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

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  6,024 ratings  ·  494 reviews
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Wiese’s visit to the devil’s lair lasted just twenty-three minutes, but he returned with vivid details etched in his memory, capturing the attention of national media, including the Christian Broadcasting Network, Daystar Television Network, Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Miracle Channel,
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 30th 2006 by Charisma House
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Tim
Feb 25, 2009 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
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Raleighhunter
Oct 02, 2009 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
Rod
Mar 23, 2010 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
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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
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Tom Hooker
Apr 12, 2010 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
Rissa
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-favorites
23 minutes in hell 4.25 ⭐

“The creatures that stood before me were an intensely concentrated manifestation of evil and terror”

Each giant beast resembled a reptile in appearance but took on a human form

His experience and description of what he saw and what he went through. Even though he was only there for a short amount of time... Hell is Hell a moment there could break a person I imagine.
“The duration of hell is endless”

“He said all you have to do is cast them out in my name-
Suddenly his pres
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Cassandra Turpin
Jun 08, 2013 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
Samantha Savage
Mar 11, 2011 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.
Adrienne Cregar Jandler
Jan 20, 2013 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 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 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.
Beth
Nov 22, 2008 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
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Jennifer Morello
Feb 01, 2011 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
Trent
May 10, 2011 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
Larah
Apr 08, 2010 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
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Michelle
May 05, 2010 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
Joseph
Oct 17, 2011 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
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Michael Ehrhardt
Dec 08, 2009 rated it liked it
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Rhonda
Jan 06, 2009 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,
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Missy Jenkins
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Must read for believers and non believers alike
Monica Willyard Moen
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookshare, kindle, faith
Is it possible that Hell is real? If it is a place, where is it? Why was it made, and what is its purpose? Did Jesus Christ have anything to say about Hell and who might go there? How could a loving God allow a good person to go to hell?
These are some of the questions discussed in this book in which a man shares his experience of being in hell for 23 minutes. Is his account true? You would have to be the judge of that. I can only share my belief with you that it is accurate and real. What convin
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Carey Henderson
This book has been on my "to read" list for several years, when I found it on the clearance shelf of a local used bookstore I snagged it up and started reading right away.

For me, this book was a disappointment. The writing just wasn't good. The trip to hell was right out of the gate, lasted only a few pages. And then the rest of the novel was stories about how great the author thought he was with all these testimonials from readers backing him up. The novel read like a really boring, bad lectur
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Susi Mirick
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
scared me...made me renew myself and my faith with God though
Kate
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I believe him but the way this book was written is atrocious. He describes his visit to hell but no context-did he die? Was he dreaming? Later on he says no to both. His description was vivid but then the entire rest of the book was his story about going on radio and touring churches to get the message out. And mixed in were bible verses. Might be interesting for a bible based book club.
Lorrie
Apr 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: christian
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
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Susan
Feb 21, 2017 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.
AshO
Jul 27, 2009 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
Adel
May 07, 2010 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
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Giovanna
Dec 29, 2011 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
Scott
Aug 21, 2009 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
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