Based on a true story. A man was in a car crash and was in the car, without a pulse for an hour and a half, while EMT's and police waited for the coroner to pronounce him dead before he can be moved. A man comes along, who feels led to pray for the victim, gets in the car and starts to pray while singing praise songs. The 'dead' man starts singing along and EMT's confirm he now has a pulse. The victim fights his recovery, as he is angry that he was in heaven, only to have God bring him back in incredible pain. Was there a purpose to his return to earth?
The film is based on the real life story of Don Piper, who, driving home from a minister's conference in 1989, crashed into a semi-truck which had crossed into his lane. Presumed dead, Piper lay on a bed covered in tarp, when a passing minister who had also been at the conference came to pray over Piper's body and sang to him, with Piper soon joining in. His arm had been severed and his leg was barely attached to his body, forcing Piper to endure a long and brutal recovery, which included being bed bound for thirteen months. Piper claims to have seen Heaven while he was unconscious, and believes he was on his way there before being pulled back to Earth. Piper has said he was infuriated at God, as his injuries meant he had to endure incredible pain before eventually regaining his mobility. After suffering in silence, he wrote the book which this film is based on, and became an accomplished public speaker. His account of the accident, and his life since, sold seven million copies and has been translated into 46 different languages. See more »
I was invited to see this premiere at The Fox in Atlanta, not sure why I was invited as everyone there was a pastor or a family member...the mayor was there, the whole cast and then there was my sister and I. I gave it a 3 because at least they're donating $ from the film to help orphanages (one in particular was there that night at the Fox)....and after the movie, what did all of these influential preachers and their family members do? Did they stop and befriend these obviously under-dressed orphans after the movie? While the kids were coming down the stairs in jeans and the best clothes they could put together.....did I see any of the obviously well and overdressed attendees actually try and mingle or minister to them.....on the contrary, the mass audience of "Christians" flocked to the open bars inside the fox to get a cocktail, while the orphans and their friends/family/acquaintances awkwardly, and hurriedly left. As for the movie, what I got from it was a guy who was in severe pain and couldn't be helped by modern medicine....this movie shows that you can get comfort from your church community...IF you belong to one. For those of us that don't, I guess we are on our own or have to rely on our own faith.
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