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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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Oct 02, 2009 Raleighhunter rated it really liked it
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
Feb 25, 2009 Tim rated it did not like it
Shelves: misc
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
Mar 23, 2010 Rod rated it it was ok
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 come back and share the experience with the rest of us... but:

Luke 16
27And the (guy in HELL) said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house— 28for I have five brothers—so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if
Books Ring Mah Bell
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
Apr 12, 2010 Tom rated it did not like it
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
Samantha Savage
Mar 11, 2011 Samantha Savage rated it really liked it
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.
Cassandra Turpin
Jun 08, 2013 Cassandra Turpin rated it it was amazing
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
retarded beyond words.
Adrienne Cregar Jandler
Jan 20, 2013 Adrienne Cregar Jandler rated it it was amazing
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
Gerald Thomson
Aug 01, 2011 Gerald Thomson rated it did not like it
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
Josh Carpenter
May 29, 2008 Josh Carpenter rated it it was ok
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.
Nov 22, 2008 Beth rated it liked it
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
May 10, 2011 Trent rated it liked it
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
Jennifer Morello
Feb 01, 2011 Jennifer Morello rated it it was ok
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
Oct 17, 2011 Joseph rated it did not like it
Shelves: theology
There are a number of reasons why we should not believe the validity of Wiese's account.

Now, I am a conditionalist (I believe the lost will be destroyed, not tormented for eternity). However, even when I did believe that Hell was a place of eternal torment, as Wiese describes, I could still see a number of flaws and reasons to be doubtful.

1. He had this vision in his sleep, in the course of less than 23 minutes (23 minutes passed between him seeing his clock before and after waking up). Normally
Michael Ehrhardt
Dec 08, 2009 Michael Ehrhardt rated it liked it
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Apr 08, 2010 Larah rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 06, 2009 Rhonda rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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,
May 05, 2010 Michelle rated it did not like it
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
Halley Hopson
Feb 02, 2017 Halley Hopson rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Parts of this are incredibly convicting and Bill Wiese has a ton of scriptural evidence of descriptions describing hell as well as several testimonies of people that have been touched by his message. It did get a bit repetitive in certain portions as he kept trying to prove his point; the first part of the book is much more compelling while the second half falls a bit short. Would recommend to Christians who have issues picturing hell as a physical place and need a wake up call of why evangelism ...more
Feb 21, 2017 Susan rated it it was amazing
I never truly believed in Hell. I thought God would make allowances for behaviors due to mental illness, emotional issues, etc. This book made me understand that Hell truly exists and is so horrific that I want to tell everyone I know to read it. It could mean the difference between everlasting life with Christ in Heaven or condemnation to eternal, unrelenting misery beyond our comprehension.
Susi Mirick
Mar 18, 2017 Susi Mirick rated it really liked it
scared me...made me renew myself and my faith with God though
Apr 27, 2014 Lorrie rated it did not like it
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
Jul 27, 2009 AshO rated it did not like it
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
May 07, 2010 Adel rated it it was ok
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
Dec 29, 2011 Giovanna rated it did not like it
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
Dec 08, 2011 Richard rated it did not like it
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
Aug 21, 2009 Scott rated it it was ok
Shelves: spirituality
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
Mar 16, 2009 Jean rated it really liked it
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
Yakking Yogini
Apr 24, 2015 Yakking Yogini rated it really liked it
Call me gullible. Call me naive. You can even call me silly. I have a strong tendency to believe what other people share and write about, unless there is a compelling reason NOT to believe. I hated this book and don't even want it in my house. I'd rather give my young child a Stephen King book than let him read this one. Why? Because it was scary as HELL! And it was real. If I were not a Christian and I had picked this book up and started reading it, you would see me on my hands and knees trying ...more
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