90 Minutes in Heaven

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90 Minutes in Heaven
Author Don Piper with Cecil Murphey
Subject autobiographical life and death experience
Genre Christian literature
Set in Texas
Published September 1, 2006
Publisher Revell
Pages 208

90 Minutes in Heaven is a 2004 best-selling[citation needed] Christian book written by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey. The book documents the author's near-death experience in 1989. 90 Minutes in Heaven remained on the New York Times best-seller list for nearly four years.[citation needed] and has sold over 500,000 copies.[1]


On January 18, 1989, Baptist minister Don Piper was on his way home from a conference in Texas when a semi-trailer truck struck his Ford Escort while crossing a bridge. Piper states that he was crushed by the roof of his car, the steering wheel impaled his chest, and the dashboard collapsed on both of his legs. When paramedics arrived, they could find no sign of life in Piper and covered him with a tarp as a fellow pastor prayed over him while waiting for the medical examiner to arrive.[2] According to Piper, he went straight to Heaven and experienced things he describes as amazing and beautiful, including meeting family members such as his great grandmother and joining a Heavenly Choir that proceeded into the Gates of Heaven. Piper, an ordained minister since 1985, says the experiences recounted in his book dramatically changed his life. He has since appeared on numerous television and radio programs,[which?] writes a weekly newspaper column,[citation needed] and leads conferences and retreats in the United States and abroad.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Challies, Tim. "Book Review - 90 Minutes in Heaven". Challies. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Inbar, Michael (2009-09-28). "New study: What really happens when you die?". TODAY: Health. msnbc.com. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 

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