April 2011, CAROL STREAM, IL—Tyndale House Publishers is releasing the softcover edition of the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, by Kevin and Alex Malarkey, this July. With over 215,000 copies in print (all formats/editions), the book has been on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction list for 12 weeks (10 consecutively), and on the new e-book bestseller list four times.
On November 14, 2004, six-year-old Alex and his father, Kevin, were in a horrific car accident. Alex was presumed dead at the scene, but he survived with traumatic injury to his brain and an internal decapitation. His skull was almost completely detached from his spinal column.
The prognosis was grim. Alex’s family and friends started a round-the-clock prayer vigil in the ICU, which quickly spread around the country. In a matter of weeks, Alex’s most severe spinal injuries were healed without medical intervention, leading stunned doctors to cancel a critical spinal alignment surgery.
After two months in a coma, Alex slowly learned to speak again and had incredible things to say about where he’d been: of events at the accident scene and in the hospital while he was unconscious, of unearthly music that sounded terrible to a six-year-old, of the angels that took him through the gates of heaven, and most amazing of all—of speaking with Jesus.
Told from Kevin’s point of view, The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven is more than just a story about a child’s time in heaven. It’s the story of a father’s guilt, the power of prayer and Christian community, and God’s goodness in the midst of tragedy.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Kevin, contact Christy Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630.784.5389.
Visit www.theboywhocamebackfromheaven.com to view the book trailer and to learn more.
About the Author
Kevin Malarkey is a Christian therapist with a counseling practice near Columbus, Ohio. He attended the College of Wooster and earned a graduate degree from Ohio State University. His academic background includes studies in clinical psychology, psychological assessment, and family counseling. Kevin has previous experience developing educational programs, assessing psychological disorders, and counseling inner-city youth and their families. He and his wife, Beth, have four children (Alex, Aaron, Gracie, and Ryan) and attend a nondenominational evangelical church. They enjoy spending time together playing board games, going to the zoo, finding new playgrounds, and exploring parks and recreational fitness areas.
"Sometimes I have no clue what to make of Alex’s supernatural life—I have no theological box to put some of this stuff in. But everyone who has taken the time to get to know Alex agrees: he is a remarkable boy on whom God has placed His hand for His purposes." – Kevin Malarkey
Alex Malarkey, 12, is the first child in the world to have 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. Alex loves watching sports and cheering for his favorite teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Alex believes he will walk again.
For speaking engagements, contact Stacy Rogan at email@example.com. To book an interview with Kevin Malarkey, contact Christy Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630.784.5389.