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An Amazing Miracle,
This review is from: The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life beyond This World (Hardcover)
In November 2004, just one month before our son unexpectedly left for heaven, the author, Kevin Malarkey and his son, Alex (age 6) were in a serious accident. I remember reading the CaringBridge updates during our dark days . . . and theirs. I lost track after awhile, until I read that this book was coming out and those memories rushed back. In reading this book, I wonder . . . did my son and little Alex Malarkey cross paths in heaven?!?!?!
The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven is an amazing, true story. Kevin is told by a church member who offers to drive him to the hospital that it looked very bad, and that he did not think Alex had made it and probably had gone to heaven. However, after two months Alex woke up from a coma. The details he could tell about the accident, could not be made up, from what people were wearing, procedures that were done and a man praying over him. He remembered seeing five angels carry his father, and later seeing him put on a flat board and cutting off his clothes. The angels told him his daddy would be okay. Little by little Alex shares stories of heaven, about the music, talking with Jesus and continued sightings of angels.
I so appreciated the honesty of Kevin. Having spent many weeks in ICU with our daughter who has now had three open heart surgeries and having buried two children . . . it's not easy, even for the Christian who knows Scripture and knows God is there. There is spiritual warfare and great weariness. Kevin shared how their marriage took a battering and was "stretched to the breaking point." It gripped my heart to read with having-been-there-understanding, as their pastor friend also shared in the book:
" . . . Kevin and Beth greatly struggled in their marriage. Many times I came to the house to speak with them, counsel them, and pray with them. Those were dark days . . .
. . . It is an absolute miracle, an absolute proof there is a God in Heaven, that their marriage survived and that they are together today. Without God, there is no possible way their marriage would have survived."
Alex is a quadriplegic who has made amazing progress. He was also the first child to receive the "Christopher Reeve Surgery", allowing him to breathe without a ventilator. Their van license plate reads, "Wil Walk". They have hope that is undeniably sustained through their faith in Jesus.
This is an easy reading book, that will keep your attention and in awe. I highly recommend The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven.
The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven was provided to me free of charge by Tyndale House Publishers, in exchange for my honest opinion of it.
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Initial post: Nov 19, 2010 9:46:19 PM PST
TAMY BENEDICT says:
by the time i was finished reading this review i had tears in my eyes....it really made me feel like i had to read the book and at the same time made me want to speak to this person and to talk with them'!! made my decision to buy the book an easy one..i definaltly will buy the book!!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2011 9:54:07 PM PDT
It's a shame you missed the "Coast to Coast AM" show last night (3/14). The first hour had the father speaking about his son's (& family's) experience... *not* as a sales pitch, but due to the nature of the show.
"Coast..." (coasttocoastam.com) has the largest listenership of the "late night talk show" genre and if you've ever driven thru "the middle of nowhere" in the dead of night/early morning, you've undoubgtedly heard a "snippet," if not more of it. (It airs from 11 pm-3 a.m., in most time zones, 7 nights/wk on a.m. radio) & covers a wide-range of topics from aliens, conspiracy theories, dream research, medical breakthroughs & alternative medicine, Native American lore, legends & prophecies (including the so-called "Mayan 2012" and Hopi Prophecies), the Book of Revelation... to (since I need something beginning with a "Z") Zoroastroism. IOW: Just about everything NOT covered anywhere else is covered by "Coast..." whose listenership is rather... er... "unique," to say the least.
Its int'l, "800 number," allows one to learn of events *long* before coverage -- if at all -- by mainstream news. (Eg., A listener called from Greenland one night, informing us of a volcanic eruption UNDER a glacier-- the story didn't air until a 3 a.m. broadcast on CNN --the *only* coverage of the event-- & was broadcast *over* a month later! [--Makes one wonder exactly HOW free our "Freedom of the Press" *is*, in the U.S. -- ie, what *else* we're not being told, no?])
To get back to the show's coverage of the book/story -- and to prove I'm not a "shill" for the show :-) (the show's home page had a link to this Amazon page. Was how I found your comment/the book), was quite an emotion-filled hour and the callers who responded were also moved beyond words.
However, potential buyers should be aware that another review here (and one from a personal friend who also read it) "warn" that the book revolves more around the family struggle than the "heaven, God and Angels" one might expect from the title.
So those seeking "angel info" and/or confirmation of their own NDE (near death experience/s) and/or "Life After Life" discussions *might* do better w/ the others in Amazon's, "Similar Books" category. (But I *still* can't get the echoes of the Dad's & sons' story out of my head.)
IOW: Amazing & inspirational... but not, necessarily what one may be seeking.
--A Bibliophile (& author)
Posted on Jul 23, 2013 4:32:21 PM PDT
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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