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The hero of Bach's new book, pilot and flight instructor Jamie Forbes, is on a routine run when Maria, the panicked spouse of another pilot, radios that her husband has collapsed at the controls. Forbes talks her through the steps to land safely. Maria's explanation to reporters that Forbes hypnotized her sparks a series of memories for Jamie, and the events that follow force him to examine what constitutes reality, to contemplate what lies beyond the edges of our carefully constructed worlds and whether those edges are real or created by our own limitations. While it mines the same territory as The Secret, Bach's book is far richer, raising provocative questions and striking the perfect balance, providing answers without implying that they are the only—or necessarily the right—ones. (Sept.)
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About the Author

Richard Bach is the author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Illusions, One, The Bridge Across Forever, and numerous other books.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (September 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571746234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571746238
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since Jonathan Livingston Seagull - which dominated the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List for two consecutive years - Richard Bach has touched millions of people through his humor, wisdom and insight.

With over 60 million copies of his books sold, Richard Bach remains one of the world's most beloved authors. A former USAF fighter pilot, Air Force captain and latter-day barnstorming pilot, Bach continues to be an avid aviator-author, exploring and chronicling the joys and freedom of flying, reporting his findings to his devoted fans.

His most recent works include Travels with Puff, which recounts Bach's journey from Florida to Washington state in his small seaplane, Puff, and Illusions II: The Adventures of a Reluctant Student, which incorporates Bach's real-life plane crash.

In October 2014, the never-before-published Part Four to Jonathan Livingston Seagull was published.

Fans and readers can find more about Richard and his work at

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97 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Ariel Kane on September 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After 10 years Richard Bach has done it once again. In Hypnotizing Maria, Bach weaves a captivating tale where his hero, pilot Jamie Forbes, redefines his reality as he discovers the mystical side of his world and the power of suggestion.

This book will particularly appeal to:
* Bach Fans who have enjoyed his earlier titles such as Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, and The Bridge Across Forever: A True Love Story.
* Those who have heard of "The Law of Attraction" but can't seem to get a handle on the concept.
* Those who were once inspired by the principles in "The Law of Attraction" but have found their enthusiasm has dimmed.
* Seekers who find they are attracted to things that happen "serendipitously"

I found after reading this book I spontaneously opened up to new possibilities in my life - without working on myself to get there! I am already lending my copy to friends.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Susan Donlon on September 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
After a much anticipated wait Richard Bach is back! And Hypnotizing Maria proves the wait was well worth it! Richard's latest novel takes us on the personal self discovery adventures of a pilot named Jamie Forbes. Richard puts forth, cleverly woven into Jamie's adventures, that unconscious "suggestions" which are given to us through culture and our up-bring shape our lives. Once we examine these accepted suggestions we are able to distinguish what is really true for ourselves and discover how to live in a more authentic and meaningful way - piloting your own plane.

I especially love Richard's writing style where his presentation of ideas or teachings are woven into "can't put the book down" entertaining and intriguing story that inspire the reader to take a look at how they are living their own life in a light easy way. The discoveries that unfold are eye opening, revealing and life inspiring. As we see with Jamie who has a series of events that trigger his taking a looking at his "accepted suggestions" the discoveries that unfold are all the more enriching, fulfilling and satisfying then he had never thought possible before.

If you enjoyed Richard's novel I also recommend Ariel & Shya Kane's book called "Working on Yourself Doesn't Work: The 3 Simple Ideas That Will Instantaneously Transform Your Life". The Kanes are expert guides who have inspired thousands on how to ride out life's sometimes turbulence with ease and create a life flight path of well-being.

And as with all of Richard's books I once again found inspiration, entertainment and time well spent in reading this his latest masterpiece, Hypnotizing Maria. Go ahead and ignite the engine on own life's grand adventures by reading Richard's amazing new novel.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Meijer Bjorn on September 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Richard Bach's Hypnotizing Maria is a fictional book about a pilot that has different experiences on his solo trip from Seattle to Florida. The events seem random but at the same time seem to fit together.

Bach uses hypnotism and fiction as a vehicle to explain his views on how life works. His views on what is hypnosis is very broad. Bach explains his opinions on hypnosis and the Law of Attraction.

The story begins with an airplane emergency and continues with very intriguing storyline through the first half of the book. The second half concentrates on the main character, Jamie Forbes, taking an introspective look at his past experiences.

As an author whose book also delves into how life works, I usually stay away from similar books. I tend be overly critical if the author portrays the information in a way that promotes selfishness and excludes morals. I also am critical if authors state things magically happen and dismiss Karma. For whatever reason, I was drawn to Bach's story.

Bach does an excellent job taking this fictional flight and weaving into it his views on life. Portraying his thoughts in this manner allows the reader to see his opinions in context. It also allows the reader the ability to decipher the subject easily and determine what information can be related to them.

Bach's story brought up many questions, in a good way. When I am given information asking me to look at my beliefs, I have a basic way of deciphering it. It goes like this:

1. I have an open mind to the idea. A closed mind blocks out any possible knowledge to be gained.

2. I then question the idea. What is the motive of the author? How does this relate to what I know to be true.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Wayne C. Rogers on October 10, 2009
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It's been a decade since Richard Bach wrote Out of My Mind: The Discovery of Sanders-Vixen. I remember that when I first discovered on the Internet that this book was out, I'd just purchased my first computer and was in awe about my new access to millions of great books. I quickly ordered Out of My Mind, read it, and then wrote one of my initial book reviews on the Internet and on my brand, spanking new computer. Since then, Bach has written several more books, all of which have dealt with his two pet ferrets and their unusual adventures. It was only by chance that I recently found out that Mr. Bach had a new book coming out that was finally geared toward adults. I was excited by this because I'm a long-time fan of Richard Bach's, and I still remember buying his second bestseller, Illusions, when it came out in paperback so many years ago and then The Bridge Across Forever, which gave me hope that soul mates do actually exist. Anyway, after reading the newest book, Hypnotizing Maria, I now feel that it wasn't an accident or coincidence that I just happened to look up Richard Bach a few weeks ago, only to find out that he had a new book coming out within a few days. You see, there are no coincidences when certain people or events or things suddenly come into your life to help change it for the better. That's one of the primary themes of Hypnotizing Maria, and it's certainly an important one to remember.

This short novel starts off with pilot Jamie Forbes flying from Washington state to Florida in his small aircraft. On the first leg of the journey, he hears an emergency call for help on his radio from a distressed flyer and realizes that the other plane is near his present location.
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