CAROL STREAM, Illinois – The amazing story of Alex Malarkey dying and touring heaven looks like a lot of malarkey.
In case you missed it, The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven has been on best-seller lists for the past six years.
It tells what Alex did and saw during his round-trip visit to Heaven after an auto accident left him with a broken neck and in a coma for two months.
But now Alex, who is paralyzed, says it’s all a lie.
He made his astounding claim in an open letter to book stores and distributors like the big Christian outfit Lifeway.
“I did not die. I did not go to heaven,” he wrote.
He went on to write that he said he went to heaven because he thought it would get him attention. “When I made the claims . . . I had never read the Bible. People have profited from lies and continue to.”
But someone may have some explaining to do.
Alex’s mom Beth, who is divorced from his dad, and who has custody of the kids, wrote on her blog last April that it’s painful to watch the book continue to sell and not be questioned.
She goes on to say her son’s name and identity are being used against his wishes, and that he has not received any monies from the book.
Alex’s dad Kevin, whose name is also on the book, has not responded to the media. He also hasn’t posted on his blog since December 2010, and his Facebook page hasn’t been updated since October of last year.
This is one tour of heaven that ended in the most unexpected way.