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Vassula Ryden is a former professional tennis player and model who claims to receive personal messages from Jesus.
Ryden is author of a series of Christian books entitled True Life in God which she alleges contain direct messages from angels, saints, and Jesus Christ himself. Ryden says that Jesus dictates the messages to her and guides her hand to write them down using really fancy calligraphy. Some early drafts of the messages contain mistakes. She attributes her subsequent corrections to Jesus changing his mind, or asking her to copyedit his messages.
Ryden is revered by her followers as 'God's messenger'. Many of them believe she predicted the 9/11 attacks because one of her messages contained the rather vague phrase, "every evil built into towers will collapse". The Roman Catholic church issued a number of official statements that warned faithful Catholics that Ryden was not "officially" receiving messages from God. Ryden's organization claims the Church warnings are outdated, exaggerated, or not legitimate -- and that the Vatican privately assured her they believe she's really, truly in touch with Jesus, but can't say so in public. Ryden does not take criticism well. She's personally initiated legal action to shut down web sites questioning her ability to talk to God.
Some of Ryden's conversations with Jesus concern her household chores...
Others are a bit more steamy...
- True Life in God Mobile App "Read all the TLIG messages on your iPhone, wherever you are."
- Christian website critical of Ryden
- Joe Nickell, Heaven’s Stenographer: The ‘Guided’ Hand of Vassula Ryden Csicop.org
- Francois-Marie Dermine, O.P., Vassula Rydén: the Reasons for the Church's Negative Reaction CatholicCulture.org
- Mystic 'who foresaw 9/11' heads for city Scotsman.com, 6 September 2005
- Larry B. Stammer, L.A. Cathedral Disinvites Christian Unity Event Los Angeles Times
- True Life In God Ryden's organization
- Legal action by Vassula Ryden shuts down critical web site CatholicCulture.org