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

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  372 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
“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 remark
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ebook, 224 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published April 15th 2010)
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Jennifer
Beautiful story about the human-animal bond and the healing power of nature.

3.5 stars
Cheryl
Dec 29, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Eagle Named Freedom is a true story about a man's remarkable relationship with an eagle; but more than that, it is a glorious story about life, the will to live, and living in a meaningful manner. The narrator, Jeff, becomes interested in wildlife and eagles in particular, and begins working at a sanctuary for "wild ones" that have been injured. He is able to form relationships with some special wild animals - a mountain lion, bears, a squirrel, and raptors including Freedom, the eagle. Freed ...more
James
Jan 25, 2015 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listened to on CD. A wonderful book!
Don Woodman
An Eagle Named Freedom is the self told story of Jeff Guidry who works at a wildlife rehabilitation facility outside Seattle. While working there he encounters Freedom, a bald Eagle chick with a broken wing. She is unreleasable and Mr. Guidry forms a bond with her. Mr. Guidry develops lymphoma and his intense bond with Freedom is a source of inspiration to him during his recovery. This is the heart of the book and Mr. Guidry fleshes it out with some stories of other animals he interacts with at ...more
Jeannie Mancini
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 a ...more
Wisteria Leigh
Jul 19, 2010 Wisteria Leigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Eagle Named Freedom[return]My True Story of a Remarkable Friendship[return]by Jeff Guidry[return]Harper Collins[return]978-0-06-182674-0[return][return]Jeff Guidry is a volunteer at the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Washington State. He is also one of the best advocates for the injured animals who reside there. His philosophy is simple, to care for and rehabilitate each animal so that they can be released back to their home-the wild. At the center they educate by teaching, Wild and tame are ...more
Karen
One of the classic examples of man and the wild bonding, An Eagle Named Freedom is wondrously inspiring and will touch any animal-lovers' heart. It's the story of the author himself - Jeff Guidry, on his connection with a near-death eagle he finds while volunteering at a wildlife center. From that point on, the newly named eagle Freedom, and Guidry deepen there bond transcending the boundaries of man and nature. Just as Guidry helped Freedom recover from death, Freedom was there to support Guid ...more
Neil Mudde
Jeff writes an interesting account of partially his life, but mostly his work with injured animals, being an avid animal lover this speaks to me. Freedom is a bald Eagle who is found hurt, and Jeff works with him in recovery, off course in doing so he becomes very attached to this majestic bird,
Much is made of the legends the Native Americans have about Eagles, the special powers they have, the way by which the are revered, at one point in the book, and this is no doubt one of the reasons the bo
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Maria
This book is so much more than a story about an eagle named Freedom. It is a story about the importance of taking care of our planetmates (animals), and it is a story about how they can take care of us. The author discusses the value of respecting all creatures for what they are, and what they are is more than some object flying or running around out in the wild. Those with a scientific mind may be frustrated with the absence of the anthropomorphism discussion in the book, but this was not inten ...more
Sharon
Jun 25, 2010 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animal-rescue, memoir
Rock musician Jeff Guidry's memoir, "An Eagle Called Freedom," is a heartwarming and, at times, heartbreaking tale of his work at the Sarvey Wildlife Conservation Center.

Guidry develops a special relationship with Freedom, an eagle whose wings are broken so badly that she is unable to fly once they heal. He cares for her on a regular basis and they develop a mutual respect and understanding. Guidry credits Freedom, in part, for him overcoming cancer as she gave him something to live for -- the h
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Kristen
Jul 15, 2010 Kristen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book has gotten alot of publicity, which is probably the only reason I read it. I had a feeling I wouldn't like it before I ever started it, and I was right. It is a nice enough story on the surface: man bonds with eagle, and survives cancer. However, since that wouldn't exactly lend itself to a 200 page book, they had to throw in so much anthropomorphic nonsense that I found myself rolling my eyes after most pages. I wish the author could have just let Freedom express herself as an eagle w ...more
Amy
A fabulous story that reads a bit like Marley and me, but Freedom (the eagle) does not die at the end!

