On January 21, The Observer reports that Reverend Don Piper , author of “90 Minutes in Heaven,” will speak at the Pastor Luncheon for Life, hosted The Woodlands Bible Church in the Houston, TX area.
On January 21, On DVD Release posts updated information for January 22 for the movie “’90 Minutes in Heaven” that recently has come out on DVD. Reverend Don Piper was killed in an horrific accident, spent 90 minutes in heaven, and came back to life in his mangled body. Piper is a New York Times bestselling author, an ordained minister, and a popular speaker and TV and radio guest. Many of his presentations can be viewed on YouTube.
On January 21, Don Piper graciously gave an updated exclusive interview to Austin Movie Examiner that follows up many of his earlier interviews about the accident, what he experienced in heaven, and about his recovery. With a wonderful sense of humor, he shared insights about God’s purpose with him after the accident and recovery with profound implications for all.
Earlier CBN has reported, that Don Piper, after a pastors’ conference was heading home, thinking about preaching that next Sunday morning in three services. Within minutes of leaving the retreat center, a truck hit Don’s car, completely crushing it and killing Don Piper. CBN reports, “…Instantly, Don began an amazing journey. ‘When I was killed, I was instantly transported to heaven’s gate…’ Don found himself standing in front of a divine portal, surrounded by familiar faces. ‘I did not see a single person that I did not know…relatives…friends that died in high school…They were smiling…embracing me… welcoming me…in the process of taking me through the gate of heaven.’ “
Don also saw a looming pearl gate. “The gate of heaven was a magnificent edifice…It looked no less like a giant gate that had been sculpted from mother-of-pearl,” Don explains. Through the gate, Don saw an incredible light. “Behind that portal was such a light that I don’t conceive of how you could see it in an earthly body. It could only be envisioned in a heavenly body because it was too bright… there was music, that of a literal, angelic choir… as awesome as the sight was, the sound was more amazing…I heard literally thousands of praise songs….I really couldn’t see anything. I was so preoccupied with the people around me…But you could sense this hum of wings hovering all about you, like you were being ministered to by angels, and they were observing this whole episode.”
In an interview with Christian Post, Piper said “…I was standing at the gates of heaven… Twelve of them…I was at one of them surrounded by people I had known and loved in life who had preceded me in death… they were literally in perfect condition. Many of them had died in old age here but they were perfect and healthy there…”
Piper said, “I was surrounded by… colors, the brilliance of it all, the streets that was gold, the gates that was pearl. I did see thrones through the gate high and lifted up. I did see the river of life. I did see the tree of life. …The music, that was my most vivid memory. There were so many thousands of songs at the same time without any sense of chaos. They were all glorying God of course but there was no chaos amongst the songs even though they were all being offered at the same time. You could hear each one of the songs with your ears, heavenly ears. That music kinda penetrated me, it kind of invaded me to the point that I came back with it and I can still hear it today. It’s the one portable thing that I returned with…”
When Don stood at the gates of heaven, pastor Dick Onerecker of Kline, Texas, stood on the Texas highway by Don’s lifeless body. After also attending the pastors’ conference, he came upon the accident moments after it happened. The EMS team told him that Don was dead. Nonetheless, Dick was compelled to stop and to pray for him. He laid his hands on him and began to pray for him. Don found himself back in his crushed vehicle. Don’s first conscious memory was his singing ‘What a Friend we have in Jesus.’ Dick had been singing hymns to Don. Dick was impressed to pray for Don there would be no internal injuries and that there would be no head injuries.
Don was taken to Herman Hospital in Houston. Miraculously, he had suffered no head or internal injuries, although almost every bone in his body was either broken or shattered. His left arm and left leg were completely severed, and had to be rebuilt and replaced. He wanted to go back to heaven, but the prayers and love of family and friends pulled him through months of intensive therapy, numerous operations, and infections that almost claimed his life.
In an ABC interview, Don Piper said he remembers that 90 minutes in heaven in which the music was “beyond spectacular” and the aromas he’d never smelled before were vivid. “It was the most real thing that ever happened to me,” he said. For ABC Piper said he knew he was now alive on earth, but he that he would face a long recovery. He would endure many surgeries to fix his bones and had to learn how to walk again. “I knew I was not going to be the same physically, because of apparently how badly I was injured. But I also know what I’ve seen,” Piper said. He believes he was sent back to spread a special message: “Heaven is a real place.” He said he looks forward to returning to those magnificent gates. “It’s not that I mind being here, I’m actually very excited to be here,” he said, but “this doesn’t seem real to me now, because I know how temporal and fleeting it is. “I know it happened in my very soul, my very being,” he said. “It is now my reality. And so I can’t wait to go back there.”
