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The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life beyond This World

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Note: This book was withdrawn from publication in January 2015 after the boy, Alex Malarkey, admitted to lying about the entire experience.

Alex Malarkey's 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."

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 30th 2010 by Tyndale House
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Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
I was excited to read this book because of the premise of the true story of a child going to heaven and returning to tell of his experiences. Well, Alex tells very little about that in the book. Mostly it is a detailed account of all the things that were done for Alex and his family post-accident, prayers prayed and freebies given. The author actually lost me when he opens a chapter saying that anyone can be a "NICE" person and speak all the "right" things so that people think he is a Christian ...more
Jan 16, 2015 marked it as stricken
" “An Open Letter to Lifeway and Other Sellers, Buyers, and Marketers of Heaven Tourism, by the Boy Who Did Not Come Back From Heaven.

"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. "

-Alex Malarkey
Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
Jul 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
I had to stop reading this book after getting 24% through it. I thought the story would be great in a spiritual aspect but it's more of a platform for the author to push his beliefs. I was afraid that the book would be preachy when I first loaded it onto my reader and I do respect the beliefs of others but I don't want to spent hours having somebody preach to me about something I'm not so sure about.

In context of the story itself, I was okay with it after the car accident and I could feel the K
Erika L. Miller
This is a book that has been passed around the office from co-worker to co-worker and finally landed in my little hands. The story intrigued me as anything that is not normally experienced daily is something that intrigues me. However, it wasn't the explanations and experiences of Alex's time spent in Heaven that really captured and held my attention but Kevin's own story of faith, hope and prayer. Alex's description was small fillers into a world that I know exists around us but consider both f ...more
Jul 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: religion, hokum

I have no doubt that the words and images found on the pages of this book will appeal to some. Some will find comfort.

I understand the anguish Alex's family endured from Alex's struggle with death and life. I can appreciate the prayers and helping hands that surrounded and supported the Malarkey family. I found the Malarkey's praise and gratitude sincere. Still I found the book unsettling.

The militarism of 'spiritual warfare', prayer 'warriors',and Alex 'army' do not mesh with my ima
Elizabeth Noah Astle
I read this book thinking that it was a true story being told by a boy who had died, gone to heaven and had come back to tell about his experiences.

In fact it this book was not really what I thought it would be. In fact, it was mainly told by his father, Kevin, who was also involved in this terrible accident. Alex, was 6yo when the car he was ridding in was hit. Alex died at the scene and when he got to the hospital, workers there did not think he was going to make it.

This book, talks about the
Colleen H.
Sep 08, 2011 rated it liked it
I didn't intend to read two books on this subject happened quite by accident. I was actually trying to buy 'Heaven is for Real' because I had seen it publicized and it had peaked my interest. I accidentally ended up with this book when I forgot the title while searching on my Kindle. Who could have guessed that there were two books with such similar stories to tell?!

I am very conflicted about both of these books for different reasons. Heaven is for Real was an easy read, a believable
Angel Gelique
Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a good book...heavy on the religious side, but enjoyable. Some of the things Mr. Malarkey writes about his son Alex (the boy who came back from Heaven) seems unbelievable. It's hard not to be skeptical, as he himself admits. I found a few inconsistencies. For one, Alex states that he has been to Heaven not only on the day when he "died" after the car accident, but several times since. He is able to somehow visit at will. He states that when he returns from Heaven during these trips, he ...more
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Kelli by: Shannon Bollinger
For the past four years I go on a girls trip with some girlfriends from childhood. The biggest kicker is that one of the girls can not let go of the fact that I BELIEVE IN JESUS. Often times, I feel like God is presenting me a situation that he did with Peter in the final stages of Jesus's life. However, in my situation, I just proudly say, YES, I Believe. What I find "funny" (If you will) is the fact that this girl is always worried about proof. I respond with...I don't need proof. I know it is ...more
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Kevin Malarkey is a Christian author and the father of Alex Malarkey, a young boy who got seriously injured in 2004 and later declared that he had died and went to heaven. They wrote a book about the experience, The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven .

In 2015, Alex retracted his story, stating that he made it up to get attention. Their book was then taken out of print by the publisher.
More about Kevin Malarkey...
“Self-pity imprisons us in the walls of our own self-absorption. The whole world shrinks down to the size of our problem, and the more we dwell on it, the smaller we are and the larger the problem seems to grow. Awareness of others is a healthy antidote to this self-focus.” 31 likes
“It is one thing to read the Scriptures and affirm their truth. But until you are in the trenches of trial, until you are faced with life circumstances that test your faith, until you are pressed to the absolute limit of your physical and emotional capacity, until you face the unrelenting stress of ongoing trauma, you never really know how you'll respond to what you may have embraced so easily during a comfortable Bible study.” 8 likes
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