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Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah Mass Market Paperback – October 10, 1989
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In "Illusions, the unforgettable follow-up to his phenomenal bestseller "Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach takes to the air to discover the ageless truths that give our souls wings: that people don't need airplanes to soar...that even the darkest clouds have meaning once we lift ourselves above them... and that messiahs can be found in the unlikeliest places--like hay fields, one-traffic-light midwestern towns, and most of all, deep within ourselves.
Top Customer Reviews
I've read this book over 30 times in the last 15 years, and I never fail to find something new to learn from it. I've given countless copies away to friends who then give copies to their friends.
When "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" was first published, an elderly relative told me Bach was the devil incarnate. Imagine what she'd say about THIS one!
I've not had the good fortune to run across a Donald Shimoda-like character, but I think I'd be ready to hear what he said.
Two quotes from Shimoda's 'The Messiah's Handbook and Reminders for the Advanced Soul' are worth repeating:
Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet them than your acquaintences will know you in a thousand years.
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life....Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.
This book has been a great gift to me and I'm thankful it found me!
The author meets stranger and fellow pilot Donald Shimoda and the story unfolds. About a third of the way through Richard starts reading the "Messiah's Handbook" which is quoted liberally from then on. It contains various pearls of wisdom.... "You teach best what you most need to learn", "Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours" and (one of my favourites) "You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it however".
The chapter where Shimoda and Richard visit the cinema to discover the meaning of life is a high point and the twist at the end of the book is absolutely brilliant. Enlightenment!
How many times have those words touched my soul? Every time I have lost my way, I have read Illusions. And it has reminded me that things happen for a reason, that I have created the mess I got myself into, and that I have the power to make things better if I truly want to.
We all create situations for ourselves that keep us safe, protected, and bored. This book reminds you that you don't have to stay in that little world you've created. It is ok, and even expected that we break out of that from time to time. "In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice."
I love the parable in the beginning of this book about the creatures at the bottom of the river who cling because clinging is all they know. And the one creature who was brave enough to let go was dashed upon the rocks. But then he rose up with the current, and drifted on at a higher plane than he had been on when he clung as he was told. I spend every day reminding myself to let go.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A beautiful easy read. Wonderful insights and revelations. Highly recommend to anyone but especially to pilots.Published 3 days ago by nuala
This review is for the 2001 Arrow Publication of the book Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Bach, Richard. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Bluebird
This is a must read, every single year. It is a fantastic book to use to allow yourself the ability to step back and assume your god-like divinity, all while understanding that... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Adalya Merciless
If you are into philosophy and open to the idea that teachers come in all forms, you'll love this book. The message is clear, concise and very inspiring.Published 16 days ago by Carmen Honacker
Life changing story. I can't wait to read part two and grow into a better life with the knowledge I have.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book on Cd, love it thanks to seller for a smooth transactionPublished 21 days ago by Michael Wild