Book Reviews of 90 Minutes in Heaven

90 Minutes in Heaven
90 Minutes in Heaven
Author: Don Piper, Cecil Murphey
ISBN-13: 9780739453933
ISBN-10: 0739453939
Publication Date: 2004
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3.8 stars, based on 38 ratings
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 43
When I initially began reading this book, I was disappointed because I had hoped the author would spend more time recounting his experiences in heaven. (Only a couple of pages are devoted to his description of dying.) I found the middle of the book to be quite boring, and I took a long time to read it and almost didn't finish it for this reason. However, the book really picked up at the end. Don's stories about his recovery, though painful and depressing, were effective at reminding me of all of the things that I tend to take for granted in my daily life. I also really enjoyed reading about how Don turned other people's lives around by sharing his experiences and insights. I recommend this book to anyone who has recently lost a loved one, or who is in the process of recovering from serious injuries. However, I don't recommend this book to someone who is closeminded in the sense that they might become offended by the Christian religious perpective. In some ways, this book reminded me of "Tuesdays With Morrie." If you enjoyed reading "Tuesdays With Morrie," you will probably enjoy this book as well.
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Although Dan Piper's heaven experience is beautifully related to the readers in detail, most of the book is to relate his experiences for rehab and how his faith brought him the experiences yet to come. There is a lot written on his depression during rehab, but it all makes sense why that part of his recovery was indeed part of his recovery. It makes sense when you complete the entire book. It can be inspirational to someone or just really bring faith in God back to someone who needs it most now.
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Wow. This book recounts what happened to Don Piper while he was "dead" for 90 minutes after grave injury in an auto accident. He vividly recalls, in detail, what he experienced during the hour-and-a-half rescuers worked to resuscitate him. His is truly a glimpse of heaven, told with an incredible eye for detail.
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This is probably one of my all time favorite books. It is essentially a beautiful biographical telling of one man's faith and his miraculous return from heaven after he was pronounced dead at the scene of a horrible car accident. I believe this is a must read for all Christians.
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The book was an interesting story of one man's experience with heaven, but I really wish it spent more time on that subject. The majority of the book chronicled his recovery process, and I think he did a great job of describing his emotions during the painful processes. I can see how this book would be a great spiritual confirmation or even a story of hope for others, but . . . let's just put it this way: I don't recommend this book for anyone who is a skeptic or cynic when it comes to religion.
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One of the best books I've read in a very long time!!!
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A really wonderful example of how pure intent works. The author doesn't sugarcoat his sour attitude as he went through the recovery process.
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Incredible. Anyone who is afraid of death and believes in heaven should read this!
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Wonderful story of hope of the here after for those who live in Christ. A must read also for anyone who has lost a loved one in Christ.
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Don Piper died on January 18, 1989 while on his way home from a church conference. Although he does go in depth into his visit to Heaven, his book really concentrates on his life after the accident. After experiencing a joyous reunion with deceased relatives he was whisked away to earth with no explanation. Don is a devout Christian and suffers greatly from his banishment in heaven and with the physical pain and recovery from his automobile accident. This is really a story of survival against all odds and it is extremely motivating. When we hear of such adversity striking others we often wonder how they find the grit to survive. By reading Don's story we find that survival is based on a mixture of hope, faith and sheer determination. Read this book, you won't be disappointed
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I was really disappointed in this book. I wanted to read more descriptions and images of heaven. There was only a couple of page devoted to it. Most of the book was about the author's recovery from his accident. Granted, he has been able to help people thru his ordeal, but the book was an overall disappointment.
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Easy read and well written. I liked his description of heaven the best. What follows is a journey that I would not wish on anyone. It reminded me that God allows His people to experience pain and all kinds of human weaknesses. Yet, He goes through it with us and provides for us.
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True story of a man in the wrong place at the wrong time, his account of Heaven while he was dead for 90 minutes, and the long, long road to his recovery.

