Monday, December 31, 2012

Still Lolo by Lauren Scruggs

Still Lolo by Lauren Scruggs
ISBN:  978-1414376691
Publisher: Tyndale Momentum
Hardcover (290 pages)

Book Synopsis:

Join Lauren Scruggs as she reveals the story of the night that changed everything for her. . . .

“The night was dark and rainy. Shadowy clouds were thick above us in a starless sky. For some reason I began to feel cold. The heater was on in the tiny plane, but what I felt wasn’t that type of cold. It was more of a tingle. A shiver. I took a deep breath and looked out the window.

‘Nice lights,’ the pilot said.

The feeling shot up my spine again. Unmistakable fear. This is stupid, I thought. Completely stupid. Not the experience of flying but this definite feeling of dread coursing through my body. Get a grip, Lo, I told myself. You need to relax.

Up in the air, the atmosphere grew calmer. The rain let up and turned into a slight mist. It might have even stopped. There was no thunder or lightning. No strong winds. All I heard was the friendly drone of the plane’s engine and the occasional crackle over the microphone’s earpiece. But I still couldn’t shake this crazy fear.

I couldn’t shake it at all.

A stunning and unexpected tale of tragedy, survival, and true beauty. For fashion journalist Lauren (“LoLo”) Scruggs, a short flight to look at Christmas lights turned into a nightmare when she was struck by the plane’s spinning propeller blades.

As Lauren was rushed to the hospital, fighting for her life, the world watched in shock and horror. Several major surgeries and thousands of prayers later, Lauren was still alive. But she had suffered brain trauma and lost her left hand and left eye. Some thought that this would be the end of everything for her, a beautiful young woman working in an industry focused completely on appearance.

They were wrong.

In Still LoLo, Lauren reveals what really happened that night, how she survived against all odds, and what her life is like today. She is unflinchingly honest in the face of difficult questions: What kind of future will I have? Will anyone be able to love me now? Where is God in all this pain? Through her story, Lauren calls us all to live a life without fear and to overcome whatever challenges threaten to limit us.

Containing never-before-published photos and personal stories from Lauren and her family, Still LoLo is a compelling and fiercely beautiful account of faith, determination, and staying true to who you are—no matter what.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of review. The review is my honest opinion and I was not paid for this service.

Lauren Scruggs or Lolo as she likes to be called, had her life totally shattered as a young adult when she was accidentally struck by the propellers of a private plane. This story was about how the experience affected not only Lauren and her family but the entire community. The story is told by not only Lauren but different members of her family as well. While different members of the family are telling the story from different aspects; the story flowed smoothly together as though it were being told by one person. It talked about Lauren's courage in her journey to recovery and her family's journey to restoration.

I loved how the author made you feel as though you were part of the family. It was as though you were right there with her, experiencing what she and her family were going through. You could feel their pain, their hope, their joy as they talk about different things throughout the experience. This was one book that I could not put down, although at times I had to force myself to put it down to avoid tears. This is one heart-wrenching story that no one should ever have to endure. But it is wonderful to see that Lauren not only made it through this trial and tribulation but she excelled at it pulling from the strength of her family, her friends but most importantly from God. This book was very well written, easy to read (although parts of the story were hard to read because of what was happening). The author did a wonderful job of captivating the audience and keeping their attention.

I give this book 5 stars out of a total of 5. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good book to read; anyone who loves a good heroic book of courage and faith.

Read an excerpt of the book here: Chapter One

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