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An Eagle Named Freedom: My True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

An Eagle Named Freedom
My True Story of a Remarkable Friendship
By Jeff Guidry

On Sale: 5/4/2010
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“A hauntingly beautiful story of rescue and rehabilitation….[A] gorgeous tale of redemption.”
—Susan Richards, New York Times bestselling author of Chosen by a Horse
“I could not put this book down.”
—Stacey O'Brien, New York Times bestselling author of Wesley the Owl

In the tradition of A Lion Called Christian and Alex and Me comes An Eagle Named Freedom, Jeff Guidry’s remarkable story of how he rehabilitated a severely damaged bald eagle back to health—and how the majestic bird later inspired the author to triumph over cancer. Animal lovers and readers fascinated by the spiritual ties between animals and humans will not soon forget this beautiful, inspiring true tale of an extraordinary friendship.

Book Description

From the moment Jeff Guidry saw the emaciated baby eagle with broken wings, his life was changed. For weeks he and the staff at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center tended to the grievously injured bird. Miraculously, she recovered, and Jeff, a center volunteer, became her devoted caretaker.

Though Freedom would never fly, she had Jeff as her wings. And after Jeff was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2000, Freedom returned his gift. Between sessions of debilitating chemotherapy, Jeff went back to Sarvey and began taking Freedom for walks that soothed his spirit and gave him the strength to fight. When he learned he was cancer free, Jeff's first stop was Sarvey to walk with Freedom. Somehow this special bird seemed to understand the significance of the day. For the very first time she wrapped both her wings around Jeff, enveloping him in an avian hug.

In March 2008, Jeff shared his extraordinary experience with his friend Gayle in an e-mail of eight hundred words:

When Freedom came in she could not stand. Both wings were broken, her left wing in 4 places. . . . We here at the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center made the decision to give her a chance at life. . . .

That e-mail would unexpectedly circle the globe and inspire countless fans eager to know more. In An Eagle Named Freedom, Jeff tells the full story of his bond with Freedom and introduces the other wildlife and volunteers who have been saved by Sarvey. A tender tale of hope, love, trust, and life, this moving true story is an affirmation of the spiritual connection that humans and animals share.

Author Extras

Jeff Guidry Biography

Critical Praise for An Eagle Named Freedom

 “Jeff Guidry writes from the heart, of how his life became entwined with that of the bald eagle, Freedom (Dream Flyer), and how their bond helped heal them both. He speaks for all those who give of themselves, for a relationship that reminds us of our oneness with, and responsibility for, nature and the wild creatures that inhabit it.” — Irene Pepperberg, New York Times bestselling author of Alex and Me

 “What a beautiful story! I could not put this book down. Jeff Guidry’s tender relationship with the ‘wild ones’ who end up at the Sarvey Wildlife Shelter is deeply moving, and the book is written with an unusual depth of honesty. Guidry’s intimate knowledge of the mind of the eagle is important for all of us as we strive to understand the ‘wild ones’ with whom we share this planet. This story shows that birds of prey are intelligent and passionate, and that bonding with an animal can be a tremendously healing experience for both human and animal. Freedom the Eagle is delightful, as is Guidry himself.” — Stacey O'Brien, New York Times bestselling author of Wesley the Owl

 “Guidry has written a hauntingly beautiful story of rescue and rehabilitation, of near misses and second chances. But mostly he has written a story about the power of love and its capacity to heal. Guidry’s life was touched by the wild ones; Sasha the cougar, Angelica the black bear cub and most profoundly, by Freedom, the diva bald eagle who fell from her nest and into his life at a time when neither could know the challenges that lay before them. And though neither Guidry nor Freedom would ever fly, they both soar above the treetops in this gorgeous tale of redemption.” — Susan Richards, New York Times bestselling author of Chosen by a Horse

 “Jeff Guidry’s heartwarming story of his therapeutic bond with a majestic injured eagle catches the thermals and soars.” — Jenny Gardiner, author of Winging It: A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who's Determined to Kill Me

 “Jeff Guidry’s An Eagle Named Freedom is a wonderful book, with a lesson about hope and the positive power of a close friend--even if the friend has a beak and talons.” — Peter Allison, author of Whatever You Do Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

 “After a musician took an injured eagle under his wing, the bird returned the favor….plainly told …this inspirational memoir of mutual courage and compassion is sure to have wide appeal.” — Kirkus Reviews

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ISBN: 9780061826740; ISBN10: 006182674X; Imprint: William Morrow ; On Sale: 5/4/2010; Format: Hardcover; Trimsize: 5 x 8; Pages: 224; $21.99; Ages: 18 and Up

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