The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven by Kevin & Alex Malarkey

Book 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 that 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 who 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 New York Times bestselling 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.

My review:

I found this book fascinating. Obviously the description of how the accident happened and the extent of the injuries to Alex was horrific and very difficult to read, but the rest of it was completely captivating.

There are many lessons to be learned from this book. First of all, life can change in a heartbeat. One minute Kevin and Alex were heading home from church and the next, they were separated – one in a helicopter and the other in an ambulance. However, the most important is the belief in the power of prayer. I loved reading about the prayer warriors and the results of their prayers. It was chilling reading about the lies Alex encountered and the battles he endured. It is amazing for a child to experience what Alex has and have the ability to communicate it to others.

I can always tell it is a good non-fiction book when I look at the photographs included in it and I get teary. I kept referring back to the photos time and again because it made the story that much more real to me. I also appreciated the honesty Kevin shared about the effect the accident had on the Malarkey marriage. I think it is something that couples coping in similar circumstances can identify with and find encouraging.

This is a great book, and one of the best I’ve read with this similar topic. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

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One Response to The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven by Kevin & Alex Malarkey

  1. lucky4jill says:

    Reblogged this on A Book A Day and commented:

    I wanted update this post after reading that Tyndale has pulled the book and all ancillary products. I was sad to read what Alex wrote about making up the story.

    Here is a link to the most recent article about this book:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/15/377589757/boy-says-he-didn-t-go-to-heaven-publisher-says-it-will-pull-book

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Malarkey family.

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