By Sydney Bowden
Don’t try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top – especially if you have to tell a lie to do so.
Christian book author, Alex Malarkey, admitted that he lied about coming back from heaven because he “thought it would get him attention.”
The 10 year-old author of the book The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven recanted his story about life after death prompting bookstore to pull the book of their shelves.
In the book Malarkey, who’s family profited off the book, described dying and how he came to meeting Jesus.
“I did not die. I did not go to Heaven,” Alex says in a statement published on the Christian site Pulpit and Pen. “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.”
Back in 2010, Alex and his father, Kevin Malarkey, published the book, and according to Publishers Weekly, 112,386 hardcover copies of the book sold that year alone.
Now let’s back up a bit, this book has been out for about four years now, and it’s just now coming out that all of this was a lie. As his parents, were they unable to tell when their child was lying?
The story was prompted soon after a car accident in 2006, when he claimed he encountered “angels that took him through the gates of Heaven.” The accident left the boy in a coma when he was just 6 years old, and as a result of his injuries he was paralyzed.
Tyndall House Publishers and Christian retailer Lifeway Books announced on Thursday that they will no longer be selling the book following Alex Malarkey’s statement.
The truth shall set you free, and for him to be so young I’m sure this was one heck of a weight that’s been lifted off his shoulders. It’s still such a disappointment that he would go through all the trouble of lying just to gain fame!