The Long Awakening: A Memoir
Hard to Follow
I am reviewing this book in honor of Brain Injury Awareness month.
This book sounded really interesting to me and it was. But I really struggled to follow it. The thoughts seemed very random which as first I understood. You are reading the book from Lindsey's point-of-view and of course as she comes out of the coma she is confused.
Then the book bounces around a lot to different people, different times. This made it hard for me to stay engaged while reading.
There is a lot of beauty in this book, as Lindsey's husband stays by her side and as you realize she hasn't seen her baby in over a month and doesn't even know if her baby is a live. I can't even imagine going through that or what her older children had to experience not knowing when or if their mom would come home.
Even though I didn't love this book you might and I always encourage you to make your own opinion. If the book sounds interesting you might want to give it try.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
March 13, 2014
Excellent on many levels.
Probably one of the best books I'll read this year, and certainly one of the most moving. If the idea of this book intrigues you at all, you would do well to check it out. It's the story of a life-changing-event story, it's the story of a miracle, it's a story about what-happens-after-your-life-changes, and it's a warmly human story.
The way Lindsey tells this story is riveting. You'd think the account of a woman who goes into a coma the day her fifth child is born would be too terrible to even read, but there is such a sense of love in this book amidst the tragedy. Such a strong sense of family and caregiving and care-receiving and comforting each other and grieving together and the bonds between us that never let us go.
She recounts so many of her family's experiences in this book, giving us multiple windows into that time. We read about the way Lindsey's eldest daughter returned home to become sister-mother to newborn Caroline, and how Lindsey rejoiced that her baby had such good care and yet mourned that she didn't know her own infant's languages.
She tells us about the conversations that went on behind the scenes, as her family lived without the ability to grieve fully or the ability to completely hope.
It was like they were all underwater, her in the coma and them in the aftermath of uncertainty and fear. The worst thing I can imagine is having to look at children's faces while they ask "What is going to happen to Mom?"
Yet Lindsey keeps a little humor and hint of irony in her storytelling too. When she was released from the hospital at last, and all her friends and family would cry with happiness every time they saw her, she nicknames herself The Human Onion.
Chapter 21 may be my favorite chapter of all, as that is the one where Lindsey begins to look back and ask God what on earth was the meaning of all of that, and where was He in it. I was underlining quotes throughout this book, and I found some of my favorite in those pages.
Again, if you think this book may be for you, it comes highly endorsed by Eric Metaxas and many other well-spoken voices of our day. I would suggest you try it.
Thank you Revell for my review copy.
March 11, 2014
A very Gripping true story
The Long Awakening is such a moving story of a mother who awakes from a medically induced coma and the long, slow struggle of recovering from the trauma not only for the mother but for the whole family. Their faith gets them through this even in the times when they struggle to believe.
This book not only gripped my heart and my emotions, but it also helped me to understand what it would be like to go through something like this. I believe this book would be of encouragement to others going through situations such as this.
I am so grateful I read this book and know it will be one I would read again and share with others.
Lindsey OÃ¢ÂÂConnor is a great and gifted writer.
November 27, 2013
A Mother's Quest to Normality
By Lindsey O'Connor
In this day and age, having a baby should be easy , with complications rarely happening, right??? Well, in the case of LIndsey, this became a tragic moment. The joy of a new infant was overcome by a mother's life-threatening coma!! Would she have a miraculous recovery and awakening or was it time to leave this world to go to the arms of her Lord??
Lindsey tells her story of her unexpected pregnancy and the tragic situation that develops immediately after the birth of a healthy baby girl. Her day started with all the happiness and excitement that a new baby brings, however ended with running, panic , blood and tears. The baby thrives, Lindsey exists!! In a deep unknown world of nothingness. She goes into a coma, from which few think she will ever recover. This tragedy is described in detail, keeping you glued to the page, wanting to know what Lindsey's future will be, if indeed, there is a future for her on this earth.
Meanwhile , there is a newborn , healthy, and needing to be loved. Without her mother's care and love, will she thrive?? Lindsey's elder daughter takes over, giving up her dreams of college, for the moment, to care for this tiny sister. The depth of a sister's love is described in such detail that you become part of her challenges, joys and discouragement. She continues to grow in the Lord, as she fills her mother's shoes, in nurturing this new little one.
The present is a nightmare situation for the family. Although Lindsey's husband never gives up, she relates his worries, fears and heartache in a depth that you can feel in your inner most being.
Forty seven days later, Lindsey first shows signs of regaining her consciousness. The first thing she sees is her husband's face leaning over her.Lindsey's road to recovery is long and at times wearisome and discouraging. With her family, she fights to relearn how to return to her family , as a mom. It is a VERY long journey and she describes it in depth.
Although I generally prefer not to read books written in the first person, this story grabbed me from the very first page. I could feel the pain, heartache, and tragedies. It is a spectacular work of recalling and recovering, told in a sincere and meaningful way. The times of weeping and fear experienced by this Christian family touched me deeply. What a mother will do to return to her family, although hard physically and emotionally, is simply amazing and shows us the power of God, who has much to do in His plan for them.
Definitely a book to leave you reflecting on the value of life and how God is at work , even in the toughest situations.
October 29, 2013