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90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & Life

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  61,405 ratings  ·  2,737 reviews
As he is driving home from a minister's conference, Baptist minister Don Piper collides with a semi-truck that crosses into his lane. He is pronounced dead at the scene. For the next 90 minutes, Piper experiences heaven where he is greeted by those who had influenced him spiritually. He hears beautiful music and feels true peace.
Back on earth, a passing minister who had a
Paperback, 207 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published January 1st 2004)
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After reading the back cover of this book and learning that the story was about a man who had been killed in a horrific car crash, went to heaven and then returned to life 90 minutes later, I had high expectations for a riveting read. I was really disappointed. I survived a harrowing car accident 2 years ago so expected this to be somewhat cathartic. Instead, I found the story to be recounted poorly and disjointedly. By far the largest problem with the book however was that the author is a South ...more
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My mom is struggling with her faith as she fights cancer. She is concerned about dying, if she's going to heaven or hell, lots of questions like that. I had heard awesome things about this book from my Christian friends, so I told her to pick it up. Of course, the chemo brain mom purchased the short version of the book. (Which worked well for me, as she wanted me to read it when she was done. Shoot.)


I think this is a lovely book for people of the Christian faith who are dealing with grief or
Jessica Savage
Well, hmmmm, not real sure what to say about this book because I don't want to be negative but I was definitely disappointed. I guess I expected more of the book to be about the heaven experience, not all about the recovery process. I kind of felt like I picked up a book on rehabilitation after a severe accident. There were parts that were interesting, and I did take some powerful messages from it here and there, but for the most part it was just repetitive and kind of dragged on.
This book has received wonderful reviews but I had to force myself to finish it. Normally I love stories about near death experiences but I found this story poorly written and very repetitive. The author is a Southern Baptist minister and it appears that the music played in heaven is Christian. So if you're of another faith . . . forget it! Oops, sorry.
Bert Gary
Rev. Piper's description of "heaven" is brief and early in the book. If you want afterlife details, there are few to be found here. The problems are many with this book, but let me affirm Piper's ministry to persons confined to the fixator--a torturous contraption they use to try to save severely broken limbs. Piper presents several opportunities that he had to encourage and inform those who have to wear that thing. I commend him for that. I broke my neck and wore a halo for months. More than on ...more
Don Piper's book has a lot of problems. Let's start with the rather misleading title. Based on a title like "90 Minutes in Heaven" one might think that most of the book is about the author's experience in heaven. It's not. In fact Piper's description of his "90 Minutes in Heaven" takes about 15 pages out of a total of about 200. What the book's REALLY about is the lengthy recovery from his injuries, both physical and mental.

From that perspective it's not really a bad book. (Not great, but not ba
This book probably doesn't deserve the two stars that I gave it, and some people may be angry that I didn't rate it higher. I saw it at the bookstore, waited to get it on hold at the library, and in the meantime had it highly recommended by a patient's spouse among other people, so I was quite excited when it was available to me. Then the holidays hit and I didn't have much time and well, the book was due worries, it's a short read, and it promises to be a very interesting read to ...more
As I read this book I did my best to empathize with its author. I am very glad that he was able to learn lessons from his experience and allow God to bring Good from all the pain he had to suffer, for indeed, it sounds like he suffered a lot. That he has helped so many people since and his tragedy inspired so much prayer seem to be irrefutable and wonderful things.

What I'm wondering is, why are these books so popular? What draws people to them? More to the point, ‘Why am I reading books on lif
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Mike Hernandez
This book is about a guy who clinically dies in a car wreck for 90 minutes, until he miraculously comes back to life. While "dead" he experiences heaven and then proceeds to preach to everyone that will listen. I suppose if you are the spiritual Christian type, then you will find this book appealing and inspirational. I am extremely skeptical about these sorts of things and therefore can't relate well. The book was written by Don Piper with the help of an established writer. It was apparent the ...more
John Mark
Have you ever wondered where you are going after you die? Do you even know where you're going after you die? Well in 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life written by Don Piper we find the story of Don Piper who died in a car accident, went to heaven, and came back to earth. He was driving home to Houston from the Baptist General Convention of Texas on Wednesday morning when he had to cross the bridge over Trinity River in a cloudburst. Right after the bridge there was a sharp incl ...more
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The subject of this book had help with the writing. There is a lot that's repetitive. I don’t know if it was an effort to ‘pad’ the book and create more pages or to drive home certain points Don Piper wanted to make. It didn’t detract from the main message about Mr. Piper’s experience in heaven after he died and then his return to mortality and the anger he had. He struggled to learn what the mission God wanted him to accomplish by ‘sending him back
Katie E
Oct 16, 2011 Katie E rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Katie by: Mom, Aunt.
90 Minutes in Heaven was a fantastic book! I loved it! It kept me interested throughout the whole thing. If you like books that touch your heart this book is for you. Also, if you've ever wondered what heaven is like, this is also for you. What made me want to read this book is the recent passing of a close family member. In the book, Don Piper gets in a car crash and is pronounced dead. He is welcomed to Heaven and spends 90 minutes there. He says that they are the greatest moments of his life ...more
Feb 25, 2009 Lyn rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
This book wasn't what I expected. One chapter describing a horrific accident, 2 chapters about a visit to heaven followed by several chapters describing a grueling recovery, rehabilitation and fight with depression, then a few chapters of personal back patting about how much the authors experience has helped others. Not exactly the inspiration someone suffering a loss would need. I read this book because I have a friend grieving the loss of her son and I thought perhaps this book might help her, ...more
I think the author did a great job in describing a very difficult personal experience and how God used him to help others dealing with issues in life to bring them closer to God. I can only imagine how difficult it was for him to write this book. I think people who expected the entire book to be about his 90 minutes in heaven were disappointed. If you read this book with an open mind and no expectations, I think you'll get a lot out of it. Don Piper's message is to relate how God used him to hel ...more
I really enjoyed the story and the style it was written. I also really enjoyed the fact that after his recovery, Don Piper was able to minister to many others going through similar issues. Did Piper really spend 90 minutes in Heaven? Only God knows.
This book is very sad, but also inspirational. You read about the torture the man must go through in recoverying from his crash, but it's inspirational because of the experience he had with God. Great book.
Liz Butler
Personally, and quite honestly, I think the title of this book should be "I had a terrible accident and went to Heaven, where I spend 90 minutes, but really, let me tell you all about my recovery".

