The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven

The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven

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by Kevin Malarkey

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Go inside the story of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven! This unique documentary gives you an up-close look at the fateful scene where Alex was injured, the hospital where he remained in a coma for over two months, the church community that rallied around his family, and life today in the Malarkey home. Hear what heaven was like, what Alex saw and


Go inside the story of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven! This unique documentary gives you an up-close look at the fateful scene where Alex was injured, the hospital where he remained in a coma for over two months, the church community that rallied around his family, and life today in the Malarkey home. Hear what heaven was like, what Alex saw and experienced, and the ways God is still with him today. You’ll also see personal interviews with the Malarkey family, medical experts, EMT workers, pastors, and others who testify to the wonder of Alex’s story. Running time approximately 50 minutes.
From the 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 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 that 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 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. Tyndale House Publishers

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Kevin Malarkey is a Christian therapist with a counseling practice near Columbus, Ohio. He is a graduate of the College of Wooster and Ohio State University, where he earned his graduate degree. He and his wife have four children and attend a nondenominational evangelical church.

Alex Malarkey (11) is the youngest person in the world to have the Christopher Reeves surgery allowing him to breathe without a respirator. He can stand in a supportive frame for an hour at a time and, with the help of a special harness, can walk on a treadmill while helpers move his legs. He believes that he will walk on his own again.

