Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah - Richard Bach I read this when I was a kid and it really did influence me, as did Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I love reality bending fiction and I also loved the bent it had toward living with wisdom. I can't imagine what my life would have been without being surrounded by good notions like that. Of course, it was also surrounded by reality bending, too, so maybe I was pretty messed up as a kid. Fortunately, I read a lot in order to shuck-off all of those reality-bending mindscapes in favor of new reality-bending mindscapes. As we all know, more reality-bending is better. Right? Right?
Regardless, it was one of the best, and first books that I had read of its kind and I suppose it will always have a great spot in my heart. Love and wisdom, after all, are some of the best things in the world.