A member of the Readers’ Group (Stephen Austin) has written a popular and widely distributed e-book entitled
Summa and Encyclopedia to Maria Valtorta’s Extraordinary Work
(PDF, 11 MB, Last Updated: February 5, 2017). This e-book covers almost anything a reader could want to know about Maria Valtorta's
The Poem of the Man-God / The Gospel as Revealed to Me, including its importance, its history, its ecclesiastical status, how it
compares to other revelations, the proofs of its divine origin, its
critics and defences, and the supplementary resources available for use with it. You can download it at the link above.
Zenit, a popular international news agency, discusses this e-book in a news article about the First International Italian Valtorta Conference, where the author of the e-book spoke. More details on this are further below. You can view his talk at the First International Italian Valtorta Conference that took place in Pisa, Italy, in October 2016 by clicking the video below, where he describes the contents and benefits of this free e-book:
at the First International Italian Valtorta Conference in Pisa, Italy, on October 22, 2016
Stephen's talk and e-book is mentioned in this Zenit article. English translations of this article will be available in the near future. An English translation of an excerpt from this article is below:
[...] In the same vein as Lavère, ranks the work of another engineer, Stephen Austin, from the United States, a young thirty-year old man. He originally ran up against this mystic’s work for the sole purpose of repudiating it, but he then ended up subdued by the completeness and beauty of her The Poem of the Man-God (now known as The Gospel as Revealed to Me) to such extent that he dedicated four years of research to compile his e-book in English A Summa & Encyclopedia to Maria Valtorta’s Extraordinary Work and present it to the public, at this first International meeting. Constantly updated, Stephen’s work has 13 chapters and 49 sub-chapters, in which he introduces The Gospel as Revealed to Me to readers. The theological objections of the Church against private revelations are eviscerated in this e-book by a careful investigation of the approval that Valtorta’s work has received from saints and prelates: Saint Padre Pio and Saint Teresa of Calcutta; Pope Pius XII; cardinals, archbishops and bishops; 23 doctors of theology, divinity, or canon law; 16 university professors; etc. Stephen Austin then compares Valtorta’s visions with those of the other mystics, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich and Venerable Mary of Agreda, both of which are less detailed and less accurate. He also emphasizes the almost absolute correlation between the Gospel and the text of Viareggio’s mystic, with the difference that, compared with the 141 days of Jesus’ ministry in the Sacred Scriptures, there are in The Gospel as Revealed to Me about 500 days, presented in much greater detail, historically valid, on account of the valuable and unique information on botany, geography, ethnology, and astronomy. Austin’s e-book is known as far as Oceania and Australia, thanks to his promotional work, which included participating in an interview on the Australian TV program of a religious nature Spirit of Life.This Australian TV interview mentioned in the article above was aired on Australian television in February 2014. In this interview, Stephen describes his personal experiences with Maria Valtorta's writings and how it has transformed his life and the lives of many other people around the world, what led him to do research on her writings, and his findings. You can view the interview below. He also did an interview on a Catholic radio show in Long Island, New York. Underneath the video below you can access the radio show interview.
A transcript of the interview and Stephen's interview follow-up comments are available here. For Italian speakers, the above video with Italian subtitles is available here.
In March 2016, Stephen Austin and Tim Fromann did a radio show interview with Dr. Anthony Ciuffo about Valtorta and her writings on the most listened to show on WGBB, 1240 AM (the oldest radio station in Long Island, New York).
Click on the link below to listen to the radio show in your web browser. If you prefer to download the MP3 audio file to listen to on your computer or on a portable audio device, right-click the link below and save the MP3 file to your computer.
Dr. Ciuffo Radio Interview with Stephen Austin and Tim Fromann (WGBB, 1240 AM)
Correction: At 4:45 in the radio broadcast, Tim Fromann said that Maria Valtorta was a Third Order Carmelite. This was a mistake. Maria Valtorta was a member of the Third Order Servites of Mary.