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The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life Beyond this World 3.9 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 823 reviews.
Ralnon More than 1 year ago
I was born and raised in an atheist Communist family, and one year ago, at the age of fifteen, I became a Christian. I became a Christian because I wanted to, without anyone's urging or suggestion, completely of my own free will. But even now, my parents and brother are not Christians, and that has strained our relationship on both sides. This book is truly beautiful and touching. I understand if someone is skeptical, but what I do not understand is how some of these reviewers can have such little faith in a suffering family and actually truly think that they have made up this story just for financial aid. A true Christian would never do so, nor would they so harshly accuse others of doing so. I believe this story, even if no one else in this entire world does, and I wish this family the best of hope in a future of great promise. Just have a little faith, guys...why is that so hard for you to do? God bless this family, and God bless Kevin and Alex. I, for one, strongly recommend this great book to anyone and everyone, and I truly believe Alex's story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book as I was browsing through the bookstore. The title captured my interest. Then reading the first two pages of the introduction made me want to read this book. And I'm so glad I read it! It is a heart-wrenching story with insights into faith and love. I really recommend this book--the story has put things into perspective in this world full of questions. I hope you will be as touched by this story as I was.
The_Daily_Walk_dot_Net More than 1 year ago
The Malarkey family had no idea that one day could change the rest of their lives, but hat is how God works a lot of the time. He like to get your attention in big ways. Often in ways at first we cannot understand. He makes it undeniable for you to see His hands in the situation very clear. The Malarkey family's story started one Sunday afternoon when Kevin and his son Alex where on their way home from church. It was on that day that a car accident left little Alex in a coma and a quadriplegic. Little did the family and those around them know, but the Lord was answering all the prayers from the prayer warriors that had formed a community of faith around the Malarkey family. Not only where the Alex's prayer army doing amazing things, but Alex while in his two month coma experienced the beauty of Heaven, God, Jesus, and was even face to face with Satan himself. Through Alex's accident and journey towards recovery the healing power and grace of the Lord can be seen moving in dramatic ways. With prayer warriors praying for Alex and God continually blessing the Malarkey family there is still hope and belief that Alex will walk again. Whether it be on this earth or in Heaven they are not sure, but they do know that the Lord will have his will in the situation. Kevin and Alex do a wonderful job with this book. You can truly feel the the love and faith they have as you read through the pages. Alex's accounts of Heaven, God, angels, and satan are truly moving. All who read this book will be humbled by Alex's faith, his love for others, and love for the Kingdom of God. We can definitely all learn something from Alex Malarkey, and strive to have the faith of this young child who has passed insurmountable odds that has given him wisdom way beyond his years. Alex in the book was concerned that his story if published would take all of the spotlight of God. He feared that the story would feel more about him and we would loose sight of what we should be focusing on. Alex, rest assured that they Lord is speaking powerfully through through the pages of this book and your life. In conclusion, this book truly is an inspiration and a testimony to the healing hand of God. It would be hard for me to believe that anyone who has heard, or will hear Alex's story to say there is not a God. I received The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven by Kevin & Alex Malarkey as a complementary review copy from Tyndale Publishers. Get this book today, it gives new meaning to "having faith like a child."
D-Gagne More than 1 year ago
This is the most amazing and inspirational book I have ever read! I have always been a believer but this book opened my eyes to so much more. Thank you for sharing your story. I'm so happy that Alex is doing better everyday. I will continue to pray for the whole family and his army!
lorabele More than 1 year ago
I thought it would be about the boy's experience in heaven, etc., but there really was very little of that. To me, the true story was how the community, and especially the church, rallied around this family in their time of need. It appears that every single need was taken care of for years, and that is a true testament of how Christians should treat others. What a blessing these people were! However, what really turned me off in this book was that after all that was done for the family, they left that church and turned to a church that seemingly could provide them even more financial support. I would sure love to know what people from the first church think of this family now. The father at times comes off as greedy, a "taker." When their roof is damaged in a storm, he talks about how he has insurance, yet then goes on and on about how people from the church fixed it for free on their free time. Why didn't he use the insurance like most people would do? I don't understand that. There was very little said about why they changed churches, but it does leave me wondering if there was some falling out or if people got tired of the family expecting others to do everything for them.
Jennifer_Bonds More than 1 year ago
This is a true story about Alex Malarkey whom was in a terrible car accident with his father in 2004. Alex was in a coma for two months after the wreck and is now paralyzed. This story tells of the wonderful journey Alex took while in the coma and also of struggles the family had while trying to remain true to their faith. Through the prayers and diligent work of many people, the family has made it through this terrible tragedy and is able to share Alex's story. I have been touched by the Malarkey's strength and that they are remaining strong until Alex is fully healed. They have obstacles in their way at times and put their marriage last, but you can tell that this is a couple determined to stick together through anything. Alex tells of going to Heaven, seeing angels and demons, meeting with Jesus and of talking with Jesus. I did expect there to be more details than what were given in the book as far as the wonders of Heaven, and of the angels and demons. Alex does tell some things about Heaven but has been told by God that he can only reveal certain details. We all are going to have to wait to see the true beauty that Heaven holds for us on our own unfortunately. I truly believe that this little boy was watched over by angels and will be fully healed as his parents believe. He has already beaten the odds just by surviving. Although I didn't get the details of Heaven like I thought that I would, this book is a great read. It's very inspiring the way that the Malarkey family has trusted God throughout this entire journey. Alex is a true miracle, a work only that could be done by God. Bless this family and thank you for sharing Alex's wonderful, tragic journey with others. This book was provided to me free of charge from Tyndale House Publishers for my own personal review. All of the opinions are my own.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
