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The Holy Grail of Book Launching by Mimi Emmanuel


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The Holy Grail of Book Launching, how the cover came about


The Holy Grail of Book Launching
The birth of a cover

by Mimi Emmanuel

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I like to explain how the cover came about.

I asked my daughter to come up with a cover. She makes all my covers for me. She is GREAT!

She did an amazing job and I loved what she came up with. It looked like this.

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So why didn’t we go with this cover?

We didn’t use this cover because we couldn’t get it right.

What? It was right, yes? Well no.
One of the final steps before publishing is to make the cover thumbnail size to see what it looks like on Amazon and this beautiful cover looked like this thumbnail size.

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Mmm, see what I mean? It didn’t work. We couldn’t read the word ‘Grail.’ So it needed adjusting.

My daughter then set out to create the following covers to make the wording stand out more. These covers turned out marginally better but lost the elegance of the original cover.

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I said, to my daughter, ‘How hard can it be to make this cover suited for Amazon.’ Just DO something, you know, colour, font, size, I dunno, make it work!’

She said, ‘Sure Mum. How about these?’

And these?

Talented kid huh?

But I liked the first one best, the turquoise coloured one, cause I thought it looked ‘elegant.’

i even had people vote on these covers but I just couldn’t get happy about it.

Hmmphh. Now what? Any of those covers would do, but I just didn’t ‘feel’ it.

My daughter said, ‘Mum, what do you want? What do you like? Why don’t you google ‘covers’ and see what comes up. When you see one you like, show it to me and I’ll take it from there.’

I didn’t really know what I liked other than I like ‘retro’ and ‘chalkboard.’

So I asked ‘Google Images’ and ‘Stock Unlimited’ and ‘Canva’ to show me ‘retro,’ vintage’ and ‘chalk board.’

Two images came up that I liked.  Now we have inspiration. All credit to the creators of these images. I couldn’t find their names.

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We then sat down, together this time, and played in www.canva.com for a night and came up with this.

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I liked it!

BUT,  I did not feel that it carried the kind of authority that I believe came with the title.

Also, once more, it did not read great, once we turned it into a thumbnail.

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Launch date was getting closer and closer and we still did not have a cover.

My daughter said, ‘Don’t worry about it, I’ll sort it,’ as she trotted off to do her volunteer coaching.

But I was worried because it had taken us months to get to this point and launch was now only weeks if not days away and I do not ‘do’ stress very well.

So, on my own this time I went back into the http://www.canva.com portal, thinking ‘BIG CLEAR FONTS’ and ‘I like vintage.’

I tested out each and every font on Canva and then gave my arms and shoulders rest till my daughter came home and showed her this cover.

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Together we played a bit more and came up with this clearer and sharper picture.

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After this I asked my daughter if she could take the image to Photoshop and enter the text of the subtitle in the little book symbol.

Another day we said down together once more and created the covers for the three volumes on the inside of the book.

And finally my daughter went to http://www.covervault.com to download a free 3D template to create a graphic for the three volumes.

Birth of the cover for the Holy Grail of Book Launching

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A few people have asked how the covers came about and I thought to share the process. It literally took us nearly 6 months working on these, on and off to get to the final covers. Love um or hate um, this is it.

EDIT DATED 05/082017
I received feedback that the cover was a little arty and not necessarily looked as if they were designed to appeal to an audience of writers. For this reason I decided to create a poll. I asked my readers and audience to vote for their most favourite cover.

In addition we added  the words ‘3 VOLUME set.’ Because it was pointed out to me that readers, at a glance, didn’t realise that the book is actually a massive 3 VOLUME set at 363 pages.

These were the covers, with slightly changed heading that we added into the mix.

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This is the cover that was voted overwhelmingly as a favourite cover.

We decided to follow the trend of some of the leaders in the industry and have one cover for the kindle, The Holy Grail of Book Publishing and a different cover for the paper copy of  The Holy Grail of Book Launching.

