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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    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.

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    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 07-12-13
    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 07-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Nicely written book"

    Enjoyed this book very much. Not a masterpiece of writing but enjoyed the journey Lopez took from Africa to the US Olympics.

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    T. Vicente New Jersey 06-29-13
    T. Vicente New Jersey 06-29-13 Member Since 2015

    gexfiles

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    "What an amazing story!"
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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jamar In the mountains 06-11-13
    Jamar In the mountains 06-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "What An Inspiration"

    This story reminds me to be grateful for what we have, to continue to work hard in what we do, and despite any failures we can always try just "one more time". I've seen him run a couple of times on TV, including the Olympics. But after reading his story, I've officially become a fan of this man. After all that he's been through and to be where he's at today just proves that anything is possible. If you have any interest in the Lost Boys of Sudan, running, or just need a novel for motivation....this is for you. Not to mention that the reader tells the story as if it was his.

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    Natasha 04-22-13
    Natasha 04-22-13 Member Since 2013

    Proudly African!

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    "Such an amazing and touching book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Running for My Life to and why?

    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.


    What does Brandon Hirsch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    Why I run but never ran away


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Manukau, New Zealand 03-13-13
    John Manukau, New Zealand 03-13-13
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    "Incredible story and read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is my favourite book in a long long time. From the moment I started reading - I could not stop. I am sad now that it is over. Lopez has an amazing story. It is told in a light hearted way that had me laughing and crying.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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