Two weeks ago the NPR news website reported on an announcement that was made by Christian publisher Tyndale House. “Nearly five years after it hit best-seller lists, a book that purported to be a 6-year-old boy's story of visiting angels and heaven after being injured in a bad car crash is being pulled from shelves. The young man at the center of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Alex Malarkey, said [the week of January 15] that the story was all made up.” The book had been promoted as “a supernatural encounter that would be sure to give new insights on Heaven, angels, and hearing the voice of God.” The Washington Post considered it one more addition to an emerging genre of books in the “heavenly tourism” category.
The book and all related products are being pulled out of print after Alex Malarkey wrote an open letter to Christian bookstore, LifeWay, and other retailers who sell Christian books admitting,
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. Those who market these materials must be called to repent and hold the Bible as enough.