Saturday, September 5, 2015

90 Minutes in Heaven


About the movie presented by Giving Films:
Releases in theaters everywhere September 11, 2015
Rating: PG-13 (for intense accident and injury images) 
Starring Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith), Kate Bosworth (Remember The Titans, Blue Crush) Michael W. Smith, Fred Thompson, Dwight Yoakam, and Jason Kennedy, 90 Minutes In Heaven is based on the inspiring New York Times best-selling book that has sold 7 million copies.  

About Giving Films:
Giving Films is passionate about sharing hope-filled movies and donating ALL of their profits to charities and ministries who serve those in need.  Beginning with their first film, 90 Minutes In Heaven, Giving Films is allowing all of us to be a part of making a difference.  Anytime you go to a Giving Films movie in theaters, visit http://www.givingfilms.com and select which charities you want to receive the profits from your ticket.  Their charitable organizations are Christian Alliance for Orphans, Faith Bridge Foster Care, Hire Heroes USA, Hope International, LifeWater, Street Grace, and World Vision.  

About the book:
Paperback; 245 pages
Pastor Don Piper died January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car.  Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don's body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes.  Don's soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he'd never known before.  Don was in Heaven.  

When another pastor's prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle!  Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened.  Heaven's bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil.  With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids, and friends near and far, Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life.  The Piper family's incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life - and death - will bring hope and encouragement to all who see it. 
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My Review: 

When I saw the trailer for this new movie, I was very excited.  I thought the movie looked amazing and I had recently heard an interview on the radio with Don Piper.  The interview was enticing and made we want to see the movie.  Then, I was sent the book, 90 Minutes in Heaven to read prior to the release of the movie.

I have to say, I was disappointed in the book. While the actual story behind the book and movie is an amazing miracle and example of what God can and will do, I found the book boring and slow and repetitive.   The repetition, I'm sure, is to get point across of what Heaven was like and that Don didn't want to come back to earth, but I found it very tiresome.

Honestly, the movie HAS to be better!  While reading the book, I could visualize what it was like when Don Piper stood outside the gates of Heaven.  I could picture his broken body lying in the car on the bridge and the man who crawled in and prayed for the dead man and so on. I believe this will be a glory-bump inducing, hope presenting and amazing movie.  If someone doesn't believe in the afterlife or Heaven... this movie may very well be the catalyst to encourage their questions and possibly their conversion to believer.

Give it a chance... take a friend.  




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