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I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it?
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 2nd 1989 by Dell (first published 1988)
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Irene
Mar 16, 2009 Irene rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teenagers; people self-exploring philosophy for 1st time
Recommended to Irene by: Picked it up after reading other Bach books
Shelves: fiction
I bought this book many years ago, after reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions. I tried several times to read the book, but never got past a few pages. Finally, I vowed to read it: If I liked it, it would stay on my shelf; if I didn't like it, I'd donate it.

I'll be donating this book to the library tomorrow.

If I were a teenager, with most of life's major choices ahead of me, this book would probably offer some lessons worth learning. If I were not a thinking, self-aware person, the i
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Breezy
Jan 09, 2008 Breezy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lisa Reid
If you've ever seen yourself in someone else, or felt how they bring something out in you...if you've ever wondered what a world without war would be like, or a world that bombed instead of blinked to "end" the Cold War...if you've ever wondered how life would be if you'd met your soulmate at a different time in your life, or felt like your soul is connected with everyone else's...this book is totally for you. Simply open your mind a little, sit back and enjoy the ride.
Samantha
Jul 16, 2008 Samantha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those seeking
This is so far my favorite of Bach's books. The ideas portrayed are so incredibly powerful and touching, they really speak to that core within.

Richard and Leslie (AKA RiLesChardlie) are flying to LA to attend a conference at Spring Hills where other unique thinkers of the time are gathering there to discuss their ideas. As they come in to approach LA in their rainbow seaplane something extraordinary happened and they find themselves ripped from the world they were in and in a dimension of sorts
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deepa
One of my favourites. The book draws you in with ideas of parallel worlds, alternate pasts, crossroads... you are taken on an exploration with Richard and Leslie of whether choices could really change our destiny and it all ties together strangely...

"We fly up high," I said trembling with insight, "and we have perspective!" We see every choice and fork and crossroad. But the lower we fly, the more we lose perspective. And when we land, our perspective on all the other choices is gone! We focus o
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Kira
I think, in my young adult years, this book, more than any of the Bach books that I poured over, affected the way I looked at the choices that I might make in my life and how they would affect my future. In this timeless classic, Bach discourses on the endless divergence of roads not taken and the endless possibilities of self that must arise upon personal reflection.
Lorraine Flaherty
What can I say. Another brilliant book by Richard. Compelling.
Eric
Oct 25, 2009 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, young adults
Shelves: philosophy, fiction
This is my first novel by Richard Bach. One is an easily digested novel that takes the familiar concept of visiting alternate versions of yourself, and adds some philosophical underpinnings. The plot focuses on a husband and wife pair who mysteriously travel to parallel dimensions while in their small float plane, changing scenarios at the same frequency as the chapters. All of this scene shifting robs the novel of any real weight or substance, although there were a few poignant moments. The phi ...more
Joe
I read this just to see how bad it was, back in high school. The answer: painful. Oh, man. Whine whine whine oh daddy never loved me, my parents drank alcohol, I don't think the world understands my hippy love for flying airplanes. I like airplanes as much as the next person but this book nearly killed that love.

Brief synopsis: Richard Bach is back. He and his wife go on a plane ride and get visited by an interdimensional being who is a cross between them. She is a young Polynesian girl for some
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Ahmad Sharabiani
نویسنده: «تصادفى یكى از كتابهایم را بردار؛ انگشت روى صفحه اى بگذار، و آن را بخوان. این كار را سه بار انجام بده. اگر كلمه به كلمه و سطر به سطر آن علاقه و كششى در تو ایجاد كرد تا كتابم را بخوانى، آن را در آغوش بگیر و بخر. اما اگر با هر بار خواندن آن، سردرگم یا بى تفاوت شدى، بدان كه این كتاب تو نیست و آن را دوست نخواهى داشت. پس پولت را هدر نده.» ا.ش
Eduardo
This is one of my favorites books. This was my first approach to reading by pleasure.
I read it during my exchange year in Austria durin 2000 and 2001. I gift from my father.
Kaethe
Let me be clear: when I read this I was all about finding my soul mate and blah, blah, blah. And now I know there's no mystical meeting of souls. My true love is the man who takes out the garbage because I don't want to. And I'm his true love, because I keep the house tidy and figure the taxes, things he doesn't want to do. And we stay together not because there are a million alternate worlds in which we were fated to be together, but because we make each other laugh, and bring each other drinks ...more
Alexandra
This book is about a couple, deeply in love, who are taking a ride in their own private small plane. Thehusband is the pilot. They are older with grown children in a time in their lives where it is just the two of them.

They cross into an "alterate parallel universe", if you will, that allows them to see their lives in a completely different light. This "alternate parallel universe" shows how their lives would have changed had little things throughout their lives had not happened, the most impor
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Kate
Apr 02, 2008 Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: my aunties
This was a very influential book for me. I read it in high school and kept going back to it for inspiration. I read a variety of Richard Bach's books. I own more than I read because I could never get into the more technical flying ones, but I loved these books in this order: (Best first:) One, The Bridge Across Forever, & Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Those are the ones I remember off hand. I did read one written by Bach's son and I really enjoyed that also. Inspiring writing. I don't mind th ...more
Elnaz
نوجوان که بودم خوندمش زمانیکه انتخابهای زیادی سر راهم بود بعضی جملات کتاب درسهای خوبی میتونست داشته باشه

میدونم الان جذابیتی برام نداره حتی شاید همون جملات شکل شعار برام داشته باشه
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With a little knowledge in today's Quantum Jumping and Quantum Physics "One" is a very interesting read. You may enjoy it as a novel or/and embrace it at your level of Consciousness...I am a fan of Richard's books. Love his style. I own a 1988 hard copy of this book given to me as a Christmas present by my husband Bruce.
Freya
Read more on my blog - Life as Freya

I gave my life to become the person I am right now.
Was it worth it?

