Jonathan Livingston Seagull
8 journalers for this copy...
I recently told someone I had a copy of this book, and then realized belatedly that I didn't! What a dope.
I love that this book is written by our own zzfriend!
Anyway, after realizing I was a big fat liar and didn't have a copy of this, I decided I'd find one inexpensively, read it, and send it on as promised ... even though it's 3 weeks late! And because I had such a positive experience with the bookseller, I thought I'd put the note I wrote them here. Basically, I'm all for encouraging people for good service! So here's what I wrote to yesterday's muse of whom I am now a big fan:
I recently ordered Jonathan Livingston Seagull from you through B&N's used or out of print section.
Anyway, the same day I also ordered another book from another store in the same section of bn.com. Both packages recently arrived. Yours was in great shape, better than I expected, and I really appreciated the extra trouble you went to to wrap the book inside the envelope (the "thanks" stamp made me smile, too). The other bookseller, however, took no trouble, and played fast and loose with the term "good" to describe the condition of the book they sent.
I just thought someone should get a pat on the back, and you should know I've kept your business card in a safe place :)
This book has it all -- The Power of Positive Thinking, Transcendental Meditation, reincarnation, The Little Engine that Could, aerodynamics, with a little bit of Mr. Miyagi thrown in for good measure.
The inside of the front cover says 1970, but it also says the first printing is 1973. Which explains to me why I was so confused about this book "in my youth". I was only born in 1966, so I must have been *aware* when this book came out and became popular, but I didn't understand it at all! In my remote childhood memories, I always thought it was somewhat of a spiritual book, but didn't really understand it. Oddly enough, one of the biggest questions in my mind was then and still is, why do the seagulls have a first and middle name?! LOL I have no idea, but I find it entertaining ... I realize that it's not a kids' book now.
One part I marked may or may not have been intended as I read it, but here's what I saw. Jonathan is talking to Maynard Gull, whose wing is hurt.
"You don't understand. My wing. I can't move my wing."
"Maynard Gull, you have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now; and nothing can stand in your way. It is the Law of the Great Gull, the Law that Is."
"Are you saying I can fly?"
"I say you are free."
This reminds me so much of the Luke 5 account of the Leper and the Paralytic.
18 And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him. 19 But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus. 20 Seeing their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” 21 The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” 22 But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 “But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—He said to the paralytic—“I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.” 25 Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God. 26 They were all struck with astonishment and began glorifying God; and they were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen remarkable things today.”
Off to OCcinderella!
(olered Oregon USA /Int'l)
(oceanos Thessaloniki Greece/ Int'l)
(MieLH Fyns Amt Denmar /Int'l)
(Rrrcaron New Hampshire /Int'l)
(mysticalzoe New Hampshire /USA/Canada)
(bartonz Washington USA /Int'l)
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Sent to olered
I'm going to add a copy of this book to my summer suitcase for reading with my grandchildren (two are teens) on vacation in the San Juans. They will be the third generation in this family to appreciate and love Richard Bach!
I've emailed Gypsygate for her address.
Nevertheless thanks a lot to everyone, especially OCcinderella for giving me the opportunity to read it.
Sent to MielH in Denmark!
What a nice little story. My favourite wisdom from this book that makes sense to me in my life right now was this: Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too...
I have PM'ed Rrrcaron and I will pass on the book as soon as I get an address :)
Update August 10, 2007: Rrrcaron PM'ed her address today, and Jonathan, the seagull, will be sent off asap :)
I just finished this book and let me say i get it now, it has a bit of New Age and religion thrown into the mix, but it was very good book, i am glad I got to read it again and finally understand it. Pming the next person.
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finally sending off sorry it took so long! Enjoy!
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left on top of the other books in the front of the store under the TV and kids toys.