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

Don Piper , Cecil Murphey
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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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587 of 604 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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667 of 716 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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52 of 55 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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43 of 45 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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278 of 323 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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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm convinced. July 14, 2005
I just finished reading this book in a short amount of time. It is well worth the read and I do believe that Rev. Piper's story is not only legitimate, but very inspiring for those, like me, who wonder about life after death. That said, I will get to what I believe keeps this book from being a great book: he spent too much of the book speaking of his recuperation. That story was very important: but, it wasn't the reason I bought the book. The one chapter in which he recounts his NDE was breathtaking. The chapter's brevity does not detract from it's magnificence. I would not say that he needs to "draw out" the NDE account. I would say he does need to write less of his experience with the contraption that helped his leg to heal. At times, I felt as if the book was written to help those going through life with the leg contraption than it was to help those coping with life-after-death issues. Jerry Seinfeld once said "What is the deal with Oprah?...She's fat, she's thin, she's fat, she's thin...Just pick a weight and go with it." That's some of what I felt with this book. Is the book about recovery or is it a book about life after death? In my opinion, since the book tried to be both it lost it's potential for greatness.

However, buy and read the book anyway. A book doesn't have to be perfect in order to get a lot out of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Highly recommend this book for those interested in a preview of Heaven!
Published 1 hour ago by Jill Gibson
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste of my reading time
After the first fee pages , this book merely touts evangelistic religion. What a waste of my reading time. This book has taught me to always check a Kindle sample before I buy.
Published 1 day ago by Norma L. Edelman
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouragement
A good book and I was able to meet the author and had it signed. Must reading as he details his struggle to regain his ability to walk.
Published 1 day ago by M. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars a must buy
This is a great book to read. Great price. Fast delivery
Published 1 day ago by diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wonderful story; life changing.
Published 1 day ago by Marie King
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bought for another, someone without a Prime account.
Published 1 day ago by Jay Beswick
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Truly an amazing book.Don Piper really details every moment of his 90 minutes in heaven and kept me locked in until the end.
Published 4 days ago by Tevin Quevedo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything was great
Published 4 days ago by Heidi P Schultz
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Title
The book is really much more (almost entirely) about the author's horrible car accident, clinical "death" as a result, and arduous recovery afterwards. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Just An Opinion
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
well written
Published 6 days ago by Cathy L. Brewer-goucher
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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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