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Internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon Dr Eben Alexander always considered himself a man of science. His unwavering belief in evidence-based medicine fuelled a career in the top medical institutions of the world. But all this was set to change.

One morning in 2008 he fell into a coma after suffering a rare form of bacterial meningitis. Scans of his brain revealed massive damage. Death was deemed the most likely outcome. As his family prepared themselves for the worst, something miraculous happened. Dr Alexander's brain went from near total inactivity to awakening.

He made a full recovery but he was never the same. He woke certain of the infinite reach of the soul, he was certain of a life beyond death. In this astonishing book, Dr Alexander shares his experience, pieced together from the notes he made as soon as he was able to write again. Unlike other accounts of near-death experiences, he is able to explain in depth why his brain was incapable of fabricating the journey he experienced. His story is one of profound beauty and inspiration.

©2014 Eben Alexander (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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"Dr Eben Alexander's near-death experience is the most astounding I have heard in more than four decades of studying this phenomenon. In my opinion, Dr Alexander is living proof of an afterlife." (Dr Raymond Moody, best-selling author of Life After Life)
"Dr Alexander's neuroscience career taught him that near-death experiences are brain-based illusions, and yet his personal experience left him dumbstruck. His honest struggle to make sense of this unforgettable journey is a gripping story, unique in the literature of spiritual experiences that may well change how we understand our role in the universe." (Dr Bruce Greyson, Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia School of Medicine; co-editor of The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences)
"An interesting account of how a man's spiritual beliefs were fundamentally changed by an unforeseen and nearly fatal event" ( Glasgow Herald)
"A man of science coming out for life after death has extra resonance, rather like Richard Dawkins saying 'God bless.' Based on his own life experience after falling into a coma, it's a fascinating read whatever your own opinions" ( Belfast Telegraph)

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It would be wonderful if it were true..

I bought an listened to this audiobook before I googled the author and found that the whole story is exactly that - a story. The author has been discredited entirely as the disease he claimed to have in the book he did not in fact have. This makes everything he writes very dubious. Do check him out before you buy this.

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amazing

so lovely to hear a story of spirituality from a dr. dr's are normally so scientific

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Palliative fiction in same Genre as"the secret"

This was strongly recommend by embers if a Brain tumour a support group, but I wish I jut googled it before purchase as the book comes with stings attached. If looking for inspiration in the solely of brain tumours, I was better served by "Pear shaped and "Do No Harm"

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OBE's

A very straightforward no nonsense account of his obe. Really naturally read. Very listenable honest voice. I too had an obe under the anaesthetic. It lasted about an hour maybe. I went through a lot of lights while flying through darkness at unearthly speed in complete stillness in a spiral. I too was told when I reached my destination I would be going back. I decended through the same lights in the opposite direction and only experienced horror coming back in. A thought form created from the physical beings here relishing eating the dust of other entities here in order to replenish our/their own dust (physical bodies). I have to accept this, it is the way, saying grace I feel was an ancient honouring and thanking the life takin because of the need to eat another living thing to survive.

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what a disappointing read.very boring

went back to it time and time again but could not finish it.would not recommend.

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dissapointing.

Author being a neurosurgeon I was hopong for a scientific approach,as was promised,it instead ammounted to "there's lot's of evidence,too much to list here,take my word for it".

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Wow

Remember hearing interview with Dr Eben Alexander on BBC OUTLOOK and thought wow!

The ending has a true and hidden twist!

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Poor reflection by the author

I probably made a mistake in buying this book because I was looking for a sample of NDEs when this was obviously one man’s experience but it did raise some interesting issues.

A few people have pointed out that there are conflicting stories surrounding the medical nature of what happened to Alexander and if he did concoct that part of the story I think it is because he has a big misunderstanding about what leads to the type of experience he had. Contrary to the belief he stated in the book, it is a reduction in normal cortical activity which leads to the unusual experiences often associated with stress, hypoxia and psychedelics, for example. That is, those factors produce diminished cortical activity which is associated with unusual types of experience often characterised by feelings of otherworldliness, oneness and God.

In fact, it is Alexander’s poor reflection on his own biases which lets this book down most. There is no reason to dispute the experience he described. It could never be tested objectively but nor is it unusual or unlikely even if it is unique. However, even if he protests that he was not an active churchgoer Alexander’s Christian indoctrination as a child growing up in the southern US is inevitable and evident throughout the book. This is undoubtedly why he seems to be convinced that he went to some ‘other place’ ‘up there’ and never considered that the reality he experienced then and the one he experiences now is created by himself.

This was a missed opportunity for that insight and the book has become merely a comfort for people who believe in an actual place called Heaven and an entity separate from humanity called God which gets us nowhere.

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Touching first person account

A wonderfully solid account of a scientist's own near death experience, given his ability to examine potential scientific explanations of the NDE due to his profession. The fact that the book is narrated by the author makes it even more special. His awe, wisdom and love ce through with every word. I was especially glad they didn't edit out the parts where his voice shook. This book has led me back to my faith.

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Fantastic and heart warming story

Really makes you feel loved by God and appreciated in the world. Gives freedom about the feelings of what comes after death