Thursday, September 29, 2011

Heaven Is Real: Lessons on Earthly Joy by Don Piper & Cecil Murphey

Have you read 90 Minutes in Heaven? It’s still on the Christian Booksellers Association best-seller list today, even though it was published in 2004. This book is a sequel by Don Piper, the man who spent 90 minutes in heaven, and co-writer Cecil Murphey. And, it is not to be confused with Heaven Is for Real, another current bestseller.

Heaven Is Real chronicles lessons Piper has learned from his visit to heaven and his recovery from the accident. To his amazement, God is still using his experience to reach others. First, he briefly recalls his accident, his visit to heaven, and his difficult recovery. Then, he presents 24 specific life lessons he has dealt with since. He shares many stories of his encounters with his readers since 90 Minutes came out. Some of them are heart-warming, while others are heart-breaking.

Has something terrible happened to you? Are you having a hard time dealing with it? Piper says you have to realize that you have “crossed a bridge” and that there is no returning to your former situation. Some tragedies are the result of choices you have made. Others happen for no apparent reason. Piper’s primary lesson is that, because there is no going back, you must find a “new normal” for your life. It’s not easy, but God’s help is available for the asking.

Although Heaven Is Real was not intended to be a study book, I think it could be used that way. Each chapter is full of potential discussion topics. I recommend that you not rush as you read it. Give yourself time to absorb and reflect.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from coauthor Cecil Murphey without any strings attached. I was not required to publish any review at all. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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