What is the summary for 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life?  

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Don Piper is a Baptist minister, who in 1986 had his life changed forever. 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life chronicles the events that transformed this minister's life. Don Piper was at a conference for ministers in Texas, and on his way home is hit head-on by an eighteen wheeler. Don died instantly. When the EMTs arrived on the scene, they pronounced Don dead, and went to work on the other people involved in the accident. Another minister drove onto the scene and God told him to pray for the man in the red car. He ran to the car and started praying for Don to live, although Don was already dead. 

For the next hour and a half, Don is in Heaven. He describes the amazing brightness and talks about the loved ones that welcome him. Don talks about how he doesn't feel sadness for leaving his family, all he feels is peace and joy. He describes the music that he heard. Don is taken to a gate and he knows that God is on the other side, but all of a sudden Don wakes up in his mangled car. 

The rest of the book details Don's complicated recovery. His injuries were intensive. Don spent 105 days in the hospital. He battled depression and questioned God on why he was sent back. He begged God to let him return, but the answer he always got was no. Don had a hard time wondering why he wasn't allowed to go back. Don struggles with anger, anger at his family, himself, and God. What Don realizes as he struggles so much is that God has a plan for his life. Don has become an inspiration to others around the world. This book is an amazing look into the mind of a person who has seen the beauty of Heaven, but has to return to this world. Don's struggles are all too real and Don's honesty is raw and very human. Don realizes how powerful the power of prayer really is. This book is an inspiration for all who read it and take the message to heart.

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