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Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go - eBook
Thomas Nelson / 2010 / ePub
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Over the past 16 years, Lucille O'Neal has become one of the best-known mothers of a celebrity athlete. But behind the scenes, the mother of four has her own story. In this memoir, O'Neal candidly describes the pain of being an outcast as an unwed, teenage mother, her ups and downs of raising children, struggling with drinking and depression, experiencing divorce and finally finding faith. In Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go you'll meet a woman who has weathered life's storms with hope, and be inspired to do the same.
In Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go Lucille will take you on a 40-year journey from mental welfare to mental wealth. You will laughyou may cryand in the process you will be encouraged, enlightened, and empowered.
Paula White, author of Dare to Dream: See Yourself as God Sees You
As the mother of one of the greatest athletes of all time, her journey is exceptional; but her story reveals that she is more than just Shaquille ONeals mom.
Lucille ONeal is a woman you know, a woman you understand. Perhaps your own journey resembles hers. ONeal has been a rebellious teen, a single mother, a wife, a college student, a divorcée, and, above all, a woman of unique courage.
Acquainted early in life with turmoil, ONeals circumstances shaped her perspective and strengthened her resolve to overcome the challenges she would encounter later in life. She has endured poverty, rejection, abuse, addiction, and the illness of a child, yet today her faith and compassion for others are stronger than ever. ONeal writes candidlyand often humorouslyabout her years of spiritual unrest and mental warfare, and her return to the God of her childhood.
In Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go, ONeal shares her struggles and disappointments against the backdrop of her sweetest memories and proudest accomplishments. After fifty-five years, ONeal has gained the wisdom to recognize her wrongs and guide others down a different path. Her story is proof that its never too late for a new beginning.
O'Neal's life story will garner attention because of her famous son, basketball superstar Shaquille O'Neal. Lucille was raised by strict, church-going grandparents and struggled with feeling unloved. She also had low self-esteem, in part because "I was six feet by the time I was twelve." She gave birth to Shaquille when she was 17, eventually marrying a soldier when her son was two years old. Lucille spent the next two decades mothering Shaquille and his three siblings, dealing with army life, and seeing her eldest through college years and his first years in the NBA. Lucille also struggled with drinking and unhappiness, finally coming to terms with life after her mother's death. She returned to school, divorced, and returned to faith; now she says, "I'm the happiest and most satisfied I've ever been." Some may wish for more depth and flair, but the story, like Lucille, is simple and direct. Fans and celebrity followers will gain information and insights into the star's early life, but they'll also come away inspired thanks to Mom O'Neal. (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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