something out there more than the day to day linear existence of our life on this small planet. At the same time, Dr. Alexander's story also makes you thankful for your life and blessings here on earth.

If you are buying this book because you expect a detailed description of heaven, you should know that it is a small part of a pretty short book. The book is as much about Dr. Alexander's life and family and his struggle to deal with the fact he was given up by his birth family and adopted as it is about his experience while in coma.

I do not want to say much more because I feel it will be spoiling the reader's experience. Read this book. It may change your life.

By the way, it turns out the doc is a pretty good narrator, too!

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  • MEL
  • 2012-10-26

Better Than 90 Minutes In Heaven

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes!
I downloaded this book after seeing a special on ABC about the author's experience. I found his testimony of life after death to be remarkable and strong.
What I loved the most was his honesty. I enjoyed, Proof of Heaven better than 90 Minutes in Heaven,because of his overall message of God's love verses a detailed religious overtone. I didn't feel preached to in Proof of Heaven or that the author was trying to convert me to a specific religion.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Proof of Heaven?

I love the message that we are loved and cherished. Would recommend this audio to anyone having a hard day or feeling alone-will give you peace knowing that God loves you.

What about Eben Alexander’s performance did you like?

I felt as if the author was telling me first hand his experiences. Eben is a good storyteller and I found myself not being able to pause the book!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt as if I knew the author and he was a friend telling me his experience in real-time.

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  • AtticusAtticus
  • 2012-10-24

I am a believer....

This book is both fascinating and fast moving. Truly, I could not put it down! Eban Alexander's story is so vivid in his telling. It is even more riveting because as a neurosurgeon he has been trained not to believe what he experienced. A wonderful story about an amazing man's journey to the afterlife and back. You will want to listen to it again and give it to those who you love.

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  • Brock
  • 2013-04-11

So much better than I expected

Proof of Heaven has been the #1 book on the NY Times best seller list (nonfiction) for quite some time, but it didn't appeal to me at all. To me Near Death Experience stories don't carry much clout because people can claim anything they want, and nobody can contest it. I finally purchased it because a friend told me it was super good, and I wasn't disappointed.

My impression of Dr. Alexander, who also read the book himself, was of a real genuine and likeable guy. There were some very moving times in the book as he told about his life where you could hear the emotion in his voice, and I'll be honest, I teared up as I listened.

I liked the way he used his scientific background as a neurosurgeon to explain a lot of what he went through, and why major parts of his experience are physically impossible in this present world. As a Christian I also enjoyed seeing the way Dr. Alexander's experiences mirrored many Biblical descriptions of God and Heaven, even though he had no theological background or even prior belief in God. This book was in no way written to support Biblical Christianity, but it's hard to ignore the number of times his recollections unknowingly do align with the Bible.

It is very enjoyable and easy to listen to. It doesn't get overly scientific, or get too bogged down lengthy, sci-fi-like descriptions. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Robert
  • 2012-10-31

Not really different, not really proof

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone looking for a reason to believe in something illogical.

Would you ever listen to anything by Eben Alexander again?

Yes, I loved his description of his medical condition, and how the infection ravaged his body and brain. That part was great!

Which scene was your favorite?

Description of his brain infection

Any additional comments?

I can't believe in God. I'd love to ... and did most of my life. I would LOVE to have anyone show me proof. This book proclaims, "PROOF OF HEAVEN!" ... So, I tried it. But, sorry to say, as in so many other books, there is no proof here. People who want to believe, will believe. I want to, but not badly enough to ignore logic. I believe there is a mystery, something we do not, and perhaps can not understand. A great secret of death. As I grow older, and closer myself, I seek to find something I can believe. Some proof that human consciousness transcends physical death. Something that proves that we are more than the chemicals that make up our physicality. However, I can not believe in a fairy tale. I'm afraid this book is just another hopeful story about heaven.

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  • Tomas
  • 2012-10-26

Is this believable?

What made the experience of listening to Proof of Heaven the most enjoyable?

The fact that it tackles the question which everyone who has ever lived, deals with.The question 'what is after death?' This is a well done true story about a man who has dealt with other people's fear of death on a daily basis and what happens when he is faced with death. Having a first hand narrator helps to not only 'hear' the story but to feel it also.

What other book might you compare Proof of Heaven to and why?

I haven't wanted to read other Near Death Experience books, but when I saw it was a Neuro-surgeon, it really got my attention. Credibility is a big issue for me.

What about Eben Alexander’s performance did you like?

He comes across as being very sincere and genuine.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

When he talked about his mother ,( I don't want to give away any of the story ) it was hard not to feel the tears.

Any additional comments?

This will grab your attention for more than just the time you put into reading it. Real life is real life, no matter how many scoffers there are out there.They certainly need to read the whole book before making rash judgments. One of the top books I have listened to on Audible. Thank-you Audible. And thank-you Eben Alexander.

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  • Margaret
  • 2012-12-14

Good Listen on a Bad Day

I downloaded this book on a day that, later that afternoon, brought a surprise pink slip.

It was serendipitous to have this to listen to since I'm a person who swings between materialistic nihilism and "this has to mean something" and a hope that borders on belief, and this was a day that needed a push towards the positive.

The narration of the doctor's Near Death Experience certainly isn't radical if you are familiar with other works about the same subject. But the message is quietly radical in and of itself: life is eternal. Well written and well narrated. Recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-16

I loved it!

I enjoyed so much reading this book in audio. The story made me think so much about some similar experiences I had before so I had to stop the book and come back many times in some chapters. I had never read a book written from the point of view and life experience from a doctor and I loved it. I will now get it to read in French.