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

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  65,167 Ratings  ·  2,860 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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Eric Bjerke Certainly not. Many people have had near death experiences and "visits to Heaven." It is certainly a psychological phenomenon, but it can't be true if…moreCertainly not. Many people have had near death experiences and "visits to Heaven." It is certainly a psychological phenomenon, but it can't be true if you believe what the Bible says about Heaven. Not only that, but these accounts often contradict each other! (less)

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May 28, 2007 Erin rated it it was ok
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
Books Ring Mah Bell
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
Apr 13, 2008 Jessica Savage rated it it was ok
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.
Bert Gary
May 08, 2008 Bert Gary rated it it was ok
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
Sep 14, 2007 Wilma rated it did not like it
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.
Dec 27, 2007 Jen rated it it was ok
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
Oct 17, 2012 William rated it did not like it
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
Jan 15, 2009 Shay rated it it was ok
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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
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay let me open with this (and a friend has pointed out how often I open with this information). I'm a Christian. I'm an assistant pastor in our congregation. So I approach this advisedly.

First I can not speak to the experience but I approach the book with an attitude that Don Piper is speaking truthfully. I believe what he says. Some will argue that what he experienced was simply a dream supplied by his mind and that he was not dead for 90 minutes. They will assume that the EMTs simply either
Mike Hernandez
Mar 12, 2008 Mike Hernandez rated it it was ok
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
Mar 04, 2012 John Mark rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 15, 2008 Leila rated it it was amazing
**spoiler** reveals some of what’s in the book.
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 it was amazing
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 it was ok
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
Jan 22, 2016 Grumpus rated it it was amazing
Believers (like myself) will find this will find this inspirational. Non-believers, don’t waste your time because you’re only going to complain about it. Although I found the story inspirational, I think the title of the book is a little misleading. I was expecting much more detail about the heaven experience. This was only a small portion of the overall book. The majority of the book described the incredibly horrible accident that led to his visit to the “pearly gates” and even more so of his p ...more
Aug 09, 2008 Alayne rated it it was amazing
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
Kathleen Fuller
Jan 24, 2016 Kathleen Fuller rated it it was amazing
I almost gave up on this book. Having lost several people in 2015, I wanted to know more about heaven. Instead, there's some description about what Piper saw and experienced in heaven (and all of it is wonderful) but this book is mostly about his accident and recovery--in vivid detail. That's when I nearly stopped reading, mostly because I'm squeamish. But I'm glad I continued, because I realize now that every bit of information about Piper's accident, pain, recovery, struggle with depression, a ...more
Apr 05, 2013 Joshua rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 02, 2013 Franklin rated it really liked it
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.
Kylie W
Nov 19, 2009 Kylie W rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action-adventure
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
Liz Butler
Jun 13, 2012 Liz Butler rated it it was ok
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
Feb 20, 2012 Keegan Otsuka rated it really liked it
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
Jan 17, 2010 Lisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs
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
Feb 07, 2011 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Linda Lipko
Sep 17, 2014 Linda Lipko rated it did not like it
Shelves: religion
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
Dec 19, 2007 Kathy Brewis rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 17, 2014 Susan Karsten rated it liked it
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
Mar 08, 2015 Danusha Goska rated it really liked it
"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
Mar 14, 2014 Dkovlak rated it liked it
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
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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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