You can find my tutorial on how to create an infographic on canva here.

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ABOUT THE CONTENT – All content on this website is copyrighted and you can read more about this here. Please also read the disclaimer about my authority and qualifications. Occasionally I partner with people because I like their products and you can read about that here.

ABOUT SCRIPTURE CARDS – If you want to send free Scripture Cards to your friends click here and you want to buy hard copies of Scripture Cards you can click here.

MY BOOKS AND A FREE VIDEO COURSE – To download a copy of MY STORY OF SURVIVAL click here. For a copy of MIMI’S BOOK LAUNCH PLAN, click here. For a copy of GOD HEALED ME click here. For a copy of The Holy Grail of Book Launching click here. For a free video course on how to write a bestseller, click here. To join my launch party click here.

NEW BOOKS RELEASES, INTERVIEWS, AND REVIEWS – As a member of the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance and as a member of the Christian Indie Authors Reading Group and as the current Administrator of  Christian Authors WorldwideThis is FUN! Mimi’s Launch Party and co-administrator of OMEGA nonfiction writers I share new book releases, interviews and reviews with my readers. Stay tuned!

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Publishing Success Summit FREE TICKET 75 Speakers hosted by Eric Van Der Hope


Publishing Success Summit

This is your invite to a FREE Publishing Success Summit.

One of my author buddies Eric Van Der Hope is hosting the Summit of all Summits! He’s invited 75 speakers who are all knowledgeable on book publishing to share their insights with us.

PUBLISHING SUCCESS SUMMIT http://publishingsuccesssummit.com/a/greatday.php

You be crazy to miss an event like this. So mark your calendar for fun and informative listening from the 4th of December onward right through to December 20.

You’ll get the opportunity to learn from Top Book Industry Experts made up of International & National Bestselling authors, platform mentors, ghost writers, designers, editors, literary agents & publishers.

Many writers, want-to-be authors, first-time authors and even published authors do not understand the publishing process thoroughly and as a result they are bound to not enjoy & experience book publishing success!

It’s my goal for this event to help provide you with a solid foundation on the fundamentals of publishing a book. As a result you’ll be able to publish successfully & effectively paving the way for you to share your message around the world and as a result make an impact on other people’s lives!   Eric Van Der Hope

I can hardly think of a more FUN event to be at, during the festive season.

PUBLISHING SUCCESS SUMMIT by Eric Van Der Hope

Claim your FREE ticket here.

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ABOUT SCRIPTURE CARDS – If you want to send free Scripture Cards to your friends click here and you want to buy hard copies of Scripture Cards you can click here.

MY BOOKS AND A FREE VIDEO COURSE – To download a copy of MY STORY OF SURVIVAL click here. For a copy of MIMI’S BOOK LAUNCH PLAN, click here. For a copy of GOD HEALED ME click here. For a free video course on how to write a bestseller, click here. To join my launch party click here.

NEW BOOKS RELEASES, INTERVIEWS, AND REVIEWS – As a member of the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance and as a member of the Christian Indie Authors Reading Group and as the current Administrator of  Christian Authors WorldwideThis is FUN! Mimi’s Launch Party and co-administrator of OMEGA nonfiction writers I share new book releases, interviews and reviews with my readers. Stay tuned!

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EPIC BOOK LAUNCH DEAL $7 ONLY


EPIC BOOK LAUNCH DEAL

For my readers and supporters, I’m thrilled to offer a very exclusive offer. This offer is time bound for the occasion of the launch of The Holy Grail of Book Launching.
My friend Austin Netzley, founder of Epic Book Launch, has agreed to give you his Epic Book Launch Program at a huge 99% discount.
For anyone else this costs $497, but you can grab it right now for just seven bucks ($7)!
EPIC BOOK LAUNCH https://goo.gl/Ty8T1h
Inside you’ll get 66 step-by-step videos on how to publish, promote and sell your book with his “Epic Launch” method. https://goo.gl/Ty8T1h EPIC BOOK LAUNCH
This is the strategy he’s used to launch bestselling books for people like Brian Tracy, Ari Whitten and Peter Voogd.
EPIC BOOK LAUNCH https://goo.gl/Ty8T1h
This is no hoax, this is for real. I know a few things about book launching and learned STACKS. I highly recommend it!
This offer is to celebrate the launch of The Holy Grail of Book Launching.

