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

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

by Muhammad Ali, Hana Yasmeen Ali
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The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life's Journey by Muhammad Ali, Hana Yasmeen Ali

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476747378
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 05/18/2013
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 242,785
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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

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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The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life's Journey 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie 'Ali' captured much of the excitement and drama that surrounded Muhammad Ali and even some bits of his famous humor, but it didn't really capture why so many people were so passionate about him. Yes, Ali was brave, larger-than-life, outspoken, outrageous, and, of course, the Greatest Boxer of All Timeees. But the real reason we cared about him so deeply was that most of us (at least those of us who -quoting Ali- had eyes in which to see) could tell he was basically a very nice person whose goal was to bring joy and happiness into the lives of everyone he met. Muhammad Ali is a spiritual teacher whose purpose is to inspire others to be the greatest they can be. He has indeed accomplished his goal. Even today, when he is hardly able to audibly speak or walk unaided(his mind, however, remains as clear and sharp as ever) he inspires millions of sick people to rise from their beds, get out into the world, and to live their lives to the fullest they are able. This audio book perhaps tells the story of Ali's lifetime spiritual quest better than any other book out there. The majority of the Ali books (and I have read them all) focus mainly on his many boxing victories and defeats, and while the many victories were thrilling and the rare defeats were heartbreaking, merely recounting them does not capture the true heart and soul of the most recognized man in the history of Planet Earth the way his daughter's loving tribute does. In one of his last performances, the great Ozzie Davis does a magnificent job reading Ali's inspiring and heart-felt words. After a few minutes you forget that it is Ozzie and not Muhammad who is speaking.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Muhammad Ali. I have never met him but as I read his book the man is just like I always knew he would be, a sincere, loving, caring, godly down to earth person and I love him. His book is so touching and it shows his love for his family and the world. We are blessed to have known such a wonderful man. YOU ARE THE GREATEST! I Love You.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nevermind the boxing exploits of one of if not the greatest, no pun intended, boxers in the history of the sport, 'Butterfly' shows the heart of the most endearing person of our lifetime... as told through the eyes of a loving child. A partial statement...but of course...I absolutely idolize the MAN both inside and moreso outside the squared circle. If I could but just meet him in person and tell him...'he shook up the world!!!'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this quick read. I learned a lot about Muhammad Ali. Just the opening written by his daughter made me cry. I hope you'll enjoy this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this book it realy talk abouty his life. His life was realy fun Ali realy talk to you soul on this Book. ali have some more books that is real good about his life. Ali is a real good person people realy need to here more about what he went throu in his life.