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The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life's Journey

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  370 ratings  ·  51 reviews
"During my boxing career, you did not see the real Muhammad Ali. You just saw a little boxing. You saw only a part of me. After I retired from boxing my true work began. I have embarked on a journey of love." So Muhammad Ali begins this spiritual memoir, his description of the values that have shaped and sustained him and that continue to guide his life. In The Soul of a B ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 16th 2004 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 204)
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Marcella
Muhammed Ali says it best:

"One day I won't be around to answer people's questions, or advise young aspiring athletes. What I want to say is for the people whom I've never met. It is for the boys and girls whose hands I will never hold. It is for the champions to come. These comments are for every spirit on the downside of advantage.

Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something deep inside—a desire, a dream, and a vision. They have to have the skill and the will.

But the will m
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Huda
This book is beautiful, as beautiful as the title itself. Yes, it might not be a real biography of Muhammad Ali but this is the thought of the man himself.

When he said that he's the greatest (his tagline), it could be his message to the world that even though the whites thought they are great, Muhammad Ali can still beat them and be the greatest though he's black. Towards the end of the book, Muhammad Ali did mention that God is the Greatest, and that is true. Without God and his faith towards G
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Tommy
Muhammad Ali has been one of my favorite athletes since I was a kid, drawn to his brash personality as much as his prowess in the ring. So, when I was asked to write a series of videos that honored his work at the Ali Center in Louisville, KY, I knew the research would be fun. I started - and pretty much finished - here.

This autobiography truly lets you into the soul of the man. It's not a detailed look at each stage of his life. Instead, he speaks more philosophically, sharing honest insight a
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CD
Muhammad Ali and his daughter Hana Yasmeen Ali have written what is as much a devotional work as it is inspirational memoir/auto/biography. The book is well written in a deceptively simple style that reflects Hana professional abilities combined with Muhammad Ali's wit and experience.

There is a timeline of his life that is followed as an organizing principle of the book. Anecdotes and stories of his life are not all 'new' to this story (with an exception or two), yet they are incorporated effect
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Megha Singh
Nobody has inspired me more than M Ali in my entire life.Where People of my age are unaware of this boxing legend he continues to be my hero. After reading this book for almost 25 times i just can't get it enough. The fact it's an autobiography of M Ali,this book isn't worth any review. Not just a boxer but man who stood up against racism. There are various things that I have learnt from M Ali.
*To stand for what you belief.

*Biggest education is not what is taught in school or colleges it's somet
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Scott Sinks
Muhammad Ali, “The soul of a butterfly”


The book “The soul of a Butterfly,” By, Muhammad Ali and the help of Hana Yasmeen Ali, dates back to the early years of Muhammad Ali’s career. The book exploits into detail on all of his amazing fights, but not all in the rink. It described about the battle Ali went through with court and his religious beliefs, and the color of his skin. Ali was a great boxer who became a leader and a champion of his people.

Ali describes all of his amazing experiences an
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Minzi
This is a great book. I would like to read the 1st Muhammad Ali Autobiography, 'The Greatest - My Own Story', which is out of print. I loved this book. I have the kindle version, I don't know what a paper copy would look like. Some pages have a few short sentences, some of his poetry, some of his daughters poetry. Ali is almost childlike in some of his writings and reflections and I have a real sense that this book was really written by him, and his daughter and not heavily edited. He explains a ...more
Josh
The Soul of a Butterfly

Do you know the real Muhammad Ali? Not just the boxer but the person inside the religious man that was not seen in the ring. Well in this book the Soul of a Butterfly you will see that man. This book was good because it showed his life before boxing and how he was a little boy growing up in Louisville, KY and why he started boxing. Also it talks about what it was like for him going through the hard times when he didn’t go to Vietnam and how religion helped him get through
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Lyla Ibrahim
I love reading it. He just didn't tell his life story but what he learns from his experiences as well. I especially like his notion that diversity in religion is a beautiful thing and that we should cherish them and not fight each other because of it. Its a book that centres around love and compassion and good deeds. The book organization needs more work though. Everything just all jumbled up. I get confused once in a while reading this book. Nevertheless, a recommended read for all.
Kyra Campbell
Muhammed Ali is someone I've looked up to since I was 8.

This book is beautiful, you connect with him on a personal level. He has a gift to inspire people. Boxing or no boxing his wisdom makes you wanna achieve your dreams #king
Sturlaugur Halldórsson
I loved it and think Muhammad Ali must be one of the most inspiring men on earth.

Inside the ring or out, ain't nothing wrong with going down. It's staying down that's wrong. - Muhammad Ali
Lantis
Wow I really enjoyed this book! I learned so many things about Muhammad Ali that I have never known before. One quote that I have really taken and has sort of become my inspiration is his famous quote of "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee." This quote is just so.... RIGHT! I really feel that this quote means that for everything you do whether it be sports or anything, (for me mainly tennis so I'm relating this to tennis) basically it means that you don't have to be like a big bear and ...more
Lekii

"I even had chicken pox at and measles at the same time. My mother used to say that my mind was like the March wind, blowing every which way." 16

"But sometimes all you have to do is breathe, and people will have an opinion on how you drew that breath." 69

"Turning my back on Malcolm was one of the mistakes that I regret most in my life. I wish I'd been able to tell Malcolm I was sorry, that he was right about so many things. But he was killed before I got the chance. He was a visionary - ahead of
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Matt
A very spiritual memoir of primarily how Islam and his faith has made him
the man that he is today, noting that most of his bravado was for show to
entice fans and get large crowds. He speaks specifically of his great
African American pride (and his dislike of the inequality) that led him to
the teachings of Islam. He speaks specifically of winning his Olympic gold
medal for the US and then coming home to Kentucky, wearing it everywhere
with honor, and still not being able to eat in a white rest
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Zain
Earlier this week, my sister shared a link of a short documentary on how Muhammad Ali played a pivotal role in the release of US prisoners of war released after Saddam Hussein's army captured them and others during the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. It was very moving, especially the concluding scene, and as it was pretty close to home (I grew up in Kuwait) I was overcome by a strong desire to know more about him.

