The incredible story of the poetically surnamed 6-year-old Alex Malarkey turns out to be exactly both those things–not credible and malarkey. First published in 2010, “The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven” was a best-selling account of Alex’s travels in heaven while in a coma after a car accident. The story included details like “the angels who took him through the gates of Heaven itself. And, most amazing of all … of meeting and talking with Jesus.”
But the now 16-year-old Malarkey regrets his decision to tell this giant Jesus H. Christ of a whopper. So he wrote a letter confessing that he made it up. Rather than reclassify the book under FICTION, Christian bookstores like LifeWay are now returning copies to the publisher, Tyndale House. In an equally unbelievable side note to the story, people are shocked–shocked–that the publisher may have known all along that Alex did not go to heaven. On the bright side, those still looking for proof of the Almighty will note that the boy’s name was Malarkey–undeniably a godsend.
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