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Still LoLo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family's Journey of Hope [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Scruggs , Scruggs Family , Marcus Brotherton , Bethany Hamilton
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In December 2011, Lauren (“LoLo”) Scruggs, a 23-year-old fashion journalist, suffered a sudden injury that made headlines around the world. She had been on a short flight to look at Christmas lights and, upon exiting the small plane, was hit by the still-moving propeller blade. A frantic 911 call, several major surgeries, and thousands of prayers later: Lauren lived. But she lost her left hand and left eye. And she had to face some incredibly difficult questions: What kind of future will I have? Where is God in all this pain? Will anyone ever be able to love me now? In Still LoLo, Lauren speaks out for the first time since her accident. She and her family reveal what really happened that night, what Lauren’s life is like today, what got them through their journey toward healing, and how they conquered all odds to persevere as a family. It’s a compelling and fiercely beautiful story of faith, determination, and staying true to who you are—no matter what.


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From the Inside Flap

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.”

Lauren Scruggs is a fashion journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief of LOLO Magazine, an online lifestyle experience magazine that integrates coverage of the food, fashion, beauty, health, and travel industries. She has served as a contributing editor at MyItThings.com, SMUStyle, and PR Couture. A 2009 Dallas Baptist University graduate, Lauren has worked in the Michael Kors showroom and reported from New York, Paris, and Montreal Fashion Weeks. She was an intern in the fashion department of the television series Gossip Girl. See her magazine at www.lolomag.com.

Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs are authors, speakers, and counselors. Their writings include the widely used book I Do Again, which chronicles their thirty-year story of marriage, betrayal, infidelity, divorce, emotional damage and scarring, forgiveness, reconciliation, trust, and remarriage to each other. Jeff and Cheryl are the founders of Hope Matters Marriage Ministries in Dallas. They speak at conferences and weekend worship services in churches across the nation, sharing their love story of hope, redemption, restoration, and God taking hold of their lives. See their website: www.hopeformarriages.com.

Brittany (Scruggs) Morgan is Lauren’s fraternal twin. She works in accounting for a commercial insurance company and is married to her best friend, Shaun.

Marcus Brotherton is a journalist and professional writer known internationally for his literary collaborations with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. He has authored or coauthored more than twenty-five books, including the New York Times bestseller We Who Are Alive and Remain, with twenty of the last surviving Band of Brothers. See his website: www.marcusbrotherton.com.

From the Back Cover

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.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good, inspiring read, even for non-Christians November 23, 2012
By Jen
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book somewhat reluctantly, worried that it would be too preachy for me to enjoy or relate to. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, while there is a good deal of discussion about Lauren's faith and the Scrugg's family's faith, it is not a preachy book. It was inspiring on many levels: the story of Lauren's parents and how they came back together after seven years of being divorced (a divorce that was pretty bitter to begin with) and the story of how the community pulled together to help the family through this crisis were great subplots and inspiring on their own. You definitely feel that Lauren has a "young" or immature voice -- there is a lot of description about people's looks, dress, etc., but she also recognizes in the end that outward appearance was something she placed too much value on. She doesn't try to make herself out to be perfect, and she lets the reader in on the struggles she endured, including lashing out at her parents during her darker times. I read this in about a day and I enjoyed it more than I expected to. There is even a good description of the accident and how it could have happened to anyone, for those who still think Lauren was just a dumb blonde who should have missed the spinning propeller.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Warning April 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I recently purchased this book for a young woman who lost her lower arm and had extensive facial injuries in an accident, after seeing Lauren Scruggs story on Good Morning America. Was so glad I read the book before I gave it to her. I decided to return it, as it would be more discouraging than hopeful for my friend. She and Lolo are on the same page spiritually and physically, but that's about all their lives have in common.

Lolo and family clearly have support systems and resources this single working mom never will know. She would have envied Lolo's wardrobe of prostheses alone, much less all the therapists, trainers and coaches. Hair extensions? We only wish!

My friend is stuck with what her budget and insurance would cover--a shaved head until we could cut it stylishly short and standard hook that frightens her two year old so much they both cry when she puts it on.

