Praise for THE MAP OF HEAVEN
(Coming October 7, 2014)
“Dr. Alexander does it again. He brings his unique and considerable scientific knowledge and illuminates the world of spirituality. He creates a geography of science and faith that shows us a larger world filled with hope and dignity.”
- Allan J. Hamiton, MD, FACS, Author of The Scalpel & The Soul and Zen Mind, Zen Horse
“Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander generated enormous interest in what happens when we die in Proof of Heaven, his many-splendored account of his near-death experience. In The Map of Heaven he expands his account by relating similar experiences of others, and by a rich analysis of supporting views from scientists and philosophers. The evidence Alexander offers suggests that the day is approaching when it will be considered irrational and unscientific not to believe in the survival of consciousness following physical death. This day cannot come too soon, for it will restore meaning and hope in a world besotted with the morbid fictions of materialism. Thank you, Dr. Alexander.”
- Larry Dossey, MD, Author of One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
“Eben Alexander proves to us once again that experience is the greatest source of knowledge. Relying on his own near death experience and those of others who have written to him, Eben takes us from the wisdom of the Greek philosophers through to modern medical researchers to give us an overview of that mysterious place known as the afterlife. . . . A courageous book that tackles the question of life after life with science, philosophy and the heart rending experiences of many who have gone to the other side.”
- Raymond A. Moody, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., author of Life After Life
“In this important book, Eben Alexander describes how his own life-changing NDE was a personal example of what scientists, spiritual leaders and ordinary people throughout the world have been reporting, especially in the last two decades. This book makes it wonderfully clear how these mind-blowing experiences can have an enormous positive impact on the way we live our lives.”
- Pim van Lommel, M.D., Author of Consciousness beyond Life
“Moving beyond Proof of Heaven, Eben Alexander here draws upon his own coma experience in combination with related accounts from a wide variety of sources to advance an ecumenical vision, which I strongly support, of recovering humanity’s lost wisdom through creative synthesis of the best in contemporary science and religion.”
- Edward F. Kelly, PhD, author of Irreducible Mind and Beyond Physicalism
“Alexander . . . frames his observations with quotations from the great and nuanced spiritual teachers down the ages, from mystics to theologians, and pairs them with the recent work of scientists, with an aim to tearing down the doctrinal walls between religions, and—more pressingly, here in the U.S.—religion and science. . . . There is little doubt that personal experience is going to become a driver, now, in grassroots spirituality, particularly as the old religions begin to collapse and rigidify. Eben Alexander has become a foundational leader in this movement.”
- Patricia Pearson, journalist, The Daily Beast
Praise for PROOF OF HEAVEN
(published October 23, 2012)
“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. The extraordinary circumstances of his illness and his impeccable credentials make it very hard to formulate a mundane explanation for his case. For me, it is difficult to shake the feeling that his experience was somehow divinely ordained. Dr. Alexander’s book Proof of Heaven deserves to be a major international bestseller, and I believe it will be.
I am confident that Dr. Alexander’s story will capture worldwide interest. It will inspire many to accept that there really is life after death. I suspect his book will be a global game-changer. It has seismic implications and may help humanity arrive at a more accurate understanding of life’s true meaning and purpose in the larger sense.
Dr. Eben Alexander’s near-death experience stands as perhaps one of the crown jewels of all near-death experiences. The knowledge of what he experienced raises the bar for serious investigators and pundits. It marks the beginning of a new era of rational investigation of humankind’s deepest mystery, life after death.”
- Raymond Moody, MD, PhD, author of Life Beyond Life, 1974, and “father of the field” of Near-Death Experience studies
“Proof of Heaven is more than just an awe-inspiring account of a profound encounter with spiritual reality. Dr. Alexander’s neuro-science 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.”