Very detail description of Rev. Don Piper's ordeal with life, death, Heaven, and the very long road to recovery. Got a bit boring in parts, but overall a good book.
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Very interesting true story of a "death" experience & heaven!
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This was a good read. Being a paramedic, I especially enjoyed certain parts. The only flaw was alot of repetition.
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At first it seems like too much information to go through the author's accident, but then when you read the rest of the book, it makes sense! I have recommended this book to some of my hospice patients who want to hear about heaven and have had wonderful feedback! A must read for anyone who wants to know about death experiences!
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I loved this book. The author's description of heaven is exactly what I grew up believing. We are all put on this earth for a purpose and his was to share his experience with us. Great book, I would definitely recommend.
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On the way home from a conference, Don Piper's car was crushed by a semi that crossed into his lane. Medical personnel said he died instantly. While his body lay lifeless inside the ruins of his car, Piper experienced the glories of heaven, awed by its beauty and music.
Ninety minutes after the wreck, while a minister prayed for him, Piper miraculously returned to life on earth with only the memory of inexpressible heavenly bliss. His faith in God was severely tested as he faced an uncertain and grueling recovery. Now he shares his life-changing story.
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I recently read this book and was enthralled by it. A very inspirational tale of a mans will to live. I was totally blessed by his story.
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Very impressive; well written and managed to support all my beliefs!
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If you've ever been concerned about the existence of Heaven, or if you just want to read an incredible story of recovery, this book is great. Although I'm a Christian, I've always felt scared of death---I'm young, people in my family die young, etc. But after reading Don Piper's description of Heaven, I feel a great deal of relief. His story is amazing in other ways, too---his struggles in healing his body and his heart, the impact he's had on others. It's a wonderful book!
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I couldn't agree with Nichole S. more. I was a bit disapointed there was so very little time spent about the "90 Minutes in Heaven" experience and the bulk of the book was about the painful recovery Don faced in the aftermath of his accident but towards the end it really all came together. I would recommend this book and did get some very meaningful take-aways from it.
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I thought the book was good, but it was more about Piper's recovery than the time he spent in heaven.
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I honestly couldn't get through the book. It's an interesting read if you believe that someone can actually experience heaven like that, but I just felt like it was made up. I'm sure several things were actually true, but it just seemed like a bunch of nonsense to me.
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Very inspiring, builds faith in the after-life. Everybody loves a true life story. Helped me deal with loss of spouse.
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I read this book only a few months before my brother died. It gave me a tremendous sense of peace about heaven, and I recommend it to everyone.
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Stopped reading with less than 1/3 of the book to go. Just couldn't get into it.
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Easy interesting read. I am a slow reader and i was captured by this book that I read it in two days.
Very inspirational.
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love this book! It's a book you want to read over and over again.
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I couldn't finish this book....a little too hokey for me. Maybe I am just not in the right mindset right now for a book like this. :(
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Excellent book. While some reviews I've read have criticized that little time in the book is devoted to the author's description of heaven, the most important and encouraging facet of the book to me was the evidence of the power of prayer. When you think things are hopeless, powerful and faithful prayer can change things. I'm encouraged about the author's description of heaven, but even more so that when it seemed all hope was gone, one mans faithful prayer moved God to act in a dying/dead mans favor. And when we can't pray for ourselves, the prayers of the righteous in our behalf are powerful and effective.

I did find the book to be repetitive at times on some points, but sometimes this was helpful in reinforcing some information that I had glossed over or not fully understood the first time. Overall, I found Pipers story inspiring and faith building not so much on the point that heaven exists and that it is a wonderful place, but that God is faithful and hears my prayers in the here and now.
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Absolutely amazing. Even in "near death" or "return to life" stories you don't imagine a man being dead 90 minutes and returning to this earth. Truly a story of a miracle, and a man whose has things yet to do before returning to heaven.
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He talks a lot about the recovery process and the struggle of finding God's purpose for bringing him back to life and having to endure so much pain. It's a great book and a definite must read for christians.
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You can believe the 90 minutes in Heaven thing or not, but the story of courage is compelling. I couldn't put it down.
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Excellent book. Hard to put down once you get into it. This book is by far one of the best written and easy to understand than any other books on this subject. If you don't believe in God you will after reading this book. It is truly amazing what a man can go through and endure.
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The concept of the book is unique. However, I was rather disappointed with how the book played out and the short description of his heavenly experience. There were parts near the end which were uplifting and inspiring.
Strictly based on the structure of the book, I found it quite repetitive. I finished the book wanting and expecting more.
However, I DID pass this book along to a friend who's mother-in-law had recently passed. Although the book wasn't amazingly entertaining or overwhelmingly moving, the picture in which Don Piper paints his first heavenly encounter was beautiful and peaceful. I would recommend this book to anyone who has lost a loved one or is dealing with personal loss. It can put ones mind at ease knowing their loved ones are truly in God's care!
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I didn't like this at all - he said he wanted to start a church and what better way than to write a "spectacular" story - well, there's nothing new here except a sad story about a family that endured a horrible tragedy. This proves only the power of prayer. Thankfully, he had lots of it - and that's how it should have been marketed - as far as the heaven part - Sorry - I don't believe him
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This book isn't actually about Don's 90 Minutes in Heaven, and in fact little time is spent describing his time there. As I read, I grieved wondering WHY God sent him back. By the end I was praising and knew why he was sent back--he has led many to Christ in this time and who knows how many of those have led others? He has an incredibly inspiring and honest story to share and I recommend it for all believers. i now know that all of my believing loved ones who've gone on went straight to Christ!
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An awesome book, not just for the religious person.
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This is a very uplifting book, especially if you are still processing the loss of a loved one or contemplating your own departure from this world and into the next. In it we see that many people who those with a very strict Christian faith would have never expected to see in Heaven, may well be there indeed. I often wondered about my grandfather who for most of his life was an agnostic, and who never outwardly accepted Christ. However, he did say one prayer that I heard when my grandmother was nearing her passage. After reading this book I am sure that he was indeed acceptable and pleasing, and he is with the Master.
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An account of a man's journey on this planet after a horrible accident, and spending 90 minutes in heaven.