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ABOUT THE CONTENT – All content on this website is copyrighted and you can read more about this here. Please also read the disclaimer about my authority and qualifications. Occasionally I partner with people because I like their products and you can read about that here.

ABOUT SCRIPTURE CARDS – If you want to send free Scripture Cards to your friends click here and you want to buy hard copies of Scripture Cards you can click here.

MY BOOKS AND A FREE VIDEO COURSE – To download a copy of MY STORY OF SURVIVAL click here. For a copy of MIMI’S BOOK LAUNCH PLAN, click here. For a copy of GOD HEALED ME click here. For a free video course on how to write a bestseller, click here. To join my launch party click here.

NEW BOOKS RELEASES, INTERVIEWS, AND REVIEWS – As a member of the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance and as a member of the Christian Indie Authors Reading Group and as the current Administrator of  Christian Authors WorldwideThis is FUN! Mimi’s Launch Party and co-administrator of OMEGA nonfiction writers I share new book releases, interviews and reviews with my readers. Stay tuned!

THE HOLY GRAIL OF BOOK LAUNCHING 3 VOLUMES


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FREEBIES LOTSA FREEBIES FOR AUTHORS


It is that time of the year where we shower each other with presents and good things. Below I list a few of my favourites. And yes, you can sign up for all of these.

The Holy Grail of Book Launching

The Holy Grail of Book Launching can be downloaded for FREE on Nov 28, 29 and 30.

FREE COACHING SESSION

To support the launch of my book, Paul Brodie, multiple bestselling author of Self-publishing for Beginners will give free coaching calls to help you with your launch.

PAUL BRODIE www.BrodieEDU.com/coaching

Thank you Paul for your support!

KINDLE MANIA 

Kindlemania! It’s the biggest discount book event of the year and one of MY BOOKS IS IN IT!

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Get your 99 cent deals now. 99 cents is as good as free I think.

PUBLISHING SUCCESS SUMMIT

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  FREE EVENT HOSTED BY ERIC VAN DER HOPE ON DECEMBER 4-18, 2016

I can hardly wait for this event. How many more sleeps? Looking forward to seeing you there!

EPIC LAUNCH $7 DEAL

Normal price for Austin’s EPIC BOOK LAUNCH is $497. This is no joke. This is for real!

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I bought the course for $7 and LOVE IT! I know a few things about launching and this is AMAZING VALUE.

EPIC BOOK LAUNCH PROGRAM https://goo.gl/Ty8T1h

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No hoax. Just a limited time offer to get to know the EPIC LAUNCH TEAM and their services. Grab it before it disappears!

MY FAVOURITE CHARITY

I’m just throwing this in for good measure. After getting all these good deals I’m in the mood to do something good. I’ve been homeless. It is awful! Thank you Mission Australia!

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MIMI’S FAVOURITE PICKS

So there you have it. Some of my favourite picks are,

The Holy Grail of Book Launching FREE download on 28, 29, 30 November 2016

Paul Brodie free coaching session to help you with your launch.

Kindle Mania,  the biggest discount book event of the year!

FREE Publishing Success Summit by Eric Van Der Hope on 4-18 December 2016.

EPIC LAUNCH $7 DEAL for limited time only and the real deal, not a hoax!

Mission Australia is campaigning to end family homelessness.

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ABOUT THE CONTENT – All content on this website is copyrighted and you can read more about this here. Please also read the disclaimer about my authority and qualifications. Occasionally I partner with people because I like their products and you can read about that here.

