No ordinary patient

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Yesterday, I read a new book on my Kindle, one that held my attention from beginning to end.  Usually, books get read halfway and then I lose interest.  But, I was really absorbed in this one.  The title is “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife,” and was written by Eben Alexander, M.D.

Dr. Alexander was stricken by an extremely rare disease, called bacterial meningitis.  While he was in a deep coma for seven days, he experienced the amazing beauty of heaven.  Like all people who have had a near-death experience, he understood that the basis of life is UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.  He began to appreciate the spiritual world.

I won’t belabor the point.  Suffice it to say that this was no ordinary patient in a coma.  This was a well-known and respected neurosurgeon, who had practiced medicine and research at Harvard Medical School and Boston hospitals.  One certainly would not call him “naïve.”

Nor was he brain damaged.  After his recovery, he resumed his medical career. He also began discussing his near-death experience with other doctors and scientists as well as lay people.  This book is his attempt at expanding his audience so that more people will know what he went through.

Is there a God?  Is there a heaven?  Do you believe in unconditional love? Does good always prevail over evil?  Dr. Alexander’s fascinating book answers these questions.  You can draw your own conclusions.

11 Responses to “No ordinary patient”

  1. laurie Says:

    I’m looking for this book today!

  2. DJan Says:

    I’ve heard of this book before, and I will put it on my list of books to read, Gigi. It sounds fascinating! 🙂

  3. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    David wants to read this book. I shall tell him of your excellent review. Yes I believe in a Higher Power and an afterlife. I also believe dogs have souls. As for heaven, Jesus said the mind cannot conceive of it. i don’t try anymore. Faith is a gift and you can’t analyze it.

    As for uncoditional love, the only thing that matters in this life is love and if its not unconditional its not love. Dianne

  4. suzanne Says:

    I saw him on Oprah. I will have to look for that book.

  5. christine Says:

    wonderful review Gigi! It sounds like you learned something too.

  6. granny annie Says:

    I don’t know. I do want a good book that will capture my attention right away but having died twice in my life I must say there were no bright lights. There was an amazing assurance of a “peace that passes all understanding” and while I want to live long, I do not fear death

  7. Linda Reeder Says:

    I’m not a believer, but that doesn’t mean I’m right. We all seek our own truths when it comes to the unknowables.

  8. Munir Says:

    This book sounds very interesting. I do believe in unconditional love also. .

  9. L...w Says:

    I do believe unconditional love is the basis for peace here on earth. In fact I think it is the end all be all of our journey thru life.

    Gigi, what a beautiful book review. That’s another of your forte.

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