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Where was the editor?
on July 29, 2011
I wanted to like this book, but I can't honestly say that I did.. The real life experience that Rev. Piper relates is compelling, but that experience is more about recovering from a devastating accident than his 90 minutes in heaven. Much of Rev. Piper's story is lost because of poor editing and worse co-writing.
The book is not in chronological order, or any sort of order. It makes it difficult to follow the Reverend's very import message which is about the power of prayer and the Golden Rule and less about his experience in heaven. If truth be told he is never in heaven, but was actually outside of the heavenly gates.
All of this aside, the author does tell of his recovery (still on going) from an horendous auto accident and the hurdles he has to face. He only talks in a cursory way about the effects of the accident upon his wife and children. His desire to stay in heaven and the extent of his injuries and chronic pain cause severe depression. The reverend talks nothing about his rehabilitation, but only about his feelings physical, psychological, and of loss.
The most moving part of the book is about accepting help and helping others. After a long period of self absorption, Reverend Piper learns how to give unto other what others gave unto him. He has since devoted himself to doing exactly that and that is what earns the book two stars.
Thank you Amazon for the wide assortment of ebooks to choose from. Next time I'll read the reviews before purchasing the book