ABOUT SCRIPTURE CARDS – If you want to send free Scripture Cards to your friends click here and you want to buy hard copies of Scripture Cards you can click here.

MY BOOKS AND A FREE VIDEO COURSE – To download a copy of MY STORY OF SURVIVAL click here. For a copy of MIMI’S BOOK LAUNCH PLAN, click here. For a copy of GOD HEALED ME click here. For a free video course on how to write a bestseller, click here. To join my launch party click here.

NEW BOOKS RELEASES, INTERVIEWS, AND REVIEWS – As a member of the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance and as a member of the Christian Indie Authors Reading Group and as the current Administrator of  Christian Authors WorldwideThis is FUN! Mimi’s Launch Party and co-administrator of OMEGA nonfiction writers I share new book releases, interviews and reviews with my readers. Stay tuned!

 

 

Ambushed by God by Nicole Yorke


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Ambushed By God: Finding the Freedom to Embrace My Dark Side


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Ambushed By God: Finding the Freedom to Embrace My Dark Side

by Nicole Yorke

BOOK DESCRIPTION

I’d tried religion, and it hadn’t worked out so well for me. I yearned for more success. For love, for purpose, for popularity. And I wanted those things now.
Of course, I had a secret—a whole dark side full of secrets—that I kept hidden from my friends, my pastors, myself, even from God. Because I knew that what was in that dark chasm would make me unlovable to anyone who saw it. Beneath my smiling optimism lay anger, hate, doubt, rejection, shame, fear, low self-esteem, shredded confidence, and more.
Ambushed by God by Nicole YorkeSometimes I glimpsed a hint of a better self in the mirror: an innocent girl’s eyes staring back at mine. She was beautiful. And I began to realize that all that darkness I’d held inside, that I thought I’d safely stowed away, was killing her.
I found myself at the beginning of a journey, an awakening different than anything that had gone before. I didn’t want to face my dark side and the pain I knew it would bring me. I fought until I could fight no more.

And when I thought it was over for me, Love found me and empowered me to embrace and release the dark memories and experiences I had buried deep within myself for over forty years. For the first time in my life, I discovered the joy of true freedom.
This is my story: the story of how I tried to deny and hide the dark side I was so ashamed of, and the story of how I found myself—and God—when I finally turned to face it.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicole Yorke is a transformational speaker, coach, trainer and author. Nicole was obnoxious, rude and myopic with a penchant for supporting the success of others.

Fortunately, she discovered singleness of purpose and self as she began to embrace the immense and immeasurable energy of LOVE.

Her continuing transformations have empowered her with new eyes for herself and others. Nicole believes that each one of us is uniquely gifted for the purpose of making our time on earth, heavenly.

Nicole intentionally uses her gift to empower others to turn up their brilliance to serve others in whatever space they occupy!

GET YOUR COPY

Get your copy of Ambushed by God by Nicole Yorke from Amazon.

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ABOUT THE CONTENT – All content on this website is copyrighted and you can read more about this here. Please also read the disclaimer about my authority and qualifications. Occasionally I partner with people because I like their products and you can read about that here.

ABOUT SCRIPTURE CARDS – If you want to send free Scripture Cards to your friends click here and you want to buy hard copies of Scripture Cards you can click here.

MY BOOKS AND A FREE VIDEO COURSE – To download a copy of MY STORY OF SURVIVAL click here. For a copy of MIMI’S BOOK LAUNCH PLAN, click here. For a copy of GOD HEALED ME click here. For a free video course on how to write a bestseller, click here. To join my launch party click here.

NEW BOOKS RELEASES, INTERVIEWS, AND REVIEWS – As a member of the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance and as a member of the Christian Indie Authors Reading Group and as the current Administrator of  Christian Authors WorldwideThis is FUN! Mimi’s Launch Party and co-administrator of OMEGA nonfiction writers I share new book releases, interviews and reviews with my readers. Stay tuned!

