There are many books now hitting the market about people recounting their NDE (near death experiences) experiences. While there are some which are good, there are others which make you question their experiences if they were genuine or not, there are those out there that just don’t hit the mark. Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, M.D. was just that where it left a lot of unanswered questions in my mind. It was one of those books, which I refer to as, “Where’s the wall?” and I just want to hit the book against the wall.
Dr. Alexander is attacked by a rare illness causing him to go into a coma for a week. Most people that are writing books about the supernatural experiences only have minutes either in heaven or in hell. As I eagerly read this book, I thought since he spent so much time in heaven he has got to have an amazing experience with recounting the people he met, what it felt to be in heaven and what it was like. Not so.
There is an extremely minimal amount of his heavenly experience, which Alexander is of the Episcopal faith and a C and E church goer (Christmas and Easter) refers to God as Om. This is a Hindi and Buddhist reference. He recounts his heavenly experience as a core where he was floating in and out, and every time he went into the core he went further than the last time. Alexander could not understand his experience; therefore, he could not explain it to the reader. The book is a waste of time, energy and money at just under $25. The book delves into Alexander’s family life, his stint into alcoholism, being adopted and his illness, but offers no real proof of heaven.
Anyone that has read Heaven is for Real is about a toddler’s experience entering the Pearly Gates where this little kid can simplify heaven and tell about his experience where we understand it. A little boy can describe heaven while a middle-aged man with a degree cannot one will have to question it. Alexander may have been making his experience to be more complicated than what it was and not 200 pages worthy. Perhaps, he should have gotten down to the level of a four-year-old in order to describe his experience.
For more information on the author, please visit his website atwww.lifebeyonddeath.net.
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, M.D., is published by Simon and Schuster. For more information, please visit their website at www.simonandschuster.com.
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