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

Version: Unabridged
Author: Don Piper , Cecil Murphey
Narrator: Don Piper
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Biography & Memoir, Health & Wellness
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
Published In: May 2006
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 10 minutes
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Now on audio CD, 90 Minutes in Heaven is the compassionate and stirring story of one man's experience with death and life.
Driving home from a conference, Baptist minister Don Piper's car collided with a semi truck that crossed into his lane. He was pronounced dead at the scene. For the next 90 minutes, Piper experienced the glories of heaven, where he was greeted by those who had influenced him spiritually and experienced true peace.
Back on earth, a passing minister who had also been at the conference was led to pray for the accident victim even though he knew Don was dead. Miraculously, Piper came back to life, and the bliss of heaven was replaced by a long and painful recovery.
For years Don Piper kept his heavenly experience to himself. Finally, friends and family convinced him to share his remarkable story. Now recording his story on audio CD, Don Piper recounts the experience that dramatically changed his life.
An inspiring and encouraging account, 90 Minutes in Heaven has and will continue to touch and comfort thousands of people around the world as it offers a glimpse of inexpressible heavenly bliss.

Reviews (35)


Written by Anonymous on July 22nd, 2014

  • Book Rating: 1/5

If I could've given this minus zero, I would have. It is just a Christian apologetic.

90 minutes in heaven

Written by Lisa on July 20th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This book came at the right time in my life since I have been dealing with health issues for a very long time. It was nice to hear that some of the feelings he expresses are and have been my own. The story keeps a good pace until the very last CD, then it starts to drag a little but that doesn't make it not a good book.

90 Minutes in Heaven

Written by Anonymous on January 29th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Not what you may be hoping for by choosing this book. Little about the possibilities of the afterlife and a whole lot about the author's physical recovery.

Not a whole lot about heaven!

Written by Northern Girl on September 21st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I started reading this book a few years ago, but never finished. I couldn't remember why or where I'd put it, so when I saw it available as a rental, I thought good, I can finally finish this book.The first CD was interesting, it was about his 90 minutes in Heaven, but the rest is about his pain, suffering and recuperation, and then moves into a sermon about how one must accept Jesus as their personal savior or go to hell. That's when I stopped listening to it and remembered why I hadn't finished it in the first place.. One thing that really bothers me about this type of book is this... He describes the accident and how another minister who happened upon the accident felt God telling him to pray for him, even though the police stated he was dead.. Ok.. lets just think about that for a moment.. Does God really need people to pray before he can create a miracle or save someone's life? Is God so full of himself he refuses to help until enough people beg for his help? So silly.


Written by Anonymous from Georgetown, PA on August 26th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Misleading, only speaks briefly about Heaven, the remainder of the book is about his suffering, with a few references about why he though God chose him. Writer almost sounds like a infomercial about the hardware that was used to mend his leg after the accident. Interviewing his children and letting them explain their suffering of dealing with his accident, was over the top for me, I FF through the entire chapter.


Written by 1HotMot on March 29th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I couldn't stop listening! This book kept me on the edge of my car seat.

30 minutes would have done

Written by Anonymous on February 28th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I agree that the beginning of the book was intriguing and touching. It does bog down some after the first 1/3 of the book. Even if you don't want to listen to the whole thing, the first disc is worth the rent.

90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story

Written by doc from New Bern, NC on August 17th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The first chapter is excellent....drags during the body...picks up again at the end....exceptional man of God...


Written by Lisa W. on April 20th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I was disappointed with the focus on his personal pain and recovery. I was hoping to hear more stories about how his trip changed his and other's lives.

Religious but good

Written by Anonymous on April 18th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

What a great story, everyone at least needs to hear the first half whether or believe or not. I believe him personally. The last half isn't as good but it was still Ok and worth hearing him out. Overall I enjoyed it.

Author Details

Author Details

Piper, Don

Best–selling author, speaker, actor, syndicated columnist, former CBS & CBN Television network executive, former youth minister, education minister, senior adult minister, Baptist Student Ministry director, long-time single adult pastor and senior pastor, Don Piper has worn many hats. Having been in full-time Christian ministry since 1984, he most recently served as Minister of Education and Single Adults at First Baptist Church, Pasadena, TX. Piper is in great demand in pulpits across the United States and around the world as a conference leader on effective prayer ministry, the reality of Heaven, single adult issues and as an evangelist. He has led revival meetings and seminars all over North America and Europe.

Don Piper is a dynamic speaker and the author of New York Times bestseller, 90 Minutes in Heaven - a True Story of Death and Life (Fleming Revell, 2004). For the past three years, he has traveled across the country and around the world sharing his message of hope and healing. In 1989, Don was on his way back from a church conference when an 18-wheeler struck his Ford Escort head on. He was killed instantly - pronounced dead by four sets of EMTs. Shortly after the accident, a pastor from the same conference arrived on the scene and began praying for "the man in the red car." God worked a miracle and sent Don back to a broken body. To date, 34 surgical procedures have taken place. He walks only as a result of miraculous and in some cases medically unexplainable circumstances. During the time he was dead, Piper was granted the extreme privilege of glimpsing Heaven itself.

