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The Long Awakening

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  386 ratings  ·  97 reviews
On a crisp October day in 2002, Lindsey O'Connor woke from a 47-day medically induced coma. She heard her ecstatic husband's voice and saw his face as she emerged from the depths of unconsciousness. She was bewildered by the people around her who looked so overjoyed and were so thoroughly attentive and attuned to her every move. Then came the question: "Do you remember tha ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Revell
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I came across this title on a remainder book site and thought it looked really interesting. It has a high rating of 3.91. So I looked at the reviews. Out of the first 13 or 14 I looked at, they were ALL of free copies except one - and she knew the author.

I know people say that they always give an honest opinion as they are required to when given an advance or otherwise free copy but I don't buy it. There are those people who freak when the 'Most Popular' reviewer charts don't come out and say t
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I cried.

I cringed.

I chuckled.

I cheered.

The Long Awakening is a raw, powerful memoir about one family's journey through crisis, and the selfless love and faith that sustains them. They wrestle with the hard questions, the pain, fear, and doubt, and choose to believe in the dark times the Truth they confessed in the good times: of God's goodness, His faithfulness, His grace, His power, and His presence.

Stick with it even if you find the writing style a bit jarring, because O'Connor shares an h
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, memoir
This book was very hard for me to read. Not because it was poorly written but because I, or any woman, could very well be in Lindsey's same spot at any time. Truthfully, while I'm sure Lindsey didn't feel it at the time, and probably doesn't feel that way even now, she probably would have died if this had happened 20 years ago. Maternal mortality still occurs and this book highlights that fact, though the majority of us that bear children try not to think about that. Through nobody's fault, an e ...more
Maria Ulery
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads

This is one of the most powerful memoirs and true stories I have ever read, the only one that can touch it is 90 Minutes in Heaven! Ms. Lindsey O'Connor is a Mom (of 4 kids w/1 on the way), wife, and an author! She goes into labor with her 5th child and right after birth goes into emergency surgery to not awaken for 47 days! She is in a coma due to brain and other issues and this is the only way she can heal. Her husband was a saint and the oldest daughter also. Friends and family came to the re
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
“That’s it, I thought – use the gift; offer it up, offer it out. Live well, live grateful.”

This beautiful memoir by Lindsey O’Connor is honest, raw and real. Oh, and inspiring. The Long Awakening is a reminder of how precious life is and how faith, hope and love are just as powerful!

O’Connor’s writing flows easily page by page, with details of what she went through, as well as those closest to her (her husband’s role is such an example of selfless love) yet, through the honest struggles and pain
Five stars for content, but I knocked a star off because I found the author's narrative and sentence structures difficult to follow at times.
I read this at a very difficult time in my life, and I greatly appreciated the author's raw honesty about the trauma she and her family faced during her brush with death and her long recovery.
She wrote several lines that really struck home. "But a human is capable of the most sincere awe and gratitude for their life, while also grieving over hidden loss."
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I had a feeling, a hope that this memoir would be well written, and I was not disappointed. O'Connor is a journalist and knows how to write. Even after a debilitating coma which left her with many long lasting and perhaps life long handicaps, her ability to write, to tell her story, is intact, thankfully. She does a great job describing the medical, emotional and spiritual challenges that arose from her ordeal. An easy, quick read, but not shallow at all. Very inspiring.
Alex Banwell
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having recently lost a good friend to a brain injury, I found a lot of healing in this book. In particular, it gave me such a wonderful insight into how a person in a coma would feel. Obviously, it is different for every person, but this book gave me more love and respect for my friend who is now with Jesus then I can put into words. I found it very interesting to read about the long-term effects of a coma. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a close friend or family member suffering f ...more
Gretchen Louise
I’d never heard of the author, but her memoir came with stellar reviews and sounded like a fascinating storyline, so I grabbed it on a whim. I haven’t been disappointed. But neither was I prepared for it to be such an emotional read (I should have expected it, after my own high-risk delivery). The line, “You know, some women still die in childbirth” undid me, and I’ve read the rest with tears often spilling over.
Sharon Paavola
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
A first person account of experiencing birthing a child, a coma, and a harrowing near death medical journey is what you will find in The Long Awakening. Lindsey O'Connor tells her story with a vulnerable truth that sets you contemplating your own questions to God. She relies on her husband, children, friends, and the medical community to share her miracle return to life. She feels as though it is their miracle - as she was not awake to experience it herself.

