Proof of Heaven¹


A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife


by Eben Alexander, M.D.


On the cover is the following:

   “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. Moddy, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. author of Life After Life


What should we make of this?


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   I read it line by line, so I must think it’s worth one’s time.

   In short, for seven days Dr. Alexander was in a coma where his brain wasn’t just working improperly, it wasn’t working at all². All but some of his close family had given up hope. Then his eyes snapped open and he came back to life. After a step by step recovery period, he’s back to normal.

   In his own words: “Those implications [of his experience] are tremendous and beyond description. My experience showed me that the death of the body and brain are not the end of conscious, that human experience extends beyond the grave. More important, it continues under the gaze of a God who loves and cares about each one of us and about where the universe itself and all the beings within it are ultimately going.

   “The place I went is real. Real in a way that makes the life we’re living here and now completely dreamlike by comparison.”

   And near the end he states, “Medically speaking, that I had recovered completely was a flat-out impossibility, a medical miracle.”

   Alexander’s story goes on and on for 188 pages, comparing what happened during those seven days with the experiences the rest of his life. There are a few pages of highly technical reports of his medical history, but the rest is very readable and, I find most interesting, especially parts about his desire for, and eventually connecting with, his previously unknown birth parents.

   Finally, I see his evidences more useful in supporting a continuing human consciousness after death than making a case for a theological Heaven.

   And as some of you probably noticed, a continuing theme of adozendseconds has been the importance of the human consciousness during life as well as after death.

   Only this past week I’m reminded once again in Mt. 28:10: “…do not fear those who can kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul…” Bodies come and go, but the soul, or the person remains.


   ¹ Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander, M.D.(Simon & Schuster, 2012). We read the paper copy.

   ² There are plenty of details to support this statement, but throughout the book and at the end.