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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Faith, hope, and love...

This past weekend, my husband and I saw 90 Minutes in Heaven.
90 Minutes in Heaven (2015) Poster
This film is based on Don Piper's book:
90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death & Life
Overview from Barnes and Noble:
"On the way home from a conference, Don Piper's car was crushed by a semi truck that crossed into his lane. Medical personnel said he died instantly. While his body lay lifeless inside the ruins of his car, Piper experienced the glories of heaven, awed by its beauty and music. Ninety minutes after the wreck, while a minister prayed for him, Piper miraculously returned to life on earth with only the memory of inexpressible heavenly bliss. His faith in God was severely tested as he faced an uncertain and grueling recovery. 90 Minutes in Heaven offers a glimpse into a very real dimension of God's reality. It encourages those recovering from serious injuries and those dealing with the loss of a loved one. The experience dramatically changed Piper's life, and it will change yours too."

Now, what the above B&N review doesn't tell you is that Don's wife, Eva, is an unsung hero.
Don will tell you in fact that she is the hero of the story.
You see, while this was indeed quite a horrific accident, and Don did have to endure great pain...
it was Eva that kept her family together.
It was her faith in God, her hope of recovery, and her love for her husband and children that kept her pushing forward.
 I worked with Eva for several years at the elementary level and she's indeed quite an amazing person. Each and every day, it was clearly evident that she expected the very best from her students and along with her compassion, love, and their hard work, they would become better than even they expected.
So, if you enjoy strong leading ladies,
I'd recommend Eva's book,
A Walk Through The Dark.
From Eva's book:
"Though it parallels that of her husband, Eva Piper's account is quite different from his. It takes readers not to heavenly places but through a very earthly maze of hospital corridors, insurance forms, tiring commutes from home to workplace and hospital, and lonely hours of waiting and worrying. This is the story of a woman learning, step by darkened step, to go places she never thought she could go and growing into a person she never thought she could be. Packed with hard-earned wisdom about what it means to be a caregiver, to open yourself to the care of others, and to rest in God's provision, this book provides a dependable source of light to help you walk through the dark."
 Now,  if you're wanting more...Don wrote another book:
Here's an exert from this jacket:
"After experiencing what awaits in the next life, Don Piper is able to shed light on his life and put everyday hardships into proper perspective. He reveals how life's trials can be turned into spiritual lessons, when we are open to the certainly of God's grace and love."
And one final recommendation,
Don has also written:
Daily Devotions, Inspired by 90 Minutes in Heaven.
 ...a great addition to your day.

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