24 October 2012

'The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals' is a must read

Where to start . . .? There are so many things I would like to say about The Lucky Ones, none of which I fear will do it justice. So I’ll begin with the fact that I have had the pleasure of meeting Jenny Brown and her husband, Doug Abel. The reason I mention this is because while I was reading this book I felt like I was back in their kitchen; surrounded by rescue cats and dogs, talking passionately about the two hundred or so farm animals who roamed the vast acreage behind me, and listening in awe; enraptured by the woman—by the couple—who had managed to turn my dreams into their own personal reality. This book was like my—and all her reader’s—invitation back.

Here’s my best description of this gem of a book: inspirational and infuriating; laugh-out-loud funny and heartrendingly sad; humbling, and at times unbelievable; and most profoundly impactful. It is a gift to the activist movement, but more than that, it is an inquisitive look into the unfortunately shaky bedrock of our humanity.

Jenny Brown is courageous, smart, witty, and powerful. Her personal obstacles, which she bears with brazen honesty and full-disclosure are a testament to the human spirit. And her fight for the ones, who are so often unlucky, is a testament to the spirit of all the animals she works so hard to save.

Read this book. Then pass it along to everyone you know. No one will be untouched by its message, and most importantly, its truth.

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New York Erica is the founder and executive director of the non-profit organization, Karuna For Animals: Compassion In Action, Inc. A long time vegetarian turned passionate vegan, she works tirelessly to educate others on the countless benefits of adopting a vegan diet. She currently holds a BS in Psychology with a concentration in Animal Behavior and an MFA in Creative Writing. Along with her work in animal advocacy, Erica works as an editorial assistant, freelance writer, certified and registered yoga instructor, nutritional counselor and health coach. She lives with her veg husband and their four rescued animal companions.

Photo credit: The Lucky Ones | Disclosure: Review copy provided