A New York Times Bestseller -- 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 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.
I must confess to a long history of reading NDE (near death experience) and life-after-death books. This one has the added coup of being told by a previously sceptical American neurosurgeon. Alexander had had decades of research and operating experience on the brain when he suffered an extreme brain infection. Part medical drama, part conscious recall, this is an interesting take on the possibilities of post death existence. - Maclean
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