For whatever reasons the book was written, and for whatever reasons it's now being withdrawn.
I've never read the account, I do think I remember Salem raising questions about it, (if I'm thinking of the right one) in terms of it being a 'very Christian' account, which is interesting now that he's saying he hadn't read the bible. Something about his father's involvement in the way Salem was talking about it made me answer Salem's questions by saying they were questions to ask of the boy and his father. Apparently the mother has never been happy with it.
It will likely add more to the debate, but hey folks embellish and exaggerate and seek attention all the time, I guess nde's are no different, no more 'sacred' territory than any other. It seems strange to me though that a kid who's just come out of a two month coma would feel like he had to do any other thing to 'gain attention', one would rationally think that lots of folks already would have been paying him a lot of attention.
Tyndale House, a major Christian publisher, has announced that it will stop selling “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,” by Alex Malarkey and his father, Kevin Malarkey.
The best-selling book, first published in 2010, purports to describe what Alex experienced while he lay in a coma after a car accident when he was 6 years old. The coma lasted two months, and his injuries left him paralyzed, but the subsequent spiritual memoir – with its assuring description of “miracles, angels, and life beyond This World” – became part of a popular genre of “heavenly tourism.”
Earlier this week, Alex recanted his testimony about the afterlife. In an open letter to Christian bookstores posted on the Pulpit and Pen Web site, Alex states flatly: “I did not die. I did not go to Heaven.”
Referring to the injuries that continue to make it difficult for him to express himself, Alex writes, “Please forgive the brevity, but because of my limitations I have to keep this short. … 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.”
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