And so I chanced upon his autobiography, Soul of a Butterfly: Lessons on Life's Journey,
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Irfan
Muhammad Ali: the greatest boxer that ever lived. The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life's Journey is an amazing trail of how Muhammad Ali came to be the greatest boxer who ever lived. The book takes us through a journey of how Cassius Clay came to be Muhammad Ali, of how he turned from The Nation of Islam to Sunni Islam and most importantly how he turned from being to a boxer to being the greatest boxer that ever lived. It also shows characters that heavily impacted Ali's life, characters ...more
Mike Steven
Disappointing if I'm honest. Not really an insight into the mind of a champion but the religious musings of someone blinded by ideas about spiritualism. He does describe all religions as 'different paths to the same truth' and his ideas about inter-faith harmony should be embraced by all those unable to accept athiesm. However, if you were hoping to see that, behind the Parkinson's Disease there is still the wit and fire that he had as a boxer then you will be disappointed.



My biggest criticism w
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Jeff
This is a great book.

Found this book inspirational and easy to read. Not a long winded read. Chapter were bite-sized and was exactly what I needed. A great read by one that has lived an extraordinary life. Had a chance to meet him when I was only four, but he was eating with family at friends at the Bob's Big Boy on Wilshire Blvd in LA. Thought I would have that chance again, but much time has passed. Hope to meet him someday. Soon.

Watched When We were Kings. Enjoyed the movie Ali. Not a great
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Gus Vitt
I enjoyed every bit of this book. This book connected to me on many levels.For example, this book describes how Ali never gave up on his goals in life. I'm the type of person that won't give in until I achieve my goals.This book also connects to the world and media by telling how famous he was and still is. He is still in the media constantly for his highlights of his career.This auto-biography connects to other text such as other biographys and/or books, magazines, record books, etc. I highly r ...more
Maggie
This was an interesting read, and Ali is a unique person with a very American story. His rise from Cassius Clay, poor black boy in a time of great prejudice and discrimination, to the people's hero is a wonderful story. I enjoyed the fact that his 'voice' was not changed with an editor. He writes simplistically and with great integrity.
My 14 year old son read this book and was really affected by it. It's a good read for young boys, and started a few dialogues with my son and I such as Ali's dec
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Greg Schell
The more I learn about Muhammad Ali, the more I admire him. This inspirational book is a collection of observations, thoughts, poems and stories that Ali felt inspired to share. Some words are his own, many are words he picked up along the way. Thank God he was blessed with magnificent skill as a boxer, so that he'd be given a platform to be recognized as far more than that later in life. I imagine this is a book I'll read again in a few years.
Ayesha  Moore
My dad had me hooked on Muhammad Ali not only as a boxer but as a person when I was younger so I was intrigued when I saw this on the book shelf, I knew I had to read it just on the simple fact that I am a huge fan. This book truly reflects his life journey by outlining the important parts of his life and the events and life experiences that define him as told by both he and his daughter.

Marisela
Excellent book (CD). I enjoyed reading Muhammad's biography. The only problem which doesn't pertain to the book was the reader on the CD. Although he is an actor, he was very hard to understand. Some parts of the book or quotes are done by Muhammad's daughter. She would have done a much better job in reading the whole book. She is easier to understand.

Sasa
Jun 16, 2011 Sasa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I have never understood or liked boxing, I could never see past its brutality and violence.

However, I have always liked Ali's persona, wit and showmanship. He is a remarkable person and one of the few truly pure souls outthere.

A beautiful, inspiring read which provides insight into his conversion to Islam, his mind, his background and, sadly, Parkinson's.
Landry
Jun 15, 2007 Landry rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Former World Heavyweight Boxing champion and current Ambassador for Peace tells his inspirational story. From growing up dyslexic in Louisville, Ky., being a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, becoming the greatest fighter of all time, to living with Parkinson's. Ali's faith in himself and God has always allowed him to rise above life's challenges.
Jessica
I've been interested in biographies/true to life stories lately. I wasn't sure I would like this one since I don't really care about any sports especially boxing, but it provided a lot of interesting information on the life and career of Ali. He sounds like a wonderful and caring person, who I would be honored to meet some day.
Colin Bruce Anthes
I'm not a religious person myself, and I can't count any of Ali's many included poems amongst my favorites, but the size of the man's heart provides such a beautiful form of inspiration. I was tremendously moved many times, and thoroughly recommend this book regardless of your religious background or post as a poetry professor.
Phil
I liked this book a lot even though it is not great literature. Ali wrote it very simply and focused mostly on himself as a person, rather than on his role as a boxer. His sensitivity comes through so well that I'll likely read this book again.
Paddy Mcmahon
What a beautiful book changes the way you think , act about life. One of my fav route books inspiring insite to the great man. The quotes and story's are geat the writing is not bad either all round great read
Sarah Salleh
God is the Greatest, and that is true. Without God and his faith towards God, he could not be the best that he can be. Even if he doesn't do boxing, he would still do his best and be the greatest.
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