With hit books and movies like Heaven is for Real, the debate rages on whether or not people can die, go to heaven and then come back to earth to tell others about the experience. The Universal film, 90 Minutes in Heaven, a new DVD release available now, continues to fuel that fire, but to a lesser degree.
Even though that is what the title suggests, the story about Pastor Don Piper’s otherworld experience takes second place in order of importance in this true live movie. The set up for the film is simple one. Don Piper was declared dead on January 18, 1989 when his car was struck by a semi-tractor truck while crossing a bridge. It was a gruesome site, but another pastor (who had been attending that same pastor’s conference as Piper) came up to the accident and felt compelled to pray for the person inside of the car. Piper had been lying there dead for 90 minutes but suddenly came to life after the other pastor’s prayers. During those 90 minutes, Piper had experienced a blissful existence in the heavenlies, only to have to return and endure months of pain and physical therapy. Instead of being joyful and full of hope, Piper was depressed and made everyone’s lives around him as miserable as he was. The film chronicles the events that led up to Piper being willing and able to share his heaven experience with others.