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Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games | [Lopez Lomong]

Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games

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 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.
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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.

©2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc. (P)2012 Thomas Nelson, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Reney 03-09-14
    Reney 03-09-14 Member Since 2010

    I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!

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    "Very Inspiring"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely - this is a very inspiring story! If you think you are proud to be an American now, wait 'till you read this! After seeing my country through the eyes of this young man, I feel more pride than ever before!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Running for My Life?

    His portrayal of the everyday moments when he first came to America and how much he had to adapt to life outside of the refugee camp. It's the little things we take for granted everyday such as hot running water, indoor plumbing and lighting - these things really threw poor Lopez into a tailspin! He never came across such things in his country or the refugee camp in which he spent nearly all of life up until that point.


    Have you listened to any of Brandon Hirsch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I don't believe I have come across him as a narrator before, but I did enjoy his voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Success Through Faith and Perseverance


    Any additional comments?

    This one will go quickly - enjoy the run!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 02-27-14
    Aaron 02-27-14
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    "Inspiring Feel-good"

    This is the remarkable story of a young African child who is stolen from his home by rebel troops, his eventual journey to America, and then to the Olympics (twice representing USA in track).
    Lopez writes with a simple faith that Christians will enjoy, yet won't offend listeners of other faiths.

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    Mark ONTARIO, CA, United States 12-15-13
    Mark ONTARIO, CA, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Powerfully Moving Story"

    Lopez Lomong's story of success and triumph in spite of ridiculous odds will move you to tears every ten minutes or so. If it doesn't, you may not be able to cry.

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    Angela 11-07-13
    Angela 11-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not an easy listening for an atheist"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's a little bit repetitive. I should take the repetitions away. Otherwise, Lopez Lomong, like many survivors of extreme experiences, it's a Christian, more like a Super Christian. I would like to have known that it was SO MANY references to god in the book. As an atheist, it was not easy to get over it. I respect, I understand, but I don't share.
    The story is very interesting, and Lopez is an awesome human being, it is inspiring.


    Did Running for My Life inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to be a better person, and to be more understanding of different belief. Of course, I want to adopt or support an African boy or girl.
    It also made me wonder, with so many Lost boys... what about the girls? What happened to them?


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Deux-Montagnes, QC, Canada 11-05-13
    Carmen Deux-Montagnes, QC, Canada 11-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic And inspiring"
    Where does Running for My Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best One!! Your on the Edge of your seat the whole time. And you live the emotions as if you where there!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Running for My Life?

    Be gratefull! Even with nothing he appreciated!


    What about Brandon Hirsch’s performance did you like?

    Very well narated i though IT was Lomong!! He keeps engaged.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    All those emotions!! I cried i laugh!! What a book!


    Any additional comments?

    A must Read!!!

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    Alex Ancheta Antioch, CA United States 10-23-13
    Alex Ancheta Antioch, CA United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Inspirational Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend for it's inspirational value, the life lessons on what it means to be American and to truly have faith, and how God is great!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Briana Melissa Ford Carson, CA USA 09-12-13
    Briana Melissa Ford Carson, CA USA 09-12-13 Member Since 2013

    Book nerd for life!

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    "Amazing & Inspirational"

    Run, don't walk, to get this book. What an inspiration. I laughed, I cried, I loved this book. Thank you Lopez for sharing your story with us. A story of perseverance, faith, and beating the odds. Heartwarming and just flat out awesome.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy St. Petersburg, Russia 08-13-13
    Lucy St. Petersburg, Russia 08-13-13 Member Since 2015

    I love to read. On average I read and/or listen to more than 100 books a year. Audible has been a fantastic addition to my life. Love it!

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    "Sucks you in - a one sitting listen"

    I found this extremely interesting, touching and well read. I found myself completely drawn into the story. I listed to this in one sitting. Highly recommend.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Marlton, NJ, United States 07-16-13
    Amazon Customer Marlton, NJ, United States 07-16-13
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    "Very Cool!"

    Lopez Lomong's story was inspirational, captivating, and encouraging for everyone. It reminds us all that no matter what hardship we may endure that God is always there, always watching over us, always providing exactly what we need when we need it and He can carry us beyond where we ever dreamed we could go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Raleigh, NC, United States 07-13-13
    Jan Raleigh, NC, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A worthy listen"

    Lomong's story makes a great listen. It fizzles a little toward the end, but I guess that's to be expected; it's really his childhood experiences that will hold the most interest.

    The narrator has a sort of fairy-tale storytelling style that wouldn't work for most audiobooks, but which is very appropriate for reading this story.

    Lomong is a religious guy; I'm not. But he doesn't beat you over the head with his beliefs. It's just who he is, and that's cool. He's not the fastest in the world. He's not the most brilliant guy in the world. He has an interesting story worth hearing, that's all. This audiobook does a good job of delivering on that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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