THE MAP OF HEAVEN was released on Tuesday (Oct 7), and since then Eben has spoken to folks in New York, Boston, and Western MA. And with the release of this book, I’ve been fielding interview requests from everyone from Dr. Oz to the BBC to foreign-language press.  TGIF, and a long weekend to boot.

It would be an understatement to say that THE MAP OF HEAVEN has been generating a lot of discussion since hitting shelves earlier this week.  And unless you were listening to Kilmeade and Friends, reading The Daily Beast, watching Fox & Friends, and listening to late-night radio Coast to Coast AM, you probably missed some of it.  (If you did see/read/hear all of those interviews live, bravo! Now go use the long weekend to catch up on sleep.)

Here is a roundup of the articles and interviews about Eben this week (Oct 2014). Click each photo to read, watch or listen.

1. Eben was on Fox & Friends

fox & friends


2. Eben spoke to Kilmeade & Friends radio. 

kilmeade & friends capture


3.  The Daily Beast reviewed The Map of Heaven.  Click the image below to read the article

daily beast clip


4. Eben spoke with George Noory on Coast to Coast AM radio. 



Today is the day!  October 7 is here, and THE MAP OF HEAVEN is on bookshelves and shipping out from major retailers in the US and UK.
Eben kicked off the MAP OF HEAVEN book tour with interviews on Fox & Friends and Kilmeade & Friends, and is at the Open Center in New York City for a presentation, Q&A, and signing.  His comments follow.

My second book, The Map of HeavenHow Science, Religion, and Ordinary People are Proving the Afterlife, is coming out today, October 7. 
I’m so excited to share it with you.  After all, it was inspired by the stories entrusted to me and my collaborator, Ptolemy Tompkins, by friends, strangers, sages–and readers.

It’s a book that uses modern stories, science, and ancient wisdom to explore the truths that love and the eternal soul are vital and death is not final.
The first few days of a book’s life are essential to its success.

If you follow me on facebook or twitter, you know about “Team Eben.” It’s a group of family and friends who contribute to my website, help me keep in touch with readers, and spread the word.

Today, I ask you to join Team Eben.

Help us spread the word about The Map of HeavenIf you have 2 minutes, you can help us reach out and show people the truth: you are loved, you are not alone, and there is more to heaven and earth than you have dreamed.


Here’s how to help:

tweet it

1. Tweet It (2 min)

If you have a twitter account, mention @LifeBeyondD with a link to the Amazon or Amazon UK order page.

(Here’s a sample tweet you can use):

Curious about the soul’s journey? Explore it with MAP OF HEAVEN, out today @LifeBeyondD #readersofheaven #mapofheaven

post it

2. Post It (3 min)

Make sure to include the Amazon or Amazon UK link.

(Here’s a sample Facebook post:)

Eben Alexander’s The Map of Heaven, on sale now at is “part metaphysical detective story, part manual for living.”Find out more at


review it

3. Review It (5 min) 


Beginning today, you can post a review on Amazon. Amazon visitors often use other users’ reviews to decide whether to order a book.

Your review–just a line or two long–will really help. Click here to get to the Amazon page (here for Amazon UK), and then scroll down to the “Create your own review” button, as in the image above.

Last, if you haven’t already, read my essay in this week’s TIME Magazine (link), “Science Is Being Forced To Take the Afterlife Seriously.” It’s an adaptation of material from the book, and I hope you enjoy it.


A quick note– Eben has received a few emails inquiring how to join Team Eben and help spread the book news if you don’t use facebook or twitter.  Great question!  There are lots of ways to help.  Suggest MAP OF HEAVEN to your book club, recommend it to friends, or email a link to someone you know would enjoy it.  However you choose to help, we’d love to have support from readers and fans of PROOF OF HEAVEN in getting out the message about the next chapter of Eben’s journey.
Later this week, look for a new post on all the forthcoming editions of THE MAP OF HEAVEN soon.  Meanwhile, here are links to all of the editions we’ve mentioned on the blog so far:

 MoH cover 125.208 Click the US book cover to go to the US amazon page.

MoH cover spanish Click the Spanish-language cover to go to the North American Spanish edition (to be published 11/4/15)

UK 'Map' cover w border  Click the UK cover to go to the UK amazon page.

audio MAP cover Click the audio book image to go to the page.

