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The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life beyond This World Hardcover – June 30, 2010

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God is amazing. I’m just a kid.” Alex Malarkey

We were made for so much more than the things of this world. Sometimes we can sense it . . . we have a restless, dissatisfied feeling that we don’t quite belong here, that this is not our final home.
Yet who do you know who has been to the next world? Sure, you may have heard stories of white light and tunnels and near-death experiences. But what if there was a person who had been to Heaven―who had actually walked through the gates―and stayed long enough to learn about the things of God? Would you be interested in what he had to say?
Meet Alex Malarkey. Alex and his dad, Kevin, were in a car accident so horrific that emergency workers recommended calling the coroner to the scene for Alex. For the next two months, Alex lingered in a coma. When he finally awoke, he revealed something amazing: He had spent time in Heaven with Jesus while unconscious and had come back with astonishing revelations about what he had seen, heard, and experienced.
You may be intrigued. You may be skeptical. You may be hungry to know more about what lies beyond life on earth. Join Alex on his journey . . . and your life may be changed forever.

“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” Mark 10:14

From the Back Cover

An accident.A miracle.And a supernatural encounter that will give you new insights on Heaven, angels, and hearing the voice of God.

In 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, suffered a terrible car wreck. The impact from the crash paralyzed Alex―and it seemed impossible that he could survive.
“I think that Alex has gone to be with Jesus,” a friend told the stricken dad.
When Alex awoke from a coma two months later, he had an incredible story to share. Of events at the accident scene and in the hospital while he was unconscious. Of the unearthly music that sounded just terrible to a six-year-old. Of the angels who took him through the gates of Heaven itself. And, most amazing of all . . . of meeting and talking with Jesus.
The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven is the true story of an ordinary boy’s most extraordinary journey. As you see Heaven and earth through Alex’s eyes, you’ll come away with new insights on miracles, life beyond this world, and the power of a father’s love.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House (June 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414336063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414336060
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (966 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kevin Malarkey is a Christian therapist with a counseling practice near Columbus, Ohio. He attended the College of Wooster and earned a graduate degree from Ohio State University. He and his wife, Beth, have four children (Alex, Aaron, Gracie, and Ryan) and attend a nondenominational evangelical church.

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537 of 557 people found the following review helpful By Gary V. on January 14, 2015
Format: Paperback
Now that we know that this is a fake, made-up story, please pull this from publication. The author has recanted. http://pulpitandpen.org/2015/01/13/the-boy-who-came-back-from-heaven-recants-story-rebukes-christian-retailers/
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192 of 196 people found the following review helpful By CFL on February 9, 2014
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Following reading comments online by Alex Malarkey's mother, Beth, I feel duped by his father, Kevin. I would recommend others do your own research to learn the truth behind this book. According to Mrs Malarkey, she nor Alex ever endorsed, approved, or received a dime of profit from this book, and it seems there were exaggerations and inaccuracies throughout it's content. So very sad.
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Please read Alex's mom's blog before reading this book: [...]

Apparently, Alex does not endorse this book and claim it is deceptive.
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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful By minnamoe on July 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I listened to the audio book and was riveted. Wow!

Then, about a year ago I found out the truth. This book had only one author, and it was NOT the son. Falsehood. An awful tragedy that a (has been) father would chase money in this way -- unbelievable. See the post on April 25 on the mother's blog.
a m o m on a mis s io n dot bl o g sp ot dot c o m

I reeled. And so will you.
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161 of 174 people found the following review helpful By Potcake80 on February 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
After starting to read this book, I, like everyone else became intrigued with the people of which I was reading about. I came accross Beth Malarkey's personal blog in which she writes about her role as a mom. She also very openly, boldy and clearly states that she has NOTHING to do with this book nor does she support it neither does her son, Alex. Has noone else come accross this?
A part of me feels like I am exposing her and her privacy however, it is a public site and she makes it very clear that she restarted her blog for that very reason. She also goes on to say in her blog that some things are meant to be a surprise and why do we as humans have to always know the unknown?

Very humbling in my opinion and has left me feeling very uneasy about even finishing the book.

An intriguing genre of reading that is certainly the trend these days...truth? or giving hope to the millions of people faced with loss, death and the pain that comes along with that?
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Sashi on January 14, 2015
Format: Paperback
Based on comments from Alex Malarkey's mum as shown on this website ( http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nolongerquivering/2014/06/the-boy-who-came-back-from-heaven-update/) and a plea from Alex himself (http://pulpitandpen.org/2015/01/13/the-boy-who-came-back-from-heaven-recants-story-rebukes-christian-retailers/), I would strongly encourage you to NOT buy this book. As Alex admits "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". Please do the right thing . Do not buy this book which does not even profit the author, only the booksellers. It's not the truth. If you want to read about heaven, please read the Bible ( as Alex himself urges)
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65 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Lifelong Book Lover on August 9, 2013
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Book should be titled:

"Social Worker Proselytizes to you and YOU PAY for it. Brief mention of an NDE."

This social worker, who is a fundamentalist Christian, has written a book that is so obviously fundamentalist proselytizing I had trouble reading it. I did - but it was difficult. I find proselytizing offensive. It's as bad as "Heaven is for Real."

Just like that other book, this book condemns most people who have ever lived to hell. Fundamentalist/evangelical types of Christians don't see it that way... they just call it wonderful and inspiring, etc... because they are not THINKING of how it is for most people who ever lived. Ever. So unless you happened to be born into a family that is the "correct" religion, you're going to hell. Wow. How lovely.

The story is MOSTLY about the author, his experiences, and his church, etc. Heavy on proselytizing and EXTREMELY light on NDE, this book is misleading. It is like a VERY long sermon by a hellfire sort of preacher. I regret paying money for it and I WISH I had spent time reading reviews.

I've been researching NDEs for over 30 years - and people of ALL faiths... and NO faith - report the same wonderful NDE. I LOVE hearing NDE stories... but I dislike hearing NDE stories that are so contaminated by fundamentalist religious views that little of the real story remains.

I've heard so many NDE accounts... and I personally NEVER heard one that included "hell" or "the devil" or having to be Christian. Indeed, I've heard these accounts from Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, etc... even atheists. They come back saying "There IS a God!!!!" But they don't come back telling us that they learned if you aren't Christian, you are going to hell. I've never heard that ONCE.
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325 of 391 people found the following review helpful By Roz on August 20, 2010
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For those who have lost a child due to a tragedy or have a child that is currently fighting for their life, this will be a tough read in the beginning. It is about a boy named Alex that was in a car accident at the age of 6 and becomes a quadriplegic. Once he regains conscientiousness and the ability to communicate, he tells his parents of his experience which includes his visit to heaven.

Kevin Malarkey, the boy's father, is very transparent. Throughout the book, he shares with the reader his deepest fears and his shortcomings, including spiritual. In chapter 5 he expresses it with raw emotion - something I admired because not many of us would admit this. "My son couldn't function in the physical world, but it was difficult for me to function in the spiritual world. Who had the greater disability?"

Mr. Malarkey even shared the struggle that all marriages face during the hardships and changes that come with these types of tragedies. It was refreshing to hear a Christian brother share his heart and keep it real.

There is very limited information on Alex' account of heaven but enough for the reader to have a glimpse of our home and most importantly, God's love towards Alex, his family and us all. Some readers may have a tough time with Alex' decision to be obedient in his limited sharing, but it shows that spiritual maturity is not based on age. His greatest concern was to keep it about him - God - and not him - Alex.

The stories about angels were fascinating and will probably challenge the beliefs of many readers. However, for those of you who know that angels are real, his accounts will bring a smile to your face and a tear to the eye.
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