With no disrespect to Lauren Scruggs, this is NOT the book to share with someone who is faced with a similar disability who has only a fraction of Scruggs' support system and financial resources. Barely skims the surface of the psychological trauma or practical living with life altering injuries.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars shallow April 20, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I was more inspired by her story before I read her story in her own words. I sympathize for her injuries and admire the determination it takes to overcome the injuries but she's so wrapped up in her looks it's sickening. They mention huge hospital bills but focus more on their family vacation. How can she accept money from elementary students doing chores for their parents while she's buying new clothes and other do dads? Promoted as deeply faithful, I question their values.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good story, poor book January 20, 2013
By ErikaL
Format:Hardcover
Certainly the faith and courage of Lauren and her family in response to this horrible accident are admirable. However, the book seems self-absorbed and self-indulgent. The introductory material about her young life and the marital problems of her parents is unnecessary and seems like a plug for their own book and "ministry". Lauren's details about what outfits she wore and what boys she kissed are also unnecessary and immature. Overall there are too many details, seemingly there to create enough pages to justify a book. Perhaps it would have been better for Lauren and her family to wait a couple of years to tell the story, rather than publishing it so soon after the accident. The long-term recovery and faith journey would be more inspiring than paragraph after paragraph of details about clothes, food, and lifestyle. The book, on its own, has no literary quality or value.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Down to Earth, Easy to Read, Strong Christian Message November 19, 2012
By VMSerna
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a quick and easy read for me. It is the journey of Lauren's life, accident, and recovery as told by herself and her family. Each chapter starts with an immediate family member's name (Lauren herself, her mom, her dad, or her twin sister) as they tell a perspective of the story. A main aspect of the book is sharing the family's beliefs and faith throughout her experiences and life. I think this book would be particularly interesting to preteen, teen, and early 20's women.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!! November 17, 2012
By diana
Format:Hardcover
AWESOME BOOK!!! I loved it!!!!! I could not put it down and did not want it to end!!! I was so touched by Lauren and her families strength, honesty, and faith!!!! Thank you for sharing your journey!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, had some issues December 10, 2013
Format:Hardcover
I recently read Still Lolo by Lauren Scruggs, the Scruggs family, and Marcus Brotherton. I had heard about Lauren Scruggs in the media and was interested in reading the whole story about what had happened to her, so I chose this book. In December 2011, she took a short plane ride to look at Christmas lights over Texas and walked into the propeller blades while disembarking the plane. Several surgeries followed, and she miraculously survived, mostly intact. Still Lolo skips back and forth between Lauren, her twin, her dad, and her mom. It details her childhood, her parent's marriage troubles, her life as a young adult, and of course, the accident and recovery period.

I have to be honest about this book, but I'll detail the parts I liked about it first. This book was a very quick read (I read it in about 24 hours), definitely a page turner (since it kept flipping perspectives, you wanted to keep reading to find out what would happen next), and very interesting. Honestly, the most compelling part to me was about the homeless man her dad picked up who wrote the amazing predictions about their lives. I found that the most touching and interesting part of the entire book. I really enjoyed reading the portions about her parent's marriage struggles, divorce, and remarriage. I really want to read their book now.

However, this book definitely had some issues. A major one for me was that the family seems to be at a high income level (huge houses, expensive neighborhoods, designer clothes, vacations, expensive colleges, etc. etc.). I absolutely cannot relate to this and it kind of put me off.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and heartwarming.
Lauren 's battle has not only given me a new found definition of strength but has also regained my faith. Her true light really showed in this book.
Published 15 days ago by Alexis Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Story
I recently read Still Lolo by Lauren Scruggs. I remember hearing about her accident on the news but you didn't get all the details. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Joy L. Strickland
5.0 out of 5 stars It’s an amazing book you won’t want to put down
Still Lolo is the incredible story of a fashion model who had been seeing the Christmas lights from a small plane in the air. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Louise Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring story!
Another fantastic read! I was so inspired by Lauren and her family. I cannot even imagine how hard going through something like that must have been. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kristen Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 1 month ago by Joni
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great. I love how the entire Scruggs family had ...
This book is great. I love how the entire Scruggs family had a part in writing it and that it not only told about the accident and life after, but life before as well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gina Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad to hear more of the story!
Since I heard of and prayed for LoLo after her accident, reading this follow-up was a huge treat! Thrilled to hear of the miraculous recovery from her almost fatal injuries - and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars What An Inspiration
I could not put this book down. So refreshing to read the words that through this event Lauren and her family kept their strong faith in Jesus Christ. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BasketB
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
The true story of Lauren being hit by a propeller blade and losing her one eye and hand. I was encouraged by her determination to get up and get moving, but also by her sharing the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Knew her DAd's family
I grew up in Bluefield WV knew Laurens grand parents went to school with her aunt, an amzing family and the book only made my beliefs stronger... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Karen J Simon
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