DYING TO WAKE UP by RAJIV PARTI MD


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Dying to Wake Up


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Dying to Wake Up:
A Doctor’s Voyage into the Afterlife and the Wisdom He Brought Back

by Dr Rajiv Parti

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A rare glimpse into heaven, hell, and previous lives—Dr. Rajiv Parti’s near-death experience brought him on a journey through the afterworld, leading to a spiritual awakening that transformed his career, his lifestyle, and even his fundamental beliefs.

DYING TO WAKE UP by RAJIV PARTI MDBefore his near-death experience, Dr. Rajiv Parti was a wealthy man of science with a successful career as the Chief of Anesthesiology at the Bakersfield Heart Hospital in California. He demanded the same success from his son, whose failures provoked episodes of physical abuse from Dr. Parti. All in all, Dr. Parti was the last man to believe in heaven or hell—that is, until he saw them with his own eyes.

When Dr. Parti had his near-death experience on the operating table, he first watched his own operation from the ceiling—even recalling a joke told by his doctors during his surgery. He was greeted by archangels and his deceased father who led him through the tortures of hell and revealed the toxic cycle of violence that has plagued his family for generations. He even reviewed the struggles of his previous lives which, in many ways, reflected those he still faced in the present. Finally, he experienced heaven. From the angels, he learned lessons of spiritual health that they insisted he bring down to earth—to do so, Dr. Parti knew he had to change his ways.

After his near-death experience, Dr. Parti awoke a new man. He gave away his mansion, quit his career, opened a wellness clinic, and completely turned around his relationships with his family. To this day, he still converses with angels and spreads their wisdom to the living.

In this remarkable true story of spiritual transformation, Dr. Parti provides rare details of heaven, hell, the afterlife, and angels. In sharing the lessons and eternal truths from the Divine that changed him forever, Dr. Parti offers his audience the opportunity to attain peace and live a better life here on Earth.

EXCERPT from Dying to Wake Up

Was I dead? I felt like an astronaut who’d left his spacesuit, only to find that a suit was unnecessary to begin with. With rising panic, I looked back and forth at the two scenes — until both started to fade like a fast-setting sun. Everything went dark. I was relieved: I’m returning to my body, I thought.

Then came a jolt of pure fear. To my right, I heard screams of pain and anguish. I was drawn in, as if on a moving pavement, to the edge of a flaming canyon. Smoke filled my nostrils, and with it the sickening odour of burning flesh. I knew then that I was on the lip of hell.

I tried to turn away, but each time I took a step back, an unseen force moved me forward. A voice spoke to me telepathically. ‘You have led a materialistic and selfish life,’ it said. I knew that was true, and felt ashamed. Over the years, I’d lost empathy for my patients.

Standing on the rim of hell, I remembered a woman who’d come to my clinic for treatment of chronic arthritis. She was in considerable pain, but that wasn’t the reason why she was weeping.

‘I need to talk to you, doctor,’ she said to me. ‘My husband’s dying of lung cancer, and I don’t know what to do.’

‘I’d love to talk to you,’ I said, writing out a prescription for pain-killers and sleeping pills. ‘But I have several patients waiting.’

I was like a robot. I’d trained myself to blunt my emotions. Worse, I had trained myself to think only of myself.

As the smoke billowed and the burning souls screamed around me, I thought of my possessions and how meaningless they were. Why did I have all these things? Why did I need a home so big that, when we were in different parts of the house, we had to communicate through our iPhones?

I felt steeped in shame. But I knew my chance to change was gone: at any moment now, I’d be pulled into the pit of fire to burn for eternity. There seemed no way out, but I prayed for one anyway.

‘My God, give me another chance. Please give me another chance.’

