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Running from Safety: An Adventure of the Spirit

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,501 ratings  ·  48 reviews
The first book in five years by the popular author of The Bridge Across Forever, One, Illusions, and Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Bach has created an extraordinary novel in which he goes back in time to teach his child self the lessons he's learned throughout his life. This is vintage Bach--an intimate adventure of mind and heart with a startling conclusion.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published December 31st 1994 by William Morrow & Company (first published January 1st 1994)
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If our body is a perfect expression of our thought about body, and if our thought about body is that it’s condition has everything to do with inner image and nothing to do with time, then we don’t have to be impatient for being too young or frightened of being too old.

Never had I understood that I command, with absolute authority, the ship of my life! I decide its mission and rules and discipline, at my word waits every tool and sail, every cannon, the strength of every soul on bo
In this warm adventure of the mind and soul, Richard Bach approaches eternal questions, such as Who are we? What do we want to get out of our lives? What are we doing to achieve this? Do we have to be victims, rather than masters, of circumstance? How do we learn to love? Running from Safety: An Adventure of the Spirit is a diary that combines childhood memories and reflections about how to search for meaning in life. It is based on talking with your inner child. Lost me at the 3/4 mark...
Airiz C
This is the second Richard Bach book that I've read after Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Thought-provoking, poignant, and honest, this novel tackles spiritual issues about the inner child in us that continues to live no matter how old we may be, or no matter how much we want to just forget him and treat him like a remnant of the past. It's a pretty deep read, and sometimes it sends me thinking about certain situations in life where a child version of myself could remedy the problems that a grown u ...more
Silvija Saule
Iš naujo prisiminiau, ką reiškia pasiimti knygą ir tris dienas jos nepaleist iš rankų, kol nepabaigi. Bacho mintys tokios artimos, tokios negirdėtos, o lyg iš kažkur žinomos. Jo knygos visad užburia, ne išimtis ir šita.
This 1994 book tells a story of Richard/author who is trying to connect with his inner child-self. This child-self (young Richard) has a lot of questions about life and adult Richard patiently explains many valuable life lessons that he learned during his lifetime. This book nicely clarifies many concepts mentioned by the author in his other books, e.g. measuring life by what we learned instead of years; following your dreams and purpose of life as opposed to what everyone does/says/expects and ...more
Tentativo fallito di bissare il successo de "Il gabbiano Jonathan Livingstone".
Diki...he can show you the way of truth...just find on yourself.

A cinquant'anni, Richard Bach incontra un angelo che lo mette sulla strada dei ricordi di quando era bimbo, ricordi che lui ha rinchiuso in fondo a sé stesso, soprattutto dopo la morte del fratello.
Richard cerca di recuperarli, entrando così in contatto con Dickie, il lui stesso di nove anni.
Dopo un inizio brusco, entrambi avranno qualcosa da insegnare all'altro. Richard insegnerà al bimbo ciò che ha imparato sulla vita, e Dickie insegnerà all'adulto a ricordare.

Un romanzo molto carino, non tant

I know enough people who would roll their eyes at the mere mention of Richard Bach. I would have too, if this book didn't have such an interesting theme at its core.

In this book, Richard goes back in time (metaphorically or literally, is entirely up to you) to free his younger self from the lockdown he put him into years ago. In some ways, this revisits perhaps the moment when his childhood ended.

I loved that entire section where he describes the POV of a newborn baby and how the world cripples
Vince Brown
It was tolerable, but not the best thing Richard Bach has written. I would definitely recommend "Illusions" still, to anyone seeking a great philosophical journey in fictional form. Running From Safety was just a reiteration of many of the same principles, with a less grabbing storyline. It probably wasn't all that bad, but I think Richard Bach has an amazing outlook on Life. It's just that once you have read it in one book, they all kind of repeat the same general messages.
In my twenties I was quite enamored of Bach's works, pleased with the adventurous nature and spiritual inquiry. Now it's just tired. Not that I blame anyone for trying to rationalize their selfish behavior, but still, blathering on about it does get tiresome.
Brio Jaxen
Good to see the inner child from the outside.
Too much philosophy. I had to force myself to finish it.
Rebeca illescas
Interesting and a teaching tool to understand ourselves better.
That All May Heal All
Okay, it's a great premise for a story. You like the characters, you can identify probably with more than one of them (for good reason). But the best part is that you are not the same "you" when you are finished reading. Through the time-honored tradition of story-telling, Richard Bach helps you grow and remember - and then grow some more. It's the single-most therapeutic book I have ever read.

And it's a good story. A really, really good story.

What more could you want?
Erika Sajdak
I have been a fan of Richard Bach's thoughts since reading Bridge Across Forever in High School, but I think I may have moved past him at this point. Instead of being fascinated by the philosophy, I was comparing it to Plato- as well as to Rebecca Goldstein's work. The story has great resonance for those in mid-life crisis and I would like to beleive that the reason it didn't touch me is because I haven't reached that point in life, yet.
There have been several Bach books that really moved me, left me feeling full of ambition and creativity. This wasn't one I them and I cant decide if it's because it's just more of the same or if I've outgrown him. The dialogue with his child self is (understandably) childlike, but grating as well. I don't ever want to walk away from a book feeling agitated and unfortunately, here, I did.
Richard Bach is an interesting man. It seems he felt the need to address some of his personal shortcomings in this book, address the question of whether or not they are, in fact, shortcomings, and in general assert that he is still very happy to be the founder of his own belief system and quite sure that he may never know anything.

Yup. That's Dicky Bach.
Christi Lupher
I learned to paraglide because of this book.
Vika Antonyan
Running from safety. this book became one of my favorites !)
Richard Bach has a very unique writing style. It requires an audience if its own. This book is so simple in its approach and yet so complex in terms of the subjects and topics it touches upon. Multiple layers of meaning and suggestions that can be as easily missed as the ease with which they could change ones life.
Kanchan Ojha
Reading "Running from Safety" was a pleasant experience. From the beginning to the end the book, just binds you. The questions and answers going on within Richard and Dickie makes you feel you really are living the pieces of those lives.

Richard Bach always amazes with his write, it's a masterpiece !
Even though I am a big fan of Jonathan Livingston, I did not like this book at all. Knowing Bach divorced a few years after writing this book, I found all the references to 'soul mates' disturbing. The basic ideas were already covered in Illusions. I can see why Bach stopped writing books.
It is one that you have to be ready to be all philosophical for and you will put it down because your brain is fried and then will pick it up just to finish it. Can be a great discussion book....that is why you would finish talk about it with someone else who has read it....
There's a great line in this book about knowing that sometimes you just need to run, jump off the cliff, and know that your hanglider is going to catch you, especially when you are feeling the most comfortable and NOT wanting to jump. That has stayed with me since reading it.
Author made a promise 50 years ago to come back through time and teach himself everything he had learned from living. Who are we? What do we want to do with our lives and why aren't we doing it? Bach also wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
This is the 2nd Richard Bach book I've tried to read & sadly he & I just don't connect. I've nothing against folks searching for meaning in life but could not follow this fellow's ramblings and only made it about half way.
Jul 21, 2008 Arnoux is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Bach is one of my all time favorite authors. I've read "Illusions", "The Bridge Across Forever" (GREAT LOVE STORY!!) and the infamous "Jonathan Livingston Seagull". I'm excited for this new one!
Audrey Moore
After picking this book up I realized that I had previously read it some years ago. This story is interesting, but did not effect me as deeply as many of his other books.
Catherine Yegorova
This is one of the books which makes me think about how I do live and how I can change my life to the best. It awakens the mind. It helps to start thinking in an unusual way.
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Since Jonathan Livingston Seagull - which dominated the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List for two consecutive years - Richard Bach has touched millions of people through his humor, wisdom and insight.

With over 60 million copies of his books sold, Richard Bach remains one of the world's most beloved authors. A former USAF fighter pilot, Air Force captain and latter-day barnstorm
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“It must happen to us all…We pack up what we’ve learned so far and leave the familiar behind. No fun, that shearing separation, but somewhere within, we must dimly know that saying goodbye to safety brings the only security we’ll ever know.” 124 likes
“Choose a love and work to make it true, and somehow, something will happen, something you couldn’t plan, will come along to move like to like, to set you loose, to set you on the way to your next brick wall.” 48 likes
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