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Running for My Life Audiobook

Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games

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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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    Rebecca Columbia, MD, United States 12-19-12
    Rebecca Columbia, MD, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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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 2 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 2015
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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 2 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 2016
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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 2 people found this review helpful
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    christine e pagan 08-23-12 Member Since 2016
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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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 11-07-13
    Angela 11-07-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Not an easy listening for an atheist"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Did Running for My Life inspire you to do anything?

    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?


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-05-15
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    "inspirational"

    Very easy to listen to and very moving. I would recommend this story for everyone, regardless of if you're a runner or not.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Briana Melissa Ford Lewisville, TX 09-12-13
    Briana Melissa Ford Lewisville, TX 09-12-13 Member Since 2015

    Book nerd for life!

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    "Amazing & Inspirational"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy St. Petersburg, Russia 08-13-13
    Lucy St. Petersburg, Russia 08-13-13 Member Since 2017

    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!

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    "Sucks you in - a one sitting listen"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    T. Vicente 06-29-13
    T. Vicente 06-29-13 Member Since 2015

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    "What an amazing story!"
    Any additional comments?

    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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 10-24-16
    Alex 10-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing book"

    one of the best and moving books I've ever read/listened to. would most definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to read something about achieving insane life goals.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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