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)
Yes! This story was so incredibly real and inspiring. It gave me the wake up call to be more grateful for what I have and the push to help others that struggle in life.
So many things I liked best.....I just couldn't stop listening. I actually looked forward to my time off so I could listen to this book.
I would highly recommend this to anyone.
Definitely enjoyed the book. It is a very gripping story of overcoming huge obstacles and odds, about choosing to be optimistic and not dwell on negative experiences, and about faith in God.
Lopez tells his story in a way that you can't pick just one memorable moment! ALL of them are memorable. He paints the picture of his life in a way that you can see him moving through it.
When Lopez started describing his first days with his US family, and describing his thoughts at seeing his new house, I was laughing and crying at the same time. Even after so many years, you can still hear the gratitude in his words.
I have read as many books on Sudan, South Sudan, and by South Sudanese refugees as I can find! THIS is now one of my absolute favorites. Lopez describes his transition to the United States SO WELL. I think for many of us Americans, even those of us who have traveled to other countries, it's still hard for us to imagine what exactly it must be like to adjust to life here when you've never slept on a soft bed, or you don't know how to use a light switch! Lopez made that transition come alive for me in this book.
The narrator, Brandon Hirsch, did a fabulous job!!! The only reason I gave 4 stars is because I wish that Lopez had performed it himself. But it's still a fantastic performance of a book that inspired me more than I can really express!
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.
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?
Book nerd for life!
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.
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!
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.
I could not stop listening. His story would make anyone feel grateful for the life that they have here in the USA. It was well executed in audiobook form. Sure, an authentic accent would have helped, but really in the end it was still read really well. This was equally as good as Meb's book, which I highly recommend as well.
I loved this book. it has the ability to look at the dark side of life and humanity without getting depressed. on the contrary it was inspiring and it is appropriate for kids of all ages. amazing book.
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