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Interview: September 2004

Q: Tell us a little about yourself.

DP: I'm an army brat by birth. I have a degree in Broadcasting and spent 14 years on Radio and TV. I've been in the full-time ministry for 21 years. I am terminally in love with the game of baseball!

Q: What was your motivation behind this project?

DP: Self-defense! I've lived the last 15 years of my life frustrating people I have met because I could never spend enough time with them explaining my encounter with Heaven. Everyone always wanted to know MORE than I had time to share. 90 Minutes In Heaven: A True Story of Life and Death answers those questions.

Q: What do you hope folks will gain from this project?

DP: Very simple: 1. To know Heaven is real and you can go there. 2. That those who knew Christ and preceeded us will be waiting at the gate. 3. That God still works miracles. 4. That there are some things that happen in this life which permanently change us. And, we must embrace that change by discovering a "new normal." 5. Tragic circumstances and great pain can give way to amazing ministry opportunities!

Q: Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?

DP: I read all kinds of materials. I love humor, op-ed pieces, riveting stories, and nostalgia. My favorite subjects are fascinating people, Americana, and the Glory of Christ. I enjoy reading everything from Yancey to Lucado to Spurgeon.

Q: Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:

DP: Yes, Heaven is utterly real and absolutely breathtaking. God is still in the business of miracles. God wants us to ceaselessly share our faith in word and deed.

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