Should I Steer Clear of "The Book of Azariah"?
What's the Church's stance on the legitimacy of "The Book of Azariah"?
The Book of Azariah is written by Maria Valtorta, who has shown herself to be an unreliable author on Catholic matters. Her multi-volume work The Poem of the Man-God has been discredited by the Holy See on more than one occasion, as then Cardinal Ratzinger, serving as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, reaffirmed in 1993:
The “visions” and “dictations” referred to in the work The Poem of the Man-God are simply the literary forms used by the author to narrate in her own way the life of Jesus. They cannot be considered supernatural in origin.
The Book of Azariah is based on an alleged series of dictations that Valtorta said came from her guardian angel, whom she referred to as “Azariah.” This book, like Poem of the Man-God, has never received any Church approval. Consequently, stick with the four Gospels and the works of approved Catholic authors for genuine edification.