The boy who came back from heaven :: Christian Fake Miracle
Posted April 22, 2015on:
The boy who came back from heaven :: Christian Fake Miracle
Alex Malarkey said he visited heaven and met Jesus while in a coma for two months at age six following a car crash in 2004
He then wrote the best-selling book with his father Kevin, who is recently separated from Alex’s mother
Now Alex has written an open letter to publishers saying he made it all up
His mother says Alex receives no money from the sale of the book
A boy whose tale of dying and going to heaven after a car crash that became a best-selling book has admitted to making the whole thing up.
Alex Malarkey, now 16, lay in a coma for two months and was left paralyzed after the wreck in 2004, but when he awoke, he amazed doctors and his parents with a story of how an angel had lifted him up to heaven where he met Jesus and Satan.
His story was made into the best-selling book The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, which was co-authored with his father Kevin and first published in 2010.
But now Alex has claimed it was all a lie.
In an open letter shared by his mother, he says he concocted the tale in an attempt to attract attention – and is now criticizing publishers who continue to make large profits from the book.
His mother, who is recently separated from his father and the author of the book, says Alex does not receive any money from the novel, which made the New York Times Bestsellers List.
In an open letter addressed to ‘Sellers, buyers and marketers’ of his book, Alex wrote: ‘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.’
Many Christian publishers are now announcing that they will stop selling the book.
The book is one of three ‘real-life’ tales of paradise on sale at Christian book stores – 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is for Real are the others.
Alex is still severely disabled and is cared for by his mother at home in Ohio. They live together in Huntsville with his three siblings. Kevin Malarkey lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Long before Alex made his statement, Beth Malarkey has previously suggested that the book was made up and insists that the family receives no money from its sale.
She wrote on her blog in April last year: ‘There are many who are scamming and using the #Word of God to do it.’
‘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.
She insists that her son ‘has not received monies from the book nor have a majority of his needs been funded by it.’
And she adds that Alex previously told a pastor that the book was made up, but was told the publication was ‘blessing’ people and to stay quiet.
She concludes: ‘The ones making money from the book are NOT the ones staying up through the night, struggling for their breath, or were they the ones at six years old, waking up unable to move or breathe and in a strange place after last remember seeing a car coming right at the car he was riding in’.
Five years ago, a book called The #Boy Who Came Back from Heaven became a bestseller in the #US. It was the memoir of Alex Malarkey, who claimed to have visited heaven when he was in a coma after a car crash. However Malarkey, who was six at the time of the crash, has now published an open letter to Christian bookshops stating that his book was a fabrication.
“I did not die,” the teenager wrote in the letter published on the website pulpitandpen.org. “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.”
The confession has prompted the book’s publisher, Tyndale House, to announce that it will no longer sell the book. “Tyndale has decided to take the book and related ancillary products out of print,” said Todd Starowitz, the firm’s public relations director, speaking to The Washington Post.
Malarkey’s story began in November 2004, when he and his father Kevin – who co-authored the book, and is yet to comment on the latest developments – were in a near-fatal car crash. Malarkey later claimed that during the accident, he watched his father hurtling through the car window only to be swept up in the arms of an angel. Malarkey fell into a coma for two months; when he awoke he told of having visited heaven and meeting Jesus Christ, experiences which were the basis for the book.
A #bestselling #Christian #book that claims to detail a boy’s trip to heaven and his return to #Earth is being pulled from stores after one of its co-authors admitted he made the whole thing up.
The 2010 memoir, “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,” was written by Alex Malarkey and his father, Kevin Malarkey, a Christian therapist in Ohio.
In 2004, when Alex was 6, the two were badly injured in an automobile accident. Alex ended up in a coma for two months, and the book claims to tell the story of his trips to heaven during that time.
Malarkey described a heaven with a “hole in outer heaven” that goes to hell. He detailed his conversations with Jesus Christ and meetings with the devil, who at one point blamed him for the accident.
But on Tuesday, the boy, who was left a quadriplegic in the accident, took it all back. The Pulpit & Pen website published “An Open Letter to Lifeway and Other Sellers, Buyers, and Marketers of Heaven Tourism, by the Boy Who Did Not Come Back From Heaven,” written by Alex.
“I did not die. I did not go to #Heaven,” Alex wrote in the open letter, adding:
“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.”
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