Illusions – The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

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The glorious best Seller by Richard Bach.

-Book Review-

What are you?

  • If you a dreamer who believes their dreams are coming true at any moment.
  • If you have smelled the dew drenched open fields of corn and hay in the early morning.
  • If you enjoy lying on your back, looking up at a gazillion twinkling stars in the country sky at night.
  • If you desire to walk on water, or swim across a ploughed field.

Then you qualify to read this book.

Illusions – The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah - Illusions - A book in a million
Illusions – A book in a million


The lives of two men meet in what almost seems like a very casual circumstance; yet if you believe in synchronicity and that nothing in our lives is an accident, you will agree that their meeting was divinely arranged.

Neither man has anything planned for his life bar the next meal, a field in which to land their vintage bi-planes and finally some curious people, wondering if they should take a $3 ten minute ride in these fragile craft.

After their initial meeting and because of their spiritual banter they are satisfied to spend their time together. Their days and nights are wiled away flying the countryside, finding suitable fields in which to land and earning their daily bread by taking people up on $3 flips. At night they have their meal of the day at a local diner in a nearby village, if the day’s earnings were good but if not, then they ate beans from a heated can. After which, snuggled up in their sleeping bags under the airplane wings, took their well earned rest.

When they weren’t flying there was ongoing instruction from the reluctant messiah to his new found, equally reluctant disciple. Their spiritual interactions are mostly very humorous, although underlying the humour the reader detects questions in the mind like, “Is this really possible, would I be able to do this? The chapters are full of philosophical sayings to help this thinking along.

After the reluctant messiah is interviewed on a radio broadcast in one of their stop-over towns, all the hell breaks loose and the townspeople vent their fury on the pair, who run for their lives.

From this point, the messiah and his companion disciple part their ways in a very unexpected and shocking manner.

The Actors

The plot is uncomplicated and that is aided by the fact that there are only two characters on the stage.

Donald Shimoda, aka, the reluctant messiah and his equally reluctant disciple, who is nameless. One has however, the safety net of believing that although nameless, he is in fact the author, undercover.

The Stage Setting

Indiana, Midwest USA, and the author describes it best, “….out into the green-meadow seas of Midwest America…”

Final Thoughts

The book is bursting with wise sayings, all of which appear to originate from the author’s treasure chest. How about this: “You are never given a wish, without being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it though”.  Or this, Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you”.

‘Illusions’ is a short, simple, easy-to-read, humorous, sometime warm and deeply thought provoking story.

Have a copy delivered to your front door.

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