The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven
The Story Behind the Story


New York Times Bestselling Book, The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life beyond This World—The Story Behind the Story

by Hank Hanegraaff

Backstory. Subsequent to three-year-old Colton Burpo’s return from heaven, six-year-old Alex Malarkey traveled there as well. As such, The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven (Tyndale, 2010) purports to be the true story of Alex’s direct experience with angels, demons, and, yes, the devil himself. Along the way he is alleged to have encountered “one hundred and fifty pure, white angels with fantastic wings, green demons with long fingernails and hair made of fire, and an earless devil, replete with three heads, a nasty nose, and moldy teeth.”

Like Colton, Alex was allegedly permitted to see God. But in sharp distinction, he was not permitted to see God’s face. As Alex is alleged to have written, “I was in the presence of God. He had a body that was like a human body, but it was a lot bigger. I could only see up to His neck because, like the Bible says, nobody is allowed to see God’s face or that person will die.”

Story behind the story. According to Alex’s mother—his precious care-taker—these words are not the words of Alex at all. As she put it in a Facebook message to me, “Hank, my son is being exploited…My son has tried to speak (as best he could) on the wrongs of this book but he has been silenced.”

After surviving a horrific car accident, being in a coma for two months, and to this day continuing to struggle with the after effects of brain trauma, Alex cares more deeply about truth than he cares about himself.

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Have I Blasphemed the Holy Spirit?


Question and answer from the Bible Answer Man broadcast.

Pat in Tyler, TX on BOTT radio: Something happened many years ago and I was questioning my salvation. I was on a trip with my husband and felt so much love for God in my heart. The clouds got dark-looking and all and I said God’s coming again and I’m not ready for Him. All of a sudden on the radio a broadcast came on about God telling Sarah she’s have a baby in her old age and I heard you have put your hand to the plough and you’re not fit for the Kingdom of God. I felt like God had just said that directly to me. I hadn’t been worrying about my salvation at all and suddenly God was speaking to me through a radio broadcast. And so my question is if I’ve blasphemed the Holy Spirit?

Hank: Pat, if you had blasphemed the Holy Spirit you would not be calling me with concern in  your voice. You would not care about Jesus Christ and you would not care about the Kingdom. The very fact that you care means that you do not have a hardened heart. You have a soft heart towards the things of the Spirit.

Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is never an act that happened at a particular time confirmed by radio broadcasts. It is a continuous, willful, ongoing rejection of the love and grace that could be yours. So as long as you are in the flesh, as you are now, you realize you’re a sinner, you’ve repented of your sin, received Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, you are His and He is yours. You are now a living stone in the temple of God. You are not perfect. Neither am I. But you are a living stone in the temple of God. You have received the righteousness of Jesus Christ. You are set apart through baptism now, signifying that you’ve been buried to your old life, raised to newness of life through His resurrection power. You are a child of the King and don’t let Satan deceive you or put doubt in your mind. If Jesus says “Whoever hears My Word and believes Him who sent Me, has everlasting life,” you have to say “I trust Jesus.” If you hear His Word and believe in Jesus Christ you have everlasting life.

Pat: Thank you very much for taking my call.