Click here to support the Daily Grail for as little as $US1 per month on Patreon
Alex Malarkey, 'The Boy Who Went to Heaven'

‘The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven’ Says He Never Went

In recent years, memoirs by those returning from the dead with astonishing stories of an afterlife realm have appeared with regularity in bestseller lists, from neurosurgeon Eben Alexander’s Proof of Heaven to child NDEr Colton Burpo’s Heaven is for Real (which was also adapted for the screen). Some have been skeptical of these claims, and in one case it seems it would have been justified: Alex Malarkey, whose alleged NDE after an accident which paralysed him ten years ago at age 6 became the focus of a bestselling book by his father Kevin (The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven), has this week publicly recanted his testimony.

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.

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.

In Christ,

Alex Malarkey.

With the subject matter and the sort of nominative determinism that writes headlines automatically, this news will surely turn up on major news outlets around the world very quickly, giving somewhat of a black eye to the field of NDE memoirs.

There are of course a number of factors at play here though – the mother and father are no longer married, the father appears to receive the income from the book, Alex Malarkey has special needs after the accident. Add to that the complicating factor of his obvious Christian faith – and the sometimes suspicious relationship between Christianity and claims of near-death experiencers – and we may not know the full story behind this. Suffice to say, however, that the testimony in the book will have to be ignored by any serious researchers of NDEs.

(And serious researchers and writers on this topic will be depressed to learn that Malarkey’s statement that the book is made up has made it climb within the top 400 books on Amazon’s bestseller list (at the time of writing). WTF humans, you can’t find a better book on the topic?!


  1. Aptonyms
    What a load of Malarkey…
    (Or Synchronicity)

    Aptonyms- the study of people whose names influence what they do…

    ROBIN,BANKS works for a bank…
    Suzan,Allcock is a spokes woman for Viagra…
    DR.Younger is a plastic surgen
    DR.Bush is a gynocolo-whatever

    Who can forget Bernie Made-off Madhoff…

    Sigh in the sixth grade there was a girl in my class named
    Sharon Butts

    Gee wiz you would think we all would of learned by now?

  2. so…
    …you decided to make this a front page story eh?

    This book did have a TV movie made for it too that I think only aired in the US. I wasn’t confusing the two from my post on the subject.

    Nevertheless, I’m glad you expanded on the story. Alex is right, the Bible is a work of man not God and we should only need it as the most basic guide for life but not our dictator.

    Now about amazon: isn’t it funny how the internet works? Go to amazon and look up the book. The top two choices are sold out through amazon and are being sold by private sellers, but scroll down and look at the reviews. In the past 48 hours since this news article came out the reviews have all been 1 star and site the apology you have above along with their own opinions. It’s actually quite interesting. One version of the book dropped from 4 stars to 2 stars just from this release from dismayed people attacking the book. I can see it now…all the atheists around the globe having a laugh.

  3. Boy Who Came Back from Heaven
    I’m not at all surprised. Not because I’m convinced such an experience simply isn’t possible – one can’t be intellectually certain, and to claim otherwise is to be intellectually dishonest. But because of the creation and exploitation of Team Alex, and the blatant crass commercialization of the claimed experience. It smelled from the start.

    Now, as far as I can tell the tale was a concoction of the boy who did it for attention, and the father had no knowledge it was all a fake. But it’s still repulsive to see a child trotted out like a stage act. It’s a shame.

    Oh well. At least when we create our AI overlords we’ll never have to worry about being lied to again.

  4. NDE
    Near Death in its self is a subjective premise, since when are you nearest to death and is that finality a conscious state. ???

    The one thing that is certain cultural belief structures even the youngest minds and they will not have read a word within the specified religious boundaries.

    Having said goodbye to family in my childhood this has directly enhanced my normal inquisitive nature into a rally point for esoteric digestion of who, why, and is that the only reason…. there must be another purpose.
    I raise this theophilosophical edge to this story under the pretence that energy is perpetual the expansive / digestive nature of a black hole is sufficient illustration, our next quantum step that naught is at the beginning of all we perceive & there will be the usual suspect the Black hole in a final state of entropy in that moment before balance I imagine would be like the cascading nova we’d expect from a sun. just from a better distributor of quality fire works.

    Alison Dubois was asked if in her type of experience did she have an insight to what heaven is like…. She hinted “the place we call heaven is that place you are the happiest”

    eg forget viewing your new incarnation……enjoy the inflight movie, short bit of nail biting, some celebratory relatives with a metaphoric ticket tape parade that you finally made it…. like there was a chance of a previous contractual obligation in a ceramics kiln before you got to the big party. A blinding white moment, then, some born again actors handing out how to vote cards. Home Free

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Mobile menu - fractal