A young man who as a boy became the subject of a bestselling book claiming he had went to Heaven and met Jesus following a car accident while comatose is now suing book publisher Tyndale House for damages.
Alex Malarkey, now 20, was left as a quadriplegic following the 2004 accident, which was made famous in the 2010 bestseller The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven.
A lawsuit filed on Monday at DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton, Illinois, claims that Tyndale made millions from his account, which in 2015 Malarkey admitted was a total fabrication made up by his father, Kevin Malarkey, who has since passed away.
The suit explains that the father made up the story that Malarkey “had gone to Heaven, communicated with God the Father, Jesus, angels and the devil, and then returned,” and that he had taken all the profits from the book.
The complaint adds:
“Despite the fact that Tyndale House has made millions of dollars off Alex’s identity and an alleged autobiographical story of his life, Tyndale House paid Alex, a paralyzed young man, nothing.”
In 2015 Malarkey sent a letter to LifeWay Christian Stores and other faith-based book sellers, explaining why he initially went along with his father’s fabrications:
“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.”
The admission created a fire-storm in the Christian publishing world, with Tyndale pulling the book, and LifeWay, among others, returning the copies of the book at its stores.
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Source: Christian Post