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

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

Format:  Hardcover,

221 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Nov 2004

ISBN-13: 9780743255691

ISBN-10: 0743255690

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""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 Butterfly" the great champion takes readers on a spiritual journey through the seasons of life, from childhood to the present, and shares the beliefs that have served him well.

After fighting some of the fiercest bouts in boxing history against Joe Frazier and George Foreman, today Muhammad Ali faces his most powerful foe -- outside the boxing ring. Like many people, he battles an illness that limits his physical abilities, but as he says, "I have gained more than I have lost....I have never had a more powerful voice than I have now." Ali reflects on his faith in God and the strength it gave him during his greatest challenge, when he lost the prime years of his boxing career because he would not compromise his beliefs. He describes how his study of true Islam has helped him accept the changes in his life and has brought him to a greater awareness of life's true purpose. As a United Nations "Messenger of Peace," he has traveled widely, and he describes his 2002 mission to Afghanistan to heighten public awareness of that country's desperate situation, as well as his more recent meeting with the Dalai Lama.

Ali's reflections on topics ranging from moral courage to belief in God to respect for those who differ from us will inspire and enlighten all who read them. Written with the assistance of his daughter Hana, "The Soul of a Butterfly" is a compassionate and heartfelt book that will provide comfort for our troubled times.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Nov 2004
ISBN-13: 9780743255691
ISBN-10: 0743255690
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 221
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.06 x 0.92 x 8.84
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Review by Library Journal (2004-12-01)

Fans of boxing great Muhammad Ali might not know quite what to make of this book. Despite its loosely autobiographical structure, the emphasis is not on Ali the warrior. His triumphs are touched on, but it is a softer side of the man that shows through: an exhausted Ali staying up until dawn doing card tricks for a group of Kinshasa children after his 1974 fight with George Foreman; a repentant Ali including a poem of apology to Joe Frazier.

This book is devoted more to homilies, aphorisms, and poems on such matters as love, living a good life, and true happiness-to the extent that it might seem as if Ali is channeling Kahlil Gibran. Readers anxious for a more straightforward work of autobiography like Ali's The Greatest (o.p.) might be disappointed. But those who forgave Ali his cruel toying with Floyd Patterson, joining the controversial Nation of Islam, and verbal abuse of Frazier will forgive him here and be glad that this book affirms the essential decency we always saw in the man. Because it's Ali, there will be demand, so this is recommended for most public libraries.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/04.] - Jim Burns, Jacksonville P.L., FL

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"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 Butterfly the great champion takes readers on a spiritual journey through the seasons of life, from childhood to the present, and shares the beliefs that have served him well.

After fighting some of the fiercest bouts in boxing history against Joe Frazier and George Foreman, today Muhammad Ali faces his most powerful foe -- outside the boxing ring. Like many people, he battles an illness that limits his physical abilities, but as he says, "I have gained more than I have lost.... I have never had a more powerful voice than I have now". Ali reflects on his faith in God and the strength it gave him during his greatest challenge, when he lost the prime years of his boxing career because he would not compromise his beliefs.

He describes how his study of true Islam has helped him accept the changes in his life and has brought him to a greater awareness of life's true purpose. As a United Nations "Messenger of Peace", he has traveled widely, and he describes his 2002 mission to Afghanistan to heighten public awareness of that country's desperate situation, as well as his more recent meeting with the Dalai Lama.

Ali's reflections on topics ranging from moral courage to belief in God to respect for those who differ from us will inspire and enlighten all who read them. Written with the assistance of his daughter Hana, The Soul of a Butterfly is a compassionate and heartfelt book that will provide comfort for our troubled times.

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