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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
The Courage of a Butterfly by Edmond E. Frank had me thinking about my life, about my purpose, and the hard reality that stares at me defiantly and that I often ignore, pretending to be who others want me to be — a fake, a liar, and exactly what I don’t really want to be. Jeff Williams is in the ICU and facing death, and who happens to be his most important guest? The Angel of Death, who he fondly calls “Big D.” While Jeff has regrets and plans for the future, the angel takes him on a spiritual odyssey that confronts him with the naked reality, biting and raw. For instance, he will discover that his wife, Meg, loves him for the security he provides. In this journey, the protagonist reviews his life with the help of Big D. and makes startling discoveries about personal growth, purpose, love, sacrifice, where others fit into the equation, and a lot more. It is a journey of transformation, of the metaphor of dying, and the courage to be transformed like a butterfly, and to face dread truths about life, love, and death.
Fans of New Age spirituality will adore this book. The story is logically written and the thematic development is just fantastic! Forty-five-year-old Jeff Williams is having the greatest lesson of his life from an unlikely Teacher — The Angel of Death. And be careful, for this is not a book based on fantasy; it is one that asks serious questions about life, and one that any reader will find their own story written into it. It is brimming with wisdom, insight, and disturbing revelations about what is most precious to us. The Courage of a Butterfly will allow readers to easily identify the illusions they have lived with and discover the liberating power of truth, painful and ugly as it may seem, but liberating all the same.
Edmond E. Frank's book is filled with thought-provoking passages and dialogues, and readers will understand mysteries like the link between courage and fear and how they were taught to think of themselves as responsible for other people’s feelings at a very early age — the very people they loved and from whom they needed support. The Courage of a Butterfly features very wonderful characters and I enjoyed how the Angel of Death is written and the skillful manner in which the lessons are communicated. You are compelled to follow the story, to listen to yourself, and to dare to question everything you thought you knew about love, life, truth, and reality. The image of the butterfly couldn’t have a deeper significance in a title. This book will change you in unfathomable ways.