Gary Renard (born 1951) is the author of the books The Disappearance of the Universe (2004), Your Immortal Reality (2006), and Love Has Forgotten No One (2013), which books' stated purpose is to reawaken interest in and clarify the core principals of the 1976 spiritual text, A Course In Miracles (ACIM).
In The Disappearance of the Universe, Renard recounts, in dialogue and commentary, a series of 17 claimed appearances by two ascended masters over the course of nine years, from 1992 until just after the World Trade Center disaster of 2001. The two alleged ascended masters call themselves Pursah and Arten (not their real names), and claim to have once been two disciples of Jesus: Thomas and Thaddeus. Renard says the encounters with Arten and Pursah were his first introduction to A Course in Miracles (ACIM). The material in the two books is consistent with the teachings of A Course in Miracles as taught by ACIM authority Kenneth Wapnick, though it stirred some controversy within some more conservative parts of the ACIM community.
Renard's second book, Your Immortal Reality (2006), met with allegations by Bruce McDonald and Robert Perry of plagiarism in the book's "Pursah text" of the Gospel of Thomas, a claim Renard rejected, writing in an article that the claim was a result of jealousy. No action was taken as a result of the claim. His third book, Love Has Forgotten No One (2013), was originally expected in mid-2008 and after repeated postponements was published in October 2013. All three books were published by Hay House. Renard said in his e-newsletter that he is currently working on a fourth book.
According to Renard, his three books were not channeled in the conventional sense of the word, since they derive from in-person appearances by the sources, but the core content is represented as the authorship of Arten and Pursah. Renard says he was told that Arten and Pursah would not appear to people other than him, because his teachers did not want their message to be changed by others.
After his reported encounters with ascended masters, Renard significantly redirected his focus from being a musician and an investor into being primarily a spokesperson and teacher for his understanding of the teachings of A Course in Miracles. In 2007 Renard divorced his first wife, Karen Renard. In 2009 he remarried to musician and therapist, Cindy Lora-Renard. He moved from Maine to southern California. Renard currently travels and teaches in numerous worldwide locations, has a semi-regular podcast, and has hosted several ACIM-themed ship cruises.