Author Richard Bach has finished a new book – Hypnotizing Maria – after a 10 year absence. And, for all the Bach fans, you can be assured this one is much like several of his earlier ones, particularly Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
And, like most of his books, Hypnotizing Maria is a physically small book (5.5X7.25 inches) and in number of pages (160). But, like other books, it is huge in making the reader think and explore the inner self.
Hypnotizing Maria includes flight and flying lessons but mostly it delves into deep spiritual and philosophical issues. The book centers on independent flight instructor Jamie Forbes. He guides a female passenger to a safe landing after her husband and pilot collapses during a flight they are on.
Forbes provides the woman instruction over the radio. After her safe landing Forbes overhears her saying she was hypnotized by him into completing the maneuvers.
From there, Bach takes us, through Forbes thinking, on an exploration into our true nature. Bach says we’re not bound by space and time because we live in a world of appearances and when we stop accepting them as reality they will no longer be our reality.
“We enter this world to explore, to have fun, to learn and to have shared experiences with the people we care about, but most of all to learn how to love and love again,” he explains.
The story is enjoyable but the depth of Bach’s thinking – and where it takes the reader – makes it another interesting book that makes us delve into our own mind.
Bach, who lives in Washington’s San Juan Islands and still flies his own planes, has published 20 books to date, among them Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Illusions, One, The Bridge Across Forever and others.
The book will be available at bookstores in September 2009.