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

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Simon and Schuster, 16 בנוב׳ 2004 - 224 עמודים
Former boxing legend Muhammad Ali, one of the best-known and best-loved celebrities and an international good-will ambassador, offers inspiration and hope as he describes the spiritual philosophy that sustains him.

"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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Glad to see he has mellowed, because the way he treated Joe Frazier was beyond the pale. I am not totally convinced of everything written, but enjoyed it just the same. קרא סקירה מלאה

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ביקורת משתמש  - Arten60 - LibraryThing

This book shows you the beauty of the greatest boxer in the heavy weight division. His humour, intelligence and his faith to Islam. A fantastic read and I loved the respect he gave to all of his ... קרא סקירה מלאה

תוכן

The Middle Years
43
The Current Years
143
In Troubled Times
185
Postscript
211
Acknowledgments
220
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מהדורות אחרות - הצג הכל

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קטעים בולטים

עמוד 83 - Who would have thought When they came to the fight That they'd witness the launching Of a human satellite Yes the crowd did not dream When they laid down their money That they would see A total eclipse of the Sonny.
עמוד 39 - To make America the greatest is my goal, So I beat the Russian, and I beat the Pole, And for the USA won the Medal of Gold. Italians said, "You 're greater than the Cassius of Old " We like your name, we like your game, So make Rome your home if you will.
עמוד 83 - There, Clay lowers the boom. Now Clay swings with a right, What a beautiful swing, And the punch raises the bear, Clear out of the ring. Liston is still rising And the ref wears a frown, For he can't start counting, Till Sonny comes down. Now Liston disappears from view. The crowd is getting frantic, But our radar stations have picked him up He's somewhere over the Atlantic. Who would have thought When they came to the fight That they'd witness the launching Of a human satellite? Yes, the crowd did...
עמוד 133 - Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster. They have to have the skill and the will, but the will must be stronger than the skill.
עמוד 93 - I have searched my conscience, and I find I cannot be true to my belief in my religion by accepting such a call.
עמוד 15 - Two months ago I had a nice apartment in Chicago. I had a good job. I had a son. When something happened to the Negroes in the South, I said, 'That's their business, not mine.' Now I know how wrong I was. The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all.
עמוד 93 - I strongly object to the fact that so many newspapers have given the American public and the world the impression that I have only two alternatives in taking this stand — either I go to jail or go to the Army. There is another alternative, and that alternative is justice.
עמוד 113 - I'm full of hate. But they don't really hurt me none 'cause I'm doing good and having fun. And fun to me is something bigger than what those critics fail to figure. Fun to me is lots of things and along with it some good I bring.
עמוד 82 - Clay comes out to meet Liston And Liston starts to retreat If Liston goes back any further He'll end up in a ringside seat Clay swings with a left Clay swings with a right Look at young Cassius Carry the fight...
עמוד 62 - The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.

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מידע על המחבר (2004)

Muhammad Ali's core principles of confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect, and spirituality guided him and made him one of the most beloved symbols of peace and well-being in America and the world.

First known for boxing, and later for his conscientious stance on the Vietnam War draft, Ali focused his awareness of the needs of his fellow citizens and those in the developing world to direct his good work. In addition to challenging racial and religious preconceptions at home, he served as a symbol of hope and a catalyst for constructive international dialogue, delivered sorely-needed medical supplies to an embargoed Cuba, provided more than 22 million meals to the world’s hungry, and helped secure the release of fifteen U.S. hostages from Iraq during the first Gulf War. The United Nations named him a Messenger of Peace, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as Amnesty International’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In September 2012, he was the recipient of the prestigious National Constitution Center Liberty Medal.

Among his many projects, Muhammad cofounded the Muhammad Ali Center with his wife Lonnie, and contributed substantially to the awareness and research efforts regarding Parkinson’s disease.

Visit the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, or online at AliCenter.org.

Hana Ali is former heavyweight boxing champion of the world Muhammad Ali's daughter and lives near her father and stepmother in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

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