Thursday, January 17, 2013

Book Review: Still Lolo - A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family's Journey of Hope

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Title: Still Lolo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family's Journey of Hope
Authors: Lauren Scruggs, Scruggs Family, with Marcus Brotherton
Publisher: Tyndale Momentum
Hardcover: 248 pages
Summary: (taken from Goodreads)
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.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Still LoLo is one of the most authentic books I have ever read. It was heartfelt, sincere and absolutely inspiring. The Scruggs family shared their life story so beautifully that I felt as though it were my friends and family going through this horrific journey.

I hadn’t heard about Lauren’s story, so when I saw this book advertised, I was curious how it would be written, since the accident just happened in December 2011. I felt as though there hadn’t been enough time for her to heal from a traumatic brain injury, let alone tell her version of what she was going through. As I started reading and got to know Lauren and her family, I became immersed in the details of the their lives. I felt a genuine love for the Scruggs and a sincere appreciation for their support system. I am in awe of their love for God.

The writing style is fabulous. The story is written from four different perspectives: Lauren’s mother, father, twin sister, and Lauren herself. They don't retell the same story; rather, each person’s perspective furthers the storyline in a unique and engaging way. This isn’t a book that focuses on a tragic accident; it focuses on the character of a family and the strength it took to start to heal and move forward.

I’ve had the pleasure to read this book for free, thanks to Net Galley, but rest assured that I will buy the hardback copy and place it upon my shelf for inspiration.

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.*