and something about it all just doesn’t pass the sniff test for me, but I can’t quite figure out the angle. Does anyone have info on this? Is it a scam of some sort? Is it just some New Age trend that’s caught on?
Well it’s not a scam, just a book. There’s nothing to “join.” And it never caught on in a big way, it’s been around since the 70s.
It’s a whole lot like Christian Science, updated to the 20th century. Vaguely Christian language, but definitely not mainstream-orthodox. There’s a story about how an angelic voice dictated it to a psychotherapist in the 70’s, but the more time passes, the more it sounds like it was written by a psychotherapist in the 70’s. Kind of like how the Book of Mormon sounds a whole lot like a preacher’s son wrote it in the 19th century.
As far as I can tell, the book was “channeled” by some Jewish lady who was channeling Jesus, or rather, Raj who is channeling Jesus. She started writing it down, using automatic writing. It reads like someone really poorly trying to imitate the King James Bible but with way worse grammar, which as we all know is how Jesus talks.
Nowadays, there is another person who is channeling Raj, a dude.