23 Minutes In Hell: One Man's Story About What He Saw, Heard, and Felt in That Place of Torment
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23 Minutes In Hell: One Man's Story About What He Saw, Heard, and Felt in That Place of Torment

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"My sincere hope is that this book is the closest you will ever come to experiencing hell for yourself."
Bill Wiese saw the searing flames of hell, felt total isolation, and experienced the putrid and rotting stench, deafening screams of agony, terrorizing demons, and finally, the strong hand of God lifting him out of the pit.

"Tell them I am coming very, very soon!"

Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 30th 2006 by Charisma House
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Feb 25, 2009 Tim rated it 1 of 5 stars
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From a literary standpoint, 23 Minutes in Hell was an abomination. The first part of the book deals with the authors descent into Hell. The narrative is peppered with biblical references as well as personal anecdotes in an attempt to get the reader to believe his story using very fuzzy 'logic'. The intent is clear: Do whatever it takes to stay out of Hell.
The middle of the book tells of his conversion to Christianity and the end is an appendix of scripture and references which seem to lend cred...more
I liked the book, however, I understand all the low reviews. The description of Hell is brought up right off and dealt with quickly. The rest of the book is confirmation he isn't crazy and scripture references. So there aren't 130 pages of gory detail. Plus, it is his witness tool, so if you're not believing his message, you aren't going to be impressed. I believe Hell is a real place and people are there because the reject the gift of God's salvation. That is what the Bible preaches. If you don...more
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Walking along the aisle in the bookstore, I see this propped up next to 90 minutes in Heaven. Because, you see, if the promises of gold and pearl streets and heavenly choirs are not enough to entice those you are converting, putting the fear of Hell in them should do the trick!

That's what I always say.

Of course, I have not converted anyone yet... so... there you have it.

You know what breaks my heart? That people put this crap in their kid's heads. That people lose sleep over it. (Fear of going t...more
I really wanted to like this book. What a cool miracle if God took someone to hell for a few minutes so that they could comeback and share the experience with the rest of us...

But the theological skeptic in me says: "God doesn't usually work this way".
And after reading this book i'm still convinced he hasn't. Sorry Bill; but I think your trip to hell was NOT from God. I believe other famous confused people have had visions as well: Muhammad, Joseph Smith, Buddha...And they weren't from God. I w...more
This book is soooo great! There is no way Bill could be lieing> I really respect him for doing everything he could to get the message out! This book really makes you want to pray more. This book changed my life. Every one should read this book, christian or not christian.
The author purports to have had a vison from God in which he is sent to Hell for 23 minutes. The purpose, he says, is so he can tell lost people what's in store for them, and to persuade them to accept salvation from Christ. As a Christian, I don't buy it. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells a story (Luke 16:19-31) of a foolish rich man who dies and is sent to Hell. He first asks Abraham (who is looking on from Heaven) for a drop of water, and Abraham refuses. He then asks the following (vv. 27-3...more
retarded beyond words.
Gerald Thomson
When a person states, “Thus Says The Lord”, they need to be ready to be scrutinized thoroughly to make sure their testimony matches with God’s revealed word, in Scripture, already says. Unfortunately, Wiese’s account of his “visit” to Hell does not pass this review. Wiese’s story is that he was asleep, went to Hell for 23 minutes, Christ told him he came to Hell so he could tell others that Hell is real and that Christ does not want anyone to end up in Hell. There is really nothing new in this m...more
Adrienne Cregar Jandler
Wow. This book really spoke to me and I haven't stopped thinking about it since I finished it a week ago. The author, Bill Wiese, had a 23 minute experience in Hell, which he describes explicitly. He didn't have a near-death experience as one would expect; instead, God gave him what might otherwise be considered a 'vision', although (as the author vehemently expressed) this was a very active, immersive experience, not one of observation. The book details everything he saw, heard, smelled and fel...more
This was the most unusual book I have ever read. I never want to be in hell for eternity. The author says he not only saw images of hell, but that he experienced it physically and emotionally for 23 minutes.

