Still LoLo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family's Journey of Hope [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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.
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A much-publicized 2011 propeller accident took model Lauren ("Lolo") Scruggs' left hand and eye, but it strengthened the faith of herself and her family. This memoir tells the story behind the headlines.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414378015
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 135,274
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

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 lolomag.com. Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs are authors, speakers, and counselors. Their writings include the widely used book I Do Again and are the founders of Hope Matters Marriage Ministries in Dallas. See their website: 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 for his literary collaborations with high-profile public figures, humanitarians, inspirational leaders, and military personnel. He has authored or coauthored more than 25 books, including the New York Times best-seller We Who Are Alive and Remain, with 20 of the last surviving Band of Brothers. See his website: marcusbrotherton.com.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Bethany Hamilton xi

Overture (Lauren) xv

1 An Unmistakable Premonition (Lauren) 1

2 Horror (Cheryl) 9

3 Racing to the Hospital (Jeff) 13

4 Life Unexpected (Cheryl) 21

5 Mimicked (Jeff) 27

6 A Jolting Heartache (Jeff) 33

7 Bittersweet Years (Brittany) 43

8 Here Comes the Sun (Lauren) 53

9 Discovery (Cheryl) 61

10 The Beginning of a Calling (Lauren) 71

11 New York City (Lauren) 83

12 Gossip Girl (Lauren) 91

13 Strange Black Cloud (Lauren) 99

14 Forbidden Fruit (Lauren) 105

15 A Message I Needed to Hear (Lauren) 111

16 Reconciled (Lauren) 119

17 The Start of Something Wonderful (Lauren) 125

18 LOLO Magazine (Lauren) 131

19 A Painful Journey Back (Jeff) 137

20 The Next Twenty-Four Hours (Brittany) 147

21 Flickers of Recognition (Cheryl) 153

22 The End of Week One (Jeff) 161

23 The End of Week Two (Cheryl) 171

24 Christmas (Brittany) 177

25 Heavy Weather (Lauren) 181

26 Hope Disguised (Lauren) 185

27 Dana's Picnic (Lauren) 193

28 Vacation in the Snow (Lauren) 199

29 My New Reality (Lauren) 205

30 A Big Misunderstanding (Lauren) 213

31 Restoration (Lauren) 219

32 Giving Thanks (Lauren) 225

Epilogue (The Scruggs Family) 233

Acknowledgments 239

Endnotes 243

About the Lookbook 245

About the Authors and Collaborative Writer 247

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Looking to be inspired to live out your dreams? Take a read!

    We all want to believe that we would have the courage to survive a terrible accident; however, Lauren has the scars and story to prove she did. Still Lolo is a story of tragedy but also of triumph and never losing sight of your dreams.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2012

    I highly recommend this book! I appreciated how truthfully Laure

    I highly recommend this book! I appreciated how truthfully Lauren ( Lolo) Scruggs and her family told their story, the good, the bad and the horrific. Lolo was a 23 year old fashion journalist who was confident in her looks, her career and relationship with God, but that all changed in the blink of an eye. At Christmastime , she took a pleasure ride in a friend's airplane to see the lights. When she got off the plane, she was struck by the spinning propeller blade. There was much media attention and many false reports following the accident. This is the first Lolo herself has spoken of the accident, what really happened that night, the challenges she has faced since and what her life is like today.
    This story isn't just about Lolo's accident however. The chapters are written from the different perspectives of different family members throughout their lives and their faith walk. The book takes you through the incredible birth story of Lolo and her twin sister Brittany, relives the painful story of their parents bitter divorce, their reunion after seven years of being apart, the dark days after the accident and most importantly how the family feels God has His hand over every aspect of their story.
    Lolo is heart wrenchingly honest about her life. Prior to her accident, she believed in God and knew he had a plan for her life but still wanted to be able to do the things she wanted to do, the way she wanted to do them. The accident could have cost her life, but instead she lost her left eye and left hand. All aspects of her recovery was hard and in her book Lolo struggles to express just how dark that time was for her. She had times of anger, and lashed out at her parents and even doubted God. Slowly, with the help of her family and friends, she begins to realize that she doesn't have to be afraid of being different, it doesn't matter what others think of her and that God does have a plan for her through all that she went through.
    I would especially recommend this book to young women who may be struggling with who they are, how they look and God's plan for their lives. It was very inspirational.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    WOW! This book is AMAZING!!!! Lauren and her family candidly tel

