Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah Paperback – 1 Oct 1992
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I try to reread it about once a year and every time I pick it up, the story manages to provide answers to whatever questions about life that may be in my mind at the time.
Probably the best book I ever bought.
I kept having to put the book down every few pages, and just go, "oh YES! why couldn't I describe it like that?"
I must have bought around 20 copies by now - to give as presents and to replace when someone I'd lent it to said how much they loved it, and I told them "just keep it, then".
I still read it now & again ... and enjoy it as much as ever. I wonder how many books have that sort of loyalty? Not many in my (book!) case.
It's a fascinating book, because it can be read on so many levels: simply as a light fantasy; as a parable for all the spiritual things that really matter in life; a buddy story ... or indeed all of the above at once.
I call it my Bible, because I feel the God I know would prefer it to the Bible we're brought up with .. sorry to anyone who finds that blasphemous and upsetting, but that's my honest belief.
And it's so gently amusing while it's telling you something profound ... oh, that school teachers could grasp the value of that!
Look out particularly for the part where the vampire appears in order to illustrate the point that it's NOT always a good thing to do whatever you want so long as you hurt nobody .. that's one of favourite bits, along with the Butch Cassidy/tomato sauce blood explanation.
If you want a totally feel-good overall experience, and to be reminded of things we all would be better for remembering, do buy Illusions. I'm almost certain you won't regret it.
If you need to reaffirm the purpose of life, see the wood from the trees, live life to the max and escape from a world view riddled with cliches ( ! ) then this is the book for you.
Undoubtedly the best present you could possibly give to yourself or any one else.
If you have a few hours to spare then read this book. It will not change your life but it will change your attitude.
The author meets stranger and fellow pilot Donald Shimoda and the story unfolds. About a third of the way through Richard starts reading the "Messiah's Handbook" which is quoted liberally from then on. It contains various pearls of wisdom.... "You teach best what you most need to learn", "Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they're yours" and (one of my favourites) "You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it however".
The chapter where Shimoda and Richard visit the cinema to discover the meaning of life is a high point and the twist at the end of the book is absolutely brilliant. Enlightenment!
In a form of the "Messiah Handbook" and continuous dialogues between the two as well as the situations happening in the book, Richard Bach delivers us the life-changing information and the greatest wisdom of life where every person is responsible for the life he has and has power to change it if he wants, also that the material life is illusion and that the spiritual life where no space or time exist is what is real...
I've read this book several times but each time I read I see and understand it differently. However it is always highly inspiring, awakening, positive, thought provoking and by all means brilliant!!! I love this book. It's a bit like Antoine de Saint-Exupery's "The Little Prince" or Paulo Coelho's "Alchemist" which are all masterpieces of all times.
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my favourite Richard Bach book. Have shared this with two very close friends who totally enjoyed the message it gave . Read , be assured , informed and enjoy .Published 2 days ago by Ms. S. J. Wood
Loved this.. I had been wondering when a good book to grow from would next come to me..this was it. As you imagine, it becomes real just like Richard and Donald says it will.Published 1 month ago by tanya adolpho
Quite annoyed that this is not a properly laid out ebook, but scans of handwritten notes. I find this format tricky to read.Published 3 months ago by lumar
I may have to read it again as I found it hard to get into this book and also found it hard to understand so very disappointed.Published 4 months ago by Jane
i just love this book and have read it many times - the best of richard bachs! i had lent my copy to someone who lost it, and this was a replacement copy - couldnt be without it!Published 4 months ago by maggiabella
This book is all the wisdom you need to live in this world or the next, or some other random moment in space time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Juliet Vorster