Though I was never affiliated with The Way International, I hung around with one of their splinter groups for a while until things went sour. There had been so much I wasn't told when I was with them, and when I read this book, I finally came to understand so much that was hinted at but never revealed.
Even if you are overall sympathetic to their theology like I am (though I acknowledge they have a number of either reprehensible or factually inaccurate views), this book shows how The Way International was still a corrupt organizations with unbelievably arrogant leadership. Even if only half of the details in this book were true, The Way would still be painted in a terrible light (and their splinter groups).
A lot of information in this book is fascinating, and if you have a connection to The Way, you'll be hooked. That being said, if you view this work as a narrative or a source of entertainment, you'll be disappointed.
There are a number of chapters about the the author Karl Kahler's life and personal experiences with The Way, and these are interesting as we see what he thought about the The Way at the time as well as first-hand accounts of the disturbing behavior of his fellow cultists. Only a few of these chapters reach their potential, though, by getting inside Kahler's head as he interacts with the screwy world of The Way. Others are just long, dry descriptions of events to which he was a party; we aren't shown why these events were important.
The other chapters, which are essentially detailed historical accounts of The Way and its rise and fall, have great information, and some of them are good reading in their own right, but many of them drag on with juicy, damning, or insightful facts few and far between. I imagine Kahler felt compelled to publish the majority of the information he had compiled about The Way if only to get it on the record.
Ultimately, it's worthwhile read if you have a connection to The Way. This is pretty much the place to find out everything.
(reviewed 76 days after purchase)