“The Lucky Ones” interweaves the story of Jenny Brown’s journey with those of some of the residents of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, home to over 200 rescued animals. Throughout the book, there is a recurring theme: one of finding one’s rightful place in the world, of finding one’s home.
Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Jenny Brown didn’t make the connections between the animals she loved and those she ate or served at her restaurant jobs. It wasn’t until college that she was first exposed to the issues of animal cruelty and animal rights. After researching and learning about the fur trade, animal testing, circus and zoo animals and ultimately, the plight of farm animals, Jenny made that connection and became a vegetarian.
Viktor Frankl wrote, “The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her life…in work (doing something significant), in love (caring for another) and in courage during difficult times. Suffering in and of itself is meaningless; we give our suffering meaning by the way in which we respond to it.” Jenny Brown has certainly found meaning in all 3 aspects: her amazing work, her boundless love and her infinite courage. She has given suffering meaning, her own and that of the animals, by responding with her whole heart and soul. In this passionate, heartfelt, humorous and inspiring story, “The Lucky Ones” lets us share that journey to find meaning in life, all life.
The "V" Word: Say it. Eat it. Live it.