We were made for so much more than the things of this world. Sometimes we can sense it...we have a restless, dissatisfied feeling that we don't quite belong here, that this is not our final home. Yet who do you know who has been to the next world? Sure, you may have heard stories of white light and tunnels and near-death experiences. But what if there was a person who had been to Heaven - who had actually walked through the gates - and stayed long enough to learn about the things of God? Would you be interested in what he had to stay? Meet Alex Malarkey. Alex and his dad, Kevin, were in a car accident so horrific that emergency workers recommended calling the coroner to the scene for Alex. For the next two months, Alex lingered in a coma. When he finally awoke, he revealed something amazing: He had spent time in Heaven with Jesus while unconscious and had come back with astonishing revelations about what he had seen, heard, and experienced. You may be intrigued. You may be skeptical. You may be hungry to know more about what lies beyond life on earth. Join Alex on his journey... and your life may be changed forever. "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children." - Mark 10:14 (excerpt from inside cover). My Review: I have no doubt in my mind what so ever that the things Alex and his father Kevin share in their personal true story called The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven by Alex and Kevin Malarkey, is 100% true. The pictures contained in the book are so undeniable that Alex's injury that he sustained that day in the car accident with his father, should have a different outcome. He shouldn't have survived. No one with that type of injury severing their spinal colon from their skull at the base of the neck, shouldn't be alive. Yet despite all the doctors and eye witnesses, Alex continues to be a personal testimony to the amazing power of what God can do when people gather together to pray. ALL things are possible with God, not just some. And that is the point Alex is making in sharing his story in this wonderful book. It's not about him, it's about the hope that lies within all of us that have that relationship with God. The story Alex tells of his personal time in heaven is amazing even though he can't begin to accurately describe it knowing our earth and words today. The angels, the Throne Room of God, the Inner and Outer parts of Heaven, Hell and the devil and his demons are all something Alex has been given the opportunity to have the veil of the unseen world removed. He can see things now that none of us can. This is Alex's life testimony and one you can continue to view on to see his ongoing progress, and personal pictures of the healing power of God so far in his life. He still has a way to go, but God will heal this amazing child and use him in powerful way to bring God all the glory. I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book through Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review and rate this a perfect 10 stars. It's a book you can't pass up. It will change your life forever. I know it has changed mine. This book is available in hardcover, DVD and CD. For more information on this book, the amazing authors and where to purchase your copy, click on the link below:
steveopinions More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible book, The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven. The day I received it, I read half the book. I could not put it down. I finished it in two days and have recommended it to at least a dozen people. This family is very humble and it shows in their writing of this book This book will inspire you for the very beginning. It has increased my faith and has encouraged me greatly. Also, it will sled light on the spiritual warfare that goes on in this world. Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book or ARC.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you think this is about the boy, it's not. It's all about the family an how they coped emotionally and monetarily while the boy was in a coma. The tidbits from Alex about his experience in heaven is only a few pages and the book is 160 pages. Do the math.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book,thought it was very insightful.I just wanted to keep on reading it to see what happens to Alex and see how god touches his life.I really enjoyed this book and hope others will enjoy this book as well.
Sir_Robert More than 1 year ago
This book is not about Alex, the book is written to glorify God and the work done by God. What I can tell you is that this book has brought me closer to the Lord. Alex is an amazing individual with a supportive and loving family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many reviews on this book from what I would call Hard Hearted People who don't realize that with God all things are possible. This child was open to God and that let God work through him. God gave him a deeper look at heaven then most people experience in a near death experience. I have anjoyed what I have read so far, and will continue to read the book to it's entirety. Have an open mind and God will truely bless you for that!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the August 2010 review, after reading the book first half, I grew bored. I do not doubt his experience, only God knows the truth and Alex. The father account seems to focus more about money, debt and the family trials rather Alex's experience. This leaves you wondering with scruntiny regarding the sensationalism and purpose of this book. Praise God for Alex's healing and I'm sure he has a call on his life to save souls in a miraculous way as such as his healing. Thus far I feel bamboozled for purchasing this book. Nevertheless I' m going to finish it. Maybe the second half will be better.
Oblivion More than 1 year ago
