Madame L finally got this book from her local library, after putting a hold on it a month ago, and she's glad she had a chance to read it.
"Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife" is the vivid account by Dr. Eben Alexander of his near-death experience after his brain was shut down by a massive bacterial infection.
Madame L was prepared to be skeptical for two reasons:
First, Madame L believes a person of faith does not need the "evidence" of yet another New-Age-y doctor who has finally seen the light and who, in the arrogance of his profession as a neurosurgeon, believes that his experience will somehow be more convincing than those of the many others who have had such experiences in the past.
Second, Madame L has read several reviews of the book by other doctors who have panned the book, saying he has it all wrong, his experience can be explained away scientifically.
What made Madame L decide to read the book in spite of her skepticism was the fact that "A Christian Rebuttal" had been published, claiming to show how everything Dr. Alexander claims to have experienced could not possibly be true because it contradicts that other author's understanding of Scripture.
Madame L read the excerpt of that second book, made available on Amazon.com, and could hardly believe the short-sighted, narrow-minded, world-blinded dogmatism displayed by that author.
Will Madame L's Dear Readers enjoy "Proof of Heaven"? Madame L thinks so. It's well written and convincing and lacks that arrogance Madame L feared she would find.
However, Madame L thinks it's not a book worth buying. Check it out of your public library, as Madame L did, enjoy it, and then return it. You won't need it to confirm your faith in God, or Heaven, or the eternal love we know God has for us. It will be an interesting novelty.
Madame L also welcomes comments from any of her Dear Readers on this topic and other books on the subject.