Author: Richard Bach
By Richard Bach
Book Review by: JR Hafer, aviation writer
Richard Bach was given this book to write because he was ready to grow and learn this particular lesson while in the mean time sharing it with others. That was his medium. Not all will understand the concept, not all will be ready to see what their individual lesson to be learned within this text is, and they shall miss the whole point of the book. Not a waste of time mind you; for the seed might have been planted and it may just need nourishment and time to germinate before it springs to life and grows.
Life is but a class room. A journey if you will; filled with lessons of which we need to learn. But we need guidance, or it is easier if we have our own teacher or “Messiah” to explain the complications of life.
Not all folks will be able to understand or even accept this book for what it is. They will not ready for this lesson. One must be at a certain level of awareness, (or understanding, acceptance), to be willing to consider the personal possible validation or credibility to any of these points. Let me say at this point, none are “cookie cutter” points. That is to say. One concept is not right for everyone.
Everyone should find their own Donald Shimoda or their own personal Messiah, or mentor and most probably they will have their own form of a “Messiah’s Handbook”.
Richard Bach’s book ILLUSIONS is definitely a classic. I have read it a dozen times and continue to read it, and recommend it. I actually given copies to people I’ve met that are in need of encouragement. This book is a self development book and also a spiritual book. It has many profound truths within it.
In the book the author meets a stranger, a fellow pilot named Donald Shimoda. Donald has a book which Richard starts reading entitled the “Messiah’s Handbook” which he quotes throughout the balance of this book. which contains various pearls of wisdom…. (For example) One- “You teach best what you most need to learn” Two- “Argue for your limitations, and sure enough, they’re yours” Three- “You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it however“. These are most profound words (lessons) aren’t they?
I am a student of Napoleon Hill and Zig Zigler and I absolutely do believe in positive thinking. I know by experience that one can manifest things and make them happen through positive thinking, I have not only seen it happen, but I do it all the time. Simple things like knowing I’ll have a parking space in a crowded parking lot when I get there. My wife is amazed when we arrive, someone pulls out of my space just as I am ready to park there. They were saving my parking space. It’s true it happens all the time, every time. Say what you will, but it works: Positive thinking, that’s only one example folks…
Richard brilliantly tried to explain in ILLUSIONS that we must be aware of our other dimensions or other levels, natural laws, or shall I say levels of awareness? We should be aware of the fact we live in planes of existence: The physical plane, The mental plane, The Spiritual Plane, The Causal plane.
ILLUSIONS is a magnificent and magical tale of a story about two Barnstorming care-free biplane Pilots who fly around making their meager living by giving rural folks airplane rides. But really it is a story about looking at inner-selves in the mirror (figuratively) and providing the opportunity of looking at our physical plane of life in a different manner, opening our minds to other dimensions. It is a wonderful read for those searching for a deeper meaning to life.
The potential of this book on your life is boundless and most inspiring. I recommend ILLUSIONS by author, Richard Bach it is beautifully written and a book everyone needs to read at some point in their life. I dare say this book can save your life if you are lost in a sea of despair and are on the edge of the abyss and have no other place to go, you may want to read this book. If you are at the top of your game and think you have the world by the tail, you might want to read this book. Depending where you are and what level of awareness you dwell, this may be the very reason you are reading this review right now; this book may be your “Messiah’s Handbook”.
Get this book read it: ILLUSIONS, by Richard Bach
Book Review by: JR Hafer, aviation writer