I had such high hopes for this book. I believe in Heaven and I believe it's glorious and I wanted to learn about it. But in the end, I was so disappointed by the fact that the author dedicated 1 out of 18 chapters to his time in Heaven, and left me wanting So. Much More! More than him telling me that t
Keegan Otsuka
Have you ever thought of one of the most frequent questions in the world such as, what happens when you die? Well within one book this incredible survivalist that has been to Heaven and back was able to exemplify and describe heaven in just 205 pages. This amazing book really helps improve your faith and has changed many lives, including my own. Through the imagery and tone 90 Minutes in Heaven has shocked and stunned many readers.

90 Minutes in Heaven written by Don Piper takes you through the
I would have never read this book except my daughter gave it to me as a gift. I was a bit wary of the premise of the book - a man in a car accident is clinically "dead" for 90 minutes, and supposedly spends those minutes in heaven.

On the positive side, most of the book is not so much about his time in "heaven", but about how he deals with his very long recovery from a very serious car accident. I liked that aspect of the book. He is a pastor, and his Christianity shines through the book. He shar
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Linda Lipko
Nope, didn't like this one at all.

At times when I express personal dislike for a book, either an Amazon reviewer or someone here on Goodreads launches a diatribe. Sticking my neck out, I'll venture into the murky waters of personal opinion.

At times, whenever a "good Christian" writes a book, I'm somehow left feeling unclean from the self aggrandizing techniques of "Brother have you found the Lord."

Don Piper, a young Baptist minster is a victim of a horrible traffic accident wherein a truck cras
Kathy Brewis
In early December my family found out that my dad had lung cancer. My dad, for many months, had been encouraging me to read Don Piper's 90 Minutes in Heaven but I just never took the tiime to sit down and read this encouraging book. On the day my dad was scheduled for surgery, I took this book to the hospital with me, with hopes of reading it while waiting. I did just that. Although, I didn't finish reading it at the hospital, I finally finished reading it at the end of the day. Reading this boo ...more
Susan Karsten
This is an anniversary edition. It has an interesting new preface and an update from the author. I'd vaguely heard of this book {but never read it before} which was apparently a smash best-seller over the last ten years -- good thing too, because this man had some huge medical bills to deal with!!

Which leads me to the book itself. After the description of his own after-death experience (more about that in the next paragraph), this book is chock-full of TMI medical details -- too much for my tast
Danusha Goska
"90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Life and Death" describes a horrific accident that ended the life of Reverend Don Piper in 1989. Piper was driving on a bridge over the Trinity River near Houston, Texas. An 18-wheeler driven by a prisoner with no license crossed the divide and rammed Piper's compact Ford Escort head-on, at an impact speed of 110 miles per hour. Piper's Ford looked like Godzilla had stomped on it – there is a photo in the tenth-anniversary edition of the book.

Four differen
This book was very interesting. The middle of the book focused on Mr. Piper's amazing recovery. The book was a little slow at that point. Later the book got into lessons learned by Mr. Piper and how he was able to help many other people who were going through trying times. Anyone who is struggling with catastrophic physical problems or facing death can be encouraged by this book. Mr. Piper is quite honest about Near Death Experiences (NDE). He says he cannot be sure that anyone else has had a ND ...more
Jan 03, 2008 michael rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: garbage, religion
Sarah Kopf
Is this a good read? I'd say potentially. It depends how far you read into Don's story and what your expectation of his account of Heaven really is.

Things I didn't like:
-Don, in this book, comes off as bitter to me--and when talking about God and Heaven, it was a bit off-putting. Having witnessed my son go through cancer twice and really having to reach deep down in my soul to find grace, I was hoping for more of a warm fuzzy feeling I suppose. I was YEARNING for something that uplifted my sou
Kylie W
I gave this book a five because its my favorite book and is a very interesting story about a guy that was actually living. I just got done with 90 minutes in heaven and now is currently my all time favorite book. This book can be very emotionial because it involves death. The book 90 minutes in heaven is about middle aged guy that is going to go to his friends church to preach for him. On his way there he gets in a car crash and dies immedietly. His friend then came to the car scene and was pray ...more
Hannah Dooley
If this book was made into a movie I would choose to be the character of Don Piper. I say that because he had the privilege to experience the true meaning of heaven and experience seeing and being with his family and friends in the house of the lord for 90 minutes. The part of this book that captivated my attention the most was when Don was on his way home from a church convention and an 18 wheeler cut into his lane and they had a major accident, I thought he was dead until he came back to life ...more
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On January 18th, 1989, Don Piper died in a car accident. Ninety minutes later, after a preacher prayed over him, Piper came back to life with an extraordinary story. He'd been to heaven. So began the phenomenon of 90 Minutes in Heaven.

Now, for the millions who look to him for inspiration, Piper offers the hope that if he could survive his ordeal after the accident, then others can survive whateve
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“I didn't just hear music. It seemed as if I were part of the music.” 6 likes
“I refer to them as miracles-although some may call them fortunate circumstances-because I believe there are no accidents or surprises with God.” 5 likes
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