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Friday, September 17, 2010

90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper~★★★★

Author: Don Piper with Cecil Murphey
Title: 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life
Release Date: May 1st, 2006
Publisher: Revell; Unabridged Edition, read by Don Piper
Genre: Non-Fiction


Audio Book Cover: "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 (should be capitalized, as Heaven is the proper name of a place, like Central Park or the Eiffel Tower), awed by its beauty and music.
Ninety minutes after the wreck, while a minister prayed for him, Piper miraculously returned to life on earth (Earth should be capitalized here; it's the proper name of the planet. If he were referring to dirt, it wouldn't be capitalized. Tsk, Revell!) 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. And now it is available in the audio edition, read by Don Piper himself. The experience dramatically changed Piper's life, and it will change yours, too."

Taryn's Review: I heard about this book a while back, but when I saw the audio book, I figured it'd be a nice book to listen to while I made the drive to school. Don Piper read the story for the listeners as well, which I thought was a nice touch since it is his story.

I was disappointed with how quickly Piper described his time in Heaven. I understood that when he said there was no passage of time in Heaven that that would be difficult to translate to text. But, really, it was talked about quickly and was over, with most of the book focused on Piper's recovery.

Piper's ordeal was truly horrific and it was a miracle he survived the crash. At the end of the book there was a revelation for Piper going back to the point when the minster had found Piper to be alive in his car. I actually had caught this "twist" early in the story and was wondering about, so it didn't surprise me as much as maybe Piper had wanted it to. The other issue that stuck out for me was when Piper described the depression he sank into while in the hospital. He credited his healing from the depression to God and he said God knew that Piper wouldn't seek professional help, so God miraculously cured him of the sadness. I found that really moving until later in the book. One of Piper's sons included a short essay and talked about how his dad suffered depression bouts throughout his life after the accident. That is perfectly understandable, but I wish Piper would have made it more clear that he felt God eradicated that certain episode of depression for him, not necessarily depression in itself, which is how it came off to me originally.

I do like Piper. I didn't feel like he was preaching to me, but was a normal guy with an extraordinary story and strong faith. I loved when Piper got a little full of himself and he said God spoke to him and said, "They aren't cheering for you, they're cheering for me!" It was admirable that Piper was so honest about his feelings throughout the ordeal. It passed the time well and for me, I can only hope Piper's experience in Heaven is as glorious as it sounded when I get there one day (hopefully!).

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