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OfflineSpecialEd
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Book Report...Illusions
    #2694923 - 05/18/04 05:39 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Book Report:


Illusions, The adventures of a reluctant messiah

By Richard Bach


Synopis:

A modern day messiah travels the midwest by airplane, selling rides for three dollars. He befriends a fellow aviator and they have a mutually educational friendship in which both get a better understanding of the illusion that is space time and themselves.

My reaction:

Like most things that are true, this book aggrevated me. It must have triggered my shadow or something, because I wanted to throw it away after twenty five pages. I read through it though, and I was impressed.

I command that you be happy in the world, as long as you live-what will you do then?

Perspective, use it or lose it, If you turned this page, you are forgetting that what is going on you is not reality

You teach best what you most need to learn

The original sin is to limit the IS. Don't.




As the two travel, the Messiah tells his friend that everyone is enlightened and has the capacity for performing miracles. He tells him that after a while, you get used to being killed for what you say, and after a while, you find it amusing.

The messiah travels and spreads the word. He challenges people to be happy and follow their heart. He says the world would be the happiest place on earth

Author's Note: I caught that during proofreading, but i laughed to death, so I am leaving it .

The Man learns about space time and how it's an illusion. He is able to walk on water and swim in land. He learns to walk through walls and all of that funky shit.

Eventually, the Messiah is murdered by country men for what he said.

The book ends with "Everything in this book may be false."


Overall, I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a light, spiritual read.


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Re: Book Report...Illusions [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2694927 - 05/18/04 05:41 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Interesting. Thanks for the book report.


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Re: Book Report...Illusions [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2695026 - 05/18/04 06:55 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Check my book sale for another Richard Bach autobiographical tale.


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Re: Book Report...Illusions [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2695115 - 05/18/04 08:24 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

I read it through at the recommendation of a friend. It was definitely an enjoyable read, but very "light", in a sense. Skimmed over many issues, but really avoided the meat of most of them.

As a little note of trivia, didn't that author also write "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"?


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Re: Book Report...Illusions [Re: Krishna]
    #2695474 - 05/18/04 12:12 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Great book. It is sparse, but that is part of its genius. You fill in the blanks with your imagination. Kind of like listening to the radio in that sense.

Richard Bach did indeed write Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Interesting man.


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Re: Book Report...Illusions [Re: Krishna]
    #2695519 - 05/18/04 12:32 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

I found a link to the full text of 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' online.

It's a great allegorical tale and I think it would be excellent way for children to absorb some spiritual messages and enjoy a good story at the same time.

http://www.trworkshop.net/lib/seagull.txt


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Re: Book Report...Illusions [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2695760 - 05/18/04 01:47 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

I just read this book a few months ago.
I thought it sent a good message.

The messiah is frustrated that people, instead of following his example and listening to his words of wisdom, is pissed because they just want to use him to heal their wounds. Similar to what jesus found frustrating, i'm sure.


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Re: Book Report...Illusions [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2696368 - 05/18/04 03:55 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Your post kind of negates the need for anyone to ever read the book, since you gave away pretty much the entire story.. you might want to consider trimming off the end of your post where you gave away the ending.


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Re: Book Report...Illusions [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2698801 - 05/18/04 11:51 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

sick book, a friend showed it to me a few months ago


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Re: Book Report...Illusions [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2699173 - 05/19/04 12:54 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

very nice book, may i also suggest that you not give away the ending? :tongue2:please?


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Re: Book Report...Illusions [Re: namaste]
    #2700614 - 05/19/04 12:11 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

oy veh, what the hell do you THINK is gonna happen to ANY messiah-type in the modern world?

(hint: and then the angry crowd surged forward and...)

see also:
stranger in a strange land/robert heinlein
godbody/theodore sturgeon
the "davy" stories/edgar pangborn
even "the man who would be king"/rudyard kipling

(& as to "the real world" --- don't forget what "the faithful" did to al hallaj... & what "the church" did to jon hus... & what "the regular folks" did to joseph smith...)

& how many more times must we crucify him, indeed?


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Re: Book Report...Illusions [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2745852 - 05/30/04 06:33 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

i loved that book when i read it

i especially love the passage about the river and the creatures that are living in it...good shit :smile:

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"Human suffering has been caused because all too many of us cannot grasp that words are only tools for our use, and that the mere presence of a word in the dictionary does not mean it necessarily refers to something definitive in the real world"
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"It is the mind which creates the world about us, and even though we stand side by side in the same meadow, my eyes will never see what is beheld by yours."
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"Without a firm idea of himself and the purpose of his life, man cannot live, and would sooner destroy himself than remain on earth, even if he was surrounded by bread."
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Re: Book Report...Illusions [Re: Kremlin]
    #2745948 - 05/30/04 08:41 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Yeah, that part rocks.. I've quoted that part to multiple people on this board who were in search of a little guidance... always seems to help. :smile:


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