This wonderful story is less about what it's like to be in heaven and more about living in God's love here on earth... no matter what the circumstances are. I really loved this story.
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A great quick read for those of us with a little doubt about the afterlife and for those of us who need some inspiration about making it through hard times.
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This is an interesting read... I know of many people that have read it and felt utterly amazed, and "converted". Is it odd that I see nothing out of the normal in this book? It's an account of something that I believe to happen on a regular basis. And somehow doesn't seem so out of the ordinary. It's a fast read. I often wonder if anyone is convinced from utter disbelief to otherwise... I'll have to take a peak at the other reviews!
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This was a one sitting read book for me. It was a definite eye-opener to a couple of major things we take for granted. You should not question things that happen to you in life because God always has a plan for you. You may not understand things at the time of events and you must trust in God as His servant. The pastor that came upon the wreckage of the accident that prayed over Don's lifeless body, had to let the faith of God lead him to what He had instructed. Don lived so that he might help other people both in his ministry and just by helping other accident victims with their recovery. Our lives can change in the blink of an eye. Embrace your life and your family and live each day to the fullest...with God all things are possible.
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From the moment I picked up this book until I was one with it, it had my attention. I literally read it in a matter of hours. Being a believer, it really gave me a new found faith for miracles. I recommend this book for anyone who just wants to know that miracles do exist!
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I thought this was a good book, but it was more focused on the recovery than his 90 minutes in heaven. There are one or two chapters that discuss this experience, but his recovery is very painful and somewhat discouraging for the majority of the story. If you are expecting an ethereal heaven experience, just read the first chapter. I appreciated that he didn't sugar coat his experience- he was discouraged and depressed and he admits this fact. The end of the book made it a worthwile read and I did like the book, but it wasn't quite what I expected.
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Excellent compelling true story. Not sappy, and in places a little hard to stomach due to his suffering but well worth the read. Very inspirational.
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Book okay, however when I loses a loved one they want to know what after life is like, book is deficient in this discussion only a few pages devoted to this about singing, great feel of love etc. Most of book is about his medical trials, which I feel is real and most trying for the writer.

Book not what most people want on content expect more heaven description. Okay but dissapointing.
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A very honest, tell all book of a terrible car accident, death, life and long painful recovery. Didn't want to put it down, read the whole book in one afternoon.
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On the way home from a conference, Don Piper's car was crushed by a semi truck that crossed into his lane. Medical personnel said he died instantly. While his body lay lifeless inside the ruins of his car, Piper experienced the glories of heaven, awed by its beauty and music. Ninety minutes after the wreck, while a minister prayed for him, Piper miraculously returned to life on earth with only the memory of inexpressible heavenly bliss. His faith in God was severely tested as he faced an uncertain and grueling recovery.
90 Minutes in Heaven offers a glimpse into a very real dimension of God's reality. It encourages those recovering from seriious injuries and those dealing with the loss of a loved one. The experience dramatically changed Piper's life, and it will change yours too.
Read this book in one day. Hard to put down. Very inspiring. Everyone should read.
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one man's description of life after death.
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Very good book on the true experience of a guy dieing and explaining what he viewed in heaven. Excellent christian reading.
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This book helped me tremendously. I was reading it while my father was on hospice and we had a very short amount of time left to spend with him. Reading this book helped me deal with the prospect of losing my dad, and then ultimately help me when he left us to be in heaven. I contstantly think back to various parts of the book to help me cope, and just take a different perspective on life.
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A very awe-inspiring, hair on the back of your neck story! If you are a Christian and have a belief in the afterlife, then this book is definitely for you. It really makes you take into account what your life is like right now and what the importance of people mean to you. Great book!
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Really enjoyed the book. This guy is real and not some super-fake "Christian". There is a real Heaven (and a real Hell), contrary to what some preachers are teaching today. The world could use a little more authors like Pastor Piper and Beth Moore.
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This book gave me comfort! I could not put this book down.
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I didnt care for this one. I couldnt get through it.
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I could not put this one down.
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Unrealistic to read. Written so it takes lots fo time to read and absorb. Had a lot of difficulty going through it. I would not recommend it to anyone who is not a die-hard born again Christian, as it has little or nothing to offer.
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I agree with another person, this book I thought was going to more about a description of heaven. The book was hard to read at times, because of all the suffering he did to recover. It is a good read to have the perspective of not taking your life for granted and living it well.
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I found the book very inspirational. It reinforced my belief that people do in fact have near death experiences; in fact, I passed it along to my daughter to read. Once you begin reading, it's hard to put it down.
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The book is not what I expected. It is not really about heaven, but about his experience recovering from the accident.
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Don's experiences in heaven were a very small portion of the book. While I appreciate the fact that he recounted the negative attitude he had during his recovery, and the way he turned it around to be a positive experience, there was entirely too much time spent describing his injuries, rehab and description of the medical procedures. This book did not turn out to be what I had hoped it would be.
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Loved this book!
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a very good book to read
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I was hoping to read more about his "spiritual" experiene and experience of heaven and felt this book was heavy on his recovery and his conditions. A good read, but I had a hard time getting through it.
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Excellent and true. Gives you a lot of inspiration. Well written and well thought out
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It was a very good book. His story of survival is amazing, and the story of his recovery is heart wrenching. His description of heaven is beautiful, although I found it a bit too close to the cliche. I have no doubt that he believes his experience, but the fact that his description is exactly what a Baptist preacher would envision makes me think this is some type of dream or vision rather than a true trip to heaven. The book is also a bit too preachy to be inspirational for me.
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I love this book! While the description of Don's experience in heaven is brief, it is a wonderful reference for him (and me) as he recounts his lengthy, grueling, painful journey through recovery over the next couple of years (he will never recover completely). As someone who has experienced a lifetime of chronic pain, I found Don's testimony particularly relevant for my own experience. The spiritual message of his book is that our earthly lives are intentional: God has a plan for our lives, no matter what twists and turns life may take. Life here is temporary, and the promise of heaven for the believer makes this life not just tolerable but joyful and meaningful even in the midst of pain and suffering. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is suffering or has suffered a major injury, recovery, surgery or long term illness. Very inspirational!
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Absolutely inspiring, it's so good to know that God's word is true. He has a plan for each trial we go through and he certainly showed He is still alive and at work in our lives even when we don't know it.
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I had never heard of Don Piper or his story until a co-worker mentioned him. I have since learned that Don Piper's story is quite well-know and the 90 Minutes in Heaven was actually on the best-seller list. As I said, this was all unbeknownst to me and I considered it an advantage in objectively reviewing the book. However, I also must confess that upon hearing that Piper's story was that he died and went to heaven and then came back to earth, I was skeptical. So I did read this book from a skeptical viewpoint. With that being said, there are two main surprises that I encountered in reading this book. First, I was surprised how powerful Piper's testimony is. I am referring to the testimony of his accident and subsequent recovery process, not including his trip to heaven. Piper's accident was an extremely bad one and his lengthy recovery was no doubt difficult. To hear of Piper's physical and emotional pains and how he overcame them is definitely inspiring. I was also moved by the awesome testimony of Piper's wife's faithfulness. She sacrificed much for her husband. Also to hear of all the people who helped the Piper family out during Don's recovery was moving. On this level I enjoyed this book very much.

