Proof of Heaven book review
There are many books that describe Near Death Experiences, an event when a person is clinically and physically dead, temporarily. During that time, which can last between seven minutes and hours, the person experiences a series of supernatural events. These usually consist of darkness, reaching a circle of light, entering a wonderful realm of light and love where they meet dead loved-one and relatives, interacting with a person of great love, and then returning to their body.
Dr Raymond Moody is a well-known writer on the subject of NDEs. Dr Kenneth Ring's book Heading towards Omega is also a very good source of information on this matter. I also recommend Dr Pim Van Lommel's book Consciousness Beyond Life. Van Lommel's book has been unique, in my experience, because he is a cardiac surgeon. During a six-month period, he meticulously recorded medical information about his patients. Each time one of his patients had a Near Death Experience, he was able to combine that person's experience and their medical information during the time that they were clinically dead. Van Lommel shows in his book that this combination of evidence confirms that many people who have had Near Death Experiences did not fantasise these realms because their brains were low on oxygen. In fact, for many of them, there was no oxygen being pumped to their brains at all, since their hearts had stopped many minutes earlier. If all consciousness experience comes from our functioning brains, then those people should not have experienced anything at all, three minutes or more after their hearts' stopped, and yet they did.
Proof of Heaven is another book that follows this path. The difference is that Proof of Heaven is written by a neurosurgeon who had a Near Death Experience. Dr Eben Alexander contracted a virulent bacterium which entered his brain, in a way similar to meningitis, and began destroying his cortex. This attack put him in a coma for several days. The prognosis was grim. He was likely to die and even if he survived, he would probably be in a vegetative state, as the infection had ravaged a large part of his outer brain. In fact, he recovered fully and was able to continue his work as a doctor. He also wanted to tell everyone about his experience.
Dr Alexander focusses on two things in the book; firstly that he had a spiritual experience, similar to many NDE experiences, and secondly that they could not have been created by his brain, as it was in a state of almost complete inaction, due to the bacteria's damage. The book isn't too long, but it gets its message across very well. I definitely recommend to anyone interested in the subject and also anyone who is unsure what NDE's are, but keen to learn more about the subject.