Yes, I read it years ago.
It’s basically the result of direct revelation.
(As Catholics we know that folks who are not exposed to the Gospel, can still be saved by means of Invincible Ignorance. God does seek out the 99th sheep.)
So, while COM is basically the easy way to illumination (by the way there is no easy way), we would gain better results by cutting it some slack. Our first responsibility imho is to extend the hand of friendship and to hold up the Light of Jesus by living the Gospel – rather than yabbering about it.
I met the author. Was it Marianne Williamson? She struck me as exceptionally humble.
Someone asked her how to help the homeless and she gave one of the most Christian answers I could possibly imagine. She told us a story of her own encounter with a homeless man. Only one man. And she spoke with him at length, giving him positive feedback on who he was to her. What he looked like, the intelligence of his words, the beauty of his presence on the planet. Things like that.
It seems that being seen in that way, having those kinds of expectations placed on him – that is, the expectation of living a genuine life – resulted in a slow but steady emergence from street life and into a job, into a home, into a family, and so on.
I – and several of my Christian friends – have some worries about Oprah’s choices however. Why aren’t we seeing the Pope on the Oprah show?