An Eagle Named Freedom – Book Review

March 15, 2011 at 8:19 am 6 comments

An Eagle Named Freedom By Jeff Guidry

An Eagle Named Freedom

A True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

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.

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I was blessed to help Jeff Guidry submit his story to the magazine Angels on Earth. It ran in the March/April 2011 issue and is a beautiful tribute to both Jeff and Freedom. Thank you, Jeff, for the wonderful conversations.

You can find Jeff’s book on Amazon here:

or on Borders here:

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jean Stewart  |  March 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    So glad the story is finally published, BJ. Will never forget the vision of that eagle hugging Jeff. Heartwarming.


    • 2. bjtaylorblog  |  March 15, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      Jean, me too! That image is one of beauty and love. Thanks for commenting!


  • 3. Julie Garmon  |  March 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I love this story! So much hope.


    • 4. bjtaylorblog  |  March 15, 2011 at 9:22 am

      Julie, thanks for commenting. Jeff is truly remarkable and so is Freedom. They both exude courage, don’t you think?


  • 5. Sue Tornai  |  March 15, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Thank you, B.J. Your review made me want to read the book. I took the link you offered and bought the book for my Kindle. Instantly I received, “Your item will be auto-delivered wirelessly to your Kindle via Amazon Whispernet. You can go to your Kindle to start reading.” I love it!


    • 6. bjtaylorblog  |  March 15, 2011 at 9:23 am

      Sue, how nice that you already have the book! Instant gratification! Have a great read!



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