Don's experience in Heaven gives him a unique insight into eternity and a strong desire to tell others about Christ. His difficult recovery allows him to identify with the heartbroken and crestfallen, ministering to them with the understanding of someone who's been there. His goal is to help bitter people become better, to turn disappointments into divine appointments. He calls it “finding a new normal” and he’s made it his life’s work.

His dramatic story has been retold on such network TV programs as "The Today Show on NBC" and “The Coral Ridge Hour" with D. James Kennedy and “The 700 Club.” He has been a guest on numerous TV talk shows including Daystar’s “At Home Live,” Canada’s “100 Huntley Street,” TBN’s “Praise The Lord,” “Life Today” with James Robison, “HelpLine,” local and network newscasts, and in numerous publications across America. Recently, his book was featured in Newsweek Magazine. Now in its 41st printing, 90 Minutes in Heaven has sold more than 2.7 million copies in the United States. It also is enjoying worldwide success as a bestseller in Sweden, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Dawn Parouse Production, a Holllywood-based film studio, secured movie rights for 90 Minutes in the summer of 2007. Don’s follow up book, Daily Devotions Inspired by 90 Minutes of Heaven (Berkeley), contains stories compiled from his extensive travel. His third book, Heaven Is Real: Lessons on Earthly Joy, from the Man Who Spent 90 Minutes in Heaven (Berkeley), was released in August 2007 and continues to do well in both secular and Christian markets.

Don Piper and his wife, Eva, live near Houston, TX. They have a daughter, Nicole, and twin sons, Chris and Joe. In addition to speaking and writing, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Far East Broadcasting Company, which sends the Gospel via radio to approximately 20 countries in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Murphey, Cecil

Cecil Murphey calls himself a serious Christian. His faith is the core of his life. Although he writes on numerous topics, many of Cec’s own books focus on prayer and the Bible. He enjoys serving and supporting other Christians as they grow in their faith.

Cec grew up with little religious education, and in his early twenties he faced what we sometimes call the existential questions: Who am I? What does life mean? Is this all there is?

Those questions led him to read a book he spotted in the window of a used bookstore in Waukegan, Illinois. That book, The Magnificent Obsession by Lloyd C. Douglas, centered on a doctor who gave himself unselfishly to others. Cec kept wondering what would motivate such a person. Douglas mentioned the New Testament as the doctor's inspiration. Still curious, Cec picked up a New Testament and started to read with the "begats" in Matthew, chapter 1. Months later he reached the middle of Romans. As Cec closed the Bible, he said aloud, "I believe this."

The following Sunday Cec visited a church for the first time since he was 11 years old. Within a year, he met Shirley Brackett in church, and married her six months later.

Cec was in the U.S. Navy when he met Shirley. After his discharge, he went to college to prepare to serve Jesus Christ. During the summer after his second year of college, a two-room Christian school hired Cec to teach grades three to six. The superintendent of a public school district had sent his daughter there because the school specialized in remedial reading. He liked Cec’s teaching style and hired him to teach sixth grade, even though Cec didn't have his degree. Cec finished college by going evenings and Saturdays.

After two years of teaching in the public schools, Cec and Shirley felt God's hands point them toward Kenya. They served in Africa for six years under the Elim Missionary Assemblies.

Most of the time Cec and Shirley lived in a remote area and Cec read many theological books, especially the writings of the puritans and reformers. By their sixth year in Africa, they knew it was time to return to the United States so Cec could finish his education.

Cec enrolled in Columbia, a Presbyterian seminary located in the Atlanta area. By graduating second in his class, the school awarded him a scholarship to pursue doctoral studies at Emory University. While at Columbia, Cec also enrolled at Atlanta University for an MA in education. Cec received his MDiv (magna cum laude) the same year as his MA in education.

Cec’s plan had been to teach on a college or seminary level after he received his doctoral degree. God's hands pointed him in a different direction.

During Cec’s first year of seminary, he preached one Sunday at a small Presbyterian church in Atlanta. At the end of the service, the session (board of elders) asked if Cec would be their part-time pastor until he graduated.

Cec sensed God's hands guiding him, so he agreed. The pastorate hooked him and he remained a pastor for the next 14 years. Cec never did finish his doctoral studies. (However, many years later Cec was awarded an honorary Doctor of Literature from The Richmond Virginia Seminary for his contribution to the field of writing.)

God's hand pointed Cec in still another direction. In 1971, popular writer, Charlie Shedd, came to Atlanta and taught a course on writing for publication. Charlie encouraged Cec to write. Cec sent out his first article in September, after 18 typewriter revisions, and sold it to the first magazine to which he sent it. That was Cecil Murphey’s beginning.

Cec remained a pastor for 14 years, ten of them in Riverdale, Georgia, in a growing, exciting congregation. He could have stayed there the rest of his career, except those divine hands made Cec know it was time to move on. In 1983, Cec resigned to write full time. That's what he’s been doing since.

God's hands still hold Cecil Murphey’s hands. That's what makes his journey exciting.