Book Review – Proof of Heaven
A SCIENTIST’S CASE FOR THE AFTERLIFE
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.
Review by LeNae Golsby
About this time last year I was in a dark place, and without going into detail I will tell you I felt that God was not just far away, but absent all together. It did not help that I had been raised in churches that perpetuated the idea that God was a judgmental white-bearded man who sat on his majestic throne somewhere up, up past the clouds, past the stars, past the planets, somewhere out there completely out of reach. It is a really depressing idea, actually. Then, one day, I stumbled upon “Proof of Heaven” and the seed that challenged my entire belief system was planted.
I was drawn to read “Proof of Heaven” primarily because the author, Dr. Eben Alexander, is a highly educated (think Duke and Harvard) neurosurgeon. I have a healthy respect for physicians, being married to one. But, I also appreciate physicians’ requirement for proof that a particular treatment plan and/or pharmaceutical will, based on research and clinical trial evidence, effectively aid or resolve the underlying health issue in question. Absent proof to the contrary, Dr. Alexander’s education and training dictated that when the brain is dead, consciousness is also dead. It wasn’t until Dr. Alexander’s own brain was completely shut down during a seven-day coma, and he experienced his consciousness outside the constraints of his body that his own belief system was forever changed. I simply had to find out what did this brain surgeon experience that could affect him in such a profound way, because maybe God was closer than I believed.
Dr. Alexander’s explanation of the deterioration of his health from a clinical perspective is detailed but easy to understand. His account of heaven, meeting his guardian angel and interaction with the Divine is descriptive, colourful, and reads like a fantastical dream. In fact, if someone were to make a movie from his book I would be first in line. What I really appreciated out of this book was “Appendix B Neuroscientific Hypotheses I Considered to Explain My Experience.” This information was very helpful when I related the story to my husband. For every plausible scientific rationalizations for Dr. Alexander’s experience, there was a counter-response ready. It was as if Dr. Alexander knew what was going to be tossed at him from skeptics so he pro-actively addressed it and that is awesome.
If you are skeptical of the existence of life after death, if you are curious about what heaven may be like, or if you are like me and seek proof but not to the point of putting your life on the line, I highly recommend “Proof of Heaven.”
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