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 .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 Lopez Lomong s story is one of true inspiration His life is a story of courage, hard work, never giving up, and having hope where there is hopelessness all around Lopez is a true role model MICHAEL JOHNSON, Olympic Gold Medalist This true story of a Sudanese child refugee who became an Olympic star is powerful proof that God gives hope to the hopeless and shines a light in the darkest places Don t be surprised if after reading this incredible tale, you find yourself mysteriously drawn to run alongside him RICHARD STEARNS, president, World Vision US and author of THe Hole in Our Gospel...
|Title||:||Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games|
|Publisher||:||Thomas Nelson 1 edition July 16, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||240 pages|
|File Size||:||773 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games Reviews
This would be a great story if it were fiction. The fact that it is real just makes it that much more compelling.
If, after reading the first one-fifth of this book, you don't feel incredibly RICH, then you probably weren't paying attention.
It's been a long time since I've read a memoir that choked me up like "Running for My Life" by Lopez Lomong. When he was six, Lomong was ripped from his mother's arms by rebel soldiers in South Sudan. He was held in captivity in harsh conditions until he could be trained as a child soldier. But he and his "three angels" escaped, ran for three days, and ended up in a refugee camp in Kenya, where he lived for the next ten years.
There are times in a person's life that one simple image or event will trigger an unshakable goal. For Lopez Lomong, surviving day-to-day in killing fields and squalor of Sudan, he happened to see saw Michael Johnson, win the Olympics on a very small black and white TV. From that moment on, with an unshakable goal, Lopez Lomong suffered starvation, adversity and came close to death but never lost sight of his goal in a spine-tingling, goose-bumpy struggle as a lost boy in Sudan. This is a feel proud book. I often had tears in my eyes. Obviously, you know he didn't die. You know he made it to the Olympics,and the route to the Olympics is what the book is about, and also in competing, he realized there was a purpose in succeeding: It was to somehow save the boys he left behind. This is a man who against all odds reached an impossible dream.
This is a work of sensory stimulation for ones imagination. At every turn you will feel your heart palpitating with a fear and exhilaration of our hero's experiences. I found myself with a greater sense of appreciation for the United States and for the possibilities of a future without perceived limitations.
I could not put this book down after I first started reading it, neither could I stop crying when reading the initial chapters. This book is incredibly inspiring and makes you feel more grateful for what you have and it made me revisit my reasons and examine my views when complaining about insignificant nuisances of life. Lopez Lomong is not only an incredible runner, he is a very positive example for many of us, somebody who overcame all the odds and not only achieved what it is a dream for most athletes, competing in the Olympics, but he never forgot where he came from and as a young adult works hard to improve the life of those who are not so fortunate and do not have access to many of the things most of us take for granted. I highly recommend this book, it's very heavy emotionally at the beginning with the very sad story of his kidnapping but by the middle of the book you are smiling from ear to ear as you read of his first time interacting with electricity, showers, etc. I was wishing this book didn't end and found myself googling about his latest races and accomplishments after the last chapter was over.