Aug 1, 2011

The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven by Kevin & Alex Malarkey

In 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, suffered an horrific car accident. The impact from the crash paralyzed Alex—and medically speaking, it was unlikely that he could survive. “I think Alex has gone to be with Jesus,” a friend told the stricken dad. But two months later, Alex awoke from a coma with an incredible story to share. Of events at the accident scene and in the hospital while he was unconscious. Of the angels that took him through the gates of heaven itself. Of the unearthly music that sounded just terrible to a six-year-old. And, most amazing of all . . . Of meeting and talking to Jesus. The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven is the true story of an ordinary boy’s most extraordinary journey. As you see heaven and earth through Alex’s eyes, you’ll come away with new insights on miracles, life beyond this world, and the power of a father’s love.

Kevin Malarkey is a Christian therapist with a counseling practice near Columbus, Ohio. He attended the College of Wooster and earned a graduate degree from Ohio State University. His academic background includes studies in clinical psychology, psychological assessment, and family counseling. Kevin has previous experience developing educational programs, assessing psychological disorders, and counseling inner-city youth and their families. He and his wife, Beth, have four children (Alex, Aaron, Gracie, and Ryan) and attend a nondenominational evangelical church. They enjoy spending time together playing board games, going to the zoo, finding new playgrounds, and exploring parks and recreational areas.

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Miracles really do happen. The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven is the true story of miracles, angels, and life beyond this world.

It all began one sunny Sunday afternoon when Kevin and his son Alex were involved in a serious traffic accident. By common human understanding, Alex should not be alive today. The first vertebra below his skull had been pulled apart from the second vertebra and it stood at a forty-five-degree angle.  His parents were told that he would never speak or be able to swallow, his brain would never function normally, and he would be paralyzed from the neck down.

One miracle after another is documented in this book, a very fascinating story indeed. I know that many might be skeptical as to the events portrayed in this book. But who are we to say that these extraordinary and miraculous events did not happen?

I believe that a very good indicator of truth is measured by who gets the glory.  Without a doubt, this entire story is centered around God's amazing grace, His healing powers, and His incredible love for a little boy and his family. 

After one particularly difficult surgery, while still groggy from his anesthetic, Alex's main concern was whether all the medical staff surrounding him had a personal relationship with Jesus.  Sounds like we can all earn a lot from a little boy who has figured out what is really important in life.

A great story that will give you a fresh perspective on the unbelievable faith of a child, I highly recommend this book.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Tyndale, in exchange for my honest review.

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