    WOW! This book is AMAZING!!!!
    Lauren and her family candidly tell their story, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
    From the remarkable birth of Lauren and her twin sister Brittany, to the sad story of their parents divorce, the forthright conversation throughout the book is refreshing!
    Despite Laurens conviction that God has a perfect plan for her life is still not enough to keep her from doing things the way she wants to do them, not because she's a weak person but because she's human, but she comes back to him in humility and asks his forgiveness.
    After finding forgiveness and acceptance her life seems to move along relatively smooth until the night of her tragic accident. After walking in to the propeller blade of their friends airplane, she loses her left eye and left hand, but she is lucky to have gotten away with her life.
    While recovering from her accident she becomes angry with the whole situation, but with help from truly godly family and friends, she begins to quit being afraid of being imperfect, of being different, and as she wrote in her book, "TO BE TRULY OKAY WITH HOW OTHERS SEE YOU".
    My admiration for Lauren Scruggs is off the charts!
    This book is definitely inspirational, I'm SO glad that I read this book!!!!!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers, I was not required to write a positive review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    This book would be good, except this story is one that can be to

    This book would be good, except this story is one that can be told over and over, from many different points of view. So many people in this world suffer tragedy on a daily basis, and to read about an affluent family's problems seems trivial when compared to human slavery, kidnapping, etc. These things take place EVERYDAY, and this story is in no way unique or special. Kudos to Lauren for surviving her tragedy, but it doesn't make her unique. In fact, it is shameful that this family, who is so wealthy, thinks their experiences are so horrendous and difficult. There are millions of people living in poverty around the world who have no access to medical help or monetary assistance who can't just "fix" their problems like this family. It's disheartening to know that the public puts so much stock in someone who has it all. It's not hard to succeed when every avenue is open to you. If you want a REAL inspirational story, I suggest "I Am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

    I liked the cover and the font of the title.  It seemed very rea

    I liked the cover and the font of the title.  It seemed very real.  I also liked her picture on the front.
    Description (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.
    Language: 0.
    Other objectionable: The accident is somewhat descriptive, mention of divorce, mention of going to a nightclub, Lauren strays from her faith a bit at one point in her life, and some kissing.
    Suitable for: Highschoolers and older are really going to like this book.
    Pros: I loved that it was Lauren and her twin sister, father, and mother telling the story from each of their different perspectives.  It made the story seem so real.  The beginning was a tear-jerker for me, and I'm sure that isn't rare at all. :( Lauren's story is very inspiring, and one we should all pay attention to.  She encourages people to be courageous in everyday life, especially when you have to fight battles in your life.  The story was very dramatic and kept me holding my breath throughout the book.
    Cons: I can't say anything negative about someone's personal story. It was amazing. :)
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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

    Still Lolo was an encouraging story about God¿s work in the life

    Still Lolo was an encouraging story about God’s work in the life of the Scruggs’ family. I thought the story would be about Lauren’s accident and recovery, but it is the story of God’s working in her whole family through the years. Different chapters are written from different family member’s points of view. God is still performing miracles, and this book really gives God the glory!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2013

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    Hmm¿Still LoLo is difficult to rate. The story of the accident I

    Hmm…Still LoLo is difficult to rate. The story of the accident I learned about on television and other media is both terrifying and inspirational. Rate: A+. The book, on the other hand, feels like it only touches the surface of the story. I feel the shell of the story is scraped but the deepness of the tragedy and recovery wasn’t reached.  There is too much preliminary ‘stuff’ such as outer beauty, fashion, etc., and not enough of the inner pain and strength that could’ve made this story much more inspirational than it did. 

