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from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life beyond This World by Kevin MalarkeyNote: This book was withdrawn from publication in January 2015 after the boy, Alex Malarkey, admitted to lying about the entire experience.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.
'The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven' Author Admits He Lied
By Tom Leonard. Four months after Colton Burpo miraculously survived a life-threatening burst appendix, his parents began to suspect that something rather extraordinary had happened to him. The first unusual occurrence was when Todd and Sonja returned from the hospital to their home in Nebraska in March to find a pile of bills.
Little Boy Who Claimed to Die and Visit Heaven Admits He Made It Up
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. Examples include knowledge of an unborn sister miscarried by his mother in and details of a great-grandfather who had died 30 years before Colton was born.
Alex Malarkey was in a car crash left him paralyzed below the neck and was receiving an artificial breathing device. Earlier this week, Alex Malarkey acknowledged in an open letter that he was lying, saying that he had been seeking attention. The book was first published in
After being paralyzed in a car crash at the age of six, Alex Malarkey made headlines in , when Christian publisher Tyndale House released an "autobiography," The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven , attributing the story to Malarkey and his father, Kevin. According to the book, during the two months Malarkey spent comatose after the crash, he died and went to Heaven, where he met Jesus and heard the voice of God. He retracted the story in , saying that it was a fabrication he created for attention, and Tyndale withdrew the bestselling book from publication. Now, the Boy Who Came Back from Heaven author is suing his publisher , saying that he was never consulted as to the authenticity of the story, and that he and his mother, Beth, have received no money from sales of the book. The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven hit store shelves at a time when died-and-came-back narratives were all the rage among Christian publishers and booksellers.