When I ghostwrite an autobiography, first-person POV is the only option I consider and for that very reason. Gifted Hands that I wrote for Dr. Ben Carson begins like this:
"And your daddy isn't going to live with us anymore."In 90 Minutes in Heaven, first person made sense because the entire book revolves around Don Piper and what he experienced.
"Why not?" I asked again, choking back the tears. . .
I've written a total of four books for Don Piper. The other books carry Don's name and mine, which makes me the co-writer. Our editor insisted on staying with the first person and I had no problem with that. Chapter 66, for example, from our second book, Daily Devotions Inspired by 90 Minutes in Heaven, begins:
I survived because of prayer.
I survived because one man felt God impress on him to pray for me, even though the EMTs said I was dead. He prayed anyway.
First-person narrator is an observer
and also a character or participant.