Four years ago, in an intensive care bed at Lynchburg General Hospital, neurosurgeon Eben Alexander III came back from the dead and into the light. Now, his just-published description of that experience, “Proof of Heaven,” has placed him in an international spotlight.
Last Friday, the book climbed to the top of Amazon’s sales list. It has put Alexander on the cover of Newsweek and into the guest chairs on “Nightline,” “Good Morning, America,” “Fox & Friends” and “20/20.” Oprah and Dr. Oz are waiting in the wings.
Ever since mankind developed consciousness, humans have wondered about what follows their final earthly moment. Hundreds of books have been written and thousands of scientific papers have been published on the subject, a trickle that quickened into a flood when improved techniques of “re-booting” heart attack victims gave rise to a new breed of near- death experiences in the mid-to-late-20th century.
Nevertheless, Alexander’s description of his own dance with eternity has made a huge impact in a very short time. But why him? And why now, when so much has already been said?