Proof of Heaven

A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife

by Eben Alexander, MD

It has always puzzled me as to why it is largely assumed that death means ‘lights out’. My Mother called it the ‘Dirt-Nap’, which I think may have some mobster origins even though she did not. My father was an M.D. so that may explain why the predominate concept in our household was that consciousness is created by the brain, and there for, when the brain stops functioning, so does our consciousness. Even as a child I never bought that idea, and I think that’s why I love this book, Proof of Heaven, A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, M.D.

 Proof of Heaven

Eben Alexander comes with lofty qualifications and sports a bow tie. My father would have loved that, I think! He studied at Duke University, did his residency at Mass General and Harvard and served 17 years on the faculty at Harvard. Dr. Alexander was the perfect candidate to discount life beyond death, or consciousness “free of the limitations of my physical brain.” Medically, speaking, he should have not survived his 4 day coma, but it was his experience during that state, his near-death-experience, or NDE, that convinced him that his consciousness was indeed, independent of his physical apparatus.

 A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife

Dr. Alexander’s tale is colorful, surreal, joyful and scary all at the same time. He relays vividly his surroundings, landscapes, sensations and personalities he encountered. His medical expertise discounts all the typical claims that NDEs are a result of  drugs, anesthesia, brain activity, or responses to physical surroundings. It is a compelling story, and profound in that this doctor now proclaims his purpose in life to share his knowledge, that in fact heaven does exist.

While Proof of Heaven, may not win any literary awards, Dr. Alexander ‘s story is fascinating and I’m grateful that he wrote this book. Proof of Heaven has been on the New York Times Best Seller List and was published by Simon and Schuster in 2012. I found it gratifying that such a prominent and highly “qualified” physician has been bold enough to step beyond the conventional circle of medical and scientific thought. I think even my Mom and Dad would approve!

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