Don Piper, who survived what should have been a fatal car accident in 1989, recently opened up about the film being made based on his book, 90 Minutes in Heaven.
The film of the same name, which stars Kate Bosworth and Hayden Christensen, follows Piper's true story of the car accident and his experience in heaven. Although he was initially reluctant to share his story in 90 Minutes in Heaven, Piper told The Christian Post that both the book and the upcoming film is his way of trying to share the experience with others, and more importantly, get them to heaven, too.
"The anticipation of heaven is instant for me," Piper said while on the set of "90 Minutes in Heaven," which just wrapped in early March.
"I can't wait to go back, I didn't want to come back," the author continued. "If you have seen it there, you don't want to be here. I am trying to help people get into heaven and have a better life along the way. I live for that, that makes it a little easier to get up in the morning especially when this body doesn't want to."
Almost three decades ago, the ordained minister was crushed by the roof of his car, impaled by the steering wheel, and had both legs crushed by the dashboard. After paramedics found no signs of life, Piper was covered with a tarp while a fellow pastor prayed over his body. All the while, Piper said he was instantly taken to heaven where he experienced a reunion with loved ones and saw the Gates of Heaven. However, the Baptist minister returned to earth, and despite an incredibly difficult recovery, he lived to tell the tale.
"It was a two-year process – therapy, rehabilitation," Piper explained of his recuperation. "One leg is shorter than the other, I'm shorter on one side than the other, I say [I'm the] the leaning tower of Don. It's all willpower - this arm won't straighten out or turn over. When I'm fully clothed, it's deceptive. Anybody who has read the book, when I walk onstage people are like, 'Wow.'"
Consequently, Piper acknowledged the "miraculous" healing, giving all credit to God.
"It's a miraculous thing, I lost four inches of this leg, I had brain damage, I was impaled on steering wheel," he told CP. "I believe God is still in the miracle business. I know it's a miracle, everybody who knows the story expects me to be in terrible condition."
Meanwhile, "90 Minutes in Heaven" is expected in theaters this fall. Stay tuned to The Christian Post for more from Piper on the highly-anticipated film.