Boy who ‘came back from heaven’ says story was all a lie, book being pulled from shelves

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A best-selling Christian book is being pulled from the shelves.

“The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven” was released in 2010 and was written by Alex Malarkey and his father, Kevin, who is a Christian therapist.

In 2004, Alex was involved in a serious car accident.

For two months, the boy was in a coma.

When he awoke, Alex gave detailed descriptions of meeting Jesus and the devil.

Earlier this week, Alex said the story was all a lie.

“I did not die. I did not go to Heaven,” his letter, which was posted on the Pulpit and Pen website, read. “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.”

The letter went on to say, “I want the whole world to know that the Bible is sufficient. Those who market these materials must be called to repent and hold the Bible as enough.”

Bookstores across the country say they are pulling the remaining copies from the shelves and sending them back to the publisher.

On Thursday, Tyndale House, the book’s publisher, confirmed to NPR that it is taking “the book and all ancillary products out of print.”

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