If you go

› What: “A Peek Into a Writer’s Method: How I Decided To Write ‘90 Minutes’” with author Cecil Murphey.

› When: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4.

› Where: Cleveland Public Library, 795 Church St. NE, Cleveland, Tenn.

› Admission: Free, but seating is limited.

› Phone: 423-614-8598.

› Email:

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Cecil Murphey

Best-selling author Cecil Murphey will be in Cleveland, Tenn., on Friday, Nov. 4, for a program and book signing.

His presentation, "A Peek Into a Writer's Method: How I Decided To Write '90 Minutes,'" details his involvement in "90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life," Baptist pastor Don Piper's account of a near-death experience following a traffic accident.

Since its release in 2004, "90 Minutes" has sold more than 7 million copies and generated several follow-ups, including a special edition for young readers and a guide to preparing for the afterlife. The book stayed on The New York Times' best-seller list for more than five years and is among the top 150 best-selling books of the past 15 years.

Murphey has written or co-written more than 135 books, titles that have sold millions and been translated into more than 40 languages. His other best-known collaborations are "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story" (with Dr. Ben Carson) and "Rebel With a Cause" (with Franklin Graham). "Gifted Hands" and "90 Minutes" were both made into films.

Murphey, 83, writes eight hours a day and has mentored many younger authors. Before pursuing writing full-time, Murphey served as a pastor, hospital chaplain and a missionary in Kenya.

The event is co-sponsored by Lee University.

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