CAROL STREAM, Ill.,April 5, 2012 — Lauren "Lolo" Scruggs, the 23-year-old Texan accidentally struck by a moving plane propeller last December, has signed with Tyndale Momentum, Tyndale House Publishers’ newest imprint, to pen — for the first time — the details of the day that forever changed her young life. The tragic incident, which occurred after Scruggs had been on a short flight in a small aircraft, resulted in the loss of her left hand and eye and generated many additional obstacles on the long and painful road to her physical recovery.
Scruggs, founder and editor-in-chief of the online fashion magazine LOLO, will release her debut book Still Lolo, co-authored by New York Times best-selling writer Marcus Brotherton and including insights from her parents Jeff and Cheryl, and her twin sister Brittany, in November 2012 — nearly one year after the accident.
"We are very gratified to be working with Lauren and her family on Still Lolo," said Jan Harris, publisher of Tyndale Momentum. "Lauren is an amazing young woman whose faith and determination, as well as her strong and supportive family, have been crucial in her ongoing recovery. This is going to be a truly inspiring book for anyone who has faced adversity themselves or struggled with the value our society places on physical beauty."
Since that fateful December evening, news regarding Lauren has attracted national interest and generated genuine concern and heartfelt prayers among countless individuals, as evidenced by myriad media requests and more than 1.5 million visits to her Caring Bridge page. Not only has Lauren’s story inspired others to re-examine their lives and to make every day count, her journey to recovery has been a testament to her faith, perseverance and courage — unifying principles and personal attributes that were the foundational inspiration for, and will be reinforced in, Still Lolo.
In addition to the happenings on the tragic evening Scruggs was injured, Still Lolo will unveil details of Scruggs life after the accident and the personal faith which are helping her and her family persevere together. Scruggs will also address difficult questions she has since faced — and which many individuals have asked themselves at some point in life — including, "What kind of future will I have?" "Where is God in all this pain?" and "Will anyone ever be able to love me now?"
Still Lolo is poised to be a compelling and fiercely beautiful story of faith, determination, and staying true to oneself no matter what. The book will resonate with women and teen girls who have struggled with body image and insecurity as Lauren honestly shares her struggles related to beauty, love and acceptance and how she found peace and comfort through her spiritual beliefs.
In addition to founding LOLO, Scruggs is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University where she majored in communications; a contributing editor at PR Couture, MyItThings.com and SMUStyle. She interned with Michael Kors in his showroom, worked alongside Eric Daman for the CW in wardrobing, and has reported for various industry outlets on Fashion Weeks from New York, Paris, and Montreal. She currently lives in Dallas.
Lauren’s parents, Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs, are popular conference speakers, professional counselors, founders of Hope Matters Marriage Ministries and authors of "I Do Again." They have appeared on The Today Show, Focus on the Family and as "Seconds" on IamSecond.com, the official website for the I am Second movement.
Brittany Morgan is Lauren’s twin sister and lives with her husband Shaun in the Dallas area.
Brotherton is the New York Times bestselling writer of more than 25 books.
Tyndale House Publishers, founded in 1962, is one of the world’s largest privately-held Christian publishers of books, Bibles and digital media. Tyndale Momentum, Tyndale’s non-fiction imprint, is the publisher of many New York Times bestsellers including Quiet Strength and Uncommon by Tony Dungy, and The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven by Alex and Kevin Malarkey. Tyndale extends the impact of its authors by contributing its dividends and a portion of its profits to the non-profit Tyndale Foundation, which makes grants to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world. For additional information, visit www.tyndalemomentum.com