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Illusions by Richard Bach
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Mar 05, 12

bookshelves: own, spiritual-improvement
Read in January, 1994

This is my treasure. It may be that every devoted reader has a book like this. It found me when I was 16. I have read it more than 10 times in the course of my life. My personal copy is marked with different markers showing the various routes I have taken through the book.

For me, this is Bach's master piece. Most people would look at Jonathan Seagull as his magna opus, but I prefer this little short story.

In it, Bach parallels the life of the biblical Christ with that of an Enlightened One who flies planes in the U.S. Midwest.

This book did several things to me. It gave me the first clear set of tools to challenge the narrow religious view I had as an adolescent. It then gave me the strength to believe in the power of self-development. It then gave me the hope for the future. In purely intellectual terms, it also helped me understand the basic Indian cosmology, even if it came through the interpretation of a converted Westerner.
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