‘One’ deals with the choices we make in life and where they take us. The choice we make today, the turn we take, the idea we implement or even the stranger we smile at will affect our lives years from now.

Written by Richard Bach, One is a journey of self-exploration. Some of Bach’s outstanding works include Jonathan Livingstone Seagull and A Bridge Across Forever. Bach’s writing is usually abou
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Karen Jett
Jul 03, 2010 Karen Jett rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who are interested in the metaphysical, who have trouble with time being linear
This was my second time through this book. It is still one of my favorites from Richard Bach.

I love the idea of alternate lives all being lived at the exact same time. This book takes it to a large picture. But even on the small level, that there is a me out there who did not quit my job and start my own business. It may or may not have any basis in reality, but I love the IDEA of it. It reminds me that even today I can change the course of my life by the decisions I make today.
Fardaneh R
Even the love between soul mates can be mortal...it's all about us,we must struggle to be deserved for being an eternal soul mate...


هر چه اوج می گیریم، چشم اندازمان گسترده تر می شود و گزینش ها و دو راهی ها و میان برها را بهتر می بینیم وهر چه فرود بیاییم، چشم اندازمان را از دست می دهیم و هنگام فرود، درک و دریافتمان از گزینش های دیگر بر باد می رود. حواسمان پی جزئیات می رود: جزئیات روزمره ی ساعت به ساعت و دقیقه به دقیقه و به این ترتیب زندگی های همتا را فراموش می کنیم.
Brian Sims
Just finished reading One by Richard Bach - a great book on a strange twist to multiple dimensions and realities taking place simultaneously; instead of reincarnation, it's continual-carnation.. Imagine meeting multiple you's, ones you don't remember experiencing.. Would you make different choices? Have those choices become different realities, existing simultaneous, with no time in the conventional sense..
Greg
What if all time is now. The past, present and future, all accessible to us in this very moment, all we have to do is make the switch. What if you could give a message to your past self, what would you say? What if you could receive a message from your future self, would you accept it? Richard Bach looks at these questions and more in this spirit touching work. Get ready to have your perception expanded.
Tanya
This book is about the choices we make and how they shape our lives. Best of all its about being able to change your life at any given moment by making the right choices.

The second most romantic book (after the Bridge Across Forever) I have ever read.

Richard Bach at his best. The book can be summarised in his own words:


"I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it?”
Bryan Reyes
This book has more complicated philosophies than what Jonathan Livingston Seagull possess. Bach's trademark is never-ending interrelated sometimes-hard-to-get-but-easily-digested-by-the-subconscious-mind philosophies. If you want your mind to be confused yet enlightened, read this book. Sometimes I think Bach tortures his readers first before he lets them realize what's he's saying.
Kata
I couldn't say enough about this book. The writer really just guides the reader through basic terms in life that could be associated with spirituality. He is focused on love, hope, happiness and existence without relying on anyone, but yourself. " An easy life doesn't teach us anything. In the end, it's the learning that matters. What we've learned and how we've grown."
Sarath
To call this book just inspirational would be an understatement.'One' by Richard Bach have been able to transcend all the boundaries of imagination and shine itself like a work of art. Ideas in this book are so enthralling and revolutionary that it is opens a million other ideas and possibilities. Even though primarily a sci-fi, it is much much more than that...
Marandmar
It was good, but it was also very boring and confusing.
This book talks about a couple (Richard Bach and his wife, Leslie) and the adventure they accidentally go in. I loved Leslie and even Richard, but I think I'm still to young to understand some of the theories they presented.
My favourite part was without a doubt, the alternative dimension where they met Linda and Krys, I kind of wish that there was a book just about their world and the games.
Basically, I liked this book and it's really well
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Caz
Like many of his books, One focuses on the idea of personal choice, and how much control we really have over our lives, shown here literally! It will make you smile, it will make you cry, it will make you want to run out into the street and dance alone at midnight for the sheer love of CHOICE.
Toni Rahman
If you're challenged by the idea of God, here's a completely different twist. You'll never think of her/him/it the same way. Powerful. I read it to my 14-year old daughter after reading it for the first time probably 20 years ago, and the tears flowed freely.
Dennis
Portions of this are excellent - argument against war (and proposal of alternative), the section depicting how religion will inevitably spiral away from love into defensiveness...

Accessible: 5
Kept My Attention: 5
Must Read: 3
Well-written: 5
Meaningful: 5
chakameh
This is one of my favorite book. I've read it is Persian, but Ic an't remember the name of the translator.
Then, I bought the book in English and for the first time, the original book didn't attract me at all.
Nevertheless, it is still one of my favorite stories.
Nubia
incredibly creative point of viw about life and decisions!
"a little change today is a big change tomorrow" RB

Un increiblemente creativo punto de vista acerca de la vida y la toma de desiciones. "Un pequeno cambio hoy, es un gran cambio manana" RB
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