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)
his was an interesting story. I had heard of the Lost Boys of the Sudan, but didn't know much about them. I knew that some of them had relocated to Syracuse, where I lived recently for several years. Imagine my surprise when I listened to this and read that he was one of them who went to Syracuse. This made the book even more enjoyable to me, as I could relate to the local references.
I enjoyed his story and learning about the troubles he faced in Sudan. Despite the serious nature of the book, some parts were laugh out loud funny, like the first time he touched snow when they were teaching the boys about life in America. I also thought his issues with figuring out how the shower worked was also amusing, although I'm sure he didn't find it that way at the time.
One of the things I appreciated about this book was his optimism and ability to see the good in things. He really appreciated his life in the U.S. and what others did for him along the way. When you listen to the news today and hear how many people hate America, this was quite refreshing. Many Americans who don't appreciate what we have would benefit from reading this book and listening to his words of joy and hope.
Excellent, heartbreaking, encouraging book! While listening I learned our pastor's wife was running the Boston Marathon (1 yr after the attack). loPepe's life race was so well spoken by Mr. Hirsch... angels and all!! Thank you.
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!
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.
No, I don't believe I have come across him as a narrator before, but I did enjoy his voice.
Success Through Faith and Perseverance
This one will go quickly - enjoy the run!
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.
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.
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?
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