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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.