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Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977)

by Richard Bach

Series: Illusions {Bach} (1)

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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.… (more)
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Sorry, I don’t like quasi religious jumbo jumbo. ( )
  Luziadovalongo | Jul 14, 2022 |
I really enjoyed this book. My friend gave it to me as one of his favorite books. I wasn't sure about it at first but the more I read it, the more I liked it I am going to have to reread it to highlight favorite parts. ( )
  KyleneJones | Apr 25, 2022 |
This book changed my life!! Many years ago, while a sophomore in college, I read and absorbed the wisdom in the reluctant messiah's handbook at the urging of my roommate. I have been better for it. I struggled against my religious upbringing and the backlash against Jonathan Livingston Seagull and the use of the word "messiah." But taking the plunge, I received only gifts. The special words that spoke to me have sustained and directed me through both joyous and painful patches in my my life. After all, "You are never given a problem without a gift for you in it's hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts." ( )
  Poohbar | Feb 11, 2022 |
Mmmm, this is possibly a book better suited to being read when young. At 67 I found it a nice read but that's all. The earth didn't move for me while reading it, although there are some things to give you thought. ( )
  Fliss88 | Oct 29, 2021 |
I love this book... ( )
  mortalfool | Jul 10, 2021 |
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Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.
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1. There was a Master come unto the earth, born in the holy land of Indiana, raised in the mystical hills east of Fort Wayne.
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Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours.
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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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