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on December 27, 2005
The first thing I want to note is that this book does NOT have an imprimatur or a nihil obstat - meaning it has not been approved by the Catholic Church or her officials. Sister Emmanuel, who writes the book, is from Medjugorji as well - an apparition and phenomenon that is NOT sanctioned, recognized, or approved by the Church.
I am not certain if what is taught in this book conflicts with Magisterial teaching or not. That alone is enough to give caution about reading it.
In addition, I found the book confusing. The revalations given in this booklet [for it is not really a book at all - just a few pages bound together that can be read in half an hour or less] seem at odds with my own understanding of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory.
According to this book, very few people go to Hell. It takes pretty monumental effort of directly spitting in God's face and refusing salvation outright to land oneself in Hell, according to this booklet. Thus, pretty much all of us go to Purgatory, save for the blessed few who died in a state of absolute grace.
Following the instruction and logic outlined in the book, a Plenary indulgence [a "full" indulgence] can be gained for a soul in Purgatory in any number of fairly simple ways. Thus by going to Confession, attending Mass and receiving the Eucharist, praying for the intentions of the Holy Father, and then spending 1/2 hour in Adoration or reading my Bible, I can erase an entire lifetime of sin for my great grandpa and send him right to Heaven immediately... all in one afternoon I can erase his temporal punishment for the sin of his entire life?
Somehow that just doesn't seem fair... does it?
The good thing about this book is that it has led me into a very deep study of Church teaching, history, and belief. Hopefully I will come out the other side a much better formed Catholic. But this book in and of itself was kind of murky and I think misleading.
If attaining Heaven is as easy as this book suggests, then why do any of us bother trying to become holy people or obeying the Word of God?
So, buyer beware - I think there may be better sources of information on Catholic teaching regarding Heaven, Hell, Purgatory and Indulgences. My advice would be to skip this and go to a Church approved source.