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Congratulations to last week’s winner of Run to Overcome: Lisa Hansen of NYC!

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Many of you reading this post are parents. How would you feel if you were driving your car with your six-year-old child in the backseat and you made a left turn – just as you have a thousand times before -but this time an optical illusion in the road concealed the approach of an oncoming car?

In a split-second that  changes the rest of your life, you are thrown from the vehicle and your son suffers traumatic brain injury as well as an internal decapitation with his skull almost completely detached from his spinal column. First responders consider calling a coroner.

But your son survives, and when he miraculously returns to you following a two-month coma, he has incredible things to say about where he has been. He tells you of events at the accident scene verified by eyewitnesses, of unearthly music that sounded just terrible to a six-year-old, of angels who took him through the gates of heaven, and most amazing of all – of speaking with Jesus.

This is the story contained in the New York Times best selling book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, by Kevin and Alex Malarkey.

I have to admit that I was skeptical when I began reading the Malarkey family’s story. I have no doubt that heaven exists, and I look forward to seeing it myself one day. But to read a description of heaven on this side of eternity as related by a child who insists he’s been there?

I rarely finish most books. I get what I need  from them and then move on to the next one. But I couldn’t put down The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven. Were it not for the news accounts, photographs from the scene and the hospital and testimony from paramedics and medical personnel, I would find it impossible to believe.

But listen to the words of Dr. Raymond Onders, Christopher Reeve’s and Alex Malarkey’s doctor: “The vertebrae were completely detached. The tendon sheath around the spinal column was severed near the base of his brain. The injury was so severe and so high on the spinal column, it is simply incredible that Alex survived.”

If medical miracles take place, why not spiritual ones? Could God allow a child to have an extraordinary journey into the world to come and then survive to tell us about it?  Jesus himself prayed: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clear, and for revealing them to the childlike. ” (Matthew 11:25)

Alex Malarkey, age 12

 Everything I read in The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven is consistent with biblical truth. Whether you choose to believe Alex’s story or not is up to you, but his descriptions of Heaven, angels, and hearing the voice of God just may change your life.

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