Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah / Edition 1

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah / Edition 1

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by Richard Bach
     
 

ISBN-10: 0385319258

ISBN-13: 2900385319255

Pub. Date: 01/28/1998

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

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…  See more details below

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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.

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ISBN-13:
2900385319255
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
128

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Illusions 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
amy010 More than 1 year ago
This book tears down the fabric of reality and alters perceptions, yet it is light, entertaining and engrossing. It is a story as unlikely as an auto mechanic turned messiah, turned barnstormer from the holy lands of Indiana; a glass of spring water in a literary world polluted with the lead and chlorine of writing for the mass market. Richard is a barnstormer pilot of a Fleet airplane who flies out of the cornfields of the American Midwest selling ten minute rides for three dollars. His is a free existence, sleeping under the stars with a belly full of pan bread that only he can love. His unburdened mind flies with the idea that reality isn't. That men could fly if they could only forget that it was impossible. One sunny day he lands his Fleet next to a better-than-mint Travel Air 4000 and finds the teacher for whom he has been searching. This is a book that belongs on life's reading list. Richard rediscovers a bond of friendship with Don Shimoda that extends beyond this life. Don teaches Richard what he has yet to remember; that he can walk on water and swim through dirt; that this life is a story of our own creation from which we are meant to simply learn and enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best book I have, it has helped me. The blue feather is really a symbol that you'll never forget
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first received my copy in the late 80's. Its been my favorite Chrismahanukwanza gift since then. To say, ¿Thou art G-d,¿ starts to grasp the power and joy this book can bring you. It may, however, challenge you to question your beliefs or relationship with your higher power. This challenge may be blasphemy to organized believing. I hope you see past that. The discovery of your being a part of that power can be your salvation and let you acknowledge your personal state of Grace. The friend that gave me my first copy told me it was magical. She said I could randomly open the book to any page and, like an I-Ching, see what answer I needed. She was right. Besides all the religious overtone I got from the book, its a nice story and any easy read. I read it every year and highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a story that explores the spiritual by an author who inspires speculation on the metaphysical. It is impossible to read "Illusions" without some examination of ones own spiritual journey. It inspires kind living and faith in the divine. At the same time, this story insipres depth without being too heavy. It is definately good for a relaxing escape. It turned my attitude around many days some years ago when I first read it. If the mataphysical is a tempting topic for you, read this book! It inspired new preferances with the development of my own library. However; if you read this book, be prepared to have a thirst for more of Richard Backs work. His book "One" may be of particular interest if you ever imagined a multidimentional existance. "Illusions" examines the journey of a "reluctant mesiah", a journey which has profound implications. It's a must read! Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That's what this book is about. Merging the human with our inner divine nature, and what that looks like in our lives.
Jae1019 More than 1 year ago
My all time favorite book!
Alquimia9 More than 1 year ago
This is Richard Bach¿s masterpiece. If you want to invest 2 hours straight in reading a book, this will be the one, and this will probably be the best investment ever. Bach¿s adventure is full of inspiration, get ready to be blessed with joy, beauty and wisdom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it many years ago and often speak of it. Now I shall buy another copy so I will always keep it close.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fabulous book that should be a movie. I read this book many years ago, and am glad to see it finally on the nook. It is a great book for explaining spirituality to the confused, switched off, curious, young, or searching. Those who are bored with the bible will enjoy it too, as it will make you see things in a new light.
NeoIbarra69 More than 1 year ago
Had this book when I was in my junior high. Gave it to my ex-GF as her graduation gift from me. I regret giving that. That book meant more sense to me than to her, who, at that time, was oblivious and appeared to not care about the powerful messages the author emphasized. Chance for me to get back a copy of my own!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable reading that gives one so very much to think about and do. This is the third time I have read this and I still learn from it and enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
30 years ago this book saved my life, my car was broke down, I was riding the bus to work, I had $1.00 dollar in my pocket and I bought a used paperback copy of this book to read on the bus. I still have that copy, it is still saving me every time life tries to kick my ass! I open that copy and read what ever that page has to tell me. It has nver failed to amaze me how the words have always help me get through again and again. Thank you Richard, where ever you are.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book. So many good bits of wisdom!
L_Alexander More than 1 year ago
You are locked into nothing -- everything is as you make it or as you see it. Even if you don't buy into the message of the novel, it is super fun to play with the thoughts of it.
iamtre More than 1 year ago
Gave this as  a Xmas gift to several people one year. 
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Dawson59 More than 1 year ago
Life’s reality? A book to savor and rethink. There are some very deep thoughts to contemplate while there are some which will have you scratching your head. A time or two I was trying to figure out what drug of choice was being used or even, what part of the mind was writing the words. The whole concept of life being an illusion and nothing is real, is, how should I say, a bit far-fetched. Yet in the same hand, our perception of reality actually does hit home. The main idea I was able to glean through the convoluted proverbs(?) was, we are in control of our own destiny if we apply the tools we’ve been equipped to use. If not, our results could lead to a futile effort of futility in our endeavors.  Four stars 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most amazing book I have read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchased this for a friend that has worn out 6 previous copies. He found it helped him stay centered. Very inspiring.
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