I vividly remember the day back in December of 2011 when I read a news article about the “supermodel” who was gravely injured when she walked into the propeller of a “private jet”. I remember praying for her healing and recovery, and I remember wondering how it happened; was she drunk or high, partying and distracted?
I’m so glad that Lauren Scruggs- a fashion journalist, not a model- decided to tell her story, and it’s certainly not the story that I read in the headlines that day.
Lauren’s parents and her twin sister add their voices to hers in “Still Lolo”, a book that describes in detail the accident that almost took Lauren’s life, and that resulted in the loss of her left hand, her left eye, and to some extent her sense of identity.
In large part, “Still Lolo” is the story of a girl coming of age and discovering herself; Lauren is revealed as a typical young woman finding her way, growing in her faith, and being shaped by her family, her friends and her choices. Lauren’s experience in the fashion industry gave her firsthand insight into a society that holds the pursuit of physical perfection as something essential to happiness and a healthy self-identity, but her accident revealed a different reality: true happiness is found not in what we look like, but in who we are and from whom we derive our identity and value. Lauren chose to find hers in God and the belief that He created her for a good purpose.
Her story is one I would strongly recommend to teenage girls and young women because it is relatable, honest and real. While Lauren’s resolute faith in God’s goodness- no matter what- is evident, neither she nor her family gloss over the pain, the anger, or the grief she experienced in the aftermath of her accident. Lauren overcame despair, depression, and the temptation to shake her fist at God, and she chose instead to press on in faith, believing that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. Her story will encourage, inspire, and challenge you to do the same in trial or tragedy.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Here’s a link to the first chapter of “Still Lolo”: