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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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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Awesome read. My family had the privilege of hosting a charity benefit dinner in our home where Lucille was the guest speaker. Read morePublished 4 months ago by ken in memphis
I got a chance to meet Lucille at a Boys and Girls Club celebration in Tacoma, WA. She exudes peace and caring. She was so present for the kids in the clubs and our schools. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ann319
Ms. Lucille's story is so personal that it is only natural for it to be a universal one:that of many women; wives; mothers who can identify with it beyond age; location and race... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Yvette Tsiropoulos
This is the autobiography of an exceptional woman! I recently heard her speak at an event and was so entertained and inspired, so I bought the book thinking it would be more of the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Denise
Bought this for my mother for Christmas. She was also a single mother. She loved it, so inspiring. I highly recommend it.Published 19 months ago by Jana Roberts
Reading this book took me back to some of my own experiences and the stories were strength for my heart. I loved reading of the victorious walks coming from hard circumstances. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by Sandy Path
an amazing woman whose head and heart was always to guide her family to believe in God and to practice goodness.Published on March 8, 2013 by njf
I enjoyed reading this book so much I couldn't put it down. It was so interesting and realistic, it seem like this was a family that I knew.Published on February 19, 2013 by Lillian Frazier
A facsinating read about a dynamic woman who did not allow lives negatives
to hold her from accomplishing her goals and rearing one of basketballs most amazing players.