Alex Malarkey penned his best-seller ‘The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ about his true story of going to heaven after a car crash in 2004 which left him paralyzed. But now, Alex, 16, admits in an open letter to publishers that he completely made the incredible story up.
Alex Malarkey touched many hearts in The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven. The 2010 book, which was deemed to be a so-called true story and sold over six million copies, was about Alex’s enlightening experience of meeting Jesus while he was in a coma at age 6. But Alex, now 16, admits the he made the story up that he co-wrote with his father, Kevin Malarkey.
‘The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’: Alex Malarkey Says He Made Up Story
“I did not die. I did not go to Heaven” Alex wrote in the open letter to the Christian book company LifeWay, calling the note, “An Open Letter To Lifeway and Other Sellers, Buyers, and Marketers of Heaven Tourism, by the Boy Who Did Not Come Back From Heaven.”
Alex was in a coma for two months at the age of six after surviving a terrifying car crash in 2004, which left him paralyzed. He amazed doctors and parents when he woke up from the coma, which is when he said he died and went to heaven. But Alex admitted that all he really wanted was attention.
“I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention,” Alex wrote in the note according to the Daily Mail. “When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible. People have profited from lies, and continue to.”
However, Alex’s mother Beth, who is now divorced from her son’s father and co-author, says that Alex did not receive money from the book. Alex even criticizes businessmen who made money from his story.
“It is only through repentance of your sins and a belief in Jesus as the Son of God, who died for your sins (even though he committed none of his own) so that you can be forgiven may you learn of Heaven outside of what is written in the Bible…not by reading a work of man,” Alex continues in his letter. “I want the whole world to know that the Bible is sufficient. Those who market these materials must be called to repent and hold the Bible as enough.”
Following Alex’s open letter, Christian publishers have discontinued selling the book
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— Julianne Ishler