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5.0 out of 5 starsRead This - And You Won't Believe How RICH You Are Right Now
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2017
If, after reading the first one-fifth of this book, you don't feel incredibly RICH, then you probably weren't paying attention.
Lopepe (the author) has such a work ethic and indomitable spirit and joy in life, you can't help but be inspired by him and his story.
All of us should read this book, and take from it a major lesson in how to adjust our own lives, how to dream, how to work, how to set a goal and build our own determination to reach it, regardless of obstacles or hardships.
I promise, after reading even the first part of this book, you will think twice before you complain about something as inconsequential as someone getting your parking space or the fast food server forgetting your "no mustard" instruction for your hamburger.
5.0 out of 5 starsI can no longer complain about the unfairness in life!
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2012
It's been a long time since I've read a memoir that choked me up like "Running for My Life" by Lopez Lomong. When he was six, Lomong was ripped from his mother's arms by rebel soldiers in South Sudan. He was held in captivity in harsh conditions until he could be trained as a child soldier. But he and his "three angels" escaped, ran for three days, and ended up in a refugee camp in Kenya, where he lived for the next ten years.
The conditions in the camp left much to be desired and was only one step above the imprisonment he escaped from. Lomong's favorite past-time while in the camp was soccer, but there were so many boys wanting to play, they decided that they had to run one lap around the camp first. The lap was eighteen miles.
He was finally given the chance to emigrate to America. All he had to do was write an essay - in English. He only spoke Swahili and the only school lessons he had were scribbled in the dirt with his finger. But as with all the roadblocks he faced in life, he overcame this one too.
To make a long story short, he made it to the U.S., graduated from high school on time, ran track in college, and made it to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Now he spends his time helping other "lost boys" from Sudan realize their dreams.
This is an amazing story, one that fills me with hope and proves that anything is possible. After reading "Running for My Life", I can no longer complain about the unfairness of life or use any excuse for not realizing my own dreams. And it makes me proud of my country, especially to see it through the eyes of this "lost boy" from Sudan.
Review Written by David Allan Reeves Author of "Running Away From Me"
I could not put this book down after I first started reading it, neither could I stop crying when reading the initial chapters. This book is incredibly inspiring and makes you feel more grateful for what you have and it made me revisit my reasons and examine my views when complaining about insignificant nuisances of life. Lopez Lomong is not only an incredible runner, he is a very positive example for many of us, somebody who overcame all the odds and not only achieved what it is a dream for most athletes, competing in the Olympics, but he never forgot where he came from and as a young adult works hard to improve the life of those who are not so fortunate and do not have access to many of the things most of us take for granted. I highly recommend this book, it's very heavy emotionally at the beginning with the very sad story of his kidnapping but by the middle of the book you are smiling from ear to ear as you read of his first time interacting with electricity, showers, etc. I was wishing this book didn't end and found myself googling about his latest races and accomplishments after the last chapter was over.
5.0 out of 5 starsFrom hopeless survival with the lost boys of Sudan to Olympic Glory
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2013
There are times in a person's life that one simple image or event will trigger an unshakable goal. For Lopez Lomong, surviving day-to-day in killing fields and squalor of Sudan, he happened to see saw Michael Johnson, win the Olympics on a very small black and white TV. From that moment on, with an unshakable goal, Lopez Lomong suffered starvation, adversity and came close to death but never lost sight of his goal in a spine-tingling, goose-bumpy struggle as a lost boy in Sudan. This is a feel proud book. I often had tears in my eyes. Obviously, you know he didn't die. You know he made it to the Olympics,and the route to the Olympics is what the book is about, and also in competing, he realized there was a purpose in succeeding: It was to somehow save the boys he left behind. This is a man who against all odds reached an impossible dream.
4.0 out of 5 starsAnother moving story starting in South Sudan
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2013
Lopez Lomong has written a heart wrenching story that ends in the best way possible. In the providence of God, as he sees it, he was saved from a Sudanese rebel prison, survived a refugee camp in Kenya and thrived in a new life in the US. This book is his story.
I have read many of the 'Lost Boy' autobiographies. Lopez' story isn't the most dramatic by any means, but that makes it no less worthy. There were a lot of areas I wish he would have explored more.
I would have liked to hear more about his American parents and what their life is like. I would have liked to know more about his Sudanese parents esp how his mother found herself in the refugee camp overhearing kids talking about her son. I would have liked to hear more about his faith development. And I would have liked to hear more about his friendship with other Sudanese boys once in the USA.
5.0 out of 5 starsInspirational to say the least!!!
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020
I cannot say enough good things about this book and Lopez Lomong. His grit, faith, innate goodness and perseverance on overcoming adversity despite the odds against him goes beyond inspirational. He is a testimony to all that is good and noble in us.