It's sometimes funny -- the antics of this eagle and other animals at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center are a riot -- it's also sometimes sad -- the abuse some of these animals have suffered, the challenges faced by the people and animals in this book, but most importantly, it's inspiring -- the friendship and trust between Freedom and Jeff Guidry is unbelievable.

It reminds me of the bond created bet
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Lauran Lansdon
The book ends with a Lakota prayer that means "I will live with all my relations" including the ones that fly, the creepy crawlies, our 2 and 4 legged friends, the ones that swim, the earth that we live on. This sums up the theme of "An Eagle named Freedom" well. This book will appeal to anyone who loves human/animal stories, such as "Wesley the Owl", "The Good Good Pig", "Homer's Odyssey", etc.
The book was very heartwarming, enjoyable, an easy read and I'm glad I read it. But it was a little l
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Shel
Feb 12, 2011 Shel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hospice
In his educational programs with the eagle and in the afterword to the book, Guidry mentions that a great deal of effort went into the writing of his story. Effort in the writing makes for an effortless read. It's not fancy storytelling, but stays true to the writer's straightforward style and worldview. Guidry does justice to his touching experience of rescuing the eagle "Freedom" and his own journey of recovery from cancer. The book makes a strong case for the good work being done at Arlington ...more
Booknblues
This is the very interesting story of an eagle, Sarvey Wildlife Care Center near Seattle and the author who is a volunteer at the center. Sarvey Wildlife Care Center is a wildlife rehabilitation center which works at re-establishing injured and ill animals to their natural setting. They seem to do an amazing job and take every precaution to insure that the animal retains its wildness.

On some occasions, as with Freedom, the animal is too injured or too tame to return to the wild and they will con
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Marie Kimmel
Jun 02, 2016 Marie Kimmel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remarkable Story

I would advise all animal and nature lovers to read this book. Once I began reading about Jeff and Freedom ,it was impossible to put this book down. Truly a inspired story of the deep connection we all share with our animal friends, when the author tells of the loving ,healing connection he finds with the regal bird named Freedom it brought me to tears.
Jeff tells his story with great sincerity , it was very inspiring to read how the love of Freedom gave him the strength and cour
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Maria Daddino
Feb 22, 2012 Maria Daddino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An inspiring story - told in a straight-forward and journalistic manner - of an eagle who bonded with her rehabilitator and, in so doing, helped him through his life-threatening battle with cancer.

I laughed, cried, held my breath and thoroughly enjoyed parts of this book. At other times, I was frustrated - I felt when the author mentioned other animals, their stories should have been told with more detail and depth. I felt as if the stories were written just to add more words to the book and my
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Heidi
This story was recommended by a friend who knows the author. It is Jeff Guidry's ten-year story of his friendship with an eagle named Freedom, who Guidry met when he started volunteering at the Sarvey Wildlife Center in Arlington, WA. It is touching and sometimes leads to tears, but also uplifting as Guidry describes animal rescues and the dedicated folks who rescue and care for the animals which other people has often mismanaged or abandoned. There were a few disconnects for me, such as numerou ...more
Edith S
Jun 14, 2010 Edith S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Edith S by: read a great review in a magazine
I loved this book. It was a story about survival. Freedom, the eagle had fallen off its nest when still a young eaglet. The unfortunate fall harmed his wing in such a way that he would never be able to fly. The bird was fortunate enough to be placed in Sarvey Wild Life Center where he was rehabilitated. Jeff Guidry, a volunteer at the center became the eagle's "wings" and helped rehabilitate Freedom. When Jeff was diagnosed with cancer, Freedom repaid in kind.

This is a beautiful book about inter
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Mimi Fintel
Jun 04, 2015 Mimi Fintel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! This is the true story of a deep friendship between a rescued eagle and a wildlife volunteer. The eagle was very young when she came in and both her wings were broken. Even after surgery should could never fly again. She needed a "parent" so Jeff was appointed for that job. Gradually the eagle and the man bonded and Jeff was able to train the eagle to sit on his gloved hand as a raptor would. When the eagle was about one year old, Jeff found out he had cancer. Knowing he neede ...more
Julie
Aug 07, 2016 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since watching the DC Eagle cam this season, I have fallen in love with bald eagles. I have parrots at home, so I understand the bird-human bond...though not on this level. This was a great story of hope and survival. Of not giving up, and the circle of life. About the old proverb that you are forever responsible for what you have tamed. But these animals weren't tamed. Freedom wasn't tame. She wanted more than anything to fly. Her body told her she should fly. But her body was broken and she co ...more
Andrea Love
Jul 08, 2010 Andrea Love rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This memoir is a plainly written account of a man and his relationship with a rescued eagle. The central message is one of mutual healing through the special relationships humans can forge with our animal brethren, combined with conservation of land and wildlife, and respect for the wild.

