The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, was a remarkable story of a child who claimed he went to heaven during his coma that spanned two months.
The story told the story of Alex Malarkey, a young boy who fell into a coma after a car accident back in 2004. He wrote the story to peak the curiosity of those who wonder what it could be like when you slip into a coma for an extended period time.
In the story he states how he traveled to heaven where he talked to Jesus Christ and confronted the devil. The story was so captivating that it sold more than a million copies after it’s release in 2010.
What seemed like a story that inspired people’s faith actually turned out to not be true. Alex Malarkey wrote a brief statement claiming that the events of the story did not happen. He writes, “Please forgive the brevity, but because of my limitations I have to keep this short. 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.”
While the world is just finding out that this story is not true, a recent statement given by Malakey’s mother gives insight that maybe Alex told the truth to his mother a while ago. She writes, “It is both puzzling and painful to watch the book The Boy who Came Back from Heaven to not only continue to sell, but to continue, for the most part, to not be questioned. … I could talk about how much it has hurt my son tremendously and even make financial statements public that would prove that he has not received monies from the book nor have a majority of his needs been funded by it. … When Alex first tried to tell a ‘pastor’ how wrong the book was and how it needed stopped, Alex was told that the book was blessing people.”
This book is evidence that some people see every opportunity as one they could profit from, even if it was a child. This book gave a lot of people faith and hope, and it was ripped from them when they discovered that this child helped to aid such a lie.
The book has been removed from shelves and the Christian publishing company, which initially released the book stated that, ‘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.”
Malarkey who is now seventeen does show remorse for his actions and believes what he did was wrong, otherwise he would have continued to live this lie and profit from it.
John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer/Landov
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