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Still LoLo by Lauren Scruggs



Still Lolo is Lauren Scruggs story of her recent accident that caused the loss of her left eye and left hand. This book does an excellent job of drawing us into the life that Lauren had before the accident, sharing perspectives of her parents and her twin sister. It also shares details of the accident with out being overly clinical or grotesque. But even more than all that, Still LoLo does an excellent job of expressing the battle that comes after the accident.
The honesty that is expressed in regards to the frustration, depression, anger, and fear is comforting. Instead of hiding behind what could easily be a facade produced by media, the Scruggs family presents themselves as they are. One thing that became clear to me is that the emotion that was missing in this story is bitterness. And I would assume that is because of their reliance on God. It would be very easy to become bitter towards God, the pilot of the plane, the entire situation, but that is not expressed at all in this book, instead it's a constant turning back towards God and seeking his plan.
I think that message alone makes this story a worthwhile read. It is well written and keeps the attention, even in the midst of hospital stays and long recovery times and mundane decisions that must be made in the wake of an accident. This story points towards Jesus Christ over and over again.
One of the other things that I also enjoyed about the book is that it includes pictures of Lauren, before and after her accident. Including this one that shows Lauren wearing a prosthesis and has a clear view of the left side of her face.

This is an encouraging story. Not one of triumph, but one about continuing on in the face of difficulty. If you are interested in reading an excerpt, the first chapter is available for free by clicking here. You can also check out her online magazine LoLo Magazine at www.lolomag.com 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Tyndale House Publishing for the purpose of reviewing. 

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