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Still LoLo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family's Journey of Hope Paperback – September 1, 2013
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I believe that waiting a little longer to write the book and sharing her experiences (rather than her past) would have provided greater insight to others who may also be coping with such a disability, as well as making it a more honest and interesting read overall.
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.
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. Then towards the end of the book, I was shocked at her dad saying how he barely makes any money and they couldn't afford her medical bills - while Lauren's buying new designer clothes, getting her nails done, getting hair extensions, and going on a vacation. Definitely kind of a turn off.
Then there's the issue that Lauren seems to be absolutely obsessed with her looks - clothes, hair, makeup, nails, you name it. It seems at odds with Christianity to be so obsessed over physical appearance. Now, the book does address this and says that she began counseling with a Christian program and some different things and is learning to let some of this go. However, it seemed a bit odd and I had trouble relating with portions of the book.
Overall, it was definitely interesting and exciting to read. I'm sure some people will be able to relate with it more than others, though. It was worth reading for the meatier portions.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great testimony to who God is no matter the journey.
Great read for teens and older.
Lauren truly writes from her heart:)