Still Lolo : A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family's Journey of Hope
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.
- Hardback | 248 pages
- 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
- 15 Nov 2012
- Tyndale House Publishers
- Wheaton, IL, United States
- black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
Back cover copy
A stunning and unexpected tale of tragedy, survival, and true beautyFor 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.
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.