Boy who ‘came back from heaven’ admits story was a lie; book pulled from shelves

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Alex Malarkey

Alex Malarkey

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A boy who said he went to heaven and came back to earth now admits he made the entire story up.

Alex Malarkey, 6, and his father Kevin were in a serious car crash in 2004.  Alex ended up in a coma for two months.

The two wrote a best-selling Christian book, “The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven,” which was released in 2010.

When he woke up, Alex described in detail meeting Jesus and the devil.  But now, Alex, who is a quadriplegic, said none of it happened, KTVI reports.

He wrote in a post on the website Pulpit and Pen that “I did not die. I did not go to Heaven.”

He said he told the story because he thought it would get him attention. He also adds that those who market such books and materials “must be called to repent and hold the Bible as enough.”


Here is his entire statement.

The publisher is removing all remaining copies from bookstores.

As of this posting, it was still available for sale on

There has been no comment from Alex’s father.

Alex’s mother, Beth Malarkey, has said the book is not “Biblically sound” and her son’s objections were often ignored. She posted this statement on her blog criticizing the book.