She writes: "Every morning in my few
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“The riveting true story of a life-threatening coma, a miraculous awakening, and the long quest to regain what was lost.”

Lindsey O’Connor has courageously shared the story of her awakening, after being in a medically induced coma for 47 days. In her stirring memoir, Lindsey recounts the events that would forever change her life and the lives of her family and friends. She details the physical and emotional struggles, as well as the triumphs, she endured on her arduous road to rediscovering herse
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This is a moving story of a woman who lost herself in a medical coma, and then struggled back to (almost) regain normalcy. This should be on everyone's bookshelf.

(No luck in finding an email address so that I could contact the author directly. These are the editing oversights I found in the Kindle version of The Long Awakening:

Page 21, No Lin ... / No, Lin ... ; 22, that No thank you, he would not / that No, thank you, he would not ; 23, Daddy pull it / Daddy, pull it ; 24, the end of the beginn
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
This was a fantastic story, told beautifully. The author uses a bit of a braided narrative to provide a look at her recovery from a serious trauma and a medically induced coma - not only the physical recovery but the emotional and spiritual recovery that came along with being labeled a "miracle" but also coming to realize that she had lost something of who she had been. O'Connor weaves the story with grace and humor, making me laugh and cry. A very good book.
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: donated, memoir
This is a memoir of the author's walk through a long coma after the birth of her 5th child and its aftermath. She has written it in such a vivid way, which she later says is her favorite way to write-- narrative nonfiction (others call this creative nonfiction). I think that I have found my favorite genre (or, one of them, besides memoir and historical fiction--which really seems to fall into the narrative nonfiction category).
Jill Blue
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Received this book on Thursday and finished it Sunday evening. It is an amazing story about the author experiencing a crisis while giving birth to her fifth child and awakening 47 days later from a coma. She has an amazing way of telling the story of her experience in such a way that you can feel what she felt. This is a must read!
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
So much to ponder. Left me thinking about everyday blessings we take for granted, about motherhood and bonding. Every minute is a gift. Grateful that the ending is a happy one, and thankful that Lindsey O'Connor shared her story.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I hear of a person in a singular situation like this, my most burning question is "What is it like, really?" Lindsey O'Connor answers my questions in vivid, lyrical prose, performing the difficult feat of avoiding sentimentalism, while remaining deeply moving.
Jalynn Patterson
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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On a crisp October day in 2002, Lindsey O'Connor woke from a 47-day medically induced coma. She heard her ecstatic husband's voice and saw his face as she emerged from the depths of unconsciousness. She was bewildered by the people around her who looked so overjoyed and were so thoroughly attentive and attuned to her every move. Then came the question: "Do you remember that you had a baby?"

Lindsey drifted in and out of consciousness again for weeks. When she finally and gradually
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the riveting story of a woman (a journalist--so it's well written) who was in a medically-induced coma for 47 days. I am reading it on the deck while my older daughter is lying at the edge of the yard, digging a hole and playing with mud and water. I am so caught up in this book--reading what the author was thinking and feeling, hearing, and trying to say during her time in a coma that I am incredibly startled when my daughter says, "Mama, can I have some more water?" As with the two pre ...more
Shelly Steig
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lindsey O’Connor’s book, The Long Awakening, is both a tale of loss and an uplifting story of hope. With language that is sometimes lyrical and other times raw, O’Connor relates how she spent months in a coma, sometimes only a breath away from death, and then how she slowly recovered to a new normal.
Hours after the birth of her fifth child, daughter Caroline, O’Connor suffered oxygen deprivation from a near-bleed-out that in turn led to brain damage and organ failure. Specialists chose to induc
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Long Awakening is about Lindsey O’Connor’s recovery after the birth of her baby, Catherine, when she almost lost her life. She dove into a 47-day coma, after almost bleeding out.

