The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life beyond This World by Kevin MalarkeyNote: This book was withdrawn from publication in January 2015 after the boy, Alex Malarkey, admitted to lying about the entire experience.
Alex Malarkeys open letter to bookstores said I did not die. I did not go to Heaven. [...] I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible.
The publisher of this book, Tyndale, released this statement: We are saddened to learn that Alex Malarkey, co-author of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, is now saying that he made up the story of dying and going to heaven. Given this information, we are taking the book out of print.
In 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, suffered an horrific car accident. The impact from the crash paralyzed Alex--and medically speaking, it was unlikely that he could survive. I think Alex has gone to be with Jesus, a friend told the stricken dad. But two months later, Alex awoke from a coma with an incredible story to share. Of events at the accident scene and in the hospital while he was unconscious. Of the angels that took him through the gates of heaven itself. Of the unearthly music that sounded just terrible to a six-year-old. And, most amazing of all . . . Of meeting and talking to Jesus. The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven is a story of an ordinary boys most extraordinary journey. As you see heaven and earth through Alexs eyes, youll come away with new insights on miracles, life beyond this world, and the power of a fathers love.
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Snopes needs your help! Learn more. The book detailed the aftermath of a automobile accident which left Malarkey permanently injured and his subsequent claim that he had visited Heaven, and met and talked with Jesus, following the crash. The latter book involved a different child named Colton Burpo, who was four years old at the time of his purported visit to Heaven. On 13 January , Alex Malarkey not, as many believed, Colton Burpo sent an open letter to Christian publishers recanting his claims and confessing that he fabricated the story about visiting Heaven in order to gain attention:.
Alex forcefully disavowed the book in an open letter to Christian bookstores almost five years after it was published and more than a million copies were sold,  describing his near-death experience as a fabrication. As a result, Tyndale House removed the book from print, and Christian bookstores removed it from their shelves. Alex had suffered various injuries in the accident, including a severe spinal injury, severe neck injuries, and brain trauma ,  and he was left a quadriplegic. According to his own account, Alex Malarkey says that he and his father were driving on a highway near Rushsylvania, Ohio when his father turned onto another road, and was hit by a car, which he did not see behind a blind hill. After the automobile accident, he says he saw his father fly out of the window of his car, only to be caught by an angel and carried to safety. He says he was out of his body while he saw this happen.
This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. Alex Malarkey, the boy whose account of visiting heaven after a gruesome car crash became a bestselling memoir, now says that he made it all up. Malarkey the aptness of whose name has been much remarked on since the admission recanted his tale in an open letter posted on the evangelical Christian website Pulpit and Pen. Tyndale House , the Christian publisher responsible for the book, confirmed that it will stop selling the title Friday. The Malarkey parents are divorced; Alex and his siblings live with their mother. Many Christians have remained wary of the lengthening list of books describing encounters with the hereafter.
A boy who was the subject of a book about his trip to Heaven recanted his story.
The book documents the report of a near-death experience by Burpo's three-year-old son Colton. By April , more than one million ebooks had been sold,  and more than 10 million copies had been sold by As time passed on, Colton continuously kept throwing up, which is when Todd and Sonja knew that he did not just have influenza. When Todd and Sonja went to a different emergency room with Colton, they were told that Colton had to have an emergency appendectomy as he could possibly die. Colton began describing events and people that seemed impossible for him to have known about.