I’m so bummed that I can’t make it to Book Club tonight, because I’m really interested in hearing what the other ladies thought of our book this month: Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife. I have a good excuse for missing though, so stay tuned later in the week for a recap of what I’m doing instead!
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
I consider myself fairly religious, but even this got a little ‘preachy’ for me at times. I think if I had more interest in the topic or had read other information on near death experiences prior to the book, it might have been a more compelling read. The writing helped push the story forward, but it couldn’t save the story in my eyes. Once I got halfway through, I lost interest and found myself putting off reading the book (which is never a good thing). I was really hoping that I’d like it, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5