The Christian publisher Tyndale House announced today that it was pulling its 2010 bestselling book “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven."
The book, written by Alex Malarkey and his father Kevin Malarkey, chronicled Alex's spiritual trip to heaven while he lay in a coma following a car accident at age 6. Alex was paralyzed by the accident.
However, this week Alex wrote on PulpitandPen.org:
"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."
In a statement to The Washington Post, Todd Starowitz, public relations director of Tyndale House, said: “Tyndale has decided to take the book and related ancillary products out of print.”
Alex’s mother Beth Malarkey claimed on her blog in April 2014 that her son's name and identity were being used against his wishes, Alex had not made any money from the book and that his objections over the book had been ignored.
Psychologist Warren Throckmorton notes on his blog that Martin King, Director of Communications at Lifeway, a Christian book store chain, told him: "LifeWay was informed this week that Alex Malarkey has retracted his testimony about visiting heaven as told in the book 'The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven.' Therefore, we are returning to the publisher the few copies we have in our stores."