We’re just six days away from the launch of THE MAP OF HEAVEN, and media outlets around the world are requesting interviews with Eben.  Two MAP-centric pieces are out today, so while the countdown to October 7 continues, you can get a taste of the book right now.

First, read Eben’s essay in TIME magazine, adapted from a portion of MAP: “Science is Being Forced to Take the Afterlife Seriously.”

Next, listen to Eben’s interview with Mind Body Spirit, a quarterly magazine published by London’s oldest esoteric book shop.  You can listen to his interview on youtube, and look for it in the next issue of Mind Body Spirit.



First, thanks so much to everyone who participated in this week’s facebook giveaway, which ran Tuesday morning until 5 p.m. yesterday.  And congratulations to our five facebook giveaway winners! Owie Mahaney, Judy Shulga, Duane Goudge, Shawn Kellner and Karen Hastings, an Advance Reader Copy of Eben’s second book, Map of Heaven, is on its way to each of you as soon as you . You’ll be able to read it long before the book is available in stores or online, October 7.

If you were not one of this week’s lucky winners and you just can’t wait until October 7, fear not–this post contains not one but two excerpts of never-before-seen Map of Heaven material.


First, read the introduction to Map of HeavenIt is is available in full on the publisher’s website.  In it, you can find out what Nikola Tesla, neurophsysiologist Sir John C. Eccles, and quantum physicist Max Planck have in common.

Second, listen to a audiobook exclusive: a 7+ minute long preview of the Map of Heaven audio book, read by Eben himself.  Listen below:

If you’re an audiobook fan (as I am), note that Map of Heaven will be available from all major retailers on CD and for download, including Amazon, Amazon UKBarnes & NobleAudible and iTunes, starting October 7. If you sign up for an trial (link here), you can preorder a copy of the MAP OF HEAVEN audio book to be delivered to your phone, computer, or other listening device on October 7–for free.  

In the meantime, if you haven’t heard it yet, check out  Seeking Heavena series of guided audio programs designed and narrated by Eben  and audio meditation specialist Karen Newell, co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, or brush up on Eben’s story by hearing him tell it in his own voice on the audiobook Proof of Heaven.


THE MAP OF HEAVEN, co-written with Ptolemy Tompkins, is due out in the US and Canada on October 7, 2014! It has also been contracted in other languages – see Foreign Language posting.

It includes some updates on Eben’s life and experience post-PROOF OF HEAVEN, as well as drawing on stories of other people who have gone through Spiritually Transformative Experiences (STE’s) including Near-Death Experiences (NDE’s).  It also brings in some of the intensive research Eben has done over the last several years, not just into cutting-edge neuroscience and physics, but into the writings of great spiritual leaders and thinkers of the past.

Here’s a part of how Eben’s publisher, Simon & Schuster describes MAP OF HEAVEN:

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Proof of Heaven teams up with the sages of times past, modern scientists, and with ordinary people who have had profound spiritual experiences to show the reality of heaven and our true identities as spiritual beings. […]

Part metaphysical detective story, part manual for living, The Map of Heaven explores humankind’s spiritual history and the birth of modern science in the seventeenth century, showing how we forgot, and are now at last remembering, who we really are and what our true destiny really is.

Pretty neat, huh?

Last, everyone knows you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but they’re still interesting to look at:

MAP OF HEAVEN North American Cover

MAP OF HEAVEN North American Cover


I love that deep sky blue.  Most international editions of PROOF OF HEAVEN retained the same themes, if not the same cover–our wall of editions has lots of blue butterflies.  It’s always fascinating to see what different countries prefer, and to guess why they choose what they do.  I’m really looking forward to seeing some of the non-US/Canadian cover art–and to posting it here!

What do you think of the cover? What do you expect or hope to find in the next book?

I love reading the New York Times Sunday Book Review section. This week, it contained a nice surprise: a very kind mention of PROOF OF HEAVEN nestled in a great interview with Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts.  Here’s the excerpt:

What was the last truly great book you read? 

The last truly great book I read was Dr. Eben Alexander’s “Proof of Heaven.” His brain was attacked by an extremely rare illness. His recovery was a medical miracle and then some. Before he became ill, Dr. Alexander, a neurosurgeon, was one of many in the scientific community who did not believe in near-death experiences. While in a coma, Alexander contends, he left this world and encountered a spirit that guided him and not only saved his life but changed it forever.

Given Ms Roberts’ public battle with a rare illness of her own, her words are especially poignant.

If you’d like to read the rest,  the interview is available here.