Wednesday, October 3, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: “90 Minutes in Heaven” by Don Piper


In his 2004 memoir “90 Minutes in Heaven,” Pastor Don Piper shares the inspirational story of how he died and went to heaven – and then returned to earth 90 minutes later to tell his story. It took Piper fifteen years to finally feel comfortable enough to put his experience to paper, but I for one am glad he did.

Returning home from a conference in 1989, Piper was involved in a collision with a truck that crossed into his lane on a narrow highway. Piper was killed instantly, going straight to heaven, where he was able to experience the glories of heaven – beautiful music, reunions with loved ones, and an overall inexplicable joy that permeated his entire being.

Rescue workers weren’t rushing to Piper’s aid because he was technically dead, with no heartbeat nor pulse. One bystander felt compelled, by God, to pray for Piper and as a result, 90 minutes after the initial accident, Don Piper’s soul rejoined his battered body here on earth.

I found this book very interesting, to say the least.

As a fellow believer in Christ I acknowledge the fact that heaven exists, and reading Don Piper’s description of what he experienced filled me with hope.

However, I was somewhat disappointed with this book; I assumed based on the title that Piper would have elaborated much more on his heavenly experience than he actually did.

That aside, though, Piper’s story was nonetheless inspiring; he suffered from bouts of depression much of the time upon his recovery, and was continually at odds over why God would allow him to see the splendor of heaven only to return to his battered earthly body to endure years of therapy and recovery and never ending pain. In a sense, Piper’s heavenly experience was both a blessing and a curse for him, yet in the end it was definitely more of a blessing. Part of his journey to true recovery helped Don Piper understand this fact.

The book is still worth the read and I would encourage anyone to check it out.

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