The Eagle Story

Cover of The Eagle Story by Francois and Lydia du Toit
Editions:Paperback: $ 9.50
ISBN: 9780992176938
Size: 8.50 x 8.50 in
Pages: 24

Eagles are magnificent creatures, meant to fly free. But one eagle, saved as a small chick, grew up in a cage for 10 years. When the gate opened, he had forgotten how to be an eagle, wild and free.

Did you know that human beings aren’t much different? We are meant to live life in abundance, to fly high and free.

What would it take to unlock our mental cages, to let us fly free again?

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Reviews:Thomas Getz on Amazon wrote:

A short story with a beautiful message that, when taken to heart, can help you realize you have more power and freedom that you may have imagined. I'd say it's written like a kids story, but the message is for all ages.

Denise Thomas on Amazon wrote:

This story is one you will never forget because the truth of it hits deep and your life is changed in the time it takes to read this book.


During our honeymoon in January 1979 in the Bourke’s Luck area in Mpumalanga, South Africa, Lydia and I met a nature conservation officer who told us the remarkable story of how they released a Black eagle that was in the Pretoria zoo for ten years. This happened about a week prior to our visit.

She told us how excited they were when the bird finally arrived from Pretoria in its wooden crate. They knew that this was the day for the eagle to return to the life and environment of its design: It would never need to waste another day in a cage.

Their excitement soon turned to frustration when, after opening the cage, the bird just sat there with blank eyes and refused to fly!

This continued for several hours. The ten years of caged life must have trapped this poor bird’s mind in an invisible enclosure! How could they get the eagle to realize that it was indeed free?

This is a powerful metaphor of the human condition. How do we break out of our own mental cages to realize, we are truly free indeed?