This book is well, and simply written, but slightly disorienting as it flips back and forth from the author's illness, Freedom's struggles, and various volunteers and animals at the rescue center. It will be ap
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Bullman
Dec 18, 2015 Bullman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Animal lovers and cancer survivors true inspiration

I thoroughly enjoyed the story line involving the animals, for obvious reasons I did not like the story line about Jeff's cancer. What brutal horrific disease. Having a veterinarian of 40 yrs as a mother in law who retired and with in 1 yr was dead from cancer this book hits home but Jeff's courage and inner "animal" gives those of us fighting a disability strength! A nice easy read that will make you wipe away tears.....but are they of joy or s
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Kirsten
Aug 11, 2010 Kirsten rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bios-and-memoirs
The premise for this book is wonderful. Guidry's work with "wild ones" is amazing and very necessary in the world.

While I enjoyed Freedom's story and some of the others, I thought the book could've done without the religious aspect of things. I remember Stacey O'Brien talking about her bout with cancer and how Wesley helped her through it. But unlike that, Jeff seemed to focus too much on health issues of himself and coworkers so the book that was supposedly about "wild ones" and Freedom was mo
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Crackerjacktoo
Jan 22, 2012 Crackerjacktoo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the true story of an incredible relationship between a volunteer at a wildlife rehab facility and a bald eagle named "Freedom." The genuine friendship and spiritual connection between the two of them is absolutely amazing.

I have had the honor of meeting Freedom and Jeff several times, two of them while standing within just a few inches of them both. When they interact with each other, you can see how much they care for one another. Awesome!

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves
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Mary Jane
Mar 03, 2014 Mary Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, kindle-edition
This was a very enjoyable book. I admit that I didn't expect quite so much of it to be about the author's battle with cancer. Although it was difficult while in the midst of that portion of the book, overall it wasn't overwhelming.

I loved all of the spiritual insights and events that were described, I also believe that there are connections between all living beings that most people don't see/hear/feel. How amazing to have that connection with several beautiful "wild ones" and the dedicated peop
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Tracy Gilson
Jan 19, 2013 Tracy Gilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing! I love the relationship between Freedom and Guidry. It is a book about "wild ones' and how they live in our tough world. I was tearful at times and giggling at times. Jeff takes you through his battle with cancer and the loss of friends. His message is to let nature be and live in harmony which is not often done is this fast paced world of technology. Thank you Jeff and Freedom!
Indigo
Mar 15, 2013 Indigo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He's never afraid to say what he thinks animals are thinking. When I first found the book I thought it would be mostly about his eagle. He and his wife share their home with a pet squirrel who gets up to all kinds of funny things. Many other animals such as bears are also involved. I was slightly irritated by the way he often will say wild ones instead of wild animals. Throughout the book, I could really tell he deeply cares about the welfare of animals.
Robert
Sep 30, 2012 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought the story was great! I have always been partial to wildlife. It is interesting to watch the bond that builds between the author and Freedom. The side stories of the other animals that came to the wildlife rehab center and impacted the author enough to write about them adds a great deal to the book. I liked it enough that I bought about 15 paperback copies and gave them to people I know.
4fabfelines Cox
Aug 13, 2010 4fabfelines Cox rated it it was amazing
this sweet book is just one of the wonderful books I have read about the special bond a human and a wild animal have had together.
Last fall, i had wonderful privlege of raising a squirrel and releasing her to the wild again. She lives in my back yard now and this wonderful book, reminds me that we are only here for a short while...might as well do as much good and love while we are here.
I highly recommend this book.
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