Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 23, 2012 - Medical - 196 pages
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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Eben Alexander had a remarkable NDE as the result of a bacterial meningitis that shut down his brain function. What makes his account worth reading is that Dr. Alexander is a neurosurgeon who also ... Read full review

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I had a discussion with a co-worker about what happens when we die. My position has always been, no one knows for sure or course until they get there. My initial thinking is nothing. Just nothing. He ... Read full review


The Rainbow
Six Faces
Final Night First Morning
The Return
Not There Yet
Spreading the News
Homecoming 126 The UltraReal
A Common Experience
A Visit to Church
The Enigma of Consciousness
A Final Dilemma
The Photograph
Reading List
Statement by Scott Wade M D
Neuroscientific Hypotheses I Considered to Explain My Experience

Back from the Dead
Three Camps

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Eben Alexander, MD, has been an academic neurosurgeon for the last twenty-five years, including fifteen years at the Brigham & Women's and the Children's Hospitals and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is the author of Proof of Heaven and The Map of Heaven. Visit him at

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