Andrea L. (Cottonwood Heights, UT)
Wonderful story of the healing potential of animals
This memoir is a plainly written account of a man and his relationship with a rescued eagle. The central message is one of mutual healing through the special relationships humans can forge with our animal brethren, combined with conservation of land and wildlife, and respect for the wild.
This book is well and simply written, but slightly disorienting as it flips back and forth from the author's illness, Freedom's struggles, and various volunteers and animals at the rescue center. It will be appreciated by animal lovers and nature enthusiasts, and there really are some interesting factoids regarding wild animals and how rescue centers help rehabilitate and care for them.
Elise B. (Macedonia, OH)
An Eagle Named Freedom
I loved this book! I was one of the recipients of the e-mail and was awe struck by the ability of an eagle and a human to form a bond. Jeff Guidry has a very down to earth writing style that portrays a great zeal and respect for life – all life. He writes of his personal battle with cancer with no more or less passion than any mistreated “wild one”. His wildlife rescue stories are inspiring and eye opening – leaving the reader with a different perspective of the wildlife that share our earth.
Colleen L. (Casco, ME)
An Eage Named Freedom
Every now and then you run into a book that inspires you and affirms that there are wonderful people in the world. Jeff Guidry is one of those people. What he and the other volunteers do at Sarvey is truly moving. His own story is told simply and it is clear that his deep connection with Freedom & his wife enabled him to survive. I loved the book. Simple, concise and emotional without being overly dramatic. I would strongly encourage anyone who loves animals to read this book.
Ruth O. (Downingtown, PA)
Explores the animal-human bond
‘An Eagle Named Freedom’ is an inspirational book about animal-human spiritual connections. Jeff Guidry, the author, volunteers at a wildlife rehabilitation center and becomes close to a young, injured eagle which cannot be released into the wild. His bond with the eagle named ‘Freedom’ is a pivotal point in his fight with cancer and aids his recovery. I truly enjoyed his narrative and all of the information about Freedom and other wildlife that were rehabbed at the center. The spiritual connection that existed between the animals and the humans that helped them cannot be denied. I highly recommend this book as long as you have a few tissues handy while reading!
Lauran L. (Orange, CA)
The book ends with a Lakota prayer that means "I will live with all my relations" including the ones that fly, the creepy crawlies, our 2 and 4 legged friends, the ones that swim, the earth that we live on. This sums up the theme of "An Eagle named Freedom" well. This book will appeal to anyone who loves human/animal stories, such as "Wesley the Owl", "The Good Good Pig", "Homer's Odyssey", etc.
The book was very heartwarming, enjoyable, an easy read and I'm glad I read it. But it was a little light so not top on my list of books in this genre. I would've preferred better writing, more animal fact & lore and more of the animal/animal/human relationship. It seemed to gloss over all.
But I do want to research volunteering at a Wildlife Sanctuary in my area (if there is one) and for that reason I think the author would say the book is a huge success.
Karen J. (Bremerton, WA)
Not Wesley but inspirational
Fans of Wesley The Owl may be a bit disappointed in this book as I was - at first. In Wesley I got an inside look into his mind and emotions, felt a connection with his quirky personality and character and so was looking for a similar experience with Freedom. However, unlike Wesley who became more than an owl to me, I never forgot Freedom was an eagle. That said, this is a very warm and engaging story. The story lies in the relationship the author has with Freedom, the spiritual connection he feels toward Freedom and the support it provides him as he discovers he has cancer, goes through an exhausting and debilitating treatment program and is eventually cured. Although this book was not what I expected, it was definitely an inspirational and rewarding read.
Jeanne M. (Vancouver, WA)
For anyone who has seen an eagle soar, the unfolding of the friendship of this elegant bird with the author is thrilling. For anyone who hasn't had the joy of seeing the mature bald eagle with its crown of white, this is a touching introduction.
The story of Freedom's recovery from injuries and the development of a friendship with the author is a thrilling story. The role of Freedom in the recovery of the author's cancer is remarkable and moving.