The second surprise that I encountered was that the title of the book, 90 Minutes in Heaven, is very misleading. Piper spends one chapter out of 18 describing his time in heaven. I expected the trip to heaven to make up the bulk of the book. Instead as I mentioned the book is mostly about Piper's recovery from his horrible accident. Therefore due to the irrelevance of the title, I can only surmise as to why the book was titled as it is. I have concluded that this was either a publisher or author's decision to generate more interest in the book. For example, which do you think people would be more apt to pick up off the shelf, a book that is marketed as âa true story of life and deathâ (cover's actual byline) or a book whose selling point is âa man was in a bad car accident and he recoveredâ.

I must say that my first critique of the book is that it did not deal with the subject of Piper's trip to heaven like I anticipated. However, since this is what the book's focus was aimed at, I will share my thoughts on it. As I mentioned, I was skeptical of Piper's claim to visit heaven when I first heard of it. After reading this book, unfortunately I cannot say that I have been swayed much in my opinion. On page 47, Piper says that when he was being loaded on the ambulance he remembers thinking, âSomething terrible has happened here, and I think it's happened to me.â This statement confuses me because Piper admits that he did not know what was happening. Did he know that he had died? If not, then how did he know that he had experience heaven? Couldn't it have been a dream or hallucination? On page 57 Piper says, âSometimes I'd wake up and see people standing in front of my bed and would wonder, Am I really here or am I just imagining this?â Here Piper freely admits that in the state he was in, he wasn't sure where the line was between reality and imagination. Finally on page 78 Piper states, âI never doubted or questioned whether my trip to heaven had been real. That never troubled me. Everything had been so vivid and real. I couldn't possibly deny it.â An experience seeming very vivid and realistic is not qualifying for its reality. Many dreams and hallucinations seem very vivid and real. Instead, any questionable Christian experience should be measured by the scriptures. The author never attempts to do this. Actually Piper's description of heaven was extremely disappointing in that it was overly man-centered. His experience focused more on his friends and family and personal pleasure than Christ. The scriptures describe heaven as a place where Christ will be exalted for all eternity. In fact this is one of my biggest problems with this book. There is hardly any mention of scripture to back up any of Piper's claims. Also he doesn't feel the need to quote any scripture when testifying of his recovery. There are passages from the bible at the beginning of every chapter, but these are almost all taken out of their correct context and used instead to lead into each of Piper's stories.