    This book could’ve provided an exceptional story but, to me, it is mediocre. Rate: C

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2013

    Fashion Journalist and entrepreneur Lauren (LoLo) Scruggs feels

    Fashion Journalist and entrepreneur Lauren (LoLo) Scruggs feels her life is just beginning when a tragic accident changes her forever.  The story of their lives both pre- and post-accident is told from the different perspectives of Lauren, her mother, father, and fraternal twin sister, Brittany.  This style of writing presents a unique "voice" that still is very cohesive, and overall gives a pretty clear picture of their family.




    The family's faith in Jesus, even in the midst of severe challenge and trauma is a truly beautiful picture.  They are very real about their feelings and struggles, yet they still choose to cling to God, and trust that He is good.  All the time.




    I had no idea I would begin this book only to put it down a few hours later - finished. I could not stop reading - well written, interesting, heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time, please get this book right now.  You will be glad you did.




    xo

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    Faith, courage and community Lauren Scruggs suffered horrific in

    Faith, courage and community
    Lauren Scruggs suffered horrific injuries when she walked into the propeller of a small plane in December of 2011. "Still LoLo" is her story, told from the viewpoints of her parents, her twin sister and Lauren herself.  The book describes her childhood years through the divorce and later remarriage of her parents and the growth of their faith - a faith which nurtured their daughters.  What happened the night of the accident and in the days following is told in great detail.  It's a story of the unshakeable faith of Lauren and her family and friends.  It's a story of her courage in pushing through to recovery and a new "normal" life. What struck me even more was the community that gathered around the Scruggs family and provided strength and support in many ways - by people who were close to the family and by many they had never met.  I would most heartily recommend this book.

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  • Posted August 21, 2014

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    Statistics for propeller blade strike against a person are sever

    Statistics for propeller blade strike against a person are several times a year. The author shows amazing courage and determination. Her family's experience and hope bears testimony to strength of family and Christian community.

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  • Posted July 30, 2014

    Still Lolo was an okay read. I was kind of disappointed with it

    Still Lolo was an okay read. I was kind of disappointed with it really. I wanted to read an inspiring story of faith, recovery, and redemption. I wanted to know more about Lauren Scruggs herself. I really did not care to read about her parents personal lives, their personal issues, infertility problems, divorce, etc. 
    Though the book was full of faith and inspiring at times but I was rather bored most of the time.
    3 stars.

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  • Posted July 14, 2014

    Still Lolo is the incredible story of a fashion model who had be

    Still Lolo is the incredible story of a fashion model who had been seeing the Christmas lights from a small plane in the air. It was so dark when they landed that Lolo walked into the spinning plane propeller, losing both an eye and a hand. At that point the book goes back in time to describe her life growing up. She and her twin sister Brittany had parents who divorced when they were 4 years old. However, thanks to their mother’s conversion to Christ and their father’s prayers to God for a godly wife, their parents later remarried. The girls attended Texas A & M together until Lolo became more interested in the fashion world than college. Then their mother suggested she do an internship at Gossip Girl which she did. That was followed by more time in college and doing freelancing for an on line fashion magazine. Eventually Lolo went to New York even though she knew this wasn’t God’s wish for her. She became quite sick with weird skin color, nausea, and passing out in the subway station. It turned out she was bleeding internally with a high temperature. Although she could have died, she didn’t. Over and over, through one adventure after another, Lolo manages to not just survive but to succeed. It’s an amazing book you won’t want to put down.

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  • Posted July 3, 2014

    This book is great. I love how the entire Scrugg family had a pa

    This book is great. I love how the entire Scrugg family had a part in writing it and that it not only told about the accident and life after, but life before as well. I love how they include struggles, physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally as well as triumphs. It shows that with God you can do anything! Go read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    I cried!

