by Lopez Lomong, with Mark Tabb
Running for My Life is not a story about Africa or track and field athletics. It is about outrunning the devil and achieving the impossible faith, diligence, and the desire to give back. It is the American dream come true and a stark reminder that saving one can help to save thousands more.
Lopez Lomong chronicles his inspiring ascent from a barefoot lost boy of the Sudanese Civil War to a Nike sponsored athlete on the US Olympic Team. Though most of us fall somewhere between the catastrophic lows and dizzying highs of Lomong’s incredible life, every reader will find in his story the human spark to pursue dreams that might seem unthinkable, even from circumstances that might appear hopeless.
Oh, my word. This book is an astonishing, beautifully written story about Lopez Lomong and his “life story”, starting from the age of six. This young man was kidnapped, ripped from his mother’s arms, while attending church one day in his village in southern Sudan. He was imprisoned and made to suffer terrible conditions until he and some friends escaped. Trying to return to their home village, they ended up in Kenya instead, and there he lived for the next 10 years in the refugee camp. Lomong chronicles his experiences in the camp, as well as his amazing journey to America and the Olympics, in a beautiful, simple, sweet way. I am most impressed by his ability to tell the story so matter-of-factly, not complaining, not embellishing, and not dramatizing (not that it needs ANY dramatization, the story is dramatic enough). As I read, I literally laughed out loud and cried tears of sadness and of joy. This was a book that I hated putting down, even for a moment. I came away inspired, motivated to do more to help others, grateful for the life I live (and too often take for granted), and peaceful, knowing that yes, indeed, God is in charge, and He is aware of ALL of us, no matter our circumstances. I feel that this book was a Godsend, to be honest, as it’s helped me to see life more clearly.
You will be moved. You will be inspired. You will try harder to not waste food, and to be grateful for the meals you eat. You will come away a better person for having read this book. For those who do not enjoy “spiritual” books, do not be scared away. While Lomong mentions God quite often, it certainly isn’t in a “holier than thou”, or even a “please come and find Jesus for yourself” way. It is simply him, a beautifully humble man, sharing his story. You MUST read it.
If I could, I would give this book 10 out of 5 stars, but that’d be cheating, so instead I’ll give it 5. I LOVED IT.
And now for the exciting part. I was so inspired and happy after reading this book that I decided to purchase an extra copy to give away to one of my readers. I feel THAT strongly about people reading this. I want as many people as possible to read his story. To learn more about him, visit LopezLomong.com.
There are a few different ways you can get entries. Simply follow the instructions below! This book will be perfect with the Olympics arriving…you can read it and cheer Lopez Lomong on!!-) Good Luck!
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*I was not paid for this review. I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review. The opinions are mine alone.