Neurosurgeon who says he found 'Proof of Heaven' will speak in Edmond

Eben Alexander, M.D., author of the best-selling book “Proof of Heaven,” discusses his near-death experience and how it affected his idea of heaven and the afterlife. The neurosurgeon will sign copies of the new deluxe edition of his book Sunday at Best of Books in Edmond.
by Carla Hinton Published: November 16, 2013

“The universe has no beginning or end, and God is entirely present within each particle of it.”

— Eben Alexander

Eben Alexander said he once was skeptical about the concept of an afterlife.

All that changed when the Lynchburg, Va., neurosurgeon had a near-death experience that he chronicled in the best-selling book “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife.”

In the book, Alexander discusses what he discovered about God and the universe while in a life-threatening coma. He will visit Edmond on Sunday as part of a book tour for the deluxe edition of his book, which was released by Simon & Schuster in September. The deluxe version includes a new afterword by Alexander on the “Lessons of Heaven” and a DVD featuring the neurosurgeon sharing commentary about the book.

In a recent telephone interview, Alexander, 59, talked about the new edition of his book.

Q: What can readers look forward to with the deluxe edition of your book?

A: I must say, I really enjoy being able to put out the deluxe edition because it has 32 additional pages that are a lot more defining of some of the message that I bring back and the lessons I had during that journey and my understanding of it. So, in that sense, I feel the new deluxe edition is very helpful to people. It's important to point out that the original book is about one-third of the original manuscript that I sent to Simon & Schuster. I had really written it in the first week after my coma as a purely scientific report to try and elucidate the nature of consciousness. I remember telling my older son who is majoring in neuroscience that it was way too real to be real.

Q: Why do you think the book seems to resonate with people?

A: It changes the way to look at everything about our existence and basically points out that our conventional science of today is very limited and very simplistic. It's a very kindergarten level way of thinking. It has nothing whatsoever to offer up about the nature of explaining consciousness.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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