That’s right, nearly five years after it was a best-seller, The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Alex Malarkey‘s story of visiting angels and heaven after being injured in a bad car crash is being pulled from shelves. The young man at the center of said this week that the story was all made up.
The book that purported to be a 6-year-old boy story of going to heaven and coming back is fake. The book’s publisher, Tyndale House, had promoted it as…
“a supernatural encounter that will give you new insights on Heaven, angels, and hearing the voice of God.”
Tyndale House confirmed to NPR that it is taking
“the book and all ancillary products out of print.”
The decision to pull the book comes after Alex Malarkey wrote an open letter to retailer LifeWay and others who sell Christian books and religious materials. It was published this week on the Pulpit and Pen website.
“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. People have profited from lies, and continue to. They should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth. Anything written by man cannot be infallible.
Those who market these materials must be called to repent and hold the Bible as enough.”
Here’s the story; Alex Malarkey was paralyzed at the age of 6 when he was in a car wreck. He then spent two months in a coma. He’s now a teenager. The book lists him as a co-author along with his father, Kevin Malarkey but the copyright is held by the father.
The Washington Post says that it
“became part of a popular genre of ‘heavenly tourism,’ which has been controversial among orthodox Christians.”
Alex’s parents are now divorced and he and his siblings live with his mother, Beth Malarkey, who has previously spoken out against the book featuring her son. She has also said that profits from the book haven’t been going to Alex. Another book about a boy who said he had gone to heaven, Heaven Is For Real, has been turned into a movie. Last spring, Beth Malarkey wrote a blog post stating,
“Alex’s name and identity are being used against his wishes (I have spoken before and posted about it that Alex has tried to publicly speak out against the book), on something that he is opposed to and knows to be in error according to the Bible.
I am fully aware of what it feels like to be pulled in. There are many who are scamming and using the Word of God to do it. They are good, especially if you are not digging into your Bible and truly studying it. They study their audience and even read ‘success’ books to try to build better and bigger … ‘ministries/businesses.’ “
Well, I’m going to say – I have to –this all sounds like MALARKEY! Not to make fun, really, it’s a sad story about this paralyzed kid. It was obviously the father who made up the whole thing and profited and now that they are divorced, Mom is exposing the lie. Sound familiar Tim Burton? See a movie in it? BIG LIES! The Kevin Malarkey Story