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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062015508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062015501
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Listeners will never believe that narrator John Pruden didn't himself fall in love with this beautiful bird of prey. The way he tells of the two beings—one bird, one human, each bringing freedom from peril to the other—sounds as intimate as life itself." ---AudioFile --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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From the moment Jeff Guidry saw the baby eagle with broken wings, his life was changed. For weeks he and the staff at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Puget Sound, Washington, tended to the 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 three non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2000, Freedom returned his gift. Between sessions of debilitating chemotherapy, Jeff’s visits to Freedom and their special bond soothed his spirit and gave him the strength to fight. 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.


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I love all animals and stories of animals.
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Jeff Guidry writes from the heart in his amazing memoir "An Eagle Named Freedom: My True Story of a Remarkable Friendship."
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I just finished this book after a feverish read of one and a half days.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 6, 2010
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"I want to fly like an eagle til I'm free.
Fly like an eagle, let my spirit carry me." -- Steve Miller Band, 1976

"And I will raise you up on eagle's wings" -- Old Hymn

"Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not get tired; they will walk and not become weary." -- Isaiah, 40:31

This is one of the most beautiful stories about how love can transform wildlife and human lives. Jeff Guidry saves an injured eagle whose wings were broken. Traumatized and no longer able to fly, the eagle named Freedom relies on her human protectors to act as her wings.

Jeff Guidry's life changed as soon as he met the injured eaglet. He worked tirelessly with the team at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center. Fortunately for all, the eagle recovers and Jeff, who was a volunteer at Sarvey became solely responsible for the beautiful raptor.

In 2000 Jeff Guidry became as grounded as his eagle, Freedom. He was diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Equally traumatized as his beautiful bird was when he rescued her, Jeff Guidry receives a wonderful gift from his bird. Coping with the grueling rounds of chemotherapy, Jeff fought back with a spirit not too different from his indomitable eagle. He walked Freedom regularly and watching his bird develop strength and confidence inspired him to do likewise.

Jeff was declared cancer free and the bond he had with his eagle was nothing short of miraculous. The day he received the good news, Jeff rushed to the Sarvey Center to walk his beautiful bird. The bond between the two was extraordinary; Freedom seemed to sense her friend's spectacular recovery.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David Bower TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 23, 2010
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I was one of those who first found out about Freedom and Jeff from the widely circulated email that Jeff had originally sent to a friend, but had developed a life of its own. Like most who have commented on the email, I was deeply moved by the touching story of the eagle and the man and forwarded it to all of my friends.

When I saw the book "An Eagle Named Freedom" I ordered it immediately and have just finished reading it; it is both inspiring and saddening as it describes the lives of a young eagle and a man who are brought together by unexpected circumstances; it is a story of faith, hope, and an unusual friendship between an eagle and a man.

Jeff Guidry was a volunteer at the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center at the time a very sick baby eagle was brought in with broken wings. The baby eagle's chances for survival didn't seem too promising but the team at Sarvey began a fight to try and save the baby eagle.

It won't be a spoiler to say the baby eagle survived and came to be known as Freedom; this is the story of that struggle for survival and the bonding that took place between Jeff and Freedom.

Mr. Guidry describes the process in a very interesting, easy to read manner; he also brings in much of the atmosphere that characterizes the Northwest region of the USA. You begin to get a better feeling for the love of the outdoors, the traditions of the native tribes and the general culture that permeates that region.

Mr. Guidry goes on to describe his efforts to help Freedom compensate for his inability to ever fly, and then describes how Freedom helped him deal with the cancer that threatened his life.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jeannie Mancini VINE VOICE on July 4, 2010
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An Eagle Named Freedom is Jeff Guidry's heartwarming, and often heartbreaking, 10-year memoir of his incredible life and bond with a Pacific Northwest American Bald Eagle named Freedom. In 1998 while Jeff is volunteering at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Washington State, a female baby eagle is brought in with two broken wings and is severely emaciated. She is only 3 feet tall, and weighs just 10 pounds. Jeff and coworker Kaye Baxter transfer the hurt bird to a veterinary clinic where they set and bind the wings hoping for the best. Freedom is brought back to Sarvey and undergoes months of healing. Initially showing no hope of recovery, she inches her way toward trust when Jeff shows her patience, love, and security, with his soft voice and protective care. Yet although she slowly gains her weight back, she never regains full use of her wings and will never take flight again. Sarvey's staff however is thrilled that she lived and decide to keep her for educational training, allowing Jeff to take on that task.

Jeff begins the slow process of glove training Freedom. Bird and man quickly bond, showing incredible patience, intuition, and love for each other's needs to make this attempt work. Jeff's eagle adapts easily and quickly graduates to being held with anklets and jesses. Soon this dynamic pair begin touring the local educational road-shows to educate the public about wildlife. Freedom and Jeff entertain Boy Scout troops, Native American Indian pow-wows, schools for children, and various other public awareness groups that need to learn about protecting the natural world around us.

But as life has it, good times don't usually last forever. Two years later after Jeff and Freedom are introduced, Jeff is diagnosed with type 3 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
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