    Not really. |:P

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  • Posted June 20, 2014

    The true story of Lauren being hit by a propeller blade and losi

    The true story of Lauren being hit by a propeller blade and losing her one eye and hand. I was encouraged by her determination to get up and get moving, but also by her sharing the real struggles of learning to accept the loss of her hand and to be able to go out and face the public once again.  That wasn't easy for her--she didn't like the prostheses.  




    I also liked how it gave the story of her life--it told how her mom and dad had divorced and then got back together again after they had both become Christians.  Giving up high-paying jobs in the corporate world to work as marriage counselors takes a commitment as well.  It chronicles her failures and her successes, which makes her story more palatable rather than just being about her accident and how wonderfully she overcame it, which can be discouraging for those who struggle through life.  I would recommend this book to others.  Very easy to read.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    This was a pretty good book. A horrible tragedy that this woman

    This was a pretty good book. A horrible tragedy that this woman endured. Everyone I tell this story to seems to have heard of this woman and her getting her hand and eye cut off by a propeller. But I had never heard the story before I read the book. And I had only ever heard of the book as it is on the Tyndale house summer reading program. It is refreshing to hear a Christian that goes through a tragedy and gets through it, and knows the only way they got through it is by the grace of God. This is one of those stories. There has been a big misconception that Lauren was a model prior to this accident. She was not, and the book confirms that. I thought the book deserves more than a three star, but less than a four. And yes, I would recommend it.

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

    I read this book because it was on the Tyndale's summer reading

    I read this book because it was on the Tyndale's summer reading list. I thought her story was interesting and I was certainly fascinated that her parents remarried after 7 years of being divorced. I guess if I had been following Lauren before the accident this book would have been even better because it gives details of her life before the accident and how the accident impacted her life and details about the recovery. It was all new to me since I'd never heard of her before.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

    Still Lolo is written by Lauren Scruggs as well as her family. T

    Still Lolo is written by Lauren Scruggs as well as her family. The subtitle is a spinning propeller, a horrific accident, and a family's journey of hope. Lauren Scruggs was a fashion journalist when a simple air plane ride to see the cities Christmas lights turned into an accident that would changer he life. Left without an eye and a hand in addition to needing brain surgery and a multitude of other things, it is a miracle she survived. This is the story has told through the views of Lauren, her mother, her father, and her twin sister. Not only is this a story of the accident but a story of her life which has God's grace and hope written all over it.




    This book was great. I hadn't heard about this even though it received major television news coverage. (maybe because we don't have tv LOL) I loved how it was written from different perspectives. For someone who is worried about non-fiction books this one was great! I enjoyed reading it and it truly encourages you in your faith. Plus I will now be praying for the Scruggs family as they continue to find ways to pay for all the medical bills from this horrific accident. This is a must read!

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  • Posted August 31, 2013

    Unexpectedly Powerful and Beautiful. This one made me cry. Laure

    Unexpectedly Powerful and Beautiful. This one made me cry. Lauren tells of her journey full of pain and miracles, and the sister, mother and father express how they made it through. It is enlightening in more than one way. Her father works out his grief partly by visiting the accident site, and the diagram and his research were eye-opening. Many aspects of the accident and the road to recovery are explained so well that it kept my interest to the end. These are brave and open people to share their lives this way. I did not expect such a beautiful testimony of strength. This whole family inspired me with their steadfast faith and love. In fact, their example shames me because I have not followed my beliefs as closely. It is a lovely expression of grace and helps me resolve to renew my faith. Difficult issues arise but restoration is ultimately received. Oh, yes, and the photos in the paperback are absolutely beautiful and precious

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  • Posted August 24, 2013

    I loved this book! This book had me almost in tears from time to

    I loved this book! This book had me almost in tears from time to time, yet it also had me laughing from time to time. I love that the whole Scrugg's family shared in the writing of this book, so you get different perspectives. I also loved that this book wasn't all about her accident it shared a lot of what happened in the Scrugg's family before the accident (including the divorce and remarriage of Lauren's parents) as well as what happened after. This book was inspiring and motivating and there is not much more I can say about this book, other than "go read it!"

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