No one could have guessed that the life of Lauren Scruggs could be completely altered in a split second. She was a recent college graduate working as a fashion journalist. But when invited to be a passenger in a private plane at a Christmas party, she exited the plane into the dark night. All it took was a slight nick from the spinning propeller to sever her eye, cut off her hand, and sustain brain trauma that would require a long-term healing process. Lauren and her familys hope in God played the biggest factor in going through this tragedy. Read this book for more about Lauren (or LoLo) and her life, accident, and recovery. Theres even a foreword by fellow amputee and cohost of the Beautifully Flawed Retreat, Bethany Hamilton!
This review appeared along with an exclusive interview with Lauren Scruggs in the Summer 2016 issue of Girlz 4 Christ Magazine. Girlz 4 Christ was provided with a review copy.
Lauren Scruggs suffered horrific injuries when she walked into the propeller of a small plane in December of 2011. "Still LoLo" is her story, told from the viewpoints of her parents, her twin sister and Lauren herself. The book describes her childhood years through the divorce and later remarriage of her parents and the growth of their faith - a faith which nurtured their daughters. What happened the night of the accident and in the days following is told in great detail. It's a story of the unshakeable faith of Lauren and her family and friends. It's a story of her courage in pushing through to recovery and a new "normal" life. What struck me even more was the community that gathered around the Scruggs family and provided strength and support in many ways - by people who were close to the family and by many they had never met. I would most heartily recommend this book.
Still Lolo was an okay read. I was kind of disappointed with it really. I wanted to read an inspiring story of faith, recovery, and redemption. I wanted to know more about Lauren Scruggs herself. I really did not care to read about her parents personal lives, their personal issues, infertility problems, divorce, etc.
Though the book was full of faith and inspiring at times but I was rather bored most of the time.
A friend alerted me to pray when LoLo's accident happened, and I did for days. Thrilled to hear more of the story. Her recovery is amazing - totally God's answer to many prayers.
Loved the format of the book which told the story sequentially, using the voices of various family members. Such a traumatic event is, of course, a huge family affair, and it was good to see the way God used each one's periods of being "up" to encourage the rest of the family in their "downs" over the terribly difficult circumstances as they changed.
Also a great manual on how to be a godly friend walking alongside our brothers and sisters as they struggle.
Each one shared enough of his own struggles to be truthful, not a sugar-coating.
Would be a terrific gift to others facing traumatic times...so long as we make it clear everyone has the right to process grief in his own way, on his own timetable. I think grief is cyclical, not linear, and we revisit the same emotions over and over again, but as this book and others point out, GOD IS PRESENT IN THEM ALL.
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 real struggles of learning to accept the loss of her hand and to be able to go out and face the public once again. That wasn't easy for her--she didn't like the prostheses.
I also liked how it gave the story of her life--it told how her mom and dad had divorced and then got back together again after they had both become Christians. Giving up high-paying jobs in the corporate world to work as marriage counselors takes a commitment as well. It chronicles her failures and her successes, which makes her story more palatable rather than just being about her accident and how wonderfully she overcame it, which can be discouraging for those who struggle through life. I would recommend this book to others. Very easy to read.