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Publication Date: 2017
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Freedom of the Heart: A Journey Back to Innocence Through the Eyes of a Young Adult with Down SyndromeAna AgostiniWestBow Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback$12.74
This Little Light of Mine: A Woman with Down Syndrome Shines Brightly in the World.Rosemary HeddensWestBow Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback$16.19 Retail:
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These are the faces that call me "mom," the three children who made me a mother.
When I started my journey into parenthood I never thought it would look like this. I never planned on having three adopted children, and I certainly never imagined that two of them would have Down syndrome. But like most of the things God does, once we stepped into the craziness and confusion of the unknown and unplanned, we quickly realized that we were indeed among the lucky few.
When my husband and I decided to grow our family ten years ago, we were surprised to find that getting pregnant was not as easy as we had thought it would be. And as we navigated the ups and downs of infertility, God led us down the path of adoption. Of course, we would adopt! Not what we had originally planned, but certainly a wonderful option.
But just as we began to get a comfortable grasp on growing our family through adoption, God introduced us to Macyn Hope, a very sick little girl with Down syndrome who desperately needed a family. As we continued to follow Gods calling, first with Macyn, and later with Truly and then August, we found ourselves further and further from the comfortable paths we thought our lives would take, and instead moving down some very scary, and often painful roads.
Even though at times His plan seemed terrifying and even downright foolish, little could we have known how much goodness, blessing, and joy would flow out of loving these three little people Hes put into our lives. No, its not been easy: not the open-heart surgeries or the challenges of raising two children with Down syndrome or the complexities of dealing with birth-families or the struggles weve had with the public education system. But through it all, every new and uncomfortable situation has only proven to be another chance to see how very good Gods plan is for our lives and how downright lucky we are to be able to live it out.
Its only the lucky few that recognize that the most beautiful things in this life are often found in the differences. What some would see as misfortune, Ive learned to see as nothing more than pure luck.
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A Testimony to God's Unpredictable, yet Amazing WaysJune 16, 2017JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As Heather Avis puts it, when she and her husband said yes to adoption, they stepped off of the smoothly paved path through a carefully cultured rose garden and into a wildflower adventure. They never could have imagined what God had in store for them, yet even through great challenges, scary moments, and daily struggles, they are thankful they chose His way. As Heather tells the story in her book, The Lucky Few, she explains why.
As a new mother to four daughters with special concerns of their own, I appreciated the way Heather explained her thoughts and feelings every step of the way. Many times I thought, "Yes! It's just like that!" She put my own thoughts into words, and she made them okay. Heather felt relief whenever someone said something to normalize her unusual life. Her book gave that same feeling of normalcy to me.
If you have grown or are thinking about growing your family through adoption, this book will inspire you and give you hopeful perspective. And even if adoption isn't a path you plan to take, you'll find the Avis's story a fascinating testimony to God's amazing work in and through people who choose to follow Him faithfully. I highly recommend this read.
Zondervan sent me a complimentary copy, so I could share my honest opinion with you.
AmyL4 Stars Out Of 5The Lucky FewJune 2, 2017AmyLQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Lucky Few begins with a look at what infertility looked like for the Avis family. Avis shares the intimate details of processing the letting go of long-held dreams. And through that process, Avis and her husband make the decision to adopt to grow their family. The Lucky Few takes you through the addition of three children to the Avis family.
Avis shares the realizations she's had about the beauty and pain of adoption. She lets you see inside her mind to everything that she is processing. Though their family adoption two children with down syndrome and heart defects, and one child with an incredibly complicated past, their story is not one of pain.
Avis ultimately shares the joy that she has learned through this journey with God. How it has helped her grow to understand God and his relationship to her better.
The Lucky Few was a beautiful look at how adoption changed this family, and many others as a result, for the better.
I received a copy of The Lucky Few from NetGalley. This review is my own, honest opinion.
BastianReviewsAlabamaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Get a box of tissuesMay 29, 2017BastianReviewsAlabamaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have to begin with a warning first if you decide to read The Lucky Few. You'll want to be sure to have a good solid couple days and a box of tissues as you read this book. If you have a heart for adoption or fostering, you'll definitely want to read Heather's story. I have to confess, I couldn't even get through the forward without getting teary! I loved seeing Heather's heart as she shares her story of becoming a mother. I want to share this book with all of my adopted friends, friend who've fostered or adopted. Be encouraged and share the joys and tears with this amazing family.
Rachel4 Stars Out Of 5The Lucky FewMay 21, 2017RachelQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I enjoy reading books that allow me a glimpse into another's life. We all face challenges and trials and struggles and joy and happiness. In some way, while we are all different, we are all met with some type of adversity in life. It can be difficult to remember that we are all faced with some difficulty this side of eternity. We tend to get wrapped up in the struggles in our own story. I think some times we plan or imagine that things will be a certain way and then when they don't turn out the way we thought they would, well its hard to remember that while it might be difficult to digest the difference, it just might be the best thing for us. I enjoyed reading the story about how they adopted their children and how God led them right where He wanted them to go. Obedience isn't always easy but the rewards for being obedient are worth it. One thing that she said that I really liked was, "We can only fully know joy when we know heartbreak as well."
Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A great book for those looking to adopt or support the families that doMay 8, 2017Creative2xmomCaliforniaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Parenthood didn't come about as Josh and Heather Avis thought it would. After struggling with infertility, the pair decided to travel the adoption road. Despite the bumps in the road, Heather still had a very clear view of how her family would look. That is until an email from her adoption agency left her questioning everything. Through an amazing turn of events, Josh and Heather ended up adopting Macy, a precious little girl with Downs Syndrome requiring open heart surgery, medications, and multiple therapies. Not ones to back down from a challenge, they went on to adopt a second child, and later a third child, also with Downs Syndrome. Through it all, Heather chronicles the ups and downs that not only created their family, but also ultimately found her in a deeper relationship with her Creator.
The Avis story is one of encouragement and truth. From struggling through infertility, to managing birth family relationships, to waiting through two open heart surgeries, Heather Avis isn't afraid to tell the honest truth about the messiness of life. Despite her parenting journey not playing out the way she planned, Avis is honest about the ups and downs of adoption, foster care, and special needs, all without coming off as angry or looking for sympathy. Instead, she reminds the reader of how she was constantly pointed to the greater reality of our Lord, walking in faith, and the joy that comes from obedience. The Lucky Few isn't just for those looking to adopt. Rather it's a book for anyone trying to understand adoption, how to support families, and more broadly for those catching a glimpse into the Father's heart. I couldn't put it down.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.