What happens when a neurosurgeon who has downplayed his own patients’ near-death experiences (NDEs), has his own near death experience? What happens when a neurosurgeon tries to physiologically and mentally explain his near-death experience and can’t? You’ll have to read Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. (This is an affiliate link. I receive a small commission on purchases made through these links. This is how I keep the blog going.)
This is a different kind of near-death experience book. Not because he was a non-believer. There are many stories of people with near death experiences who didn’t believe in NDEs or Heaven. This book is different because the subject, Dr. Eben Alexander is a leading neurosurgeon in his field. He based his whole career on teaching medical students how the brain works, including at Duke, Harvard, and University of Virginia medical schools.
Dr. Alexander was born to Christian parents, but his training led him further and further from his faith. He just couldn’t fully grasp a belief of God, Heaven, and a soul. Until he contracted e coli meningitis and went into a seven-day coma. His near-death experience took him on all kinds of journeys through the eye of an earthworm. He felt extreme emotions of warmth, love, and acceptance.
His wasn’t the “normal” near-death experience that you hear about – white light, relatives greeting the patient and telling him to go back. To me, his felt like an acid trip. Worms, fairies, love. I don’t say this to belittle his experience. I only mean to say it was different than the conventional story. Which, to me, kind of makes it more believable. I mean, I could wake up from a serious surgery and say I saw a white light and a neurosurgeon, such as Dr. Alexander, would tell me it was a creation of my mind because I saw it on a TV show. But, to have an extremely unique story means it couldn’t have been generated by a subconscious.
Read the book to discover the no-doubt-about-it moment. When you read the book, you’ll know what I mean. The moment when even a skeptic will know for sure that this is no dream or manifestation of a delirious mind. I wouldn’t dare spoil it for you.
It is a very readable book – a quick read. The book is intertwined with a story of his quest to find his birth family (the author is adopted). It also captures what doctors and family were doing for him while he was undergoing his near-death experience. The book does get a bit clinical toward the end, but it is necessary for Dr. Alexander to go through all the neurological possibilities of what happened – and refute them. It’s probably the most important part of the book.
This is a fascinating, unique account of a near-death experience with an ending that will make your hair stand on end. Check it out and let me know if you have the same reaction.
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