Alex Malarkey, protagonist of the book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A True Story, actually visited Heaven.
In July 2010 a book titled The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A True Story, about the purported
Malarkey’s account was one of several books in a genre dubbed “heaven tourism” and is often mistaken for a similar work titled Heaven Is for Real. The latter book involved a different child named Colton Burpo, who was four years old at the time of his purported visit to Heaven.
Please forgive the brevity, but because of my limitations I have to keep this short. 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.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. 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.
Malarkey himself was not the first involved party to object to the book’s continued circulation. In April 2014, his mother Beth Malarkey voiced a number of concerns about the story on her personal blog. The elder Malarkey stated (among numerous grievances) that Alex was urged by a pastor not to recant his story and was not the primary recipient of the story’s royalties despite an ongoing need for expensive care due to injuries sustained in the crash. Malarkey concluded:
Alex’s name and identity are being used against his wishes (I have spoken before and posted about it that Alex has tried to publically speak out against the book), on something that he is opposed to and knows to be in error according to the Bible. How can this be going on??? Great
question …How did it get this far? Another great question …sometimes bits of truth can become so twisted and distorted that it seems impossible to straighten out. Your words can get taken, twisted, and out right fabricated!
In the end, Malarkey’s book turned out to be something of an eponymous work.