New Book Review for ‘Born with Wings’
Birds, like Angels, have long been seen as messengers in human life and culture. In some societies, the Crow is seen as a harbinger of danger, while in others the Crow is the conveyor of Wisdom and warnings to pay greater attention to our surroundings instead of living in a state of constant distraction between past and future. Likewise, the Owl has long been associated with Wisdom – but also with Death. Like Angels, too, birds can be both friends and enemies to each other and to humans.
But suppose you are “Born With Wings” yet unable to fly?
Suppose your destiny as a winged creature is very much in question given your obvious “disability”? How are you to fulfill your destiny and rise above the mundane dangers of existence, when you are confined to the vulnerable world of the earth-bound?
For one such winged creature, these questions were very much at the centre of her existence. Born in a beautiful and remote valley in South Africa, the Egyptian Goose we come to know as Piu Piu falls out of her nest and into the world of humans. Confined to earth with a broken wing could be a death sentence. Our little heroine, known here as Piu Piu, but in eternity as Anata, takes us on a delightful but perilous journey through earth-bound dangers, assisted by a young girl’s loving care, an ironic cat’s ambivalent companionship, an alert snake’s guidance and numerous encounters with unexpected allies amid Nature’s impersonal forces, on her way toward confrontation with her Fear, and potential Freedom, if her courage holds.
Friends and enemies, uneasy alliances and family dynamics all contribute to the temporal experience of Piu Piu’s life, but it is her recognition of who she really is, and her choice to face her destiny with courage, that turns her life into a truly magical tale. Opening a window between our physical world and the greater reality in which we all must learn to “fly” is an entrancing epic, in which all sentient creatures are tested, and our capacity to deal with different levels of reality determines whether we go on to the next step in our spiritual development or must repeat the still unlearned lessons.
Beautifully written, divinely inspired, “Born With Wings” is a new and revised edition of The Immortal Life of Piu Piu, a wise and wonderful story in the magical tradition of “The Little Prince” and “Jonathan Livingston Seagull“.
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