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90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life [Kindle Edition]

Don Piper , Cecil Murphey
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,391 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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. For years Piper kept his heavenly experience to himself. Finally, however, friends and family convinced him to share his remarkable story.

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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 with you.

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 too.

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528 of 545 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 90 Minutes in Heaven January 20, 2006
I never buy these kinds of books. I have always viewed them as a type of preying on believers or , at best, a sleazy attempt to cash in on faith. This book was different. I read the title and synopsis and passed over it many times but something kept drawing me back to this book. I didn't know why at the time, but I had to buy this book.

I loved it from the very first page. It has a ring of truth. Most of the book is about what happened to Mr. Piper after his experience in heaven and during his long, painful recovery. I bought many copies and gave them to family and friends, urging them to read it as I believe it has the power to transform lives.

About a month after I 1st read this book my son was killed in Iraq. I now know that God was preparing me for what was to come and not be afraid but be joyful that my son is with Him in an indescribly beautiful place, in His presence. I have a peace of mind I NEVER would have known if I had not read this book. I will be forever grateful for this.
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645 of 693 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down! October 10, 2004
Written in straight-forward, simple style without a lot of "religionese," Don Piper has told the story of his devastating accident, his brief time in heaven and his return to a life full of pain and questions. I read it cover-to-cover in two hours and then loaned out my copy. I would recommend this book to just about anybody -- to those with questions about faith, questions about prayer, questions about life and death and pain which we all face to some extent.

His descriptions of heaven are human ones -- simple, not overly poetic or grandiose, just those of someone who experienced the indescribable and then tried to describe it. I loved the descriptions of the incredible heavenly music and I get the feeling that vast choirs and heightened senses await us there. And despite the incredible experience, Piper found it too personal, too private, and too intimate to share with anyone for over a year after his accident. I'm so glad he found the courage to do so.

I also love the honesty with which he describes his pain and depression and the inevitable questions that we must face when we have close encounters with the Almighty. The God we meet is often not the one we expected, and while we can't understand why God does what he does, we can no longer deny this God we don't understand. And while we hold these two things together, our lives are changed and grace is showered down amid the ruins of what we thought was important to us.

A simply-told story of the greatest mystery of all -- you HAVE to read this book!!
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just enough to make it real August 19, 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As I glanced through other reviews of this book, I noticed many of the negative reviews voiced the same issue -- "there wasn't enough about his experience in Heaven". But that's what confirmed its authenticity to me along with his self-admitted inability to describe it. I'm confident Reverand Piper conveyed exactly what he experienced and that it wasn't embellished or enhanced merely to satisfy our earthly desires for more information. A lesser author would have done so to sell more books! His experience in Heaven was the most intriguing part of the book, but of greater value was what he did with that experience as well as the mental and physical challenges following his accident. In summary, it's a confirmation of God's promises to us regarding Heaven, a reminder that we all serve a purpose for Him while on earth, and a prompting regarding our responsibility to ensure others are saved.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping March 19, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I don't know what to say, other than - this story has the ring of authenticity. I haven't checked out his facts - and frankly, I picked up his book with a good bit of healthy skepticism. So many people have attempted to make a quick buck off of the spiritual gullibility of others. But based on my understanding of Scripture and my own internal "truth meter," I walked away from this book thinking to myself, "This man may have actually been given a glimpse of heaven." I can see this book providing genuine comfort to those who have lost Christian loved ones...and unspeakable encouragment to those who are themselves facing death.
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271 of 315 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 90 Minutes In Heaven Is Heavenly! September 29, 2004
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 "home" to Heaven, his book really concentrates on his life after the accident. After experiencing a joyous reunion with deceased relatives he was wisked 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 advertisity striking others we often wonder how they find the grit to survive and even thrive. 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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190 of 224 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed... May 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I was so excited to listen to this book! To hear what it's like in Heaven - wow! But Mr. Piper talks of his moments in Heaven for just minutes on the first disk, then the other 4 1/2 disks (rest of the book) is all about his injuries in the accident and how he recovered. I was very disappointed. I expected more on Heaven, not so many details on his health condition each day. So if you want a story about a man that beat death with many prayers, this is it. But if you wanted a story, like me, that tells you every detail of Heaven and how wonderful it is, skip it. Sorry.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
was a wonderful book enjoyed it very much thank you so much for sharing your experience with the world God Bless your strength
Published 7 hours ago by Stratford Caughman
1.0 out of 5 stars False
This never happened. Please read John 3:13 and see what Jesus told Nicodemus about anyone going into heaven. He should give back everyone's money he made from this book.
Published 22 hours ago by Juan L. Maldonado
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star, Inspiring, Blessed!
I enjoyed this book very much and believe his story. It inspired me. He did not try to make a superhero story. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Betty Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving story
Of all the years of Bible study this book brings to life the reality of eternity. I look forward to that place.
Published 1 day ago by Robert A Yeager
5.0 out of 5 stars 90 Minutes in Heaven
I thought it was a wonderful book. I would tell anybody they need to read this book!!!! I can't wait till I get to heaven!!!!
Published 4 days ago by Leslie Bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOKfort
I enjoyed reading this. I get great pleasure knowing when I pass what it will be like. Comfort reading. I would recommend this to anyone.
Published 5 days ago by carol belveal
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the first 60 pages at Least, You won't regret it!
I am a Christian and have been raised Lutheran. I find all believers need affirmation of the hereafter, no matter how faithfully they have attended church and whether they... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Carolyn
1.0 out of 5 stars just ok
I wanted to hear more about heaven. For being there 90 min I would think I could get a few more details. This was more of a "I was in an accident.. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible read
What an awesome book. I just couldn't put it down. He's such an inspiration to others. This book is powerful.
Published 11 days ago by Joann Stamile
4.0 out of 5 stars Believe it or not!
90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper with Cecil Murphy is a straight-forward, eye-opening story about a Pastor from Houston who shares his extremely personal experience of Heaven. Read more
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Testament to the amazing human mind, even when damaged
I haven't read this book yet. I have read the reviews, and these customer discussions. I do however, share one thing in common with the author. I had a near death experience myself in the 70's, before most of these published experiences were even around.

I was actually an atheist at the time. ... Read more
Mar 6, 2007 by L. Hand |  See all 33 posts
Going to heaven at death!
I haven't read Pastor Don's book, but I don't think the issue boils down to either Pastor Don or the Word of God. Why limit the Word of God to Ecclesiastes 9:5-6? Does Revelation not speak of Heaven in glorious details? Did Paul not say that to be absent from the body is to be present with the... Read more
Nov 16, 2006 by doccochran |  See all 21 posts
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