"Proof of Heaven" by Eben Alexander
http://www.amazon.com/Proof-Heaven-Neuro... 1451695195/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1353955382&sr=1-1&keywords=P roof+of+heaven
My mother turned me on to this book over the Thanksgiving holidays. I had already known about the NDE of the neurosurgeon Eben Alexander - there are some Youtube interviews with him - but the book is more detailed and metaphysical and better describes the states of being through which he passed. Alexander's experience and complete transformation spiritually and metaphysically is all the more striking because he had come from a position of rational materialism as a doctor and man of academic style intellect. For someone like that to have completely heaved over his old thinking self is really extraordinary, and his extensive grounding in brain neurophysiology means that he is good at sorting out hallucination form reality. His "reality" now is much more inclusive of the
I was particularly interested in his take on "evil" which he learned was a necessary aspect of free will, but his experience of evil indicated that it is a miniscule component of our reality which we tend to unnecessarily magnify in our lives when we encounter it. He emerged from his experience immensely positive and upbeat about why we are here and what it is all about. His NDE was so encompassing and vivid that it has not faded with time. What he learned while "under" became bedrock in his self.