Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Near-Death Experience and Journey into the Afterlife

Simon and Schuster

Narrated by Eben Alexander

5 hr 13 min
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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.
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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Oct 23, 2012
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Duration
5h 13m 15s
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ISBN
9781442359338
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Language
English
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Genres
Medical / General
Religion / Eschatology
Religion / Religion & Science
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The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Proof of Heaven teams up with the sages of times past, modern scientists, and with ordinary people who have had profound spiritual experiences to show the reality of heaven and our true identities as spiritual beings.

When Proof of Heaven was published, some people contacted Dr. Eben Alexander to argue that his near death experience was impossible. But many more have written to say his story resonated with them in profound ways. Because of what these people have told him, Dr. Alexander has come to realize that sharing his story has allowed people to believe what so many in ancient times knew: there is more to life, and to the universe, than this single earthly life.

Dr. Alexander met and heard from thousands of individuals whom his story has affected. He also studied what the world’s religious traditions, and its philosophers, have had to say about the soul’s survival of death, and he has been deeply surprised at how often those voices from the past synch up with what he heard from people today. In The Map of Heaven, he shares some of the stories that the people have told him and links them up with what the world’s spiritual traditions have to say about the journey of the soul.

Part metaphysical detective story, part manual for living, The Map of Heaven explores humankind’s spiritual history and the birth of modern science in the seventeenth century, showing how we forgot, and are now at last remembering, who we really are and what our true destiny really is.

#1 New York Times best-seller with more than 11 million copies sold and Amazon’s #17 best-selling book of all time. Heaven Is for Real was the best-selling non-fiction book of 2011 as reported by Nielsen’s Bookscan, and it was made in to a major motion picture by Sony in 2014.

“Do you remember the hospital, Colton?” Sonja said. “Yes, mommy, I remember,” he said. “That’s where the angels sang to me.”

When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery–and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.

With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how “really, really big” God is, and how much God loves us. Retold by his father, but using Colton’s uniquely simple words, Heaven Is for Real offers a glimpse of the world that awaits us, where as Colton says, “Nobody is old and nobody wears glasses.”

Heaven Is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child.

Continue the Burpos story in Heaven Changes Everything: The Rest of Our Story. Heaven Is for Real also is available in Spanish, El cielo es real.

This audiobook recording of Heaven Is For Real includes additional bonus content including Updates from father, Todd, and son, Colton, on recent events including the making-of-the-movie experience and “From the Set” Q&A’s with the movie’s filmmakers and actors.

The #1 bestseller Proof of Heaven has already touched millions of lives, turning skeptics into believers in the existence of a universal dimension characterized by peace, acceptance, and unconditional love that is accessible to all of us.

In the closing pages of Proof of Heaven, Dr. Alexander writes that working with guided audio programs has helped him achieve the deeper level of consciousness needed to glimpse that idyllic realm anew, and suggests that all of us can use similar audio programs to expand our consciousness for comparable results.

In Seeking Heaven, Dr. Alexander presents four thirty-minute audio journeys produced specifically to support and enhance the experience of those who want to access the state of blissful higher consciousness and self-knowledge that he attained during his near-death experience. Developed and presented with audio meditation specialist Karen Newell, co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, these four sounds journeys combine digital harmonic frequencies, sacred instruments, sounds from nature and the human voice to help listeners recreate the four stages of Dr. Alexander's miraculous spiritual experience: “Everything is a Vibration,” “Thinning the Veil,” “Shift Your Perspective,” and “Connecting with Source.”

These journeys to the spiritual core of existence are designed to help you separate yourself from day-to-day concerns and find out about your true self, appreciate the nature of our interconnectedness, and access a transcendent understanding of hope, comfort, forgiveness and love. With Seeking Heaven, Dr. Alexander helps you get in touch with the profound wisdom imparted in the spiritual realms he visited and experience it in your own life.
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