Sunday, October 21, 2012

Proof of Heaven

I finished reading Eben Alexander's book Proof of Heaven yesterday and highly recommend it. I rarely read the stories of other NDErs, but I'm glad I made an exception to that rule. Not only is the story engaging, but it backs everything up with science.

I found the book quite moving. There was even an "Aha!" moment that helped me better understand my own experience as an NDEr. I wasn't expecting the book to affect me that way, but it did. And while I don't think a hard-core member of the atheist movement will read the book and re-assess their ideas about God, I will admit that it has me feeling a lot more like it's possible someone out there may truly have my back.

I don't want to spoil the fun, so I won't say too much about the actual book. I will say that it isn't just the story of one individual, it's a story about a family going through a heart-wrenching experience and surviving it together. That would be more than enough, but then Dr Alexander goes on to explain what it means from a neurosurgeon's point of view and why a brain without a functioning neocortex can't have an NDE. Of course, at least once as far as medical science is aware, someone without a functioning neocortex did have an NDE. Just lucky for us, he wrote an awesome book about it!