Monday, November 26, 2012

Book Review: Still LoLo by Lauren Scruggs and family

Lauren "LoLo" Scruggs

If ever there was a story of hope and courage in the face of adversity, this is it.  Still Lolo is the story of the Scruggs family, who have endured a great trial in the last year, but have come through it with grace and dignity.  On December 3, 2011, Lauren Scruggs was hit by a spinning airplane propeller, and her life, as well as the lives of her family, was changed forever.  In this book they tell their story.  They don't gloss over the details of lives that have come through hardships before, but instead they get down to the nitty gritty and describe how God has brought them through every time.  Last December, Lauren was a young woman in the prime of life.  She had spent the last several years of her life searching for what God wanted her to do, and finally felt like she had found it.  She had just launched her online magazine, and her future looked bright and successful.  Over the past year since the accident she has struggled, doubted and questioned, but has found that God's grace is sufficient, even in her darkest night.

The Scruggs Family
This book is Lauren's story, but it is also the story of her family.  Her parents, Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs, as well as her sister, Brittany (Scruggs) Morgan, share their insights, thoughts and feelings about Lauren's accident, filling in details about things she doesn't remember.  Only Cheryl was present on the night of the accident, and reading her reactions brought tears to my eyes.  She truly portrays the horror and terror of seeing her daughter lying on the tarmac, and the fear of not knowing if she would live or die.  Jeff Scruggs also describes the heartache he felt when he received the call about Lauren's accident and the pain of seeing her lying there in the hospital.  Brittany, Lauren's fraternal twin, writes about her fears for her sister and the worries that she would never be able to live a normal life again.  The love of this family is evident throughout the book, but I was also struck by the love and care shown by their friends, neighbors and church family.  Their entire community really reached out and provided strength and help whenever it was needed. In Lauren's writings I felt her anguish, her fear, her depression, but above all, her hope and courage.  I was inspired by her determination not to let the accident stop her from living.  In my opinion she is beautiful both inside and out.  She has chosen to rise above her circumstances, her fear and her disability.  Her story is one of heartbreak, sadness and loss, but also of beauty, strength and faith.  She is an example of what God can do when we trust Him to lead and guide, even when we don't understand.
Lauren's story is uplifting and inspirational and I'm glad that she and her family shared it.  I recommend it, even to those who may not know about Lauren or the accident.  If you would like to read the first chapter of Still LoLo click here.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Happy Reading,



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