by Leslie Brown

Proof of HeavenThe subtitle of this new book, “A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife,” says it all.  And as a neurosurgeon, Alexander’s credentials are impeccable: Duke Medical School and a fifteen-year stint at Harvard Medical School.

After his own brain suffers an impossibly rare infection, Alexander lapses into a coma for seven long days, during which his chances for  survival seem dim at best.

During the week of his coma, Alexander’s relatives form a relay team, holding his hand, one by one, the entire time.  Meanwhile, Alexander ascends into what he perceives as afterlife where he is guided by a beautiful angel.  Here he passes through several layers he calls respectively: the Underworld, full of darkness; the more heavenly Gateway; then into the Core, where he is closest to the Creator, whom he calls Om.

He claims that during his journey, he learns the secrets of the universe:

“And if I had to boil it down further, to just one word, it would

(of course) be, simply: Love.”

When Alexander miraculously regains consciousness and his life, he backtracks, explaining the difficult period leading up to the time of his illness.  In addition, he reveals that he was adopted, though his adoptive parents are portrayed with reverence.

In the aftermath of this profound experience, Alexander has dedicated his life to sharing the message of his epiphanies by giving talks around the country and by establishing Eternea, “a nonprofit publicly supported charity,” which links spiritual experience with science.  Visit at  His website is

This book is readable despite some of the technical medical explanations.  Alexander’s tone is at times a bit condescending—he is, after all, a neurosurgeon—but his sincerity and enthusiasm make up for this minor defect.  An interesting side note is the similarity of Alexander’s otherworldly experience to Rebecca Ruter Springer’s, (well-known to Near-Death Experience folks), “Intra Muros, My Dream of Heaven,” written around 1898.

Dr. Alexander spoke at the First Unitarian Church, 71 Eighth Street, in New Bedford on Thursday, May 16, at 7 PM, sponsored by the Marion Institute.

This book review was contributed by  Leslie Brown, patron of the Elizabeth Taber Library.  >Reserve your copy through the SAILS Network .

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About Leslie Brown
My ocean physicist husband and I raised two wonderful sons, my proudest accomplishment. For many years I taught writing at a university, my job of a lifetime, and worked as a freelance writer for local publications. I am an ocean girl, sometimes profane, who loves animals, reading, and creative projects. I am curious about nearly everything. Loyal and caring, I make a good friend.