Eben Alexander, MD, spent 55 years honing his scientific worldview until a rare illness left him in a coma. Later, he awoke from a transcendental near-death experience. Alexander reports his lessons from beyond in the New York Times best-seller, Proof of Heaven. In his second book, The Map of Heaven, he explores humankind’s spiritual history and other stories of unexplained phenomenon and near-death experiences.
As he recounts in Proof of Heaven, Alexander was shocked to find the hyper-reality of a spiritual realm, which many others had reported after having a near-death experiences. Since his illness, he has sought to reconcile his rich spiritual experience with contemporary physics and cosmology.
Alexander has been an academic neurosurgeon for the last 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s and the Children’s Hospitals and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. During his academic career, he authored or coauthored more than 150 chapters and papers in peer reviewed journals, and made more than 200 presentations at conferences and medical centers around the world.
Then on November 10, 2008, he lapsed into coma caused by a rare and mysterious bacterial meningitis-encephalitis of unknown cause. He spent a week in coma on a ventilator, his prospects for survival diminishing rapidly. On the seventh day, he awoke with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm. It is this realm that he recounts in Proof of Heaven.
Alexander’s story offers a crucial key to the understanding of reality and human consciousness and how we view spirituality, soul, and the nonmaterial realm. In analyzing his experience, including the scientific possibilities and grand implications, Alexander envisions a more complete reconciliation of modern science and spirituality.
What People are Saying about Eben Alexander
“Dr. Eben Alexander’s near-death experience is the most astounding I have heard in more than four decades of studying this phenomenon. [He] is living proof of an afterlife.”
—Raymond A. Moody, MD, PhD