Upcoming movie centers around preacher's heavenly experience after Trinity Co. wreck

Upcoming movie centers around preacher's heavenly experience after Trinity Co. wreck
KTRE Staff
KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A movie based on the true story about a man who was killed in a Trinity County accident in 1989 and came back to life 90 minutes later is about to hit movie theaters.

"I remember when it happened," said Lyle Stubbs, Trinity County's Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace. "A gentlemen, I believe his name was Piper, was supposedly dead. They had covered him up."

The movie, "90 Minutes in Heaven," opens in movie theaters Friday. One of the theaters the movie will be playing at will be the Cinemark 12 in Lufkin.

"Pastor Don Piper died January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor crushed his car," the movie's official Website stated. "Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don's body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes. Don's soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he'd never known before. Don was in heaven."

"Like when Jesus brought Lazarus back, you know? He said arise, and he did. To me it was a miracle," Stubbs said.

According to the movie's official Website, another pastor prayed over Piper, and he came back to life.

"Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened," the Website stated. "Heaven's bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil. With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids, and friends near and far, Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life."

The movie is based on the "New York Times" bestselling book, "90 Minutes in Heaven." So far, more than 7 million copies of the book have been sold, the Website stated. It remained on the list for almost four years.

The movie's official Website stated that Piper was on his way back from a church conference when his Ford Escort was struck by an 18-wheeler. Shortly after the accident, another pastor from the same conference showed up at the accident scene and started praying for him.

"The Lord impressed upon him to pray for him although they said he was dead, and he did," Stubbs said.

"God worked a miracle and sent Don back to a broken body," the Website stated. "To date, 34 surgical procedures have taken place. He walks only as a result of miraculous, and in some cases, medically unexplainable circumstances."

The movie stars Hayden Christiansen, Kate Bosworth, Dwight Yoakam, and Fred Thompson. Christian singer Michael W. Smith composed the movie's musical score.

"I would consider that a miracle. Wouldn't you?" Stubbs asked.

For more information on the movie, visit its official Website.

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