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This review is from: 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life (Paperback)
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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Initial post: Jan 3, 2010 12:16:42 PM PST
K. Rands says:
Weird. Your 4 star review says the exact same thing the nearly 100 one-star reviews say. That the book isnt about heaven at all, and that he spends too much time talking about his medical procedures. I honestly think that that would warrant fewer stars. Guess everyone's different.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2010 4:41:52 PM PST
T. Smith says:
No...I'll tell you what's weird: someone who would go out of his way to diss this book. He steal your girlfriend or something?
Yeah...I guess everyone's different <roll eyes.>
Posted on May 11, 2013 2:01:08 PM PDT
Greg Stelley says:
T. Smith: I had the same reaction to this book. The first part of it was so breathtaking and meaningful that I forgave the painful chapters that followed. You obviously have a soft heart for inspirational and miraculous stories about God's power and love for us. "90 Minutes in Heaven" is such a powerful testimony that Don Piper wrote it down for us knowing that spiritual slings and arrows would surely come his way. He didn't care. God gave him a job to do and he was determined to do it, or die trying. I know the feeling... May I share another story that I'm quite certain will surprise and amaze you? I don't have another true narrative about visiting heaven, but would a modern-day, biblical-sized miracle interest you? My supernatural encounter with God took place almost ten years ago during the last week of October 2003. That was the week that San Diego County burned down through the middle (427 square miles of it) during a terrible firestorm (the Cedar Fire if you want to Google it).
I'm sure that you, like me, have had moments in life that you recognized as a brush with the eternal God. For me, it is usually an instantaneous answer to a small and specific prayer. I've had many miracles of that size in my life. The smallest of them required opening my spiritual eyes to see and understand the miracle, but what about a biblical-sized miracle? Are those possible nowadays? Were they EVER possible? Wouldn't it be great if there was a 'Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace type of miraculous event we could read about that happened in contemporary times? Say, during a terrible wildfire? What if God showed up and did what we all agree was simply the impossible? Would that strengthen your belief? And what if there were actual photographs to document the miracles? That type of titanic physical miracle would be obvious even to our PHYSICAL eyes, right? Wouldn't that be a great story to read? I have the novel-length true story that does exactly that... "GOD INSIDE THE FIRE: An Amazing True Story." It's a supernatural thriller told from the LIGHT side, not the dark side of the spiritual realm. Not a day goes by (not an hour actually) without me reflecting on what my family was witness to during and after a terrible firestorm here in San Diego in October 2003. It's a story packed full of drama, suspense, life, death, belief, disbelief, and then there's the colossal manifestation of God's presence and the miracles left in His wake... People around the world are being blessed by this impossible narrative in the same way it will bless you, should you decide to read it. Give it a look on Amazon, will you? GOD INSIDE THE FIRE: An Amazing True Story
- All the best, Greg Stelley.
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