Following a radio and television broadcasting career, Don Piper pursued a calling that he had since adolescence and became an ordained Christian minister. In 1989, on his way to church, a semi-truck collided with Piper’s car. Piper was pronounced dead at the scene. For the next ninety minutes, Piper experienced the glories of Heaven. Back on Earth, a passing minister felt led to stop and pray for the accident victim even though he was told the victim was dead. Miraculously, Piper came back to life, and the pleasure of Heaven was replaced by a long and painful recovery. Don returned from the gates of Heaven to endure 13 excruciating months of hospitalization, 34 major surgeries, including some never before attempted in the United States, and years of painful therapy and rehabilitation. He walks today as a result of miraculous and medically unexplainable events and today shares lessons of answered prayer, miracles, overcoming tragedy, pain and loss, and the reality of Heaven.
Don Piper has spoken to nearly three thousand audiences around the globe since the release of his New York Times best selling book, “90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life“. First published in 2004, Don’s book remained on the New York Times best-seller list for nearly four years. Millions have experienced the 90 Minutes in Heaven story in person, on television, radio, and print media. Don has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Dateline NBC, ABC’s Nightline, FOX Network’s Sean Hannity’s America, and The O’Reilly Factor. He’s also been interviewed by hundreds of radio stations, newspapers, and magazines all over the world. His books have been published in 40 languages and sold over 5 millions copies. In 2007, Don founded Don Piper Ministries, a 501-c3 entity, to channel revenues from book sales and speaking income to help over 40 ministries here and abroad. Don’s home is in Pasadena, Texas. He has been married to the former Eva Pentecost since 1973. They are the parents of three children, a daughter Nicole and twin sons, Chris and Joe. Eva and Don have two grandchildren, Carlee and Will.
Websites & Background Information
• Don Piper Ministries
• Don Piper on Facebook
• Don Piper Videos (includes ability to download)
90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life (2004)
“As he is driving home from a minister’s conference, Baptist minister Don Piper collides with a semi-truck that crosses into his lane. He is pronounced dead at the scene. For the next 90 minutes, Piper experiences heaven where he is greeted by those who had influenced him spiritually. He hears beautiful music and feels true peace.
“Back on earth, a passing minister who had also been at the conference is led to pray for Don even though he knows the man is dead. Piper miraculously comes back to life and the bliss of heaven is replaced by a long and painful recovery.
“For years Piper kept his heavenly experience to himself. Finally, however, friends and family convinced him to share his remarkable story.”
Daily Devotionals: 90 Readings for Hope and Healing (2009)
Heaven Is Real: Lessons on Earthly Joy (2009)
Getting to Heaven: Departing Instructions For Your Life Now (2011)