Friday, December 21, 2012

Still Lolo by Lauren Scruggs

The young woman who suffered terrible injuries when she unintentionally walked into the prop of a small aircraft tells her story, and that of her entire family, in the book Still Lolo (from Tyndale House Publishers). More than just the details about her accident and recovery, the book details the childhood of Lauren Scruggs, her close bond with twin sister Brittany, her relationship with her parents and her walk with the Lord. Short chapters each feature the "voice" of one family member, providing a broad picture of Lauren (known as Lolo).
I found this book to be a fast read, and I don't normally pick up books about events that have occurred so recently (silly habit I have of reading primarily "old" non-fiction and even "older" fiction) but when I saw Still Lolo available for review from Tyndale I decided to read the story behind the propeller accident. I have to say that I do appreciate the honesty and openness of all member of the Scruggs family; they certainly don't sugar-coat things, and in particular her parent's openly share about the difference Jesus has made in their marriage. But I kept wondering when Lauren would share more about Jesus and less about herself...and the more I read, the more I understood that she seems to still be struggling to allow Jesus full access to the throne in an "I-must-decrease-He-must-increase" kind of way. I really don't want to seem harsh; good grief, this young lady and her family have been through the kind of ordeal most of us could never dream of experiencing! But I found myself truly aching for Lauren in the sense that she does not quite seem to be "all in" with Jesus in the way her mom seems to be. She is so like many other American Christians - we want Jesus and we want the American dream, and sometimes we prefer the later. I had never heard of Lauren before,but her book looked interesting so I read it. What a great book and it keep me reading til the very end. Lauren who was living your normal girl her age life. She had the future ahead of her. She had done fashion stories and interned at the tv show Gossip Girl and been to fashion week covering it in NYC. She had started her own magazine online and a blog. Her life changes in a second one night. After attending church she is with friends at their house. They decides to take turns on the private little plane. Her turn was first and after landing she gets out and the planes propeller hits her. She could have lost her life but she lived through it, losing one of her eyes and a hand. I liked how the book was written it was written by all her members of her family. Each person told a different part. It went from her parents marriage,her childhood and up to and after the accident. She has such a strong faith in Jesus and came through this journey of her life with such courage. She tells about how she felt and what she went through after the accident. It was a wonderful book and also shows that God knows your future and your path and to trust him in everything!!

Disclaimer ~ I received this book free of charge for review purposes from Tyndale House Publishers. All opinions shared here are solely my own.

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