The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven  -     By: Kevin Malarkey, Alex Malarkey
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Tyndale House / 2010 / Hardcover

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In 2004 Kevin Malarkey and his son, Alex, suffered a terrible car crash. While Kevin was unhurt, Alex received serious injuries and was in a coma for 7 weeks. When he awoke, Alex had an incredible story to share. He told of events at the accident scene, the hospital, and being taken to heaven by angels. In The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Kevin and Alex share their remarkable story of hope, miracles and a family's love overcoming difficult circumstances. As you begin to see the world through Alex's eyes, you'll be strengthened by the knowledge of God's presence and protection with you, now and beyond this life.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1414336063
ISBN-13: 9781414336060
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Publisher's Description

In 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, suffered an horrific car accident. The impact from the crash paralyzed Alex—and medically speaking, it was unlikely that he could survive. “I think Alex has gone to be with Jesus,” a friend told the stricken dad. But two months later, Alex awoke from a coma with an incredible story to share. Of events at the accident scene and in the hospital while he was unconscious. Of the angels that took him through the gates of heaven itself. Of the unearthly music that sounded just terrible to a six-year-old. And, most amazing of all . . . Of meeting and talking to 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.

Author Info

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. His academic background includes studies in clinical psychology, psychological assessment, and family counseling. Kevin has previous work experience developing educational programs, assessing psychological disorders, and counseling inner city youth and their families. He and his wife, Beth, have four children (Alex, Aaron, Gracie, and Ryan) and attend a nondenominational evangelical church. They enjoy spending time together playing board games, going to the zoo, finding new playgrounds, and exploring parks and recreational areas.

Kevin’s son, Alex Malarkey (12), is the youngest person in the world to have the “Christopher Reeve Surgery” allowing him to breathe without a ventilator. He can stand in a supportive frame for an hour at a time and, with the help of a special harness, can walk on a treadmill while helpers move his legs. Alex is an avid Steelers fan. He believes he will walk again someday.

Author Q & A

Q: Are there cities in Heaven?

A: Yes. They make New York City seem small! The skyline is awesome.

Q: What was your body like in Heaven?

A: I never really paid attention to my body. I never looked down or thought about myself. I was too in awe of everything else. I know that I could walk in Heaven, though.

Q: What do you think about the fact that God told Paul not to talk about what he saw in Heaven, but He told John to share about his visit?

A: I don’t feel so weird when I think about that. I’m a mixture of the two. Some things I can say and some things I can’t.

Q: What is worship like in Heaven?

A: It’s always happening. The angels have sessions of praising God. They go to His throne at certain times. I have seen the elders bowing down and saying “holy, holy, holy.” But the most awesome part is the angels behind the elders. There are more than you can count.

Q: What people have you seen in Heaven?

A: I have seen people from the Bible. I cannot say anything else.

Q: Is Heaven a physical place?

A: How could I have been there if it wasn’t?

Q: What would you tell people about spiritual warfare?

A: I would only have three main points. (1) Satan is a loser, and he has already lost; (2) demons are trying to mess with people nonstop; (3) we need Jesus in our hearts to fight the demons.

Q: What would you say to someone who is troubled or anxious?

A: If they are, I would just say, “Ask God for help.”

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  1. reli
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    To heaven and back
    July 21, 2014
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2

    I can tend to be a little skeptical of otherworldly experiences, but when I hear it from the words of a child, I am much more open to the idea. A child is not going to be capable of making up these kinds of images and keeping his story straight for month after month after month. This story was impressive to me--probably more so because Alex wasn't miraculously healed of his paralysis and while his family continues to believe he will be fully healed in this life, they have learned to adapt and adjust to the circumstances they are in. It is impressive the courage exhibited by Alex through the whole journey. While the writing style isn't top notch in my opinion, the story is defintely amazing. May God receive the glory through it all.

  2. jsrn18
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    To heaven and back!
    July 9, 2014

    Powerful recollection of a boy and his family's story after going through a horrible accident. With so many individuals writing books about their experiences in heaven its hard to know which ones or if any are true. I truely believe in heaven and that children have a great understanding of what heaven is like based on stories they are told but the detail in this book is remarkable. Great viewpoints from both Alex and his father Kevin.

  3. Karen
    Norfolk, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good story, but flawed theology
    June 29, 2014
    Norfolk, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3

    The boy who came back from heaven tells the story of 6-year-old Alex Malarkey, who after being in a horrific car crash and in a coma for two months, awoke with an incredible story of his travels to heaven. He tells of seeing the accident scene from above, being escorted to Heaven by angels, and meeting and talking with Jesus.

    This is a delightful tale. One in which a family experiences unbelievable stressors and maintains faith that grows throughout. Written mostly by father Kevin Malarkey it’s brutally honest, relating the difficulties transparently, and not trying to paint it with an unbelievably rosy brush. The faith message shines throughout, and you can’t help but feel drawn closer to God.

