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  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (30 Jun 2010)
  • ASIN: B004XGOR8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just wasn't what I expected. 5 Feb 2013
I have wanted to read this book for a while now, so I took a 'leap of faith' last night and jumped right in. I have an affinity with the afterlife, it's something that has always interested me immensely and the synopsis of 'The Boy who came back from Heaven' really peaked my interest. However, I wasn't quite prepared for the God card to be played so prominently. That probably sounds totally off-kilter and a little hypocritical considering the subject matter, but as this story progresses you understand that the Malarkey family are devoted Christian's, with Christianity values playing a strong part in their children's upbringing.

Alex at only six was well rehearsed with the Christian bible. He knew about Angels, Heaven, Hell, the Devil and how Jesus died for our sins. He was taught that when we die, our spirits leave our bodies and we go to a higher plane, back to our creator - we go home to God.

That's all fine and well, and a beautiful notion but it made me doubt the true authenticity of the overall workings of this story. Could this story be an embellishment of a six-year-old child's overactive imagination?

I don't doubt that what happened with his recovery was a miracle, but I just felt, for me personally, the excessive religious references just made this read a little uncomfortable at times.

Whereas fully qualified Doctor's were giving their professional diagnosis of Alex' injuries, his family and close church family network were disputing those results and challenging every step when it came to his desired recovery.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will really get you thinking 21 Nov 2010
In 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, were in a horrible accident. No one thought Alex would live. But two months later he woke up with an amazing story to share. He talks about events that took place at the scene of the accident and at the hospital--he was unconscious in both places. He says Jesus was with him, or one if his angels, telling him that everything would be okay.

This is an amazing story. I wanted to read it because it was real. I read a lot of fiction, but stories like these excite me. They validate my faith, which is always the coolest thing. My favorite parts of the book were Alex's parts. The book is mostly written from Dad's point of view. He explains what happened. The accident, going to the hospital, waiting, talking with his wife, the doctors, pastors, and friends. But Alex's words are interspersed, telling us where he was and what he was doing while everyone else was waiting. It's fascinating. I also enjoyed seeing the stories of other people--people who felt called to pray for Alex and later shared their story with his parents. God works in amazing ways. Sometimes I think we get so caught up in life, we think we know how God works. I don't think we have a clue just how much God is at work in ways we'll never see until Heaven.

Ever since I read Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness, I was changed. I believe he's on to something the way he depicts angles and demons in his novel. But that's just a story. Frank made it up. But Alex's life is real. He talked with these angels, and he didn't like it when the bad ones came around. Looking to be inspired? Read this story. It will really get you thinking.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The boy who came back from heaven 2 Sep 2011
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What a book! It is full of Jesus. One of Kevin and Alex Malarkey's big concerns in writing this true story was that people might admire Alex instead of the One we should truly be impressed with. Alex is certainly a special boy, but throughout the book both he and his dad point constantly to Jesus - to His glory and power and compassion.

I loved the layout of The boy who came back from heaven. Every chapter is headed with a Bible verse or quote relevant to that section. There are frequent inserted quotes from family members, medical staff and pastors which serve as powerful enhancements of the main narrative. This book is totally biblical and thoroughly glorifying to God. Alex's story causes the reader to want to know God more and more, and to live completely for Him with no holding back. Kevin and Alex are open and honest about what happened and about themselves as people. There is no self-aggrandisement, just a constant reminder that Jesus is the important One. Most of the chapters are written by Kevin, but some are written from Alex's point of view, and I must say that this style works very well.

I think one of the strengths of writing about six-year-old Alex's death and visit to Heaven is that the family are conservative Christians with no previous experience of the charismata. Following the fatal car accident which changed all of their lives so dramatically, and Alex's most of all, they had to come to terms with angelic visitations, real spiritual warfare, miracles and Alex's quietly persistent claim that he had been to Heaven and back.

When Kevin and Alex were involved in a terrible car accident on 14th November 2004, the impact threw Kevin fifty feet out of the car - yet he mysteriously escaped serious injury.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
I chose this book out of curiosity. I would recommend this to Christians and those who are seeking. God's glory is awesome and I wanna go to heaven too when it's my time. Read more
Published 10 days ago by S. Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars God works in the lives of children!
An amazing book! Thank you to Alex and Kevin and all others who contributed to the book for sharing your testimony. It is great to hear that God is working in people's lives today. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Elizabeth Morley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 22 days ago by johnny
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
Amazing book inspires you what an inspirational young lad and family
could not put down from start to finish fantastic
Published 1 month ago by kay
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank heaven for this little boy - he gives hope and inspiration to us...
This book was recommended to me a few years ago and I am pleased I have got around to purchasing and reading it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Novice
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ,can't put is down.
Very interesting reading it makes you think. I lost one of my daughters so it is close to my heart.
Published 1 month ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book
Fantastic read, truly amazing story :-) many tears and laughter reading this story. One amazing boy and a truly inspirational young boy.
Published 2 months ago by yvette browne
5.0 out of 5 stars A widening perspective blowing wonder filling grounded must read.
What I loved about the book is Kevin Malarkey's honesty about the circumstances in which he found himself living through. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tony Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars Convincing account of the reality that exists beyond this temporal...
Easy to read, persuasive and without being too doctrinal, Malarkey tells his story alongside the other witnesses who corroborate with their own personal account. Read more
Published 3 months ago by P. G. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
Inspiring read, the power of prayer in this book is awesome, a remarkable account of belief in the one true god.
Published 3 months ago by Sharon Alexander
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