Illusions: The Adventures of A Reluctant Messiah

Illusions: The Adventures of A Reluctant Messiah

by Richard Bach

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ISBN-13: 9780440204886
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1989
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 25,347
Product dimensions: 6.94(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Richard Bach is the author of Stranger to the GroundBiplaneNothing by ChanceJonathan Livingston SeagullA Gift of WingsIllusionsThere's No Such Place as Far AwayThe Bridge Across ForeverOne, and Running from Safety.

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It was toward the middle of the summer that I met Donald Shimoda. In four years’ flying, I had never found another pilot in the line of work I do: flying with the wind from town to town, selling rides in an old biplane, three dollars for ten minutes in the air.
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Illusions 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 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.
JBreedlove on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Slow and obvious. I hope "Seagull" is better.
libreria04 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The handbook rings as true for me then as now.
Neverwithoutabook on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Now and then you come across a book that just makes you feel and think, wonder and dream. Illusions is one of those books.
Anonymous 5 months ago
What a wonderful fantasy that contained so many life lessons. So many quotes that made you go hmmmmm. I loved the book.
sitaraa on LibraryThing 8 months ago
this was my first bach and it opened up a whole new world for me. fantastical and awesome.
gazzy on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A messiah comes back and all he does is fly a plane, which does not have bugs squashed on his window. this messiah is befriended by man that learns about transcendence.
j_d_p on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Quite possibly the most amazing thing I have ever read. Received as a gift, wonderful wonderful present.
bibliostuff on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Fabulous little story filled with nuggets of wisdom and humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved every chapter and has awarded me with a great gift! Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the medfitations on life this book was filled eith,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it 30 years ago, living it now
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.