Can you go to hell and live to tell about it?
Do children go to hell?
Will good people only go to heaven?
Are there demons in hell?
Is hell a real place with real fire?
Will you remember your life on earth while in hell?

This book answers all these questions and also backs up his own experience wit...more
Cassandra Turpin
This book is life changing, I don't understand how anyone can read this and still want to be selfish and want to criticize this man because why? The book was all stuff from the bible, well duh the bible is our source of information, and ya we do get crapped on almost instantly for being Christian and believing in God. How is that bad? Why has our society gone so far downhill that us Christians can't be open about our faith without having some type of repercussions? Why would you even want to ris...more
OK, so now that I spilled the beans on how little I have read all my life, anyone that read my last book review knows that this would be book number 3 (Who moved my cheese, Jim Breuer, & 23 Minutes in Hell) but its actually number 4, but I will review the other one at a later time. I am still trying to figure out what I think of the book... Anyway, this book "23 Minutes in Hell" was excellent! A lot of people probably wouldn't believe the guy who writes it and I am kind of 50/50 and the more...more
Josh Carpenter
May 29, 2008 Josh Carpenter rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book was good for it's content. I believe in a literal Hell and his description and experience was definitely moving and scary for those headed to Hell.

The book was a hard read for me despite the content and my interest. The writing seemed choppy and scattered at times.

I will recommend this book to everyone for the description of Hell. The biblical references and the question and answer session in the second half of the book are worth recommending to all.
Jennifer Morello
This book with its title and cover (flames) and reviews “this book is the closest you will ever come to experiencing hell yourself” makes you think that the great majority of this book is going to be about someone’s experience in hell. No. Infact, only the first 20 pages are just that. I went into this book with an open mind and with all the people I had heard speak of this book, saying how much it scared them to the core, I was hopeful that it would have that same effect on me... that maybe th...more
Michael Ehrhardt
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Apr 17, 2010 Larah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
California born Bill Wiese tells about his personal experience of Hell. He tells how he was lying in bed at 3 a.m. when he was sent into hell. It was not in a dream, but in reality. Not because he had died and was being punished, but because God wanted him to experience hell so he could warn others. Wiese believes that after 23 minutes of Hell, Jesus came to rescue him and led him back to earth, where he landed on his living room floor.
This book is very detailed from the very beginning paragrap...more
Although extremely controversial to anyone who does not take the Bible literally, this book will give the reader a BIBLICAL perspective of the terror and utter hopelessness of what awaits those who fail to believe and act upon the teachings of Jesus Christ as found in the Scriptures.

The subject of hell is not something that should be taken lightly or casually - and so this book is not what I would call 'light reading'.

I do believe that this book can be a definite tool, that when used properly,...more
I was very curious about this book, because I had read 90 Minutes in Heaven. I started reading this book and just got a strange feeling about it, so I started reading it as a Bible study book. When he would reference Bible verses to back up his claims I would look them up as well and look at the verses around it. When I started doing this, I noticed that he is full of crap. He was quoting Bible verses that had nothing to do with what he was trying to reference. In my opinion he was just out for...more
While being a good story, I feel as though 23 Minutes In Hell didn't serve it's purpose. It's purpose being to persuade those into believing that Bill Wiese really did get sent into Hell for 23 minutes by the Lord.

Notice that I did not mark it as a Nonfiction book, because, honestly, he did not do a too good job of persuading me to believe that this story is real. I do not think it really happened, but perhaps I am too stubborn of a person.

