The six-year-old boy who penned the 2010 New York Times best seller, The Boy who Came Back from Heaven along with his father, Kevin, has now admitted that he lied to get attention.
Alex Malarkey, 16, claimed that while he was in a coma following an automobile accident, he met and spoke with Jesus. Pictures of the boy were released at the time showing him smiling from a hospital bed with a tracheotomy tube in his neck, which likely garnered him sympathy with readers.
I did not die,” he noted in a letter he sent to the Pen and Pulpit. “I did not go to heaven. I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention.”
According to NPR, Tyndale House, which published the book, has stopped the presses. In a statement released by Tyndale to the Washington Post, it stated that the publisher was taking “the book and related ancillary products out of print.”
Although Amazon.com has stated on its site that there are no more copies in stock, some sites including Amazon.ca and Barnes & Noble.com are still listing it for sale.
In Malarkey’s book, the Washington Post article noted that the boy claimed angels led him “through the gates of heaven…” He also related how he heard “unearthly music” that he really did not like and then “met and talked to Jesus.” According to the Huffington Post, he claimed that heaven had a “hole in outer heaven” that led to hell. And even more startling, the youngster said he met the devil, who “at one point, blamed him for the accident.”
In an article in The Blaze, it noted that the teen provided a statement to the Pen and Pulpit in which he said he never read the Bible before the accident. However, the young Malarkey who was left a quadriplegic stated that the Bible “is the only source of truth. Anything written by man cannot be infallible.”
In yet another statement, he said he believed in Jesus and that “Christ died for humanity’s sins.” All of the people who marketed the book and other items need to “repent and Hold the Bible as enough,” he added.
In April 2014 his mother, Beth revealed in a blog post that some of the details in the book were inaccurate. She wrote, “It is both puzzling and painful to watch the book… continue to sell” and “to not be questioned.” She added that the claims made do not fall in line with scripture and she could “dispel many of the things contained within the pages.”
Most notably she wrote, “I could talk about how much it has hurt my son tremendously,” and that he has received no money from sales of the book except for a “fund that was set aside by a friend.” According to The Blaze, Beth Malarkey has since divorced Kevin, who is a Christian therapist in Ohio. Her children now live with her. That in itself speaks volumes.
While it is good to know that the young man has a conscience, it is disappointing to read about this fakery since there are many people who really do have near death experiences. In fact, this reporter is one of them who did and met Jesus. It is also extremely unfortunate because now those who cry that some people are liars will now think they all must be. It is also sad that the young man believes the Bible is “the only source of truth” because it was also written by man.
Please note that the story of another boy related in the book Heaven Is For Real has nothing to do with this story.
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