July 2014 Book of the Month

“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding.
Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.”

We won’t make any promises that Jonathan Livingston Seagull will change your life. The simple novella has undoubtedly been oversold for years as a new-age miracle worker. However, despite its outsized reputation, this 1970 international bestseller still offers some lovely insights and timeless inspiration to readers of all ages. Besides, it’s a perfect beach book! (You won’t even have time to get burned – only takes an hour to read from cover to cover.)

There is a particular sweetness to Richard Bach’s writing. His book chronicles the adventures of a restless seagull intent on perfecting his flying abilities. Despite being cast out of his tribe of gulls as a result of his ambition, Livingston persists in following his dreams. His sometimes lonely journey ultimately leads him to learn many important lessons. Using flight as the ultimate metaphor, this is certainly a story about finding a higher purpose in life.

Often cited as a “spiritual primer” or “hippie self help book”, Jonathan Livingston Seagull is an American classic.