Running From Safety: An Adventure of the Spirit (large print)

Running From Safety: An Adventure of the Spirit (large print)

by Richard Bach
     
 

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Richard Bach made a promise, fifty years ago, to come back through time and teach himself everything he had learned from living. The pledge was forgotten until the day when, midair in his paraglider, Richard met Dickie Bach, age nine, who expected the promise to be kept. In this intimate adventure of mind and heart, Richard sets out to show Dickie the things that…  See more details below

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Richard Bach made a promise, fifty years ago, to come back through time and teach himself everything he had learned from living. The pledge was forgotten until the day when, midair in his paraglider, Richard met Dickie Bach, age nine, who expected the promise to be kept. In this intimate adventure of mind and heart, Richard sets out to show Dickie the things that matter, and finds his teaching doesn't go as planned. Here is a book spun from delight and disaster, and from surprising notions about old questions: Who are we? What do we want to do with our lives, and why aren't we doing it? Must we be the victim of circumstance instead of its master? How do we learn to love? Throughout, Leslie Parrish-Bach shares the journey, offering her counterpoint to some of Richard's more challenging beliefs. This is a journal of terror and triumph, of forgotten childhood and its keys to grown-up mysteries. Running from Safety entertains, exhilarates, inspires; a gift to those convinced that angels can meet us in the midst of storms to remind us why we've chosen to live.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An extended dialogue between Bach and his inner child comprises the latest book from the author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull. While hang-gliding one afternoon, Bach is reminded of a promise he made to himself when he was a child: to write a book containing the sum of all he has learned and deliver it to his nine-year-old self, Dickie. But Bach finds that Dickie is angry and hurt at having been locked away for the last 50 years. Slowly a dialogue emerges, as Bach tries to pass on his years of experience and in return relives some buried memories, particularly the events surrounding the death of his brother Bobby. What results is a kind of Richard Bach primer, summing up the author's thoughts on time, love, death and God and laying out a belief system not unlike George Bernard Shaw's idea of the Life Force. Participating in this shared voyage of discovery is Bach's wife, who contributes her own insights and acts as a kind of reality check on her husband. Though the concept here may strike some as Philosophy Lite, the book-thanks in large part to Bach's sincerity-deftly skirts sentimentality and becomes, ultimately, a real and affecting creation. (Sept.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This is a fictional autobiography by the author of the best-selling Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970). After meeting an angel named Shepherd on a paragliding adventure, Bach is challenged to get to know his inner child. At one point he describes his childhood memories as "burnt monochrome footage of the time from which I had come." This statement is an accurate description of Running from Safety. Bach intermittently weaves stories about "Dickie," his inner child, with tales about paragliding. This is a misguided venture in which the author tries to incorporate mysticism, angels, his inner childhood, and paragliding. The resulting bellyflop does not provide much entertainment. Most collections can pass on this.-Ravonne A. Green, Emmanuel Coll. Lib., Franklin Springs, Ga.
Denise Perry Donavin
The author of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" attempts to soar again with this introspective journey into his psyche and childhood. He tells about how he recently met an angel as he was coming up a mountain after a successful but fairly boring paraglide. This angel offers Bach a ride and challenges him to keep a promise he made to himself as a child. The promise was to write a book filled with the secrets of life: "what to look out for, how to be happy, knowledge to save your life." Instead, Bach looks hard at his childhood, speaks directly to the child he was, and faces some truly serious and painful issues in his life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568951744
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Series:
Large Print Bks.
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
322

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