Bird of the Soul


Fiction - Inspirational
96 Pages
Reviewed on 05/23/2014
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Author Biography

Author of 35 books, including the New York Times bestseller The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart, Ilchi Lee is the founder of Dahn Yoga and Brain Education, techniques designed to enhance human potential and quality of life through mind-body training methods. He is also a well-respected humanitarian who has been working with the United Nations and other organizations for global peace.Author of 35 books, including the New York Times bestseller The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart, Ilchi Lee is the founder of Dahn Yoga and Brain Education, techniques designed to enhance human potential and quality of life through mind-body training methods. He is also a well-respected humanitarian who has been working with the United Nations and other organizations for global peace.Author of 35 books, including the New York Times bestseller The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart, Ilchi Lee is the founder of Dahn Yoga and Brain Education, techniques designed to enhance human potential and quality of life through mind-body training methods. He is also a well-respected humanitarian who has been working with the United Nations and other organizations for global peace.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Bird of the Soul is an inspirational story written by Ilchi Lee and illustrated by Jisu Han. It's the story of Jay, a man who has become too busy and preoccupied with life to remember the soul-bird who used to make him so happy and hopeful for the future. Although he had everything that a man could wish for - a loving wife and family, and a good job - there was something missing from his life, and Jay fell into despair. Jay's soul-bird was very weak, but he still was able to whisper to Jay that it was all right to dream and to have hope. Jay finally sees his soul-bird again and is overjoyed, yet concerned, as the bird is too weak to fly. Together, they return to the places and feelings they shared when Jay was a child and the two become healed and strong again.

Ilchi Lee's inspirational parable Bird of the Soul is beautifully written, and the illustrations of Jisu Han bring those words to life. The illustrations are marvelous: each one is meticulously drawn and the colors glow. The reader learns by following Jay's journey as he realizes that dreams and happiness are not solely the realm of childhood. I've read through this story twice and intend to spend a lot more time with it. The tale is simple and powerful, and those drawings are mesmerizing. I was initially concerned that a book about the soul might lead to the beliefs of a particular religion, but Lee's Bird of the Soul has relevance for people of all beliefs.

Tania Staley

In the busy happenings of everyday life, we, as a society, often forget to take care of ourselves. When meals are eaten on the run and sleep is snatched when the opportunity arises, it is no wonder that many of us often neglect our spiritual side. Ilchi Lee’s beautiful book, Bird of the Soul, is a reminder to slow down and take care of our souls. In his introduction, Lee states that he believes that, “Everyone yearns to connect with something more permanent and meaningful than what ordinary life offers.” One of these connections necessary for fulfillment is a thriving connection with the soul. In this simple and straightforward picture book, Lee discusses the fictional life of Jay, a boy born with a thriving soul. However, as with so many of us, the hectic nature of his daily life created a disconnect between him and his soul. Come along with Jay as he strives to pull himself out of despondency and reconnect with his “bird of the soul.”

There is something quite rewarding and enjoyable about a picture book aimed at adults. It is like a little treat and a reminder of the child that resides in all of us, which I believe is an attitude the author is hoping to convey. Rarely does an author choose this form to reach an adult audience, and even more rarely does it work, but for Ilchi Lee’s Bird of the Soul it works splendidly. Our society is full of dense self-help books, how-to lists, guides, etc., but Lee’s simpler approach speaks volumes. Rather than being preached to or lectured at, readers are instead allowed to witness Jay’s life and compare it to their own. Where this book truly shines, however, is in its stunning illustrations by Jisu Han. With colorful, vibrant, and joyful illustrations, Bird of the Soul immerses readers in a world of hope and excitement. For anyone struggling to find meaning or anyone simply wanting some validation in their life, I highly recommend this lovely picture book, and I will be interested in seeing what Ilchi Lee does next.

Melinda Hills

Bird of the Soul by Ilchi Lee is a remarkable short guide to finding peace and purpose by looking within. Lee reminds us that we have lost the innocence of youth and, in so doing, have lost touch with our souls. As busy adults caught up in the responsibilities and problems of modern life, we have no time for sitting back and appreciating the wonders of the universe. We have stopped listening to the inner voice that expresses a deep love and respect for the beauty of nature and the depth of love and human interaction. Bird of the Soul provides a 21-day process that will enable you to reconnect with the deepest part of your being – the part that hopes, aims high and achieves fabulous things. The simple act of meditating or taking the time to marvel at the universe offers everyone a break from the hectic pace of today and begins a movement toward contentment and acceptance.

Ilchi Lee, a world renowned trainer for the development of better mind-body connections for improved health and happiness, has created a 21-day mediation guide in Bird of the Soul. The short story that sets the tone of the meditation is a simple look at the change that occurs between childhood and adulthood and provides a dramatic catalyst for change. The meditation questions along with the CD offer a focal point for introspection and reconnection with that still, quiet place deep inside that most adults stopped listening for long ago. This book represents a small first step that can lead to big changes and improvements in anyone’s life.