Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games
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He was abducted. He was beaten. And he was nearly forced to become a boy solider in his war-torn homeland, Sudan. But he escaped in the night, ran three days, and was taken into a refugee camp in Kenya. He never owned a pair of shoes. He never owned a pen and paper and did schoolwork in the dust with his fingertips. His boyhood was the daily struggle of an orphan, and each day he would run an eighteen mile lap around the refugee camp just to play a game of soccer. In his wildest dreams, Lopez Lomong couldn't even conceive that Nike would one day be his official sponsor, that he would graduate from college, and that he would represent his new home and bear the American flag in the Summer Olympics.
Running for My Life is Lopez Lomong's harrowing story of loss, overcoming, triumph, and redemption. It is the once-in-a-lifetime story of a Sudanese lost boy who became an American citizen and Olympic athlete. His life is a powerful picture that we can overcome, that what seems out of reach is within our grasp if we'd believe and if we'd only try.
A story of faith, and a story that captures the best of humanity, Running for My Life will arrest the hearts and inspire the hopes of readers everywhere.
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)|
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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.
"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." â·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." â·RICHARD STEARNS, president, World Vision US and author of THe Hole in Our Gospel
NitinRajkot, IndiaAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5A must must read book.April 1, 2013NitinRajkot, IndiaAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Title: Running For My Life one lost boy's journey from the killing fields of sudan to the Olympic games
Author: By Lopez Lomong with Mark Tabb
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Non Fiction / Atheletic Super Hero
MY REVIEW of Running for my life one lost boy's journey from the killing fields of sudan to the Olympic games by Lopez Lomong with Mark Tabb.
I am very glad that booksneeze has given me an opportunity to write of this New York time's No.1 best seller book. In this book Lopez Lomong showed us faith in himself A faith that could move mountains. He believed in God in every harsh situation. How his life changed as a boy captured by Sudanese rebels and forced him to eat with dust and sand in his food. How other boys have been death and with the help of his
2 angles he escaped from the camp. Lopez is living a very lucky life.
I think its more of a self help book, it's beyond inspirational. One of the thing I liked most is that lopez never once asked "why me" instead he accept every situation and fully trusted on God. Its interesting god helped him when he needs more. Lopez demonstrates the importance of leaning on God in all times and power of trusting in God's mercy and faithfulness. Men, women, athletes, non athletes, everyone can take something out of this story.
ElizabethSanford, FloridaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Must Read for All, Young and OldOctober 2, 2012ElizabethSanford, FloridaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleIn a society filled with "self" and the Wall Street mentality of "never enough", the heart of this story should be shared on every media possible. What a story of personal positive attitudes in the face of danger, hunger and fear. Torn from his mother's arms at the age of six, Lopez never gives up. The Bible stories that his mother imparted to him at a very early age enabled him to apply those stories to his life when situations seemed impossible. If you read any book this year, be sure it is this book.
I hope that this book will be made into a movie as it would be a positive one for young and old alike. Hopefully this book will be talked about on Christian radio, television and secular media as well. I purchased the book for myself but will be giving it for gifts in the future.
Christy GHouston, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great story of endurance and dedicationSeptember 27, 2012Christy GHouston, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Right at the end of the Olympics I read Running for my Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games by Lopez Lomong. I was inspired, convicted, and amazed by this man's journey. Lomong was kidnapped as a small boy from his village and taken away to be trained to be a soldier. But the Lord protected him and provided him a way to escape. He then lived in a refugee camp for many years until the opportunity came allowing him to move to the US where he was blessed with a family who helped him achieve his dreams. Along the way, he surrendered his life to God and promised to give back to his birth country whatever way he could. We read about his journey from a small village in Sudan to running in the Olympic games, quite a contrast and story of remarkable survival.
I was mad at myself for starting this book at the end of Olympics and missing seeing Lopez Lomong race and seeing his story on tv. I was so in awe of his story, of his determination to focus on a dream and not give up, of his faith in God even when his circumstances seemed so bleak. I love hearing stories of God's hand being on someone, even protecting them before they have made a commitment to Him. God had a plan for that little boy that was kidnapped, very similar to the story of Joseph in the Bible. Lomong really clung to that story having faith that the Lord would bring him out of struggles at the end to bless him. This story also convicted me of how I take my blessed life for granted. I am not thankful for how easy my life is when there are people right now in the world struggling to survive. I highly encourage you to read this book to get awakened to how other people live and how God has a plan for all of us!
I received this book free from booksneeze.com but was not required to write a positive review.
Dee SRichland, MSAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5"Running for My Life"September 1, 2012Dee SRichland, MSAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Running for My Life" by Lopez Lomong
Lopez Lomong is one of the "Lost Boys' from the Killing Fields of Sudan that became an Olympian champion.
In 1991 war-torn Sudan a Christian church service is raided and the armed soldiers took away all the children. Lopez was only six years old when he was taken to a one-room prison where at least 80 children were kept. The ones that survived the harsh treatment and sickness were given the option of becoming soldiers.
Several older captives helped Lopez escape and they run for three days across the Kenyan border to a crowded refugee camp. The captives strive to survive with meager food and shelter. The one day of the week to look forward to was the day that the garbage was dumped and they could look for food.
Lopez loved to play soccer with the home-made soccer ball they used to pass the time. In order for him to play soccer he was required to run 19 miles first. So, running was going to save his life and he would become an Olympic champion. He ran 19 miles every day just so he could play soccer.
This book is a must read for all ages, and I loved how he attributed to call all the glory
MaySouth CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Running for my life went far beyond my expectationAugust 24, 2012MaySouth CarolinaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Running for my life was a wonderful story about a child stolen from his family in Sudan at the age of six only to find him running in the 2008 Olympic Games by God's providence. Lopez's faith in God shines through every page of the book. He sees God's hand on his everyday life, something that most Christians take for granted. It was captivating, waiting to see where God was going to take this young man next.
Lopez Lomong, the young man the story centers on, wrote Running for my life with the help of Mark Tabb. Between the two, they did an amazing job. I found myself rooting for Lopez to succeed in every aspect of his life. I even had to go check to see how he did in the 2012 Olympics.
The book is full of situations that may not be suitable for younger children, like when the solders yanked little Lopez out of his mothers arms in the first chapter or when Lopez tells of the poor treatment of his sister in the epilogue. I would suggest, if you want a mature child to read it, that a parent reads the book with the child. And you might need a box of tissues (I know I did!)
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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