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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (August 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143142704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143142706
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,602,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Piper, well-known for his Christian bestseller 90 Minutes in Heaven, with over 1.4 million copies in print, takes his dramatic story one step further by describing the lessons he's learned since he died on a bridge in Texas in 1989. Piper didn't stay dead, but instead returned from the gates of heaven a changed man. I left the bridge different than I had been when I started across, he says. Piper uses the bridge metaphor throughout, describing his salvation as the first bridge he crossed, then the traversal of another bridge to a new normal after accepting that his life was forever altered. Other journeys discussed include the bridge to compassion and the final bridge to heaven (for good this time). Undergirded with e-mails and letters from people who have read his book or heard him speak, Piper also leans heavily on the example of the Apostle Paul and the New Testament book of Philippians. Although the messages can be repetitive and the writing uninspired, Piper's story is astounding and his life lessons are real: focus on the eternal, find the humor, accept help, give thanks and just hold on. (Aug. 7)
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"Piper's story is astounding and his life lessons are real."
-Publishers Weekly

"Piper's story is astounding and his life lessons are real: focus on the eternal, find the humor, accept help, give thanks and just hold on."
-Publishers Weekly

"As you read Heaven Is Real, you will discover that you don't need to go to Heaven to learn these lessons, you simply need to listen to a man who has."
-Dr. Kevin M. Brennan, Senior Pastor, Evangel Church, Scotch Plains, New Jersey

"This book will lift your eyes from the trials and troubles of this life and warm your heart as you realize that everything you do here on Earth can make a difference for eternity."
-Gregg Harris, President, Far East Broadcasting Company

"In this book, Don tells the story-more than life overcoming death, more than stories of faith and fear-but the story of faith and love and hope and grace of Christ...Be prepared to be blessed!"
-Ron Hill, Senior Pastor, The Fellowship of San Antonio

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Heaven is Real is an inspiring book of faith and hope.
Colette J. Palmerio
I read Pastor Don Piper's first book, "90 Minutes in Heaven", and couldn't put it down.
Bette M. Henning
After reading this book, ordered several copies for friends and family.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on September 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I didn't read the subtitle closely enough. I was expecting this book to expand upon what he saw when he went to heaven, but as I started reading it I noticed that that was not the purpose of this book. This one talks about how his life has changed since his 90 minutes in heaven. The issues he brings up help you to examine your own life.

The bridge is the analogy he uses throughout the book, i.e., in his case his life changed forever once he crossed a bridge that led to his accident. Even small choices affect our lives he points out. One of the themes he keeps coming back to is that touching other people's lives is validating in that God intends for us to serve other people. We need other people and they need us. Piper said it was easier for him to serve than be served, but a hard lesson he accepted in regaining meaning to his life was in learning to let other people serve him.

For people going through difficult times that permanently change who they are, Piper offers well-thought out advice. He encourages them to accept the new realities and not try to go back to a past that will never exist again.

He tells a story about a commencement speaker who asked the graduates "Do you want to be remembered for what you did for yourself--how much money you made, the kind of car you drove, the size of the house you lived in? Or do you want people to remember what you did for others--your kindness and compassion; your generosity of time, money, and spirit; the testimony you freely shared to bring others to Christ?"

This book accomplishes its goal of helping readers to reflect on what their time on this earth is really about. Building a spiritual legacy is the life well-lived.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By David S. Rhodes on September 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up before a long cross-country flight. I could not stop reading it. I actually finished it between Phoenix and Charlotte!

The best description I can give you of this book is that the author puts you there - in the scenes with him. Not many writers can pull that off effectively.

When he describes the accident scene where he is covered in a sheet, and his friend is pleading with the officer to uncover him because he is alive - you feel as though you are right there, wanting to tap the officer on the shoulder and say - "Give him a chance."

When he describes the physical beauty of heaven and the streets literally of translucent gold, you just feel like you are surrounded by the brilliance of the moment.

Christians will be very touched by the "realness" of this perspective. That Heaven does exist, that our loved ones will welcome us, and that the peace and happiness you feel is beyond all human understanding.

Be prepared to be touched, laugh a little, get choked up a couple of times, and generally enjoy this unique and fascinating walk we will all take someday.

Well done.
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Format: Hardcover
On February 13, 2003, I almost died, during brain tumor surgery. An operation that was supposed to take four hours, took 8 ˝ hours, due to bleeding in my brain. I am blessed, and feel I was saved, for a reason. Any time I have an opportunity, to talk with anyone that is going to be going through brain surgery, I go out of my way, to share my experience, with the patient, and their family. I firmly believe, that no Doctor can get a brain tumor patient, prepared, for what they are going to go through, better than I can. NOTE 1: If you read my prior review on Don's earlier book "90 Minutes In Heaven." I have written the same personal biography as above. The reason I have done this, is to establish my credibility, as a "witness" to my comments regarding this book. Just as important as offering my experience before surgery, my tutelage, as to what to expect after surgery, is even more important. That phase of life on earth; the after, is what the heart of Don's story is about.

After losing a loved one. After losing physical, or mental capabilities, that is where Don's experience is most helpful, and he encourages people who have lived through experiences like mine, to make their time and experience available, to ease the suffering of patients, and their family members. But! Only Don, can give the comfort of what heaven is like for the departed. NOTE 2. I strongly recommend that you read Don's book: "90 Minutes In Heaven." before this book. The impact, of this book, will be greater for the reader, when you see the tremendous growth in Don himself, due to his acceptance, of why he was brought back to earth.

Perhaps the most important statement made in this book, is about accepting the "NEW NORMAL". You can't dwell on the way things used to be.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on September 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Piper, the author of 90 Minutes in Heaven, offers a glimpse into his personal life after his debilitating accident where he was pronounced dead for 90 minutes. Emails, letters and personal conversations with individuals who have problems moving forward, have lost faith in God, or are simply at wit's end, pepper every chapter. Biblical passages also give credence to Piper's advice.

Analysis of people's circumstances and how to live a full life is the primary goal of this book. As Piper says, "I find that the people who seem to be most content in life are those who find and maintain an eternal perspective." This means that if people realize where they are now, but always keep in mind that heaven is real and God gives us a little bit of heaven on earth, He's essentially preparing us for the end.

A new way to look at your life after a crisis is as "the new normal," which implies looking at what normal is to you now. "That's the message of this book: I want to help others find their way, regain their balance, and learn to enjoy their new normal to the fullest-even after their life has dramatically and unalterably changed." Milestones for how to look at life and find some joy while you're still here is Piper's ultimate goal.

Armchair Interviews says: Christian therapy in a book, especially if you like reading about other people's problems.
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