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 ...
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 New York Times 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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This book might turn some off, but it is well worth your time to enjoy it. It opens up a whole new area of thought.Yes, it is good reading material.
Nov 27, 2011
This book is "totally awesome"!! I had carefully avoided it for years (decades, actually) because I thought it would be as complicated as his earlier book, "Jonathon Livingston Seagull". When I finally had to read it for a class, I discovered that it's more fun, much easier to read and understand, and the message is incredible.
Warning: If you actually absorb the message and not just read the words, your life will never be quite the same again.
Nov 4, 2011
This was a very thought provoking book. Was very easy reading. Wonderful!
Dec 2, 2010
The only reason I bought and read this book is because it showed up on a book list of a long-time-sober AA member's Eleventh Step reading list.
This book is not for everyone..... oh and I am a long time sober member, too
Aug 31, 2008
This work is a simple masterpiece written in an easy way that is easily read. It is loaded with both proverbs and levity and is in a class of spiritual wisdom along with books such as Alan Watts' "The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are". I first encountered "Illusions" thirty years ago, and have read through it periodically many times over the years. I have bought copies to give away, and this has reportedly been beneficial and gratifying to the people I have shared this little classic with. If you're a bible-thumper you may find the idea of a fictional messiah to be offensive, or even blasphemous, and some have. Andrew M. Greeley, writing for the New York Times said that his reaction was underwhelming, and he preferred the Book of Mark. My feeling is just the opposite. I'll take this newest testament over the writings of "St. Mark" any day; unless we're talking about Saint Mark Twain! My verdict is that "Illusions" is a great investment of the two or so hours it will take most people to read this simple, charming work.
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