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Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah Paperback – March 12, 2001
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In the cloud-washed airspace between the cornfields of Illinois and blue infinity, a man puts his faith in the propeller of his biplane. For disillusioned writer and itinerant barnstormer Richard Bach, belief is as real as a full tank of gas and sparks firing in the cylinders...until he meets Donald Shimoda--former mechanic and self-described messiah who can make wrenches fly and Richard's imagination soar....
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. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Richard is a pilot who is doing what he most wants to do in life: fly. Don is whatever he wants to be. He is free of illusions about the world. He is a messiah who quit because the crowds wanted him to save them and live their lives for them, rather than walking their own path in life.
Richard is open to learning, so Shimoda begins to teach him how life really works. He even shares his saviour's manual, called Messiah's Handbook: Reminders for the Advanced Soul, which includes such gems as:
"Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours."
"Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't."
"Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a fake messiah."
The last page of the manual had a statement so unexpected and profound, I laughed and marveled at it at the same time. (Won't give it away, because that would definitely spoil it for you.)
Richard Bach's Illusions is entertaining, educational, and spiritual. It is a unique book with the power to literally change your life if you take its message to heart. I wish there were more books like it!
A friend recommended me this book after we had a short discussion about living the life and getting tuned in with what IS. I have to say I'm thankful he did that.
I've had some difficulties with getting through some pages (probably because of the writing style the author chose) but at the end I think I got the point. And I already know I will come back to this reading again... and again.
This book could be just a simple story of two people who met by accident and had some adventures together... It could also annoy and irritate some individuals deep in their believes... But it can also show/prove/confirm that we are "ALL" from the moment we're born, the happiness and bliss is within us from the very beginning and it's only individual's choice of how they will live their life... You can find the cues to finding the meaning of it on every step you make though. Use them or lose them.
You will find this book interesting regardless your final thoughts.
I chose to read "Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah" again because I'm planning to read "Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Student." I not only recommend this book, I highly recommend it.
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I have ordered it for my grandchildren. It is educational in an amazing way.
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