If you are ready for a tear-jerker, page-turner, boy-am-I-glad-to-be-alive kind of read, you have found it!

The Long Awakening by Lindsey O’Connor is the riveting story of a mom who had her fifth baby – everything seemed fine – and then the unthinkable happened.  Severe bleeding.  A drug induced coma to save her life.  47 days of not knowing.

Can you imagine…a husband with a new baby, four children…all wondering if their wife and mother would awaken from a coma?  Ever?  Then would she be brain damaged for life?

Forty-seven days later, she woke up.  This book is the story of that awakening and the long road back to a “normal life.”

Over and over, you will read something in this poignant memoir that will make you catch your breath.  You will marvel at O’Connor’s ability to nail a situation with words, to describe something with such beauty, to tell a tale so remarkable in such a capable way.

You know how life goes for a mother – you are busy doing.  But what if, like O’Connor, doing is the one thing you cannot do?  Recovering from a coma, after all, is very hard work, even though sitting on the couch staring into space looks like doing nothing.  After reading this book, any busy woman will think twice about muttering about all the demands placed on her life.  O’Connor mourned the loss of those responsibilities because she had lost the ability to respond.

When you feed a child, throw clothes in the laundry, give your husband a backrub, you will feel a new sense of gratitude because you can do these things.  Think of the people who can’t. 

I saw the following endorsement by Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer on the cover and that’s what made me pick up the book:

A searingly honest story of one woman’s awakening from a coma after her baby’s birth – and her long road back…Unforgettable.

I couldn’t agree more.

If you want to love more deeply, pick up The Long Awakening, available October 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



Arlene Pellicane

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