Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review: The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven

The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, by Kevin and Alex Malarkey, is a true account of a near-death experience of then 6-year-old Alex Malarkey.  Alex and his father, Kevin, were in a horrific car accident in 2004, with resulting injuries (an internal decapitation injury) that gave Alex little chance to survive.  In fact, doctors caring for Alex had never seen a child survive such an injury.

Alex did survive the accident, though it was a long and difficult road.  He remained in a coma for nearly 2 months.  During that time, however, the family received tremendous support from friends, family, and strangers that served as prayer warriors.  All that happened while Alex was in a silent coma is story in itself.  However, when Alex woke from his coma, and then eventually learned to speak again, he shared stories of angels, heaven, Satan and being with Jesus.  Not only was Alex able to share experiences from beyond what anyone could imagine, but he was also able to give details of the accident and his early moments in the hospital that he had no way of knowing. Biblical references, a Q & A with Alex, and discussion questions sections are also included. 

The Malarkeys share their remarkable story with humility and a focus on Above. They share their struggles, their hope, and their faith. The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven is not just an account of a near-death experience.  It is about those who touched the Malarkeys, while in turn were blessed back. It is about endurance, trust, and unexpected blessings, in difficult times. It is about an incredibly strong and determined boy who has experienced challenges that are beyond what most of us could even imagine. Most of all, it is about how God carried an average family through extraordinary circumstances.

Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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