For Christmas in 2012 Grandma gave me (and others) this book, Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander. I read it almost immediately. It's a story about a doctor who has a Near Death Experience (similar to Return From Tomorrow) and has an out of body experience while in a coma. These types of books always intrigue me, especially when they come from a fairly credible source, such as an MD. You can never be sure if what they say is true or not, but most of his message rang true to me. His terminology varied somewhat from what I'm familiar with, but his experiences largely supported my personal beliefs about life, the universe and the hereafter.
Summary: "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. Then, 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 comma. 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 realized 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 of person of faith will be able to ignore it. Read it will change your life."
Page 72, "During the brain-based, physical portion of our existence, our brain blocks out, or veils, that large cosmic background, just as the sun's light blocks the stars from view each morning. Imagine how limited our view of the universe would be if we never saw the star-spangled nighttime sky."
Page 83, "The very fabric of the alternate dimension is love and acceptance, and anything that does not have these qualities appears immediately and obviously out of place there."
page 84, "Free will is of central importance for our function in the earthly realm: a function that, we will all one day discover, serves the much higher role of allowing our ascendance in the timeless alternate dimension. Our life down here may seem insignificant...But it is also hugely important, for our role here is to grow toward the divine."
Page 85, "How do we get closer to this genuine spiritual self? By manifesting love and compassion. Why? Because love and compassion are far more than the abstractions many of us believe them to be. They are real. They are concrete. And they make up the very fabric of the spiritual realm."
Page 96, "None of us are ever unloved. Each and every one of us is deeply known and cared for by a Creator who cherishes us beyond any ability we have to comprehend. That knowledge must no longer remain a secret."
Page 150, "We see the universe as a place full of separate objects (tables and chairs, people and planets) that occasionally interact with each other, but that nonetheless remain essentially separate. On the subatomic level, however, this universe of separate objects turns out to be a complete illusion. In the realm of the super-super-small, ever object in the physical universe is intimately connect with every other object. In face, there are really no 'objects' in the world at all, only vibrations of energy, and relationships."
Page 158, "I am more than my physical body."
Page 161, "Communicating with God is the most extraordinary experience imaginable, yet at the same time it's the most natural one of all, because God is present in us at all times."
Page 162, "I must be willing to give up what I am in oder to become what I will be." - Albert Einstein
Page 165, When Tomorrow Starts Without Me poem
I would definitely suggest this book to others. Some might agree with what he says, others might not, but it's an interesting read and will open your mind to other possibilities and explanations about life that you might not have considered. It's a quick read, with the occasional medical explanation that drags on a little too long, but overall very interesting.