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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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    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 08-29-13
    AudioAddict Austin, Texas, USA 08-29-13 Member Since 2013

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy WYANDOTTE, MICHIGAN, United States 01-18-13
    Tracy WYANDOTTE, MICHIGAN, United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you listen to Running for My Life again? Why?

    Yes. What Lopez went through to "begin" is life was amazing. I couldn't stop listening!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Columbia, MD, United States 12-19-12
    Rebecca Columbia, MD, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "wonderful and amazing story!"
    Where does Running for My Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite memoirs I have read or listened to! I loved the hopeful and thankful spin he had on everything!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how he could go through such a horrific event so early in his life and remain so hopeful and truly joyous! It inspired me so much!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was probably when he came to America and learned how to live again and what love was, thanks to his new parents. It was funny and so inspiring at the same time! Loved it!


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

    It made me really want to join him on his project to help Sudan recover! It made me want to do something to help his cause and the people there!


    Any additional comments?

    It was truly a great book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colette EDINBURG, TX, United States 09-23-12
    Colette EDINBURG, TX, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Top of the charts"
    Would you listen to Running for My Life again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Brandon Hirsch – was your favorite?

    .???????


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Seyi Cleveland, OH, USA 09-17-12
    Seyi Cleveland, OH, USA 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Traci Huntersville, NC, United States 10-10-12
    Traci Huntersville, NC, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    christine e pagan 08-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Be inspired to run (live, work, study, DO) BETTER!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Running for My Life?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory Jones Lexington, SC 07-20-12
    Gregory Jones Lexington, SC 07-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating Story"
    Would you listen to Running for My Life again? Why?

    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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty P. 05-13-14
    Rusty P. 05-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Life Changer"

    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.

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    Reney Dunedin, FL, United States 03-09-14
    Reney Dunedin, FL, United States 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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    "Inspirational!"

    One of the most inspirational books i have ever listen to on audible. A fantastic story made all the better as it is true. This book portrays the journey made by asylum seekers beautifully, so much so i will be using the text with my students to raise awareness on such issues in school.

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