My next complaint is that on page 33 Piper says, âI get frustrated describing what heaven was like, because I can't begin to put into words what it looked like, sounded like, and felt like.â Then why write this book? But Piper does later give several reasons why he felt it was important to write this book. One reason Piper gives is that his story is encouraging to people. Piper relays a story of the first time he told anyone about his experience of dying and going to heaven. The first person Piper tells is his close friend David Gentiles. Gentiles proceeds to tell Piper that Piper is supposed to share his story. On page 126 Gentiles says âIs it possible that God took you to heaven and brought you back for you to share what happened to you? Don't you realize what a powerful encouragement you can be to others?â I struggle understanding how the fact that Piper claims he went to heaven is an encouragement. Heaven is real whether he went or not, whether he shares his story or not. This is like the Passion of the Christ film. Many people commented after seeing the movie, ânow I realize what Christ did for me!â If you never realized what Christ did for you before, what did your faith consist of? If you have to have Piper tell you his story to know that heaven really exists, what does your faith consist of? Gentiles does not stop there. Gentiles makes Piper promises that Piper will tell the story. Gentiles tells Piper to make a covenant between them. The following is found on page 127. Piper: âWhat kind of covenant.â Gentiles: âPick two people you trust. Just tell them a little of your experience and gauge their response.â He went on to explain that if they thought I was crazy or that I had hallucinated, then I would never have to speak about it again. âBut if they rejoice with you and if they urge you to tell them more, I want you to take this as a signâa sign that God wants you to talk about those ninety minutes you spend in heavenâ This is terrible reasoning to do anything, let alone something that you feel could possibly be the will of the Father. What may be even more disturbing about this âcovenantâ between Gentiles and Piper is that both men are ministers of the Gospel! They do not have any excuse for the poor theology exhibited by this conversation.

Another reason that Piper gives for sharing his testimony and story of heaven is found on page 128. Piper says, âI'm writing about what happened because my story seems to mean so much to people for many different reasons. For example, when I speak to any large crowd, at least one person will be present who has recently lost a loved on and needs assurance of that person's destination.â How would Piper's experience assure anyone of anyone else's destination? Piper claims to have gone to heaven and while there, he saw many people he knew. This in no way assures that someone else went to heaven. Actually I am reminded of Luke 16:19-31 and the story of Lazarus and the rich man.
19 "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 "The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.' 25 "But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.' 27 "He answered, 'Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.' 29 "Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.' 30 " 'No, father Abraham,' he said, 'but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' 31 "He said to him, 'If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead."
I believe that this passage, especially verse 31, actually contradicts Piper's âministry of assurance.â

Next, Piper says that another reason he feels compelled to tell the story is that he wants âas many people as possibly to go to heaven.â Of course no one would argue that there is anything wrong with this type of thinking. It is great that Piper, or any believer for that matter, would be led to share their faith, however I feel that Piper misses an important theological truth in his reasoning. On pages130-131 Piper relays a story in which he concludes, âWe're willing to save someone in a visible crisis, but a lot of folks are in spiritual crisis and we don't say a word about how they can get out of it.â I interpret this as being Arminian in thought and therefore, not biblical. The comparison that a person would save another person physically if they could, so why don't we try to save people eternally is a poor example because we cannot save people in an eternal sense. Another place where Piper draws on Arminian/Palagian thought can be found on page196 where he says âGoing to heaven that January morning wasn't my choice. The only choice in all of this is that one day I turned to Jesus Christ and accepted him as my Savior.â Again, this is not a scripturally sound statement and as a minister, I hold Piper accountable for comments such as these.

In conclusion, I found 90 Minutes in Heaven to be unscriptural at worst and misleading at best. I did thoroughly enjoy Piper's testimony of his overcoming tragedy and maintaining his faith in the face of unimaginable adversity. However even this became redundant at times, as nearly every chapter mentioned repeatedly how badly Piper hurt and how depressed he had become. Of course Piper would draw this all together with his chosen title by stating continually that he missed heaven and it was a better place than he was in. I would have liked to see the book focus more upon the testimony of Piper overcoming through God's grace and less of Piper's longing for heaven.
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I felt like the book repeated itself over and over. The only thing this guy said about his 'experience' in Heaven is in the Bible!
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The first three chapters detail his trip to Heaven, and it's worth reading for those three amazing chapters. He talks about being greeted by a welcoming committee of relatives and friends who'd died and about how the most amazing thing to him was the sound--all the music and singing. I often give this book as a gift to those who've lost a loved one. It comforted me after my mom's death.
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While the premise of Piper's book - 90 Minutes in Heaven - is quite interesting, the story beyond the accident does become somewhat tedious and repetitive. I did admire Piper's candid recounting of his feelings and actions as he recuperated; he doesn't sugar-coat or over-dramatize, just tells it like it was. Not a bad read, especially if you're feeling sorry for yourself.
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This book is a must read. I found his account of heaven refreshing and there is something that will ring inside of everyone. Some have given negative reviews because they thought the book was supposed to be completely about his time in heaven, which it is not. But the story of his recovery, and the impact he's had on others over the years is riveting and needs to be read. It tells a story that you can impact lives for God in many ways, and that your life story is not over until the Creator tells you it is. It gives us hope for those really hard days.

Great book.
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As recently losing a loved one, this book gives a very delightful insight of Heaven. I was really pleased to know that Don and the people he encountered during his short journey were not worried about the ones they left behind. My biggest fear is that my loved one was there alone and wondering about her family. Don helped ease my mind. Great book! Very moving and spiritual!
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I found this story intriguing; it gives one man's experience with after death and how it changed his life. Makes one think about our purpose here on earth and what God has planned for us.
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Very inspirational autobiography of Don Piper, an ordained minister, who overcomes his own personal tradegy to inspire others around him.

