January 16, 2015
He says he concocted the tale in an attempt to attract attention after his ordeal – and is now criticizing publishers who continue to make large profits from the book.
His parents say the family, who live in Huntsville, Ohio, does not receive money from the book.
In an open letter addressed to ‘Sellers, buyers and marketers’ of his book, Alex wrote: ‘I did not die. I did not go to heaven.’
‘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.’
Many Christian publishers are now announcing that they will stop selling the book.
The book is one of three ‘real-life’ tales of paradise on sale at Christian book stores – 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is for Real are the others.
Alex is still severely disabled and is cared for by his family at home. His mother has also previously suggested that the book was made up and insists that the family receives no money from its sale.
She wrote on her blog in April last year: ‘There are many who are scamming and using the Word of God to do it.’
‘It is both puzzling and painful to watch the book The Boy who Came Back from Heaven to not only continue to sell, but to continue, for the most part, to not be questioned.
‘THE GATE WAS REALLY TALL’: ALEX’S MADE-UP DESCRIPTION OF HEAVEN
The book describes heaven thus:
‘When I arrived in heaven, I was inside the gate. The gate was really tall, and it was white.
It was very shiny, and it looked like it had scales like a fish. I was in the inner heaven and everything was brighter and more intense on the inside of the gate. It was perfect.
Perfect is my favourite word for describing heaven.’
Alex also describes in the book how he floated above the scene of his crash and talked to Jesus while firefighters extricated his body from the wreckage.
She insists that her son ‘has not received monies from the book nor have a majority of his needs been funded by it.’
And she adds that Alex previously told a pastor that the book was made up, but was told the publication was ‘blessing’ people and to stay quiet.
She concludes: ‘The ones making money from the book are NOT the ones staying up through the night, struggling for their breath, or were they the ones at six years old, waking up unable to move or breathe and in a strange place after last remember seeing a car coming right at the car he was riding in’
Alex lives in Ohio with his mother, his father who works as a counsellor, and his two brothers and one sister.
Alex’s letter continues his attack on Christian booksellers
He wrties:”They should read the Bible, which is enough. The Bible is the only source of truth. Anything written by man cannot be infallible.’