The story aspect of it was amazing, though. I enjoyed...more
Overall, the book wasn't horrible, but not very good at all. I wouldn't recommend buying it - it would be a waste of $ overall. It would be more worth it to just go to the bookstore and sit down with it and read the few pages where he describes his experiences in hell and then his subsequent speaking with Jesus afterwards. That is basically the only part worth reading in the book. But then even after that, you wonder WHAT really happened in the kitchen to cause him to end up seeing himself in he...more
After reading this book, I am only sure of one thing; Hell has 10 Chapters and 168 pages (including notes.) Not worth the read. Its as if Bill Weise noted scriptures and described them with grotesque amounts of overkill, then decided to label it "An Experience." His Biblical references were terribly off for noting what he was talking about. If you read the verses in which he has footnoted, its more than obvious that many of those scriptures aren't to do with Hell at all. Furthermore, Weise goes...more
My main problem with this book is that, while I feel that he tells his story with great conviction, my modern cynical mind can't help but wonder if he's just another Fundie with an active imagination, seeing and hearing God speaking to him in every little thing. Was it really a trip to Hell, or an extremely vivid nightmare? His descriptions of Hell and the creatures that live there do coincide with the Biblical depictions, but again, was it designed to or is it genuine? Nothing in his personal s...more
A bad book literary speaking but I won't hold that against the author as he never pretended to be a Shakespeare.
As for the content and the intent, this is probably one of the most dishonest books you'll ever come across. When you are done reading this, you realize that this is below-the-belt proselytism and nothing more. The author literally hammers at your intellectual defenses to try and convince you to become a church goer, think Jesus this, Jesus that and so on. He pretends to have actually...more
now that i am almost done with a book, i don't think i will be able to fall asleep, i always thought of myself , as a good person, but it seems, being good is not going to get you to heaven, this book is very informative and interesting, but it does not give all the answers, also it was nice to find out there is not going to be any children in hell, but what about the rest of us, and it is kind of hard to accept the fact given, that so many will end up there, and how harsh it is going to be, it...more
The part of this book I actually read, I really enjoyed. The parts about hell were so scary to me, (I am a Christian and therefore believe in the existence of Hell) I had nightmares! I read the book past the point where he meets Christ and is returned to his life. After that I didn't feel compelled to read further as I had already read the good parts. I feel it is a worthy read, especially if you have questions about Hell. After reading that, I don't understand why anyone would want to chance en...more
I read this book a few years ago. I don't like giving poor reviews, but any discerning born-again Christian, who has studied Biblical theology and the character of God, knows that this is not how God works. The berean in me was not just skeptical of the author's story, but my spirit was vexed while reading it. This rarely happens to me while reading a book and I made a mental note to proceed with great caution.

I do not believe that God would send a professed Christian to Hell and back, not just...more
This book provides a detailed account of a mans visit to hades (sheoul) and his experience there. Regardless of your personal convictions this is a book that will shake you to the core and have you examine your belief structure. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and having references from the bible to back up the claims of the other also adds a shade of authenticity to his visit. I would challenge anyone to pick this book up with an open mind and heart and see if their life will be the same afte...more
This book is what I would call a misinterpretation of what the after life really is based on doctrine from the Bible. It is very interesting to read about his vision of hell and its inhabitants according to the outer body experience that he had. From what I know this book is more fairy tale based than the actual hell which has no fire whatsoever. I would encourage others to read actual Biblical text before reading this one so that you may have a clear understanding of what it is really like.
Not sure which came first: 23 Minutes in Hell or 90 Minutes in Heaven. 90 Minutes in Heaven was definitely easier to read...that book left me wanting more.
23 Minutes in Hell scared me to death, on different levels. One of my biggest fears is having something to say and having no one believe me. In my spiritual basis of life, Hell does not exist. This book makes me hope I'm right but what if I'm wrong?
23 Minutes in Hell left me with lots to think about....
This book is a really good supplement to go along with the video or various Youtube clips. The whole story, follow-up and additional insights and scripture references in one place. I personally like reading AND listening to books or like minded material, hence, why I bought the book. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in thoughts on the afterlife. It may make you think differently or simply add to your knowledge on the subject.
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