Friday, October 1, 2010

Book Review: The boy who came back from Heaven


Although I do love to read, I find it difficult finding the time to fit another activity into my already busy schedule.  If I’m going to read a book, it has to be something special enough that I will actually make the time for.  The boy who came back from heaven definitely caught my attention.  This book is a true story as told by Kevin and Alex Malarkey about a near-fatal accident that occurred when the two were driving home from church one day.  The coroner was nearly called to the scene of the accident as Alex was practically decapitated, but miraculously survived.

The injuries put Alex in a coma, but when he finally awoke and was able to communicate, he had amazing things to share about his time in heaven, with God, and even meeting the devil.  Alex has made great strides in his recovery.  Miraculous even, making medical professionals scratch their heads.  Alex claims to see angels to this day and divulges some of the information about his experience with God and “people from the bible”, but not all of it.  He says that God had asked him to keep some details of his knowledge hidden. 

While I think most readers would be interested in his spiritual accounts, the book is mostly about what the family and friends of Alex went through.  In other words, it tells the entire story, with little snippets of information about Alex’s sneak peak into the afterlife dispersed here and there.  I admit I skimmed through some of the sections just so I could get to the parts about Heaven and Angels.  I couldn’t help myself.  Who isn’t curious about that? 

Alex’s Dad, Kevin revealed his own personal demons as well as the family’s triumphs throughout this ordeal.  It seems that the miracles just keep coming for this faithful family and their circle of friends.  It’s hard to think that God isn’t behind it all.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The boy who came back from heaven and felt it was well worth my time.  Personally, I would have liked to have read more about what it was like being in heaven.  Maybe there will be a book number two?  Whether you’re a believer or not, and if you’re even the least bit curious – you should read this book.  I want everyone I know to read the story.

No compensation was received for this post.  I was sent a copy of the book to read in order to provide my honest take on it.


  1. I have an award for you on my blog.

    thanks for blogging

  2. I haven't heard of this book, but after reading your review I just added it to my wish list. My bible study group is doing a study on heaven. It really gets you thinking, and it sounds like this book would be excellent also. I'm looking forward to reading it.



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