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.
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"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 of World Vision US and author of The Hole in Our Gospel)
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"Interesting and Inspirational"
STORY - This is a true story which begins with the kidnapping of a six-year-old boy (Lopez Lomong) from his family's church in Sudan. It ends with his graduation from college in the U.S. after competing as an American citizen in the Seoul Olympic Games. The story in between is sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes humorous, but the message is clear: If you set your goals high, work hard and believe in yourself and God, anything is within your reach.
I do not usually enjoy nonfiction, especially autobiographies, but this book was very enjoyable. After I finished, I found myself surfing the internet for more information about Lopez, his accomplishments and his charities. The story is never boring or overly detailed, but it is sometimes a bit slow. Nevertheless, I am glad I had a chance to hear it and receive its message.
NARRATION - Good job, but nothing special.
OVERALL - I recommend this book to anyone who thinks they might enjoy a good biography. I would actually rate this a 3.5 overall.
"Innocence And Joy Prevail"
While there is perhaps a bit of Lopez's life in the Killing Fields of Sudan, "Running for My Life" is mostly about dedication, faith, and joy. He's dedicated to do the best he can no matter what the situation. Through the book, the only thing that trips him up, really, are things in America that he can't believe exist. He's practically traumatized by a light switch that nobody shows him how to use, poor thing.
I was especially touched by how joyous and grateful he is for EVERYthing; he takes nothing for granted.
This is an inspiring journey, narrated with child-like wonder (which... okay, it's the weakest point of the book...). It'll make you grateful for all you have, make you wish you had the same faith he does, make you proud to be part of the human race when humans can be as inspiring as he is.
"Absolutely Amazing and Inspirational Story"
This is the story of a boy born in South Sudan that overcomes many obstacles through life. He endures kidnapping, a refugee camp, and is blessed to end up in the US. Running is a major part of his life, but his faith in God is truly the one thing that keeps him focused. He believes God has placed every person in his life and every situation there for a reason.
The book does not have any graphic scenes, but situations are described in a way that you get the point. Lopez does a wonderful job explaining everything from his childhood, his experience in coming to the US, learning about very basic things that we take for granted (such as a light switch), and his road to achieving his goals.
The narrator grew on me. At first I felt like he made the story feel somewhat 'simple.' But not long into the book I realized Lopez was young and mostly uneducated while in Africa (and when he first came to the US), so I grew an appreciation for the narrator.
I highly recommend this book. I didn't have a favorite part of the book, because the entire book is so good
The book inspired me to evaluate what I'm doing (and not doing) in my life, and to appreciate things like being able to flip a switch to turn off the lights.
"Deeply inspirational story"
I felt certain throughout the story I was listening to Lopez himself tell his story because the reader brought such conviction with his voice in the reading of Lopez' life story. I found renewed faith in God to be with me in my own life trials and see how powerful is the attitude of acceptance of NOW rather than worrying about the future or regret of past loses and trials. His story also renewed my appreciation of this great country I live in despite our current political situation. Lopez' FORCE DARFUR Foundation gives me hope for positive change in that tortured country and a way to do something to help. God never gives us more than we can bear. Lopez is proof of the undauntable human spirit. I'll join the race.
This was a great story from beginning to end. It even inspired me to run more. If I could change anything though, I wish the narrator had more of an African accent.
"A good story but poorly performed"
Lopez' story has a ring of very African truth, and the idiom is True to Africa. But the performance was annoyingly American, and succeeded in missing the point regularly. A worthwhile book, but it should have been read by an African
"Such an amazing and touching book"
Yes. It's amazing that someone can come so far. That someone can so strongly aspire to help and encourage people who feel downtrodden, helpless and less deserving than other people. No one is below anyone else and everyone deserves an equal chance even though they themselves may not believe so, he attempts to let people know they deserve any chance they can dream of and are willing to never give up and work hard. Although the people who he writes about may not get a chance to read this story it can inspire someone to want to help in such a way that may one day enable them to read this book and have access to it. I have read another rather recent book that describes how some aid workers seem to take for granted what they have available while attempting to assist these people. Maybe this book may help them realise just how privileged they are even while working within poverty stricken and illness "infested" areas. Where he describes where these people stay, how they live and what they have access to in the refugee camp while refugees struggle yet survive on the bare minimum. Maybe a friend will be as touched by this book and recommend it and it can be recommended to others and more people become aware of these people's plight. It is not only in the areas mentioned in the book, maybe people may take interest and be inspired to help other organisations in other countries too. Many people helping in a small way amounts to help in a big way.
I'm not sure if I would compare a book to this in the way of an inspirational story of one persons struggles but in "Dark Star Safari" there is evidence of and discussions surrounding the current and past plight of many of the African countries, as well as the diminishing and limited education opportunities and facilities.
I cried so much, it is narrated with passion and read as if he himself faced what is discussed in the book. He makes the story his own. I wouldn't have been able to picture it in as emotional way as he makes it.
Why I run but never ran away
Inspiring story showing a sequence of impossible events guiding an excellent athlete from harsh environments to olympic games.
For me to give a book 5 stars it must do two things. One is for the story to be so interesting I will research things related to the book. The second is I must feel I will remember certain aspects of this book years from now.
This book does both.
I won't soon forget the journey and resilience of Lopez Lomong. His story of faith in the midst of evil and his triumph over it is a hope-filled example for all of humanity.
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