Boy Who Said He Came Back From Heaven Now Says He Lied
"The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven," a book that claims to detail a boy's trip to heaven and his return to Earth is now being pulled from stores after one of its co-authors admitted he made the whole thing up.
The 2010 memoir 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 left a quadriplegic in the accident. The book claims to tell the story of his trips to heaven during those two months.
But Alex has recently taken 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.
Alex wrote in the open letter:
"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."
Tyndale House, the book's publisher, told NPR that it would take the book "and all ancillary products" out of print.