Almost at that instant, I did get my second chance…

tcrI found this book to be fascinating and couldn’t put it down. I found Dr. Parti to be very forthcoming with all of his personal imperfections and how he had to work through them in his life. I found the concept of forgiveness of our parents and grandparents to be very eye opening as we don’t always understand why our parents have treated us the way they did. His experience with his father was especially special to me as I didn’t always understand my father’s ways either.

There is a lot of information in the book, but I think that if everyone would take to heart the changes that he was asked to make in his life following his near death experience the world would be a much better place to live in. I think the world needs to make a huge shift from being so materialistic and ego centered to being heart centered.

AUTHOR BIO

Rajiv Parti, MD, is a world-renowned specialist in pain management with over thirty years as a cardiac anesthesiologist. In addition to being Chief of Anesthesiology at Bakersfield Heart Hospital for more than a decade, Dr. Parti is founder of the Pain Management Institute of California. Dr. Parti’s study in complementary and alternative medicine has led him to formulate an integrative approach to total wellness, especially pain management, stress, and depression. He tours the country extensively, holding workshops to demonstrate methods of healing to help others overcome addiction, depression, chronic pain, and even cancer.

Paul Perry has cowritten four New York Times bestsellers, including Evidence of the Afterlife, Closer to the Light, Transformed by the Light, and Saved by the Light.

GET YOUR OWN COPY

You can get a copy of Dying to Wake Up from Amazon.

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ABOUT THE CONTENT – All content on this website is copyrighted and you can read more about this here. Please also read the disclaimer about my authority and qualifications. Occasionally I partner with people because I like their products and you can read about that here.

ABOUT SCRIPTURE CARDS – If you want to send free Scripture Cards to your friends click here and you want to buy hard copies of Scripture Cards you can click here.

MY BOOKS AND A FREE VIDEO COURSE – To download a copy of MY STORY OF SURVIVAL click here. For a copy of MIMI’S BOOK LAUNCH PLAN, click here. For a copy of GOD HEALED ME click here. For a free video course on how to write a bestseller, click here. To join my launch party click here.

NEW BOOKS RELEASES, INTERVIEWS, AND REVIEWS – As a member of the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance and as a member of the Christian Indie Authors Reading Group and as the current Administrator of  Christian Authors WorldwideThis is FUN! Mimi’s Launch Party and co-administrator of OMEGA nonfiction writers I share new book releases, interviews and reviews with my readers. Stay tuned!

 

PROOF OF HEAVEN BY EBEN ALEXANDER MD


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Proof of Heaven


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Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.

The #1 New York Times bestselling account of a neurosurgeon’s own near-death experience.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Thousands of people have had near-death experiences, but scientists have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those scientists. A highly trained neurosurgeon, Alexander knew that NDEs feel real, but are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress.

PROOF OF HEAVEN BY EBEN ALEXANDER MDThen, Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by a rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days he lay in a coma. Then, as his doctors considered stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes popped open. He had come back.

Alexander’s recovery is a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself.

Alexander’s story is not a fantasy. Before he underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul. Today Alexander is a doctor who believes that true health can be achieved only when we realize that God and the soul are real and that death is not the end of personal existence but only a transition.

This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it. Reading it will change your life.

top-customer-proof-of-heavenAs someone who has experienced an NDE, and struggled with many of the same things that Eben discusses here, I am not surprised at the response that many are having to this book. To say “people who have NDE experiences often find the telling of their story, while trying to impart the information they receive during their experience, a difficult task,” would be an understatement as vast as the universe.

The clinical aspects of Dr. Alexander’s experience are what make this story unique, along with his outright conversion from a “Scientific Reductionist” to someone who sees clearly that consciousness and the vast majority of “what is,” are found outside of our space/time universe and current medical or science books.

To get the most out of any book on NDEs, and especially one that intertwines a very personal journey to find family and self, you must start with an open mind and heart. Unfortunately, those who have already hardened their views on both sides of the spectrums of Science and Religion, will dismiss much of what anyone writes on this topic, because it doesn’t fit their narrow, dogmatic view of the world.

