After being nearly killed in a car accident, young Alex Malarkey was left in a coma for two months. During this time, the young man claimed to have visited heaven as he passed in and out of the human world and the afterlife. The book he co-authored with his father was published by Tyndale House and the work sold upwards of one-million copies.
Sadly, Alex has admitted he did not visit heaven while he was in the coma. As a result, Tyndale House is no longer going to be publishing the work. Whether or not the Malarkey family will face legal action as a result remains to be seen.
The revelation comes on the heels of several other well publicized books and magazine articles that were debunked. It really should come as a surprise truth gets stretched quite a bit in “non-fiction” works. Authors have been exaggerated facts since long before the printing press was invented.
Did the Malarkey family reap huge rewards from the sale of the book? According to Alex’s mother, it was father Alex who received the proceeds since he was the person who signed the contract with the publishing house. Believers of the book like Marc Sparks, say they feel slighted.
Books about visiting the afterlife definitely are not new. During the new age era of the 1970’s, books and documentaries on the subject were popular. It seems the genre has made a comeback. You cannot sell a million copies of any book without there being deep interest in a particular topic.