Released in 2010, the book "The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven" was a national best seller. However, its co-author Alex Malarkey has admitted that the premise of the book is fabricated. He never died and went to heaven. He agreed to co-write the book wth his dad Kevin in order to get attention.
"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."
The book describes what Alex experienced while he lay in a coma after a car accident when he was 6 years old. The coma lasted two months, and his injuries left him paralyzed, but the subsequent spiritual memoir - with its assuring description of "Miracles, Angels, and Life beyond This World" - became part of a popular genre of "heavenly tourism," which has been controversial among orthodox Christians.
As a result Tyndale House will no longer publish more of the book and will let it go out of print. Todd Starowitz, public relations director of Tyndale House, told The Washington Post: "Tyndale has decided to take the book and related ancillary products out of print."
Last April, Alex's mother, Beth Malarkey, posted a statement on her own blog decrying the memoir and its promotion: "It is both puzzling and painful to watch the book 'The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven' not only continue to sell, but to continue, for the most part, to not be questioned." She goes on to say that the book is not "Biblically sound" and that her son's objections to it were ignored and repressed. She also notes that Alex "has not received monies from the book nor have a majority of his needs been funded by it."