I really enjoyed the book by Kelly Elstrott. I listened to Kelly on a talk show one night and his insights inspired me to read the book and I'm glad I did. The book is a nice primer for the Urantia Book and I plan on abtaining a copy asap. My definition of a good book is one that inspires thought, reflection and the thirst for more. The fifth revelation falls into this category nicely.
Haven't we humans suffered enough at the hands of middlemen, those who presume to stand between us and God. Those who want to explain things to us because we're too lazy, stupid, etc., to get it own our own. I don't need anyone to tell me what I can get from The Urantia Book, and neither should you. Are you going to have a personal religious experience with someone else's ideas about a book? I don't think so, and if you did, just think what the real thing would do for you. The Urantia Book presents so many new and challenging ideas and concepts and information about so many things, how are you going to judge its validity? The only way to be 100% convinced of ANYTHING is through a personal experience of it. Unless of course, your the kind of person not likely to believe in or to be committed to anything, in which case nothing much really matters at all, does it. Yes, the book is long. Get over it and get on with it. It's long because there's so much to tell. You never know where your own personal religious experience is going to come from. At least give yourself the experience of experiencing the real thing. Read The Urantia Book first.