The Long Awakening

10 Dec

The Long Awakening

The Long Awakening by Lindsey O’Connor


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 surfaced permanently from her long submersion, she struggled to understand that the day her baby came into the world was the day she left it. Her awakening was the happy ending for her family and friends–the miracle they had been praying for–but it was just the beginning of Lindsey’s long and frightening journey toward a new reality.

With visceral images and richly layered storytelling, Lindsey O’Connor vividly tells the poignant true story of the struggle to reenter her world and rebuild her identity. Underlying this life and death battle is a story of lost and found love, the effort to make sense of life-altering events, and the continuing search for self. This moving memoir paints a powerful picture of pain, beauty, and the unsurpassable gift of finally knowing who you are.


“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 herself and her family. Told with compelling candor, The Long Awakening is an unforgettable story that will speak to the heart of every person who reads it.

Lindsey O’Connor is a gifted writer and has written a book that will amaze and inspire you. Her story is one that is meant to be shared and one I hope you will read!


Lindsey O’Connor is the author of five books, a freelance journalist, and speaker. Her newest book is a memoir called The Long Awakening. She’s a narrative storyteller, produces radio stories, and has contributed to American Public Media’s Weekend America,, The Rocky Mountain News, Christianity Today, Guideposts and others. She’s a former radio and television anchor and her audio book was a finalist for an Audio Publishers Association award. True story is her thing.

To learn more about Lindsey O’Connor, please visit her website,


My thanks to Lindsey O’Connor for sharing her story and for the opportunity to read The Long Awakening. I received a complimentary copy of this book; all thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.

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