Monday, April 27, 2009

Today's author highlight

I want to start something new. Every so often, I am going to do an author highlight. I want to share my love for certain authors who have affected my life and my writing.
Today's author is. . .

Richard Bach

Just off the top of my head, he is the first author that comes to mind when I think of an early influence in my life. His book, Jonathon Livingston Seagull was first published the year I was born. I can't even begin to count how many times I have read it.

I was even dumped by a boyfriend when I told him that this book was a major influence on me during my mission, that it saved me during an especially difficult time. He didn't like the fact that a book that had nothing written about Christ had helped me so much. His loss.

Anyway, back to the subject. The thing that I like most is the fact that his manuscript for JLS was turned down many times before it was picked up by Macmillan Publishers. It just goes to show, NEVER give up! It is a book about letting go of limitations and believing in yourself. If you haven't read it, I would highly recommend it.

He also wrote: Illusions, One, A Bridge across forever, The Adventures of a reluctant Messiah and many others. I have read them all and loved them. Richard is big on flying. Literally and metaphorically. So am I.

This is his philosophy: Our true nature is not bound by space or time, we are expressions of the Is, we are not truly born nor truly die, and we enter this world of Seems and Appearances for fun, learning, and to share experiences with those we care for, to explore—and most of all to learn how to love and love again.

Thank you, Richard for you work. My life is richer because of you.


Stephanie Humphreys said...

I loved reading Richard Bach when I was in college and was just thinking recently that I should pick up Jonathon Livingston Seagull again. It was great to meet you at the conference. Keep up the writing!

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