This book, with it's notion that St. Paul had reincarnated and was here to "set the record straight" about Jesus' real message did indeed bring comfort to many who were still apparently stuck with old, judgmental religious programming in their minds.
As someone who has had my own recollections of past lives, I instead found the book interesting in it's tale of how Bunick came to perceive that he was St. Paul in the past. The story is fascinating, with "angels" talking with Nick, with many synchronicities, with people who were to eventually come into Nick's life having strange occurrences, such as waking at 4:44; psychics telling him he was Paul... On and on the strange occurrences go.
I found most interesting the portion of the book that is a transcript of his hypnotic regression sessions with Julia Ingram, where the apparent persona of 'Paul' comes to the fore and starts walking us through the days when he suppposedly 'walked with Jeshua.' (Bunick's Paul apparently DID know Jesus while he was alive... Hmm.) The character that appears indeed seems very sincere.
In the end, however, I am torn as to what to make of the whole Nick/Paul thing. He went on to write a book brazenly titled, "In God's Truth," which seemed rather underwhelming. Nick felt he was now on a mission to clarify Christianity. His efforts seemed to fritter to nothing, for many years. His whereabouts were suspiciously unknown.
But now, recently, he has reappeared anew, and written yet another book. His website claims he is receiving messages from Jesus, as channeled through someone else.
...The concept of 'past lives' is something we are only beginning to understand fully. The idea of such a significant past life is especially tricky terrain for the ego. Add to the picture the intense feelings and inspiration that religion can inspire in people and you've got a fascinating brew. ...
Though I have my doubts about the usefulness of Nick's mission, I continue to be fascinated by the story.