A seminal work in western philosophy, Illusions is both elegantly simply and deceptively thought provoking. It is also an interesting and fun irreverent story! This is about my 7th copy. I keep lending them to friends who ask if they can keep the book!
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"Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't."
From Chapter 4: Where do you learn all this stuff, Don? You know so much, or maybe I just think you do. No. You do know a lot. Is it all practice? Don't you get any formal training to a Master?"
"They give you a book to read...It's kind of the the bible for masters. There's a copy around here somewhere, if you're interested."...He rummaged around for a while in the baggage space behind the headrest of the Travel Air and came up with a small volume bound in what looked like suede.
MESSIAH'S HANDBOOK, REMINDERS FOR THE ADVANCED SOUL.
This is a second copy. I read my own copy about once a year. My daughter happened to mention that to her husband whose response was: "That's why your mom is so cool." This is my all time favorite book. If you have never read it, don't let another day go by. This is a book you will never forget.
This book was given to me and over the years I have passed on many copies to other people. I think this is Richard Bach's best book. Aside from being a good story, it reminds us that our world is how we make it.
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.