Book Review: Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach is truly a spiritual classic. While the language is simple and easily understood, the message is as powerful as any other spiritual fable. Sadly, as I read the reviews on Goodreads.com, I noticed many reviewers did not understand the powerful message, or chose to degrade it by pointing out the simplicity of the text.

I found the book child-like in its approach, which is not necessarily a bad thing in that it easily avails itself to even children, allowing a wider audience for its message.

I found several messages in the book:

  1. We tend to outcast those that are different from us. We allow society to dictate how someone should act and what they should spend their time on.
  2. The true intent of religion gets lost in the ceremony. Rather than read the bible, for example and understand its message, we glorify those that give us the message and the message gets lost in pomp and circumstance of organized religion.
  3. We should value those with different dreams. It is the dreamers who create and discover and advance this world. History is full of dreamers who were outcast or persecuted for their differing views. In actuality we should be grateful for their dreams which allow the human race to progress and evolve.
  4. Sharing our dreams and our spiritual messages with others is part of the journey, but we cant force it, they have to ask first, they have to want to recieve the message.
  5. We are all great and we all have a gift to give the world. We all have the power to change our thoughts and we should not allow anyone to stop us from pursuing our dreams.

I enjoyed the book, it was a super quick and simple read. I knew what it is going into it. I certainly wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone, but, I think it is a great book to use for children, to teach them about following their dreams and paving their own paths regardless of the pressure that may be applied by others.

Have you read it? I would love to hear your thoughts

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: Jonathan Livingston Seagull

  1. I don’t think I have read it. Or it has been so long, I forgot. Course, I am well aware of the author. Love books (& movies) that offer powerful messages that can be applied to life. When I was a social worker I used to read books to the therapy groups, as a way for them to learn about life. Books that offered life lessons. It was a gentle and unthreatening delivery. So, they could interpret it as they saw it, instead of a lesson being forced upon them.
    I will put this one on my list!

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