The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven
The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life beyond This World by Kevin and Alex Malarkey purports to be the story of Alex's trip to Heaven when he "died" during a serious car accident in 2004. He was in a coma for two months and has severe disabilities due to the accident. He was six years old at the time of the accident and came back describing angels, Jesus, music, and more. This book takes you through the accident, the horrific times the followed, the hospital stay, etc, and Alex's experiences.
To say I have mixed feelings about this book would be an understatement. My actual rating is 2.5 stars, right in the middle, but Amazon doesn't allow half stars. I enjoyed reading this book - it was a quick, easy read that's hard to put down and obviously due to the subject matter, very intriguing. I liked the story of Alex's recovery and what he experienced. However, I recently discovered that Alex's mom, Beth, has a blog on which she accuses Kevin of basically flat out lying and making up/exaggerating the claims in this book. She states that Alex did not participate in the writing of this book and that he denies what is attributed to him in the book and that he didn't really have any sort of near death experience/visit Heaven. Also, she states that he is still severely disabled, has major medical expenses, and that none of the proceeds of this book have gone to him to help him in any way. Now, I know divorces can be bitter, and I don't know which side to believe - but I feel like people should know this going into the reading of the book. Interesting reading, but take it all with a grain of salt.