Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

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Delta Trade Paperbacks, 1998 - Fiction - 143 pages
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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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Bach's storytelling is light-hearted and easy to read. - Goodreads
Bach kinda shits the bed for a rushed ending. - Goodreads
Some of the best advice about life. - Goodreads
A beautiful novel with a huge plot twist. - Goodreads
Excellent. Love Richard Bach's writing. - Goodreads
An interesting premise this story rests upon. - Goodreads
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So hope you've already read Jonathan Livingston Seagull and loved it as much as I did :)
And as I said, this is the second book you should read after Jonathan.
I find this book so so similar to Jonathn, the only difference is that instead of the seagull, he uses himself as the protagonist. It reminds me that I have the power to do what I want, to go where I want my heart to go, and the purpose of our lives is nothing but our own happiness!
If you like this one, go on to read "A Bridge Across Forever"... it's Bach's love story, n I loved it.

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I read this book when I was 18 and it blew my mind - hence the 5 stars. It's that sort of hopeful, mystical book which appeals to the youthful idealist. However, I suspect that now, thirty years later ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

A direct descendant of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach, Richard Bach was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1936. He attended Long Beach State College in 1955 and had a successful career in aviation, as an Air Force pilot, a flight instructor, an aviation mechanic, and an editor for Flying magazine. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the novel that made him famous, was written as the result of a vision. Halfway through the book, the vision disappeared and, finding that he was unable to continue, Bach, put the novel aside. When the vision reappeared, Bach finished the work. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, published in 1972, was an unexpected success and became the best-selling book in the United States for that year. The book is heavily influenced by Bach's love of flying and provides a marvelous inspirational message. The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story, One, Messiah's Handbook: Reminders for the Advanced Soul (2004), and Hypnotizing Maria (2009) are some of his other novels that blend inspiration, love, fantasy, and hope. In recent years Bach has written Thank Your Wicked Parents: Blessings from a Difficult Childhood (2012), Rainbow Ridge and Travels with Puff: A Gentle Game of Life and Death (2013), NiceTiger,

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