In 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, suffered a horrific car accident. The impact from the crash paralyzed Alex —and medically speaking, it was unlikely that he could survive. “I think that 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 unearthly music that sounded just terrible to a six-year-old. Of the angels who took him through the gates of Heaven itself. 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 is a graduate of the College of Wooster and Ohio State University, where he earned his graduate degree. He and his wife have four children (Alex, Aaron, Gracie, and Ryan) and attend a nondenominational evangelical church.
Alex Malarkey (12) is the first child in the world to have received the “Christopher Reeve surgery,’ allowing him to breathe without a ventilator. He can stand in a supportive frame for an hour at a time and, with the help of a special harness, can walk on a treadmill while helpers move his legs. He believes that he will walk on his own again. He loves watching sports and cheering for his favorite teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Ohio State Buckeyes.