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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: 9.3 x 6.6 x 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: #1,601,081 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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The writing: One thing that I did like about this book was the way that it was written.
Emily
The mother of Shaquille O'Neal, Lucille O'Neal shares her life story in this book, Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go.
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The pictures in the book helped me to feel like I knew the people being written about and made it even more real.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carrie B. Partridge on April 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Lucille O'Neal is most famous for being Shaq's mom, but her autobiography, "Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go," is mostly about her own story. She takes her readers through her childhood, which included a broken home; her teen years, which included being a single mom to Shaquille; her young adult years, which included marriage, being a military wife, and having three more babies; and adulthood, which included Shaq's move to the NBA, their family's move from rags to riches, her earning her college degree, and eventually divorcing her husband. Throughout it all, Ms. O'Neal describes her struggles with alcohol and dealing with broken family relationships. Her mother was a great influence in her life, and Ms. O'Neal gives her the credit for helping her build a foundation of faith, which wavered greatly over the years.

Although I learned some interesting trivia about Shaq (ex: His name means "little one"!) and found Ms. O'Neal's story to be somewhat interesting, I did not at all feel inspired by her story. In truth, I felt that her son's prosperity, not her "regained faith," is what gave her the freedom and confidence of which she boasts. (To her credit, this is very understandable.) A verse of Scripture is posted at the beginning of each chapter, and it just seems very forced and unrelated, in my opinion.

The story seems a bit slow at times and seems to jump around, but I appreciate the fact that it is told in Ms. O'Neal's own words and tone. Allison Samuels, who helped Ms. O'Neal with the writing, did a great job of letting Ms. O'Neal's voice be heard. I felt like I was sitting in her living room and just listening to her tell her story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MGKerri on June 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am not a basketball fan. So it's a good thing this book had little to do with basketball. Lucille O'Neal writes about her life growing up with divorced parents, living with her grandparents, and having a not-so-wonderful childhood.

She also shares the joys and fears of her son Shaquille's rise to fame and fortune.
I really enjoyed reading about Lucille's life. She is a wonderful story-teller. It was fascinating to see a mother's reaction to her son getting rich and famous almost overnight.

The only thing that kind of annoyed me about this book is that, in my opinion, many of the chapter titles didn't mesh well with the content of the chapters. It was a bit confusing at times.

Lucille is an inspiring woman by anyone's standards. She fought the stigma of poverty growing up, and she conquered a lifetime addiction to alcohol. Her faith is the only thing that kept her grounded throughout her entire life. She went on to finish college after she was 40 years old, and got two degrees.

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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