Both he and his car were crushed in a terrible accident. Paramedics declared him dead at the scene. His story begins with the retelling of his Heavenly experience while his body lay lifeless in his crushed car. He is returned to life 90 minutes later as his friend prays over his body. Don Piper also tells of his long physical and spiritual recovery. He retells of his struggle to find the reason God sent him back to earth and how upon it's discovery he is motivated to uplift those around him. A very wonderful story!
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Good book.
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A very fascinating story. No matter how you imagine heaven might be, you will find this account intriguing. Much of the book is given over to his medical situation and recovery, but you will find that you are empathetic and rooting for him along the way.

This book is short, but not necessarily a quick read.
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To me this book was very condescending and not very uplifting. To me he speaks that if your experience in heaven was not like his, then it didn't happen. I would not recommend. I read because it was a Book Club book.
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Very good and interesting point of view from a life experience. Kind of skippy but still a good book.
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I was told to read this book my a psychologist to help with my grief from losing my mother last July. I read with an open mind but did not feel as if this gave me insight to dealing with death. This would be an awesome book for dealing with living with physical limitations or disabilties.
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This was a very good book. It is full of life lessons and reminds us that God has us here for reasons we may never understand. His timing is perfect and His ways are not our ways. A good read. Big God is next on my list. Written by Pastor Britt Merrick, also takes you on a journey, sometimes painful but encourages you to get closer to Jesus!
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Great, inspiring story.
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great book
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This was a really good book. I would have preferred it not be as repetitive and that it would have moved in a more chronological order. It got kind of confusing when some events were described more than once at different places. Overall, I enjoyed the book though. It was maybe not exactly how I expected it to be, but good all the same.
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It was a good book just not what I expected. It had very little to say about the 90 Minutes In Heaven it was more on the author's recovery from his accident.
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Don Piper tells of his severe auto accident, and the resulting time of hanging between life and death, and what happened to him during that time. He then tells of the aftermath, when he was brought back to this world, and the struggles to recuperate, and deal with a body much crippled and in pain.
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Very good book, and so spiritually inspiring
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A pastor I once knew had preached about Don Pipers story and had on several occasions recommended this book to me. I have ever since then wanted to read Don Pipers story.
Today while rummaging through some old books at a sale I reached out and picked this book from all the others. I was ecstatic. I went home and began reading it even before the book I had just received in the mail from paperback. The real message in this book for me is the power of prayer! Dons story was so riveting but for me the real miracles of this story are in the answers to prayers. While his recounting the recovery was a good idea for those who have had this kind of horrific experience they did not much for me. I did find it interesting but not overly interesting. I agree with other reviews that in some parts of the book in the middle it is a little dry and boring for the average reader but I expect it is not for someone who has endured similiar pain and suffering.
Prayer....its real....so is heaven. Im glad we have them both. I rate this book a 3 for its story content and outreach. It could have been a 5 if written differently with more emotion and heart tugging sentiment...just the thing most guys hate but woman love.
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Don Piper's ninety minutes in heaven changed his life and his perspective. REading his book will give you the assurance that God is faithful to bring you through even the most horrific of circumstances. May his eyewitness account of the hope that lies before you change your perspective of this life as well...

this is a true story. it was so moving... incredible... and brand new. i read it in one day... so now id like to share it.... with you all!
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Excellent and encouraging reading, something to look forward to leaving this world.
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Very inspirational!
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Makes you think about your own mortality
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Covered more of his recovery than I wanted, was looking for more about heaven but his faith was special
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The wonderful account of a man who spent time in heaven after an accident and how he was able to use the story to minister to others afterwards...
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Very interesting read told with much feeling.
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As he is driving home from a minister's conference, Baptist minister Don Piper collides with a semi-truck that crosses into his lane. He is pronounced dead at the scene. For the next 90 minutes, Piper experiences heaven where he is greeted by those who had influenced him spiritually. He hears beautiful music and feels true peace.
Back on earth, a passing minister who had also been at the conference is led to pray for Don even though he knows the man is dead. Piper miraculously comes back to life and the bliss of heaven is replaced by a long and painful recovery.
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Very little about being in Heaven, mostly about his accident and his faith in God
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This book is an interesting read of a man's first hand experience of heaven. But more than that, it confirms the power of prayer and the benefits of walking closely with the Lord. Life is truly an adventure--despite earthly circumstances--when shared with God.
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The true story of a man who was killed in an auto accident- medical personnel said he died instantly. While his body lay lifeless inside his crushed car, he experienced the glories of heaven. Ninety minutes after the crash, a minister prayed for him, and he miraculously returned to life on earth. His faith was tested as he faced a long and difficult recovery. Very inspiring.
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This is a true story of how a preacher died for 90 min and spent that time in heaven.He was sent back to help those that were suffering to let them know what will await them in time. A book I will never forget.
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Christian- true story
****
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This book tells the story of Don Piper when he had a car wreck and died and came back to life. It tells of his journey to heaven and his experience when he came back to life, his encounters of his recovery and his experiences since his return.

