A Book Review by Judy Ebeling
The number one best selling book Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, MD has been added to our church library. It is an unusual story about a neurosurgeon’s journey into the afterlife. Thousands of people have had near death experiences; scientists have argued that they are impossible – including Dr. Alexander himself. That was until his own brain, the part of the brain that controls thought and emotion, shut down completely during a rare illness. In religion we often talk about a place called Heaven and creatures called angels. We believe in God and the soul, but do we really believe in a transition to such a place as Heaven when to our own eyes death seems like the end of our personal existence?
This story is remarkable because it is told by a scientist – a graduate from the University of North Carolina with a major in Chemistry. He earned his MD at Duke Medical School and residency at Duke as well as Harvard and Mass General Hospital. His focus was neuroendocrinology. After completing a fellowship in cerebrovascular neurosurgery in the United Kingdom, he spent fi fteen years on the faculty of Harvard Medical School as an associate professor of surgery with a specialization in neurosurgery. So it is with this background and his experience with life after death that he gives us a most moving story into the truth of our beliefs as Christians.
To quote Dr. Eben Alexander, “I now have a greatly enlarged conception of what ‘vast’ and ‘wonderful’ really mean. The physical side of the universe is as a speck of dust compared to the invisible and spiritual part. In my past view, spiritual wasn’t a word that I would have employed during a scientifi c conversation. Now I believe it is a word that we cannot afford to leave out.” “The place I went to was real. Real in a way that makes the life we are living here and now completely dream-like by comparison.” “What I have to tell you is as important as anything anyone will ever tell you, and it’s true.”
Stop by the church library and check out this latest addition to the collection. You’ll be glad you did.
Proof of Heaven can be found the Faith & Spirituality section.