Sunday, January 13, 2013

Do you believe in heaven?

No? Then Dr. Eben Alexander would like to have a word with you. Oh, to be fair, several years ago he would’ve agreed with you. Years spent in the field of medicine as both a neurosurgeon and an associate professor of surgery at Harvard gave him sufficient reason to question the existence of any sort of afterlife or a personal, loving God. And while he was accepting of the role faith played in providing comfort to many of his patients, he found little use for it in his own life. That is, until November 10, 2008, when Dr. Alexander was stricken with a rare form of bacterial meningitis and slipped into a coma. The doctors treating Dr. Alexander knew that simply surviving such an ordeal was extremely rare, and those who did survive were essentially doomed to spend the remainder of their years in a vegetative state. So imagine their surprise when, on the seventh day of his coma, Dr. Alexander opened his eyes and said to the astonishment of all who were present, “Don’t worry, all is well.” He had returned from the other side and boy did he have a story to tell, an amazing tale of a trip he took—to heaven? Yes, heaven, where he experienced firsthand a reality he thought couldn’t possibly exist, and where he even met and spoke with an entity he’d long denied: God. What he learned in that fantastical place could fill volumes, but Dr. Alexander has provided the most important lessons in his bestselling book, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journeyinto the Afterlife. Here’s a teaser: “Love is, without a doubt, the basis of everything. Not some abstract, hard-to-fathom kind of love but the day-to-day kind that everyone knows—the kind of love we feel when we look at our spouse and our children, or even our animals. In its purest and most powerful form, this love is not jealous or selfish, but unconditional. This is the reality of realities, the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths . . .” So is Proof of Heaven really, well, proof of heaven? Read it and see, but proof or not, it is utterly fascinating.   

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