This book is enjoyable for all people that have been saved and those that want to find out more about NDE's.
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It was ok. I think it only has about 90 minutes of good stuff. If you like all the preacher and religion stories than I think you'll like this book.
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Excellent book. Hard to believe what Don went through. Very interesting. I couldn't put it down.
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Easy reading. Focused more on his healing rather than what heaven was like.
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A true story of a man that survives a killer car crash and through faith learns that sharing his story might be the reason why he survived.
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A touching testimony from a man who died, saw heaven, and was returned back to earth to share his story. This book is more than just his death and his visit to heaven. It is a story about "why" we are here and what kind of love is waiting for us when we return back to our home in heaven! I loved this story: heart-warming and breath-taking!
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This was an interesting book about recovering from a horrific accident and how God was present in his life, not a whole lot of focus on Heaven though..
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This was pretty good. I found it believable. The second half of the book, that was more about his recovery, was a little boring.
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A miraculous story of a man who got in a car crash and died instantly. Paramedics stated that he had died instantly. Don did die and went to heaven for 90 minutes and then came back to life to tell about it. Here is his true story.
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I read this after my father-in-law went to heaven. This is a great book for those who are grieving and those who are struggling with any type of accident. Very honest and a quick read. I have a one year old and I read it in two afternoons.
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Wonderful true story that will keep you turning the pages!
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kind of drawn out, soo much talking of his pain.
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Most of this book is about the difficult recovery after Don Piper's terrible car wreck. His heavenly experience is covered in a couple of chapters. It's not particularly well written and is repetitive.
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An awesome true story of a man who dies in an horrific accident, was pronounced dead by EMT's on site, and returns to life 90 minutes later. You will never fear death, after reading this.
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A wonderful, wonderful, moving read!
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Don Piper's story of dying, and his subsequent "return" to life and battle with extremely serious injuries, and his struggle to put his life back together again.
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A must read for anyone wondering about heaven or faith in God.
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Wonderful story. Made me rethink my prayer life. So glad I had the opportunity to read it.
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this is a great book and fast read
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The story of Minister Don Piper's car accident and subsequent death. Ninety minutes after the wreck, while a minister prayed for him, Piper miraculously returned to life. Facing a long and uncertain recovery, his faith in God was severely tested. The experience was life changing for him - wonderful and inspiring for his readers!
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I found this to be a very moving story.
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An excellent book! A very fast read!
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I found it very comforting, that heaven was so not scarey and that you knew everyone.
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facinating account of the car accident that sent him to heavene,but back down to a personel hell.recovering from horrible injuries
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A most wonderful book, full of hope & encouragement! After I read it the first time and immediately started reading it again!!!! Awesome book!!
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This is a wonderful book. I feel that anyone who has questions about what happens after death should read this book.
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Great book, very compeling.
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I was pretty disappointed with this book. The pain and agony of this person's injuries drags on and on. Perhaps this was cathartic for the writer, but after several chapters of reading of his misery, I decided not to finish the book. I was looking for an uplifting story about the afterlife and a glimpse of heaven, which isn't really the focus of the book, despite the title.
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It really helps if you are going through a loss
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My mother read this book and really was upset with it. She said most of the book dealt with his recovery which is what she hoped it was not about. She wanted to hear more about his "90 minutes in heaven", but that only lasted for a chapter or so. I personally haven't read it myself, I just am repeating what my mother said.
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Wonderful book. Powerful. Really makes you look at your own life. It gave me chills and made me cry.
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Really helped me with compassion
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I would recommend this book to anyone!! It is a wonderful autobiography and shows human courage at its best. The encouragement it offers is priceless.
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This book was a real page-turner for me.
It told the story of a life interrupted and the ensuing "Heaven" experience...and the return to recover. I wasn't sure how it would affect me, but it gave me a lot of hope...not just the 90-min. experience, but the ensuing conversations and thoughts processing that experience.
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This book talks about Heaven at the very first part of the book. After that, it is all about how his experience helped him deal with other people. The book is good but I was very disappointed because I was expecting there to be a lot more about his time in Heaven.
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THIS BOOK WILL REALLY TOUCH YOUR HEART,I ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH,CRIED TOO,TO SEE WHAT ONE HUMAN BEING WENT THROUGH AFTER A LIFE SHATTERING ACCIDENT WILL MAKE ONE CHANGE THEIR OUTLOOK ON LIFE!
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This book recounts Reverend Don Piper's horrendous accident, death, and subsequent trip to heaven for ninety minutes. He portrays his impressions in a simple manner that leaves the reader longing to go there as well. This is a very interesting book for those who are heaven-bound.
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I loved this book! Not only does it share a beautiful experience of the afterlife, it takes you on the journey of caring for a loved one after a horrific, life changing event. It gives perspective from the injured, and the family members who now become caregivers. I gave this book to the people I love at Christmas last year. I think this book can be healing for people who have unexpectedly lost a loved one.
