I received And Jesus Said: A Conversation in the mail one day. I had not requested it but, being a book reviewer, it wasnít unusual since I am occasionally sent review copies automatically. A few days later, when I sat down to read it, I was absolutely amazed by what I found.
And Jesus Said: A Conversation was supposedly a channeled work. The author, Henry Michaelson, claimed that he had, through meditation, asked Jesus several questions, and Jesus had dictated him the answers. Iím always somewhat skeptical about channeled works, especially when the channeled being is someone as well known as Jesus Christ.
The entire book is written in a question-answer format. Michaelson asks a question and the being, Jesus, answers it. Michaelson does not try to interpret the answers he gets. This is good since it gives the readers complete freedom to take what they want out the book.
By the time I had read the first chapter, it was evident to me that this book was in fact the work of a very advanced being. After reading as many channeled works as I have, it becomes apparent that higher beings have a certain way of communicating - the writing has a certain feel to it - and this particular material certainly had that feel.
The writing style of this being was remarkably similar to that of other advanced beings. Communications from higher beings are typically a little awkwardly-worded. This is most likely because such advanced beings have not incarnated in some time, and thus are a little out-of-touch with the mechanics of human language. Messages are sent through telepathy in the afterlife, so wording is not important, unlike on earth. The writing style in the book consistent with the language used by other advanced beings. Throughout the book, the being talks to the planet as a whole, not just to the author, which is another thing that advanced beings often do when communicating with us.
Although the feel and the writing style were suggestive on an advanced being, what really convinced me was the bookís content. The entire book is filled with information that is perfectly consistent with what the 150+ years of after-death communication that we have. The being that was channeled in the book answered questions just as I would expect Jesus to answer them.
For example, the being claiming to be Jesus says that there is nothing to be gained from worshipping him. He showed us the path to spiritual development, he says, and, when someone gives you directions, you donít worship them, you just thank them and go on your way. He states that some people have stopped in their tracks and, instead of following his directions, have stood still and built shrines to him. This is perfectly consistent with what Jesus said in his earthly lifetime, as well as with what I know to be true about the afterlife.
Unfortunately, it is rather difficult to prove whether or not this being is actually Jesus. What this being says in the book proves that he is very advanced, and that he probably lives on a level about the Summerland. But we are told that is actually common for advanced beings to claim to be Jesus when being channeled. This is because more people will pay attention to communications from Jesus, so it is easier to get their message across. At their level though, this is not seen as dishonest because the illusion of separation is no longer important to them. I have chosen not to disclose my opinions, about whether or not this being is Jesus, so that anyone who reads the book can form unbiased opinions.
In conclusion, whether this being is the actual Jesus Christ or not, I highly recommend this book to everyone. The messages in this book need to get out to the world because they are absolutely essential to mankindís future spiritual development.