In the video interview that ABC has provided, Piper talks about the explosion of all his senses. He says that heaven is up. He tells that while he had no pulse for hour and half, he took his last breath here and the first breath there at gate with lights reflecting off the gate that was illuminated by God’s glory. He says it was an elaborate gate with a small entrance.
In the movie “90 Minutes in Heaven,” Hayden Christensen plays Piper with vulnerability, honesty, authenticity because Piper’s had a difficult road to recovery. Piper was left from the wreck with severe injuries that required lengthy hospitalization and “agonizing treatments…pain that gripped his body was paralleled by the despair that gripped his spirit.”
The film producers’ hope is that the movie will inspire audiences and at the same time serve charities. “90 Minutes in Heaven” has been the first movie produced by Giving Films.com, which has been established by entrepreneur Rick Jackson, CEO of Jackson Healthcare in Atlanta.
“90 Minutes in Heaven,” is a faith-based dramatic movie with dynamic writing and quality directing. It is about hope and purpose even in the severest of trials. The movie powerfully focuses on prayer, faith, and hope, as well as miracles; but due to the car crash and medical injuries, it is most suitable for older children/adults.
“90 Minutes in Heaven” is rated PG-13 and has been distributed Samuel Goldwyn Films. Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars II and III) plays the lead role of Don Piper and Kate Bosworth (Lois Lane, “Superman Returns”) performs the role of Eva Piper. Singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith is in a leading role with his son writing the soundtrack for the movie. Piper wrote part of the screenplay and worked with the art department to recreate the hospital room and ICU exactly as they were in 1989.
The movie is based on Piper’s book “90 Minutes in Heaven.” Millions of people worldwide have found their own lives changed as they have read the amazing true story. Along with his story, Don offers personal reflections and true stories from readers about the effect “90 Minutes in Heaven” has had on their lives, as well as favorite Scriptures and quotations on heaven from Don and more.
Piper says it was hard to see the pain of his past brought to life, but believes the film’s authenticity will not only satisfy the book’s faithful readers but also bring fresh hope to people going through times of trial. “The intention of telling the story was to help people understand heaven’s a real place,” he explains. “You can really go there, but you can have a more meaningful life on the way to heaven—even if you’ve been devastated.”
On his Web site Piper answers many questions about heaven: who is there, what do they do, what do they wear, what kind of relationships are there, how to have a reservation for heaven and much more. In an interview for Beliefnet.com, Piper has told that when he died, he didn’t flow through a long, dark tunnel. He had no sense of fading away or coming back. He never felt his body being transported into the light. He heard no voices calling to him. A light enveloped him with a brilliance beyond earthly comprehension and in his next moment of awareness, he was standing in heaven.
He goes on to tell Belief.net that joy pulsated through him, as he looked around. Every person was smiling, shouting, and praising God. Although no one said so, he knew that they were his celestial welcoming committee. It was as if they had all gathered outside heaven’s gate to wait for him.
After being he was hugged by his grandfather, some hugged him and a few kissed his cheek, while others pumped his hand. Piper had never felt more loved. It was as if God had removed anything negative from his consciousness and that he could only rejoice at being together with these wonderful people. They looked exactly as Piper had once known them—although they were more radiant and joyful than they’d ever been on earth. They looked ageless. Coming out from the gate that was a short distance ahead was a brilliance that was utterly luminous light.
On January 21 Don Piper has shared with Austin Movie Examiner why he now thinks God had him come back into this world. Basically it has been to inspire and help others through the deep waters of their lives. He believes that a ministry that encourages hope and purpose in the midst of profound difficulties is especially needed today. He believes that suffering people need someone who will empathize with what they are going through, will listen, will hold their hand and also inspire hope.
He shared how a sense of humor, positive attitude, seeing the big picture rather than focusing on the particular painful issues are all important. He shared how there are stages of life when we enter a new normal, such as with marriage or the birth of a child. He told how some circumstances beyond our control lead us into a new normal. However, rather than agonizing over why this has happened, it is better to see how this test can be turned into an inspirational testimony. It is best to focus on how God can work through tragedy for good. It is best to become better through reaching out to others rather than to become bitter.
Don Piper, his family, and his colleagues have been ministering to those going through deep waters for many years since his accident. He was written four books and his wife has written one. He speaks all over the country. “90 Minutes in Heaven” is 46 languages with 8 million readers. Don Piper Ministries has supported more than 30 charitable organizations around the world. His ministry often gives to worthy causes that are neglected or overlooked. Piper, his family, and their associates have experienced real joy in these ministries. They are helping to prepare people for heaven but also to find joy in overcoming life’s challenges here on earth.