The Messenger, subtitled "A Guide to Life's Adventures…," is a post-New Age tabloid that serves Southern California, with a particular focus on those counties immediately east of Los Angeles, popularly referred to as the Inland Empire, and on Sedona, Arizona, a small community looked upon by many as the center of the New Age community in North America. Each issue of the monthly newspaper is distributed freely throughout its target area since the initial appearance of The Messenger in July of 1997.
The Messenger is built around a set of short feature articles, the great majority of which are written by New Age leaders and practitioners who operate in Southern California. They cover the spectrum of New Age spiritual and New Thought meta-physical topics, from metaphysical approaches to business to neurolinguistic programming and various forms of spiritual healing. In addition, there are a large number of monthly columns covering such topics as astrology, numerology, and palmistry. The Messenger also carries the monthly column by popular New Thought writer Louise Hay, and a special section focusing upon events in Sedona.
As with most New Age periodicals, advertising is an important part of each issue's content. There is a relatively brief one-page resource guide, with most of the ads that inform readers of the range of services available to them concentrated in display ads. A monthly book review column carries notices of recent publications, with text drawn primarily from covers and dust jackets of the reviewed items.
The Messenger may be contacted at P.O. Box 1971, Glendora, CA 91740. It has an Internet presence at http://www.themessenger.cc/.
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The Messenger. http://www.themessenger.cc/. May 5, 2000.