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16-01-2015, 08:04 AM
Boy Says He Didn't Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book
Who would have guessed? The story was about hucksters making a buck, not about a boy going to heaven.

Boy Says He Didn't Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book

Quote:Nearly five years after it hit best-seller lists, a book that purported to be a 6-year-old boy's story of visiting angels and heaven after being injured in a bad car crash is being pulled from shelves. The young man at the center of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Alex Malarkey, said this week that the story was all made up.

The book's publisher, Tyndale House, had promoted it as "a supernatural encounter that will give you new insights on Heaven, angels, and hearing the voice of God."

But Thursday, Tyndale House confirmed to NPR that it is taking "the book and all ancillary products out of print."

The decision to pull the book comes after Alex Malarkey wrote an open letter to retailer LifeWay and others who sell Christian books and religious materials. It was published this week on the Pulpit and Pen website.

"I did not die. I did not go to Heaven," Alex wrote. He continued, "I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible. People have profited from lies, and continue to. They should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth. Anything written by man cannot be infallible."

He concluded, "Those who market these materials must be called to repent and hold the Bible as enough."

Here are a few key background details of the story: Alex Malarkey was paralyzed at the age of 6 when he was in a car wreck. He then spent two months in a coma. He's now a teenager. The book lists him as a co-author along with his father, Kevin Malarkey.

Calling the book a "spiritual memoir," The Washington Post notes that it "became part of a popular genre of 'heavenly tourism,' which has been controversial among orthodox Christians."

Alex's parents are now divorced; he and his siblings live with his mother, Beth Malarkey, who has previously spoken out against the book (and last year, a movie) featuring her son. She has also said that profits from the book haven't been going to Alex.

Last spring, Beth Malarkey wrote a blog post stating, "Alex's name and identity are being used against his wishes (I have spoken before and posted about it that Alex has tried to publicly speak out against the book), on something that he is opposed to and knows to be in error according to the Bible."

She added, "I am fully aware of what it feels like to be pulled in. There are many who are scamming and using the Word of God to do it. They are good, especially if you are not digging into your Bible and truly studying it. They study their audience and even read 'success' books to try to build better and bigger ... 'ministries/businesses.' "

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16-01-2015, 09:04 AM
RE: Boy Says He Didn't Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book
"I didn't go to heaven"... OK

"And you guys should stop lying because Jesus"... Facepalm

Oh well, he's halfway there...

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16-01-2015, 09:15 AM
RE: Boy Says He Didn't Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book
(16-01-2015 08:04 AM)TheInquisition Wrote:  Who would have guessed? The story was about hucksters making a buck, not about a boy going to heaven.

Boy Says He Didn't Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book

Quote:Nearly five years after it hit best-seller lists, a book that purported to be a 6-year-old boy's story of visiting angels and heaven after being injured in a bad car crash is being pulled from shelves. The young man at the center of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Alex Malarkey, said this week that the story was all made up.

The book's publisher, Tyndale House, had promoted it as "a supernatural encounter that will give you new insights on Heaven, angels, and hearing the voice of God."

But Thursday, Tyndale House confirmed to NPR that it is taking "the book and all ancillary products out of print."

The decision to pull the book comes after Alex Malarkey wrote an open letter to retailer LifeWay and others who sell Christian books and religious materials. It was published this week on the Pulpit and Pen website.

"I did not die. I did not go to Heaven," Alex wrote. He continued, "I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible. People have profited from lies, and continue to. They should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth. Anything written by man cannot be infallible."

He concluded, "Those who market these materials must be called to repent and hold the Bible as enough."

Here are a few key background details of the story: Alex Malarkey was paralyzed at the age of 6 when he was in a car wreck. He then spent two months in a coma. He's now a teenager. The book lists him as a co-author along with his father, Kevin Malarkey.

Calling the book a "spiritual memoir," The Washington Post notes that it "became part of a popular genre of 'heavenly tourism,' which has been controversial among orthodox Christians."

Alex's parents are now divorced; he and his siblings live with his mother, Beth Malarkey, who has previously spoken out against the book (and last year, a movie) featuring her son. She has also said that profits from the book haven't been going to Alex.

Last spring, Beth Malarkey wrote a blog post stating, "Alex's name and identity are being used against his wishes (I have spoken before and posted about it that Alex has tried to publicly speak out against the book), on something that he is opposed to and knows to be in error according to the Bible."

She added, "I am fully aware of what it feels like to be pulled in. There are many who are scamming and using the Word of God to do it. They are good, especially if you are not digging into your Bible and truly studying it. They study their audience and even read 'success' books to try to build better and bigger ... 'ministries/businesses.' "

Lying bastards, eh? This is what religion does, and they have the balls to point at atheists and say we are immoral?

Religionists do not know the meaning of the word "morality."

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16-01-2015, 09:16 AM
RE: Boy Says He Didn't Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book
The kid's surname is Malarkey. WTF did you expect ? Drinking Beverage
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16-01-2015, 09:18 AM
RE: Boy Says He Didn't Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book
Chill out guys. They are admitted sinners.

Number 9 of 10 isn't considdered an abomination.

And they say atheist can't be trusted.
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16-01-2015, 09:21 AM
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(16-01-2015 09:16 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  The kid's surname is Malarkey. WTF did you expect ? Drinking Beverage
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Yeah I was gonna say it sounded like a bunch of Malarkey to me.
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16-01-2015, 09:26 AM
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For a second, I thought he was going to come out as an atheist... But no, he's just peddling another Big Book of Bullshit.

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16-01-2015, 09:31 AM
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(16-01-2015 09:18 AM)H4ym4n Wrote:  Chill out guys. They are admitted sinners.

Number 9 of 10 isn't considdered an abomination.

And they say atheist can't be trusted.

Ya but what he's saying is that he's a "true christian" and others aren't

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16-01-2015, 09:32 AM
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(16-01-2015 09:16 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  The kid's surname is Malarkey. WTF did you expect ? Drinking Beverage
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ROFL

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16-01-2015, 09:41 AM
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I'm reading the book The Faith Healers by James Randi, there is a major problem in these churches that believe in supernatural signs from god. Every major TV evangelist is a notorious fake, the con men know how gullible the faithful are and own the entire enterprise.

I don't know how deep their operation goes, it may not be at the local level, but just about every public pastor is in it for the money. It's just a money-making industry and that seems to be the common attitude with all of them.

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