I have reviewed a substantial number of books and critiqued a number of movies since making this part of my college field of study 20 years ago. Rarely am I ever completely blown away by one or the other. In the case of this movie and the book it is based on, I have been personally impacted in a way that truly is beyond description. This is a faith-based movie and book that so many in the world needs to experience.
The book, which has become a New York Times Bestseller, is 245 pages in length and takes the reader on a journey through one family's amazing miracle so vividly that you can't help but feel this miracle deep down in your soul.
The movie opens in theaters this Friday, September 11. I was given an opportunity to view the opening scene of this movie, which stars 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. I was moved to tears viewing the first few minutes of a movie I cannot wait to go see in the movie theater this weekend with my husband.
The movie and book tell the true story of Pastor Don and Eva Piper. Don died on January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car. He was declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene. For the next 90 minutes, Don's earthly body lay under a tarp, but Don's soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he'd never known before because he was in Heaven.
Another pastor's prayers helped bring Don back to life and he became a living miracle. Heaven's bliss was soon replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil. The Piper family's incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life - and death - and I believe the experiences of Don and Eva along with their three children and an army of prayer warriors will bring hope and encouragement to a world who dearly needs it.
I also love that this movie company has a passion not only for sharing hope-filled movies, but they donate 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, and I can't wait to share this with my readers as well as when I talk to my family and friends. Anytime you go to see a Giving Films movie in theaters, you can visit their website here and select which of the designated charities you want to receive the profits from your movie ticket. Their charitable organizations are Christian Alliance for Orphans, Faith Bridge Foster Care, Hire Heroes USA, Hope International, LifeWater, Street Grace, and World Vision.
You can find out more information about the movie by going to the website here.
One of you will win your own copy of the book, "90 Minutes in Heaven", ARV $14.99
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