(This book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers for a complimentary copy in exchange for a honest review)
Book: The boy who came back from Heaven
Author: 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.
First of all, I love true stories... the stories of what people really go through in life. It just brings encouragement & a real connection. This story is no different. This little boy will encourage you & cause you to have a connection - & that connection is with a Spiritual world you may not really pay much attention too.
I was surprised... the title made me think it would be more about a story from him & what Heaven was & details so small of what he experienced... its not that way at all. We do get those highlights & Alex's experiences & what he felt & saw... but 90% of the book is told from his dad, Kevin. They talk about the accident, what happened during the time Alex was in a coma, the way the church came & loved on this family - the things outside of Alex is what makes up most of this book.
BUT, God is shown in ALL of that! From prayers being spoken by EMT workers, & from nurses & from people they never even met, pictures drawn... it all shows God's power....
At the end of chapters, Alex would give his glimpses of Heaven & the dealings with the spiritual world of angels & demons. The way he would talk about angels still visiting him ... & demons who "walk around lying to people" gave me chills. There was one part of the book where Alex was so attacked by the devil, he wasnt even able to say the word Jesus until people started praying with him... if this book doesnt open your eyes up to a spiritual realm, I cant imagine anything that would.
I know people are skeptical when they hear people say they saw Heaven... I'm the same way... & you know what, that's not even important in this book. I think this book shows God's encouragement, His provision more then anything... its not the point of "Heaven" so much...
I think if anyone ever has had a child that has struggled or is suffering, this is also a fantastic read for you.
You will be cheering Alex on when you are finished with his story. I'm anxious to see what God does with the rest of his life...
My rating: 4 skeins