The Adventures of A Reluctant Messiah

Book - 1977
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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Delacorte Press, c1977.
ISBN: 9780440204886
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bach Richard
Characteristics: 143 p. ;,22 cm.


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May 08, 2019

Quick read, uplifting and optimistic

Nov 26, 2017

I absolutely adore this book and the sequel to it (library doesn't seem to carry it unfortunately) very much.

Jul 06, 2017

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach came to me by way of a recommendation. It was an accurate one in that it reminded me of four other books I've read: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch and Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

This is a quirky story, one that involves flying old prop planes and dispensing messianic wisdom, and it certainly doesn't overstay its welcome (i.e. it's less than 200 pages of generously-sized print). The subject's spiritual ideology is new age-y but the kind of new age that was closer to when the movement was in its infancy in the 1970s when this book was published. And while some of the morsels of wisdom are worth turning over in one's mind, the story overall lacks real depth.

Dec 12, 2014

Incredible, reflective book about life and what it's all (possibly) about. I quote from this book on a near-daily basis and have passed it on to many friends and family members.


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