    However, we need to remember that the ultimate authority in matters of Heaven is not a little boy, but the word of God. Proverbs 30:4 asks, “Who has gone up to heaven and come down?” and John 3:13 answers, “No one has gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man.” Alex’s recollections can only be dreams and/or visions, not actual trips to Heaven. The authors state, “In the end if what we see, hear or read strains credibility, we must choose whether to believe. It’s not my job to convince you.” I believe Alex experienced dreams and visions of Heaven, and I am grateful that he shared them. If we have questions about the veracity of Heaven, however, we should look to the ultimate authority, The Bible.

  4. Jessica Bates
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    June 17, 2014
    Jessica Bates
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 3

    The boy who came back from heaven tells the true story of Kevin and Alex Malarkey, who were in a car accident in 2004 that paralyzed six year old Alex from the neck down. Alex maintains that he went to heaven after the crash and then was sent back.

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I am not one to discount what other vehemently believe or proclaim has happened to them, but Alex was six years old when the crash took place. His recounting of what happened is limited to what he understands. I do feel that the books title leads you to believe that the story is about Alex but it really is about his father Kevin's experiences after the accident. There are small sections from Alex every few chapters or so, but it is basically about what Kevin went through. I feel it should have been titled, "My Son Came Back from Heaven" or something of the like. Kevin seems to be sincere at times, and at other times, arrogant, attention-seeking an almost worshipping his son. I can't agree with everything that is claimed to have happened knowing what I know of God's Word but I won't disagree either. There are wonderful instances of Gods people helping in every and any way possible when this family needed it most. From financial help to prayer vigils, the church really stepped up and helped this family. That is the best part of the this book. I don't really recommend reading this book, I'm neutral either way. If you are curious, there are nice examples of Christians helping others selflessly.

  5. RuthSophia
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A story of God's faithfulness and provision
    June 16, 2014
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    With a title like "A boy who came back from heaven" I expected something like "Heaven was really cool." "The streets were gold." "I got to talk to Moses - he was really old." Standard, hokey, fake. In other words, I went in entirely skeptical. And, let's face it, the authors having the last name of Malarkey didn't bolster confidence. Sorry.

    I believe in Jesus and the Bible 100%. I also know that near death, out of body, and resurrection experiences sometimes do happen. In those cases, though, the burden of proof is entirely on the person. I don't go in expecting to believe them.

    Instead of the story I expected to read, I found that the focus of the book actually wasn't the heaven experience (a relief), but instead an account of God's faithfulness to the Malarkey family.

    I read the book waiting to pounce on any statement that contradicted Scripture - the ultimate litmus test. What I found was that while I might have phrased a few things differently, there was nothing that jumped off the page screaming that it contradicted God's word.

    Two things that impressed me most with this story as it relates to Alex (the boy who came back from heaven) are
    1) he remains silent on many things that he saw or gained knowledge of while in heaven - because God told him not to tell. This is very consistent with the Bible.
    2) Alex doesn't want the story to be about him, he wants people's focus to be on God. He says that he isn't a special Christian because of what happened, he just had a special experience. Alex's father also notes that Alex gets very uncomfortable when people make the story about him, and ignore God. Alex always redirects to God. Again, this is very Biblical - the Spirit always draws attention to Jesus, not to self.
    These two things, are huge points in favor of an accurate story.

    Another point in that favor is that Alex was six when all of this happened - according to his parents and friends, his story has never wavered. As he relearned how to talk, a few details were added in, but the substance of the story never wavered. If he was making all of this up, he would've been sure to start contradicting himself. Also, some of what he talks about he had to way of knowing because he was dead/in a coma. Yet he relayed that information accurately.

    Some people have said that Kevin (the father, and the book's main author) complains too much about finances in the book. Those people miss the points that Kevin is making - whenever he mentions money it is to praise the Lord for his provision.

    Kevin also doesn't try to sugar coat the shortcomings of him and his family. This also provides another ring of truth to the story - if he said that there were never any times of short tempers or bumpy roads I wouldn't believe him. That's not how life works.

    Some have also criticized the parts of the story in Alex's words saying that the vocabulary isn't that of a six year old. That's true, it's not, but is consistent with the vocabulary of a twelve year old (his age when this book was published).

    I think that this book can serve as an illustration of God's provision and faithfulness, but no one should ever let it stand above the Bible. Kevin Malarkey even makes that point in the book - that everything Alex portrays is and should be compared against Scripture. They haven't found where his story doesn't meet that test. In fact, the older Alex grows and the more he learns about the Bible, the most excited he gets. He loves finding out that something he saw is mentioned in the Bible.

    Do I recommend this book for others? Yes, I do. I didn't expect to when I started reading it. But only with the qualifier that this work should never take the place of the Bible - either in your life or in your outreach to others. The Malarkey's cannot save anyone. Jesus can.

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