The Lucky Few: Finding God's Best In The Most Unlikely Places by Heather AvisThe Lucky Few: Finding God's Best In The Most Unlikely Places by Heather Avis

The Lucky Few: Finding God's Best In The Most Unlikely Places

byHeather Avis

Paperback | March 21, 2017

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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 God’s 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 He’s put into our lives. No, it’s 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 we’ve 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 God’s plan is for our lives and how downright lucky we are to be able to live it out.  

                It’s 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, I’ve learned to see as nothing more than pure luck.

Heather is the founder of the hit Instagram account @macymakesmyday, which is enjoyed by and inspires people from all walks of life from every corner of the world. Heather is a wife to her loving and supportive husband Josh, and mother to Macyn, Truly, and August. They live in Southern California.
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Title:The Lucky Few: Finding God's Best In The Most Unlikely PlacesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 0.64 inPublished:March 21, 2017Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310345464

ISBN - 13:9780310345466

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing story!! Heather's story is inspiring and so encouraging to read. I highly recommend this book as she talks about her journey of adoption and learning to love kids that are often overlooked.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Inspiring! Loved! I LOVED the inspiring story of this family. It really was the reminder that I needed to show that there is good in the world. That seems like such a loaded statement but due to the society that we currently live in, sometimes the goodness can be overshadowed by negativity. This book had me on the verge of tears as well as laughing. It was well-written and encompassed such a wide range of emotions. Honestly, even if readers don't relate to the infertility aspect, I believe many will relate to how life changes in an instant. Plans do not go accordingly. In fact, isn't there a saying about God laughing when we make plans? I believe that it's good to have a direction to work towards but we become so focused on our goals and comparisons that we don't always want to pay attention to God's plans for us. Anyway, I truly loved this story and this family. I can only hope that this story is a light for many others. I also hope that Heather Avis writes another book even though I don't know what it would entail. I would be happy just reading stories of their everyday lives as I really enjoyed her writing style. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-08-04

Editorial Reviews

The Lucky Few gives a glimpse into the remarkableness of one couple who choose a terrifying yes over an uncomfortable no---over and over again. It is an honest and vulnerable account of determination, not only to see God's promises come to pass, but also to seek his best for those whom society so often overlooks. Heather's story calls our attention to the image of God in every person and provides another lens through which to view the world and each person we encounter. By the end, you will see why the Avis family truly are the lucky few---and you just may end up wanting to join their crew as well!