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Very thought provoking book...has been passed around the office, and more are asking to read it. It is hard to put down and stop reading.
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This is actually a pretty good book and an easy read. The theme of this story is about a Christian who survives a car crash that nearly kills him. The suthor often travels to local churches to tell about this crash and how he saw heaven. If you are a Christian you will probably enjoy this book. Others will think that because his brain was putting him into a coma due to all the pain he was in due to truma. Even if it's true, why not?
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I'd had this book on my "to-read" list for awhile, mostly given its popularity. Yes, I am a Christian, but I tend to be pretty picky about my Xtian reads, preferring more theological thinkers than fluffy light reads. So did the book fall into the latter of the two categories? Absolutely, without a doubt - but I say that knowing my own skeptic cynicism shines brightly through. I'd place it in the same category as "Heaven is for Reals", one that I'd much prefer to have read solely about the heaven experience, and not the aftermath of his journey. Piper is not a prolific writer, but his easy-reading style made it the perfect fit for 1 am feedings with a newborn.
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This book is based on a TRUE story with newspaper articles to confirm it and a Google search that does as well. I personally found the book very compelling and renews ones thoughts on life after death and the power of true God-Fearing prayers. It made me think many times of what would had happened if his friend had not been allowed by the policeman to go pray for his friend, even tho' considered [and actually was pronounced] dead. I also wondered how many times chances have been missed to pray for those in wrecks who are dying or are considered dead, would they have came back from the dead if only someone had prayed for them. The story is well-written and moves along at a fast clip, keeping your interest, you will find yourself stopping/starting but not because of the writing but the content of what you're reading....it really makes one stop and think things clearer and in trying to make sense also arrives the ability to be able to put yourself in his shoes when the accident happens and gives fodder for why we should alway be on guard...."for satan is like a lion constantly seeking whom he can devour". After reading this book it makes you wonder about what if? And if, would YOU be ready? Great read for book clubs. Starts you out with a LOT of questions but in the end gives you LOTS of answers as well.
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Good read.
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90 Minutes in Heaven offers a glimpse into a very real dimension of God's reality. It encourages those recovering from serious injuries and those dealing with the loss of a loved one. The experience dramatically changed Piper's life and it will change yours also!
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Very inspiring!!!
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I read this book to my family out loud over the course of a couple weeks. My kids loved to hear the miracle stories that Don shares throughout the book. Don paints a beautiful picture of heaven that made all of us so excited to be there some day but also reminds us of how much we have to learn here on earth before we go.
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This book was amazing, it mad me feel better about life after death. I knew that there was no doubt that my mother went to Heaven when she passed away, she was a very Spiritual women. I understand why she called on Jesus so much, I know that she wasn't wearied about her after life. I didn't know at the time I had finished this book but some days after my brother and I were talking about death and just out of the blue I said that I'm not scared of dieing, my brother said he was and that he didn't want to die. I told him that I didn't want to die either, I just wasn't scared of the thought of dieing. I was some what surprised at what I said but then thought of the book I had read and realized that was why I was not scared. The thought of death use to scare me but not after reading this book. Don't misunderstand me I'm not ready for death I love life and thank God for letting me see another beautiful day, I'm just at peace about that subject. ( If I had to rate this book between 1-10 I would give it a 10 )
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Not so much a description of heaven and God, but more a self help book for learning patience, perseverence and praise. Powerful account of Don Piper's journey back to life and his commitment to witness.
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This is a great book! It is life changing for sure!
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this is an awesome book.
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This was an interesting story.
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absolutely could not put it down! loved it
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I really enjoyed this book. I think I may read it again. Its really great if you have lost someone very dear to you.
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enjoyable book
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Rev. Piper gives several good life lessons. However, I was disappointed in the basic fundamental lesson...forgiveness.
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i could'nt put this book down! It's about a Baptist preacher in Texas who was legally dead for 90 minutes after a car accident and saw Heaven.It brings tears to your eyes!
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This is a book about a man's journey to heaven after "dying" in a car accident.
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This was an awesome book. I never thought that I need to reexamine my own life until I read this book. I now have a better understanding of how to deal with the pain that life deals me.
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Rev. Don Piper was in a horrendous car wreck and pronounced dead at the scene. And lived to tell what happened next.
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I could not wait to read this book and I was not disappointed. This mans experience is incomparable.
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a real eye opener
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Very inlightening.
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Don was a average Christian man, coming home from a convention when his small car was crushed by a 18 wheeler.
The EMT's checked for pulse and life signs and found none.
Along comes another minister, who insisted to pray for this dead man.
The ministers prays, and led by the Spirit of God, speaks life into the dead body...he starts singing "What a friend we have in Jesus", and the corpse comes to life singing also.
The EMT's are harder to convince but they eventually come at the minister's prodding and all hell breaks loose. The dead man is back to life.
The rest of the tale is Don's experiance with experimantal bone growing devices and the intense pain and depression that he had.
A very real and honest account of a Christian struggling in day to day lie with cronic pain.