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- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Revell; Anniversary edition (24 Jun. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GHXRBLU
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- Customer reviews: 273 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #223,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & Life Kindle Edition
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Cecil Murphey has written or cowritten more than one hundred books, including Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. Cecil can be contacted at www.cecilmurphey.com. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
Immediately after I died, I went straight to heaven. While I was in heaven, a Baptist pastor came on the accident scene. Even though he knew I was dead, he rushed to my lifeless body and prayed for me. At least ninety minutes after the EMTs pronounced me dead, God answered that man's prayers. I returned to earth. This is my story.
"90 Minutes in Heaven is an extraordinary story."--Newsweek
"A friend handed me this book at about midnight, and come two or three in the morning, I was still reading, my heart pumping, bumps on my arms, the hairs on the back of my neck on end. It's a wonderful and inspiring story."--Donald Miller, bestselling author of Blue Like Jazz --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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The author is a Baptist pastor and was on his way after attending a conference, when his car got hit and crushed under the wheels of a truck. Medical personnel declared him dead at the scene of the accident. But 90 minutes later, another pastor, who was waiting at the scene, was told by God to pray for him. He did pray and Piper returned to life again. Despite the fact that Piper had a crushed right leg, a two places shattered left leg, a loosely attached, swung back left arm, a heavily pounded chest and that his body laid lifelessly in the crashed car with blood all around, he still managed to get back to life. After his rebirth, he now carries with him memories of heaven. And with his memory he tries to encourage other Christians by giving them knowledge of their eternal home. This is very evident from the line Piper says, "Because I was able to experience heaven, I was able to prepare her and her loved ones for it. And now I am preparing you."
The title of the book may suggest that it will deal mostly with Piper's experience in heaven, but it doesn't. There are barely 20-25 pages which describe heaven. The rest of the book just talks in great details about the accident, his health and recovery, the further challenges he faced et cetera. It seems like a book on rehabilitation after a severe accident. Even for the bare description of heaven he gave, many theological questions can be raised. One of the very obvious question is this. Piper described heaven according to his own evangelic tradition and belief. He said he could hear Christian songs. But is his tradition the only tradition followed in this world? Don't we Indians have a tradition? Why would we want to listen Christian songs there? A valid argument is to assume that all traditions have their own heaven. OK, Agreed, but Piper also mentioned that he only met people who spiritually impacted him in some way during his life: "Each had spiritually impacted me in some way and helped make me a better disciple." Out of them, one was his grandfather. Now my question is, his grandfather may have spiritually impacted a person of another tradition also. So is he supposed to be present in heaven of that tradition also? If this is the case then it won't be wrong to conclude that a man can go to multiple heavens after his death! So should be Piper. But no, he went just to the Evangelic heaven. Many similar counter arguments can be drawn to prove that Piper's description of Heaven is just a piece of his imagination.
Overall, what I can say is that this book is going to disappoint you. It has very less to offer and what that is being offered is surely doubt-able. I had high hopes with this book and all of them are shattered now. Also the book is too repetitive with the same thing recounted many times with different words. The writing style fails to indulge you in it. I won't recommend this to anyone.
The sample I downloaded first only had a long laundry list of places the author has been to and cars he’s driven, and hotels he stayed in. If the sample alluded to the lack of content about heaven itself then I probably would not have bought the book.
It is however, a good book to read if you are busy recovering from an accident or other trauma, and you need inspiration.
The part about his experience in heaven is well suited to be added to an anthology of near death experience stories, but too short and too limited to justify the title of this book.