Even worse, it forces them to look outside of their safe little boxes, and take the effort to learn, while being open to the possibility that current models of both science and faith are a good starting point, but not the ENTIRE answer.

Einstein’s quote at the beginning of the chapter “A Final Dilemma” says it best…
“I must be willing to give up what I am in order to become what I will be.”

Whether you begin as a Christian, a Buddhist, Quantum Physicist or a simple seeker of knowledge beyond current understanding, moving outside of the constructs of your current ways of thinking is imperative to discovery.

Fundamentalism, whether it be religious or scientific, is really no different than intellectual bigotry, closed to expanded thoughts, or encompassing new ways of looking for expanded information. Eben’s book embraces both worlds, and does so gracefully, without discounting any specific ideology.

Eben’s experience was certainly deeper, and far more expansive than most I have read (including my own NDE). I do agree that the lack of detail about his time in “heaven” (a term that I find limiting) is frustrating to a point. And yet, the need to spend much of this book on the technical side of his coma, his quest and victory regarding his family (past and present), as well as touching on the scientific aspects of the current science regarding external consciousness, make this short book an excellent jumping-off point for deeper study and discussion.

And there’s the rub…

After experiencing my own NDE (in 1996), I spent almost two obsessive years trying in vain to “connect the dots of knowledge imparted to me,” before putting it all back “in a box” so that I could get on with living my life. Through a series of events over the past two years, I find myself very much back into “telling the story.” I now realize that no book, video, or movie is able to even scratch the surface of answering the great questions of life after death, consciousness, and how they all relate to quantum theory. Expecting “the answers” from a book of this size and configuration is naïve and lazy at best.

There is a reason that the section in this book called “Reading List” is expansive. Much has been written on this topic from both the spiritual and scientific approach. If you are a true seeker of the truth, you will not start or end your journey for knowledge with Eben’s book. Instead, you will appreciate the facts of his experience, the unique medical reality of his coma, and the amazing revelations about family, love and the eternal nature of consciousness, as the BEGINNING of the journey to true understanding.

While this book in not an expansive, all-inclusive answer to the melding of Science and Religion, I give it 5 stars for being an important, unique story, bringing focus to the need for a global change in the perception and understanding of reality, consciousness and the interconnectedness of everything in creation.

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AUTHOR BIO

Dr. Eben Alexander III has been an academic neurosurgeon for the last 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s and the Children’s Hospitals and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Over his academic career he authored or co-authored over 150 chapters and papers in peer reviewed journals, and made over 200 presentations at conferences and medical centers around the world. He thought he had a very good idea of how the brain generates consciousness, mind and spirit.

In the predawn hours of November 10, 2008, he was driven into coma by a rare and mysterious bacterial meningitis-encephalitis of unknown cause. He spent a week in coma on a ventilator, his prospects for survival diminishing rapidly. On the seventh day, to the surprise of everyone, he started to awaken.
Memories of his life had been completely deleted inside of coma, yet he awoke with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm – more real than this earthly one!

His older son advised him to write down everything he could remember about his journey, before he read anything about near-death experiences, physics or cosmology. Six weeks later, he completed his initial recording of his remarkable journey, totaling over 20,000 words in length.
Then he started reading, and was astonished by the insights his journey brought to the world’s literature on near-death experiences, and to all phenomena of extended consciousness. His experience clearly revealed that we are conscious in spite of our brain – that, in fact, consciousness is at the root of all existence.

His story offers a crucial key to the understanding of reality and human consciousness. It will have a major effect on how we view spirituality, soul and the non-material realm. In analyzing his experience, including the scientific possibilities and grand implications, he envisions a more complete reconciliation of modern science and spirituality as a natural product.

He has been blessed with a complete recovery, and has written a book about this most powerful, life-changing story.

For more information, including video links and reading list, visit http://www.lifebeyonddeath.net

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