Jesus asked Maria Valtorta to write on January 28, 1947: “The work that was given to the readers by little John [as Jesus calls Maria Valtorta after his favorite apostle John] is not a canonical book. But it is always an inspired book that I give you to help you understand what my time as a master was like and to get to know me.”
Canonical means – if something is as guiding as the Bible. For me, this statement from Jesus means that Valtorta’s books do not replace the Bible or represent a new gospel. Maria Valtorta’s books describe the biblical representations in more detail. The Bible, especially the New Testament, is a good summary and more than sufficient to understand and believe in the life and great deeds of Jesus Christ. You don’t need to read Maria Valtorta’s books.
Personally, I find these books to be very lengthy and Maria uses a lot of flowery descriptions. However, at the same time she give incredible insights that are highly enriching. As Jesus himself writes, it helps me to better understand what his time on earth was like. I can better realize hat he was on earth like you and me: Breathing, eating, talking like we do. Because of the very precise descriptions it allows “to see” with the inner eye. You can perceive how Jesus performed these incredible miracles, with whom he had contact, how he spoke to people, how he reacted. I find all of this incredible and a grace to have access to this material. It gives me deeper insights and is therefore very enriching for me – I can only recommend it.