- Bruce Greyson, MD, Carlson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences, University of Virginia School of Medicine; co-editor, The Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation
“If ‘Central Casting’ was given an assignment to locate the most highly qualified person, who has had a near-death experience (NDE), to have him write one or more books about it, lecture about it, and appear in the media to promote it around the world, no one could find a more perfect candidate than neurosurgeon Eben Alexander III, M.D. He has all the necessary academic credentials for this assignment, is warm emotionally, very articulate, has undergone a profound spiritual transformation, and is highly motivated to unify science with spirituality…
I firmly believe Proof of Heaven will be one of the three top selling books of all time on the subject of near-death experiences – and that it will authenticate and validate NDEs more than any other book that has been written on this topic, with the exception of Dr. Moody’s first book. In my opinion, Proof of Heaven will sell millions of copies that will create much wider acceptance of near-death experiences and the many spiritual lessons they contain.”
- Bill Guggenheim, coauthor of Hello From Heaven!, 1995
“An NDE is both an existential crisis and an intense learning experience. In the last thirty years a lot has been written about NDE and its aftereffects: a new life insight, a loss of the fear of death, and a new idea about the relationship between consciousness and brain-function. But it becomes far more convincing when a well-respected neurosurgeon writes about his own NDE and about his own new insight about the mind-brain relationship. Because, as he states in his book, as a practicing academic neurosurgeon with a penchant for research, he respected the scientific method as the gatekeeper for accepted views of reality. His neuro-scientific worldview consisted of a practical “reductive materialism” – that a complete understanding of cognitive neuroscience, and specifically, consciousness, could be obtained by understanding the vast interrelationships of the brain’s material reduced to its most basic elements (neuronal networks, individual molecular and atomic properties and interactions of nerve cells). Anything defined as “mind,” “spirit” or “soul” would ultimately depend upon the functional integrity of those physical brain constituents. So the overwhelming NDE that is described by Eben Alexander in this intriguing book was a special state of consciousness that according to current medical science should not occur during an actual period of deep coma.
In his wonderful and fascinating book, Proof of Heaven, he asks himself: how and why did my NDE occur? How did the content of my NDE come about? Why did my life change so radically after my NDE? Many of these, and additional questions, will be answered by Eben Alexander in this book, that touched my heart by his honesty and by his obvious acceptance of the many consequences for his personal and professional life. In his book he describes in detail what happened in his consciousness, he writes about his search to understand what happened to him as a human being, and also to explain what happened to him as an academic neurosurgeon. He concludes that enhanced consciousness was experienced beyond the body and the brain, and that the brain inevitably and convincingly cannot be the producer of consciousness. I can highly recommend this important book that has the potential to break many scientific taboos. But we should also realize that the acceptance of new scientific ideas in general and ideas about the experience of enhanced consciousness independent of a normal functioning brain in particular requires us to have an open mind and to abandon dogma.”
- Pim van Lommel, MD, cardiologist, author of Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience
“Eben Alexander brings a unique perspective to the sacred world combining a glorious, personal vision of spiritual consciousness with patient, insightful scientific inquiry. This is a compelling story of what may lie ahead for all of us in the life beyond this one. We have nothing to fear.”
- Allan J. Hamilton, MD, FACS, professor of neurosurgery, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA – Author of The Scalpel and the Soul, and Zen Horse, Zen Mind
“What distinguishes Dr. Alexander’s case… is the dramatic proof of verifiable details by third parties that could not have been imagined or “created” by any state of mind, and events that occurred that cannot be tossed aside by skeptics of any ilk. Plus, he is a neurosurgeon, an established scientist, who lived through a bona fide miracle – one that challenges everything he ever knew, personally or professionally. His awareness of mission fits his profile, a scientist ready to challenge science. There have been others like him, but not with proof that can be independently verified to the degree that his can be. He recognizes the threshold where he now stands, and has chosen higher consciousness research to help fulfill his goals. A sense of destiny pervades his thinking, that somehow all of this was “planned.”
