Advance reader reviews of An Eagle Named Freedom by Jeff Guidry.

An Eagle Named Freedom

My True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

By Jeff Guidry

An Eagle Named Freedom
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  • Published in USA  May 2010,
    224 pages.

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  • Jerry P. (Santa Rosa, CA)

    An Eagle Named Freedom
    I admit I am biased about this book since I am a volunteer board member of a wildlife center having a similar mission as the wildlife center named in the book.

    What an inspirational story! I found An Eagle Named Freedom to be a love story between a man and a bald eagle. It is clearly written and about 200 pages. I doubt if I will ever forget Jeff Guidry's metaphor, "...cold ball of fear in my belly..." when he was diagnosed as having stage 3 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. I was touched about many of the episodes in the book such as the first time Freedom, a mature eagle, embraced him with both wings when Guidry was undergoing the agonies of chemotherapy.
  • Debi B. (Charleston, SC)

    An Eagle Named Freedom
    This is a beautiful little book about a man and an eagle who found themselves in each other's life and the fiercely devoted relationship that developed. Jeff Guidry was caregiver and lifesaver to Freedom, the rescued eagle. In turn, Freedom was Jeff Guidry's lifesaver during his struggle with cancer. It's also a story of the love, trust and the spiritual connection we, as humans have with animals. Thank you, Mr. Guidry, for sharing your story.
  • Barbara K. (Brooklyn, NY)

    Overcoming Hardships
    This educational,inspirational, personal account, illustrates how Jeff Guidry came to terms with his own illness while working with animals who desperately need care. Because we all struggle to survive on some level, An Eagle Named Freedom is an important read. Guidry clearly and concisely illustrates how he, others and animals struggle and yet triumph over hardships.
    I feel we all need to be reminded how to put ease into our lives and make our days count. This book does just that!
  • Kato G. (Asheville, NC)

    An Eagle Named Freedom
    You can learn a lot about non-Hodgkins lymphoma by reading this book but not much about eagles. At least half the book is devoted to the author's course of treatment for this disease. Throughout the book animals are anthropomorphized. An example: "I found myself screaming at my deer brother. "Why why why!!! Goddamn it, I told you to be careful!!" Animals aren't referred to as animals but are called"the wild ones". Overall I found the book to be poorly written and self centered.
  • Peggy K. (Long Beach, CA)

    A Love Story
    I wanted to read this book because it dealt with wildlife and humans interacting in a good way.

    I thought it was a beautiful story and well worth the read. It is a small book but it is filled with so much love and affection on both sides. It truly touches the heart and I have to say that I've never heard of any eagle like Freedom. She is truly special and the author was incredibly lucky to meet her and become her friend.

    It made me want to volunteer just as Jeff did, to make a difference and our wildlife needs all the help it can get. Excellent book for book clubs as it offers so many things to discuss and in general it is a good book for anyone over 12 yrs.
  • Carol P. (Mendham, NJ)

    Moving tribute
    When I first received this book and read the preface I had tears in my eyes. A beautiful eagle saved by a wildlife enthusiast who then is diagnosed with non Hodgkin's lymphoma. I couldn't wait to open the book and in fact I finished in one evening. I was very interested in the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center where the author volunteered and especially the commitment made by these caring individuals to help so many displaced or injured creatures. Freedom the Eagle's successful recovery was a true testament of the success of these wildlife centers. The author's struggle with his disease and his bond with Freedom brought richness to the story. After reading the book I felt disappointed that it did not tug on my heart strings as I had initially expected. Good read however as there were many rescues with happy endings for both the author Jeff and our wildlife friends. If you are an animal lover this book is for you.
  • Sharon A. (Gainesville, FL)

    For Animal Lovers
    Animal lovers will really enjoy getting a look at the inner workings of a wildlife center and the interesting and wonderful work they do that we do not hear about. The antics of the animals will make you laugh and cry. The author's true story of his volunteer work, his remarkable relationship with Freedom (an American bald eagle) and the impact of that work on his personal life was an enjoyable read. Those who like animal stories will find this to be an easy read.
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