Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boys Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd BurpoWhen Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they werent expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed--a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boys trip to heaven and back.
Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery--and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.
With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how really, really big God is, and how much God loves us. Retold by his father, but using Coltons uniquely simple words, Heaven is for Real offers a glimpse of the world that awaits us, where as Colton says, Nobody is old and nobody wears glasses.
Heaven is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering you the chance to see, and believe, like a child.
The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven
The book documents the report of a near-death experience by Burpo's three-year-old son Colton. By April , more than one million ebooks had been sold,  and more than 10 million copies had been sold by As time passed on, Colton continuously kept throwing up, which is when Todd and Sonja knew that he did not just have influenza. When Todd and Sonja went to a different emergency room with Colton, they were told that Colton had to have an emergency appendectomy as he could possibly die. Colton began describing events and people that seemed impossible for him to have known about. Examples include knowledge of an unborn sister miscarried by his mother in and details of a great-grandfather who had died 30 years before Colton was born.
Alex Malarkey was in a car crash left him paralyzed below the neck and was receiving an artificial breathing device. Earlier this week, Alex Malarkey acknowledged in an open letter that he was lying, saying that he had been seeking attention. The book was first published in Earlier this week, Malarkey acknowledged in an open letter that he was lying, saying that he had been seeking attention. He also regretted that "people had profited from lies. I did not go to Heaven," he wrote.
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Alex forcefully disavowed the book in an open letter to Christian bookstores almost five years after it was published and more than a million copies were sold,  describing his near-death experience as a fabrication. As a result, Tyndale House removed the book from print, and Christian bookstores removed it from their shelves. Alex had suffered various injuries in the accident, including a severe spinal injury, severe neck injuries, and brain trauma ,  and he was left a quadriplegic. According to his own account, Alex Malarkey says that he and his father were driving on a highway near Rushsylvania, Ohio when his father turned onto another road, and was hit by a car, which he did not see behind a blind hill. After the automobile accident, he says he saw his father fly out of the window of his car, only to be caught by an angel and carried to safety. He says he was out of his body while he saw this happen.
Now his publisher and Christian retailers are pulling his book and related materials. Alex Malarkey was 6 years old when he and his father Kevin were involved in an accident that was nearly fatal for Alex. He was in a coma from severe head trauma for two months and when he awoke, he allegedly told of seeing God, angels and also demons and even the devil. Now 16 years old, Alex who is confined to a wheelchair and has limited motor skills but can speak, has published an open letter saying he did not die nor go to Heaven. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible," he wrote. They should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth.
After being paralyzed in a car crash at the age of six, Alex Malarkey made headlines in , when Christian publisher Tyndale House released an "autobiography," The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven , attributing the story to Malarkey and his father, Kevin. According to the book, during the two months Malarkey spent comatose after the crash, he died and went to Heaven, where he met Jesus and heard the voice of God. He retracted the story in , saying that it was a fabrication he created for attention, and Tyndale withdrew the bestselling book from publication. Now, the Boy Who Came Back from Heaven author is suing his publisher , saying that he was never consulted as to the authenticity of the story, and that he and his mother, Beth, have received no money from sales of the book. The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven hit store shelves at a time when died-and-came-back narratives were all the rage among Christian publishers and booksellers. Another book, Todd Burpo's Heaven Is for Real , purported to tell the story of Burpo's son, Colton, who he claimed visited Heaven during a routine appendectomy.