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am 19. Dezember 2015
At the risk of being glib, Richard Bach says it all in a nutshell. Why are we here? What really matters? How to live without the answers? Accept miracles as they occur. It is a good sequel to Jonathan Livingston Seagull — less exulted, more human. For me, Bach's most gripping book.
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am 21. Juli 2016
this book has been and is still a diamond. Whitty and with great wisdom it shows us that our limitations are only in our mind.
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am 9. März 1999
I heard about Richard Bach from several individuals and I'm always up for a book that gives you a "swift kick in the rear" to get you recentered on your life. So after reading this overpriced, ludicrous tale: I can sum up my emotions by the famous punctuation mark "?". So people can do whatever they want! Yay! Bach fails to recognize that there are consequences in life for errant decisions. Instead he talks about swimming in the earth and walking on the water - if, of course, that's what we want to do. We can do anything! I guess the thing that really disturbed me about this book was that there wasn't any correlation to the way life really is. Can we all be brain neurosurgeons? Of course not. Some people aren't capable of "doing" things. Not according to Bach! As long as we're willing to work, we can do it! Get real. Pick up a copy of Paulo Coelho's "The Alchemist" for an outstanding inspirational read. Leave Bach's nonsense on the shelves.
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am 23. Juni 1997
It doesn't look like much a skinny little book. The copy I have has the picture of the blue feather on the cover which always catches my eye.

Actually just thinking about it, it is time to take the book back down off the shelf and re-read it again.

This a book to pick up when times are tough or when you need a new take on life. Or just a reminder that you are the one writing this story and you chose what happens next.

This is a good story and at the same time a constant source of wonder and inspiration. It is a book you will quote at people until you irrate them and then you will lend them you copy and have to beg to get it back.

A joy a wonder a must read. Not so much a book as a well loved friend who happens to have bindings!!!
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am 27. Mai 2000
You may find in this simple and beautiful book, some wonderful blocks of idea to reflect on at length and revisit again and again. That has been my experience.
Protegonist Donald Shimoda opens his pupil, Richard's eyes to the idea that "each of us is our own messiah..and..the river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go". Richard listens, alternatively facinated and frightened by Donald's view of the world, and struggles to let go of his own perceived limitations. This struggle has been a timeless one for me. You, reader, may find the same as you go through your own life, continually reinventing yourself, stretching and maybe even casting off your own perceived limitations.
Thanks, Richard for this rich, wonderous tale.
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am 17. Mai 2000
Although this book was published in 1977, it didn't find its way to me until the mid 80's. "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." No truer words were ever spoken, at least not in my life.
I've read this book over 30 times in the last 15 years, and I never fail to find something new to learn from it. I've given countless copies away to friends who then give copies to their friends.
When "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" was first published, an elderly relative told me Bach was the devil incarnate. Imagine what she'd say about THIS one!
I've not had the good fortune to run across a Donald Shimoda-like character, but I think I'd be ready to hear what he said.
Two quotes from Shimoda's 'The Messiah's Handbook and Reminders for the Advanced Soul' are worth repeating:
Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet them than your acquaintences will know you in a thousand years.
and
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life....Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.
This book has been a great gift to me and I'm thankful it found me!
Enjoy!
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am 21. Juni 2000
The author of this wonderful story has mastered the teaching methods of old. Throughout time, man has shared stories, myths and parables in an effort to convey a message to others. 'Illusions' does just that, and even takes things one step further, by allowing (no... encouraging) the reader to interact with the story.
The author has placed himself in the parable itself, in a position that would be simple for the reader to assume. Often pondering the endless possibilities and powers of the mind and soul, the inspiration received from this reading is a welcome boost to those walking along the spiritual path. The simplicity of this title is overwhelming, yet crucially left to your own interpretation.
One man, one Messiah, some old planes, a grass field and a captive audience are all the ingredients used to cook up this instant classic. To those about to embark on this flight, the truths embedded within these mere 191 pages promise a delightful adventure; a journey that one wants to take, again and again.
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am 21. Mai 1999
How can I thank you, Richard Bach, for writting down what happened in Illinois that summer? It's so wonderful, so perfect, just THANK YOU! Shimoda explained the things I-and I guess many others-had deep in our minds and weren't daring enough to put in words. He feels like as a closest friend, but the best fraze in the book is the one right before the epilogue. Thank you, Richard Bach! Thank You!
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am 3. Februar 1999
I, like many others, came away from this book forever changed by it. However, what still stands out in my mind (after many readings and giving it out many times as gifts), is what a fun story it is to read. The book is never preachy; Mr. Bach succeeds in getting his point across by hooking you into a great story, with likeable characters and an interesting premise. The philosophies of life are presented in such a way as to cause you to care about how they affect the characters, and thus how they affect you. Because of this book, my perception of the world was completely altered, and that has stayed with me ever since (about 10 years now). No other book, fiction or non-fiction, has had that effect on me. Read this book, if only to enjoy a good story - but I guarantee you'll never be the same.
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am 27. Oktober 1998
I've bought and given away at least 3 dozen copies of this book since I first read it in 1990. My first reaction was that Richard Bach must have been on drugs and that the book was blasphemy. But because a very dear friend whom I trusted completely insisted I read it, I did - over and over and over. Eventually it began to sink in.
I was at a point in my life where I was really struggling with just being alive. I didn't like myself, and I didn't like my life. I was mad that "rotten things kept happening to me". I'd quit a job I liked because of an impossibly bad manager, and that made me mad. I was going thru a divorce (why had that happened to me?) and that made me mad. I was mad a lot. "Illusions" changed that. Not over night - I was far too stubborn and comfortable blaming everyone and everything else for my 'bad luck' to immediately change my perspective. But change it did, and "Illusions" was the catalyst.
There is no in-between with this book. Either you get it or you don't. If you do, then read the 2 follow-ons, "Bridge Across Forever" and "One". If you don't, then you're probably not going to evolve beyond where you are right now. "Illusions" is about personal power and responsibility. If you want someone or something to run your life, to be responsible for the things that happen, then this is not the book for you. If you're ready to accept that we do create our reality (Norman Vincent Peale called it 'the power of positive thinking' - same thing, different words), then read "Illusions". Get and keep your own copy. Read it over and over, and often. You'll want to.
And for those of you who didn't get it when you read "Illusions", don't feel left out. Next lifetime maybe you will.
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