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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159555307X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595553072
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #992,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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About the Author

Lucille O’Neal is the president and founder of the Mothers of Professional Basketball Players Association. She holds a Masters in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. O'Neal is the proud mother of four and grandmother of 14 grandchildren.

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This woman is Lucille O'Neal, mother of the great basketball star Shaquille O'Neal.
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A verse of Scripture is posted at the beginning of each chapter, and it just seems very forced and unrelated, in my opinion.
Carrie B. Partridge
That is a message of hope for us all... A faithful God who loves us through all the seasons of our life.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rivera on March 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The title of this book caught my attention immediately and I decided to review "Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go" by Lucille O'Neal with Allison Samuels. Lucille O'Neal is the mother of sport icon Shaquille O'Neal and in this book she shares her life in a very organic way. This book will grasp your attention very quickly. The writing style and the size of each chapter are perfect. Two thumbs up to Allison Samuel for her excellent work.

This book tells her story and shows the process she went through to change "From Mental Welfare to Mental Health". I think we can all relate to her story because she not only shares the facts of her life, she also open her heart in a very sincere way. Her story is very inspiring and gives insight into social, moral & cultural issues. One of the stories that really impacted me was the one she shares in chapter 6 about Rev. Hartsfield and how this spiritual leader has impacted her life until these day. You will have to read it to know what I mean.

I'm very glad I picked this book to review and I hope you get the chance to read it as well.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Bell on November 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Lucille, the product of a broken home, found it difficult to find her footing in life. She ran with the wrong crowd, and eventually wound up pregnant during her senior year in high school. Her first child, Shaquille, turned her life around and gave Lucille the wherewithal to get her life on track, despite the drug problems of Shaq's biological father.

Lucille went on to marry a man who made a good life for her and her children, but who left her empty inside. She took up drinking as a past time as the family moved from military base to military base. She and her husband, Phil, would get into alcohol fueled fights. This pattern went on for years until Lucille's mother started to suffer from poor health. It was around that time that Lucille began to reconnect with God. It was also around that time that she decided to go back to school. Despite her husband's resistance, Lucille enrolled in college and graduated four years later. In that four year span, her daughter faced health issues, she repaired her relationship with her father, she got divorced from Phil, and Shaquille's career rocketed withe the Los Angeles Lakers.

I put the book down thinking that O'Neal could have delved a bit more into the topics that she presented. The book was more a broad overview of her life and the challenges she faced over the course of five decades. Had she explored her feelings of inadequacy, religion, and marriage that she struggled with it could have been a guidepost for others wrestling with these issues in their own lives. While O'Neal's honest accounting of her life was a valiant effort , I couldn't help but to feel that she still held back a bit and that she is still in the process of personal growth.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emily on April 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go by Lucille O'Neal, with Allison Samuels

I got this book free from BookSneeze, to read and then to review... I chose this book because I enjoy reading auto-biographies about a variety of people, even those I didn't know of before.

Her story:

Lucille O'Neal is the mother of Shaquille O'Neal, the great basketball star... so, of course, she shares some of what Shaquille's early days playing ball were like, and what it is like to be the mother of a star.

Ms. O'Neal has been through teenage pregnancies (her own and her daughter's), addiction, divorce, and so much more, and she shares, openly, about all of those in this book.

What I didn't like about this book:

I don't think that Lucille and I would get along if we were to come into contact with each other. She seems proud, strict, a bit bitter... just not the type of person that I admire. Lucille spent the majority of this book complaining about the life that she has lived through.

I thought that it was very unprofessional (and completely unrelated) for Ms. O'Neal to, twice, share her anger at former president Ronald Reagan for welfare programs that he had gotten rid of while he was in office - as long as I am on that subject, I disagree with Ms. O'Neal, go Reagan! :)

The writing:

One thing that I did like about this book was the way that it was written. The chapters were short and easy to get through. It was written in a way that kept me reading, and I finished it in just a few days.

My conclusion:

I don't really recommend this book for any reason, there is nothing great about it. You can find a better auto-biography about someone else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Chen on October 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a review on the book, "Walk like you have somewhere to go." It is a great book that I would recommendment to people of all age groups to read. Especially to those who feel like they are going through alot of hardships in life. It's full of encouraging stories from Lucille O'Neal, the famous NBA basketball player Shaquille O'Neal's mother. It go back to when she was a rebellious teenager, to being a single mother, a wife, a college student, a divorcee and above all a conquerer! I love how this book makes me laugh and sometimes makes me cry. As I was reading, I found that I can't put it down. She shares with us her struggles and disappointments along with her sweetest memories and proudest accomplishment. She's a very humble person. From this book I was able to see how God could amazingly use the suffering in our lives to bless us and how we has a plan for us, all of us. The most important thing, I learned from this book is how enduring suffering has the power and ability to makes us stronger, better, more Godly people. If you stop by a book store, check it out! It will encourage and empower your life as it has did in mine.
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