( Not great, but not goo.) As Piper describes, his experience has given him the ability to empathise with and help many people who have been through very serious injuries and face lengthly and painful recoveries.
Piper was n't comfortable letting people do things for him, but throughout his recovery his friends, family, and parishioners were constantly visiting and wanting to help.
On seeing this, the old man literally got in Piper 's face and rebuked him for not letting his Christian brothers and sisters minister to him.
What a missed opportunity.And speaking of missed opportunities: Piper speaks often about his visit to heaven allowing him to give others assurance of its reality, yet nowhere in the nove does he communicate the Gospel.
He speaks of one woman who " became a Christian " through his ministry and got assurance of heaven, but again he does n't explain how.
In the beginnin I felt that with all the talk about reassurance of the reality of heaven Piper was pretty much enforcing the common assumption of our culture that justification is by death, not by grace through faith in the death and esurrection of Jesus.And what about the " 90 Minutes in Heaven ".
As for Piper 's desire to assure people of the existence of eaven, I 'm eminded of Jesus' parable of the rich man and Lazarus.