- PMH Atwater, author of Near-Death Experiences, The Rest of the Story: What They Teach Us About Living and Dying and Our True Purpose, 2011
“Proof of Heaven is a masterful interplay of personal, medical, scientific and spiritual perspectives; seen through the eyes of a gifted observer and intellect. It provides fertile ground for fundamentally developing both a personal theology and new psychology of consciousness.”
- Bruce W. Shackleton, EdD psychologist, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Endorsement by Religious Scholars
“What a read! This is a very important book. Dr. Alexander’s experiences resonate remarkably with views of Heaven, the Afterlife and the potential of consciousness in the Jewish mystical tradition. This book is a thunderbolt!”
- Dr. Rabbi Meir Sendor
“I stood at Eben’s bedside ready to read Last Rites. The neighbor I had known as vivacious, even gregarious, was lifeless and passing away. Since Monday of that fateful week, infection had claimed every cell of his body, and the doctors’ attempts at life had failed. We thought there was no hope, that we would lose our friend and loved one, and as his priest, I believed Eben’s funeral was the next step on the journey.
But Eben’s mind, body and soul had something else planned for us. In this amazing book, Eben recalls how he walked the valley of the shadow of death yet survived. With vivid detail and description, he invites you to walk with him to that place none of us has experienced yet in our humanity we know we shall one day certainly travel. Having survived a near death experience and brought his neurological expertise and background to it, we gain both the insight of the mystics in his poetic words and the reality of the physical world in his scientific explorations.
More importantly, Eben transcends the particularity in which most of us live to arrive at a comprehensiveness we seek. From the uniqueness of his own experience, this present day mystic has sought illumination, and in finding a degree of it, a glimpse of the beyond, he calls all of us to a place of greater integrity and authenticity.
Eben’s masterpiece is a story for scientists, skeptics, believers, and seekers. Read it for a foretaste of something beyond the veil, beyond our dreams, and beyond our wildest imaginations. Read it as Last Rites for your past understanding of a limited world and discover bridges to the eternal in our very midst.”
-The Rev. Michael R. Sullivan, rector, Holy Innocent’s Episcopal Church Atlanta, GA
“Dr. Eben Alexander’s story of his near death experience is astonishing. It changed his life and outlook on the universe, and the book probably will do likewise for his readers. His brushes with the Sublime are exhilarating to read, from the first whoosh of a near-miss parachuting crisis at sunset, to his staggering medical miracle, to his revelation of what exactly transpired during his seven-day coma.
The 20th century documents a continuing war between the conflicting worldviews of science and religious faith. The great task of the 21st century could be, for the brave, the investigation of where these two grand human endeavors dovetail, intersect, and nourish one another. One nuance of Alexander’s mesmerizing book is an attack against scientism by one of its formerly great adherents. Rather than allowing science to diminish our perspectives to that which is immediately observable or quantifiable, he allows scientific method to reveal horizons of reality that are ultimately more luminous and multidimensional than we previously intuited.
I must say that part of me rebels against his goal of pointing towards a unity of all religions. Perhaps that is because I am a part of a faith-tradition that encompasses so much more than that which is typically shoehorned into the narrow niche of “religion.” Still, his insights about the nature of consciousness, the soul, the power of prayer, the immortal nature of the human spirit, and transcendence from this narrow spectrum of human sensory experience point to an understanding of reality that religious mystics everywhere have tried to articulate for millennia. From a Jewish perspective, his experiences are ones that the prophet Ezekiel, Shimon bar Yochai, Abraham Abulafia, Isaac Luria, and the Baal Shem Tov would have understood with sympathy and excitement.
Dr. Alexander, by surviving, was given a tremendous gift. He in turn has given a gift—an enduring one—to anyone who has ever suspected (and doesn’t this include all of us, at some point?) that his or her life, consciousness, and spirit are more magical, mystical, and wondrous than we generally appreciate. Read his book with radical gratitude.”
- Rabbi Neal Gold, Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland, MA