Lindsey’s account is a heart-wrenching story told in her own perspective that draws you into the infinite details of her coming out of the life-threatening coma (what it was like), what she does and doesn’t remember (I had a baby?), and how she coped with the aftereffects( Lord, help me.). Since it is a memoir, it’s
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family, drama, non-fiction
The Long Awakening
a memoir
By Lindsey O'Connor

Imagine your life if you lost a part of it. You couldn't remember you were excited to welcome a newborn child into your life. Worse yet the first month and a half of your child's life would be something you would never experience. How do you recover from something like that and what's more how do you recapture what should have been?

On August 30, 2002, Lindsey gave birth to her daughter. But what should have been a time of joy and celebration soon beco
A.C. Cuddy
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing

The riveting true story of a life-threatening coma, a miraculous awakening, and the long quest to regain what was lost.

From the front flap: "The day our baby came into the world was the day I left. A day that began all smiles and excitement and anticipation and joy ended with running and panic and blood and tears. And then coma.I lay suspended in the deep, my newborn unknown. Nothingness. Layers where dark pulled from below, light called from above, and me, trapped in between, longing to break
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
It has been quite some time since I have read a nonfiction book that captivated me so thoroughly. As a mom I cannot even begin to imagine the journey that Lindsey and her family went through. I found myself just aching for all the battles they faced and then rejoicing over even the small triumphs.

Can you imagine one minute anticipating the birth of your fifth baby and then the next utter chaos? It's hard to think about being in a medically induced coma for 47 days. Normal day to day activities w
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiography
02/14: No recollection of how I learned about or got this one. Quite illuminating, esp. the part about PTSD and its effects. I appreciated her Catholic Worldview, too.

Amazon Book Description:
On a crisp October day in 2002, Lindsey O'Connor woke from a 47-day medically induced coma. She heard her ecstatic husband's voice and saw his face as she emerged from the depths of unconsciousness. She was bewildered by the people around her who looked so overjoyed and were so thoroughly attentive and attu
Lindsey Silvestrini
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! The Long Awakening is an amazing story of courage, hope and rising from despair against insurmountable odds. Lindsey O’Connor is a gift storyteller that drew me right into her story and mesmerized me with her poetic writing and raw emotion.

I can’t even comprehend the horror this family experienced when Lindsey was placed in a medically induced coma to spare her life only hours after giving birth to her daughter. But because of the way that she re-tells it, I feel like I experienced it.

W. Whalin
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Journalist Lindsey O'Connor went to the hospital to have her fifth child. Instead of experiencing the joy of a new child, for 47 days she lay suspended in a medically-induced coma. O'Connor spent 107 days in the hospital pieces together the lost part of her life in THE LONG AWAKENING

As she writes, "Timers, clocks, watches, calendars, Day-timers, tools absent from my life for over two months. I've had to order my memories of my 107 days and beyond even, from the chronolog
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lindsey O'Conner's memoir of the time she was in a coma after the birth of her child is heart-rending, yet so positive and uplifting at the same time. Reading this had a great impact on my life, and not just because my Mom was in this type of a situation for two weeks after she had an infarction to her large intestines. I could readily identify with those around her who had to deal with the stress and anxiety of having a loved one so close to death's door. And through her eyes I can more easily ...more
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
In exchange for a copy of this book, I have committed to giving an honest review.

The Long Awakening is a stirring book about the recovery of a woman who went into a coma shortly after giving birth to her fifth child, missing the first several months of her baby’s life, and her journey to recovery.

Although the overall story felt disjointed – I had difficulty understanding the chronology of events as the author skipped between past and present – I found many of its pieces truly fascinating.

Ms. O’C
Many years ago my mother spent 31 days in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and many more days in a hospital bed. Ever after she would describe those 31 days as her "lost month." This book helped me understand a little of what she meant by that.

On August 30, 2002 Lindsey O'Connor, a journalist and mother of four children, gave birth to her fifth child and five minutes later began hemorrhaging, was rushed into surgery (twice), and subsequently put into a drug-induced coma in the hopes of saving her
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