Does not pass smell test. Usually love these type books but title is misleading more about Mr Malarkey and very little about Alex's story and quotes from Alex are not at all the words of a 6 year old. Not worth the money or time to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book hoping to have the same kind of experience as I did reading 'Heaven is for Real' by Todd Burpo. This book is far from it. Alex was in a coma for two months and yet there is very little of his account of Heaven. I also found the language used not only by Alex but by his younger siblings was very far fetched. This book is told from the father's point of view--not Alex's--and has distracting narratives from various person's involved in Alex's recovery. If you are looking for a book that is describing a glimpse of Heaven, you won't find that here. You will find the father constantly complaining about lack of money. Very disappointing.
Denise Upperman More than 1 year ago
I have been a strong Christian my entire life. That being said, this book has rocked me to he core. I was crying by the end of the first chapter. What Alex and his family went through is beyond imagination. That we serve a God who is full of love, mercy and grace is something I will never take for granted again. This is a must read book! My prayers go out to Alex and his family.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
In 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, were in a horrible accident. No one thought Alex would live. But two months later he woke up with an amazing story to share. He talks about events that took place at the scene of the accident and at the hospital-he was unconscious in both places. He says Jesus was with him, or one if his angels, telling him that everything would be okay. This is an amazing story. I wanted to read it because it was real. I read a lot of fiction, but stories like these excite me. They validate my faith, which is always the coolest thing. My favorite parts of the book were Alex's parts. The book is mostly written from Dad's point of view. He explains what happened. The accident, going to the hospital, waiting, talking with his wife, the doctors, pastors, and friends. But Alex's words are interspersed, telling us where he was and what he was doing while everyone else was waiting. It's fascinating. I also enjoyed seeing the stories of other people-people who felt called to pray for Alex and later shared their story with his parents. God works in amazing ways. Sometimes I think we get so caught up in life, we think we know how God works. I don't think we have a clue just how much God is at work in ways we'll never see until Heaven. Ever since I read Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness, I was changed. I believe he's on to something the way he depicts angles and demons in his novel. But that's just a story. Frank made it up. But Alex's life is real. He talked with these angels, and he didn't like it when the bad ones came around. Looking to be inspired? Read this story. It will really get you thinking.
JDyan More than 1 year ago
The tale of Kevin and Alex Malarkey is truly astounding and amazing and yet these mere words cannot even begin to describe this book. Once I read it I couldn't understand how could anyone ever possibly doubt the work/ existence of God! Here it is proven and slapping you right in the face!!! It's an easy read and great for the whole family and I definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone! It helps bring the soul, body, and mind peace no matter what you are going through. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers for review and was not required in any way to respond positive.
Daughter_of_the_KingSK More than 1 year ago
I was sent this book to review by the publisher for review. And all I can do is say AWESOME - and not because I was sent the book! It arrived today and I just was going to read for a little bit - well - I couldn't put it down. What an amazing testimony of faith, endurance and God's providence! It inspired me on so many personal levels. Alex is a remarkable young man as is his entire family. I read with awe the outpouring of prayer and love from the community and across the world. I know this book is going to continue the work that God began as this family stepped out in faith to share how awesome God is. And as Alex requested - while it totally shares their transparent journey through Alex's recovery and healing it most assuredly points the readers to God's power and love! I have had my eyes opened more to God's majesty here and in Heaven! I recommend this - and we are going to read it together as a family - I already shared Alex's descriptions of Angels with my 3 children.
Saders12 More than 1 year ago
Where do I start, I mean I only got to chapter 4 before I was to upset to read anymore. You cant get any more fake than this the way Mr. malarkkey's supposed miracle son described his injuries at age seven might I add is absolutley impossible. No child at that age could ever understand a accident like that. This one goes out to the author himself, the description of heaven is the most upsetting, lets se, did the devil make me do it, the devil sitting nezt to him telling him that he killed his som, I mean c-mon isn't this supposed to be a uplifting story. and to have the audacity to say that god would bring his son back on his terms, TO BRING GLORY TO HIS NAME!!!!!!!! now I have been a christian my entire life and the one thing that I learned from being a christian is that god doesnt want glory for any kind of miracle or good deed he does, he does it out of love and asks that you spread word of his name. By the way wasnt this family on the OPRAH show. Need I say more. If your looking for a book like this to read and to hear the trutth, there is only one book you need to read, HEAVAN IS FOR REAL would be that book not this one.
allison slavens More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book. I couldnt put it down. God is sooooo good!
thunderwoman32 More than 1 year ago
This book is nothing more than a father's so called account of his son's N.D.E. I completely believe in them but this book wasn't what I expected.
LizApple More than 1 year ago
This book doesn't seem at all about little Alex, but is rather a self-involved tale about his dad. Heavy, plodding prose. I rarely fail to finish a book, but I just couldn't slog my way through this one. A disappointment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted this book to be a description of Heaven and the story of what the child experienced when he was there. However, it was pretty much the father telling the story with sprinklings of the child's experience. That being said, it was still an amazing book showing us that a six-year-old paraplegic child is so in-tune with God and has so much to share with us. Due to all of the prayer from an army and everyone's strong beliefs in God, you don't feel pity for the family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just found out this book was not true. The boy made it all up for attention. It really makes me angry. I lost my only child at the age of 16 and I thought his would be a uplifting story and give me hope as to what my son would be seeing. Just makes me sick to know someone would do this. Do they not have people check stories before they are written ?