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Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 17, 2012
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About the Author
Lopez Lomong was born in Kimotong, a small village in southern Sudan, in 1985. Taken by rebel soldiers from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army at age 6, Lomong embarked on the long journey from refugee camps to the world’s largest athletic stage—the Olympics. Founder of the Lopez Lomong Foundation, Lomong spends each day working to improve the lives of children in his homeland.
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I bought this book for me, because I am a runner and have spent some time in East Africa. However, I haven't even read the whole book yet. My wife seized it, read it in a day, and has been reading excerpts to my children, who are also captivated by the story. I read 2 chapters tonight to my seven year old son, who was begging for me to go on. I am really looking forward to reading the bits I've so far missed!
Lomong's story has tragedy, hope, triumph, and humor- his stories about some of his first experiences in the US are simply hilarious.
Lopez Lomong is among that class of young Africans like Meb Keflezighi (Run to Overcome), Valentino Deng (What is the What, by Dave Eggers), and William Kamkwamba (The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind) who have compelling life stories (and books), and who will (I hope) continue to make the world a better place.
Read this book!
Lopepe (the author) has such a work ethic and indomitable spirit and joy in life, you can't help but be inspired by him and his story.
All of us should read this book, and take from it a major lesson in how to adjust our own lives, how to dream, how to work, how to set a goal and build our own determination to reach it, regardless of obstacles or hardships.
I promise, after reading even the first part of this book, you will think twice before you complain about something as inconsequential as someone getting your parking space or the fast food server forgetting your "no mustard" instruction for your hamburger.
However, as I read Lopez's story of his life, I quickly became drawn into reading. I was intrigued to learn more about the Sudanese civil war and the rebel army. Lopez's ability to describe his experience as young child is inspiring and incredible. I found myself reflecting on just how many situations I take for granted in my own life and reevaluating my priorities. His use of humor is well timed and easily relatable.
The messages of hope and faith in God are strong throughout the entire book and make the book a great read.
Without any reservation, I highly recommend this book to anyone- a sports fan, a history fan, someone who has a heart for helping improve living conditions in third world countries, or someone just looking for an easy and enjoyable read.
The conditions in the camp left much to be desired and was only one step above the imprisonment he escaped from. Lomong's favorite past-time while in the camp was soccer, but there were so many boys wanting to play, they decided that they had to run one lap around the camp first. The lap was eighteen miles.
He was finally given the chance to emigrate to America. All he had to do was write an essay - in English. He only spoke Swahili and the only school lessons he had were scribbled in the dirt with his finger. But as with all the roadblocks he faced in life, he overcame this one too.
To make a long story short, he made it to the U.S., graduated from high school on time, ran track in college, and made it to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Now he spends his time helping other "lost boys" from Sudan realize their dreams.
This is an amazing story, one that fills me with hope and proves that anything is possible. After reading "Running for My Life", I can no longer complain about the unfairness of life or use any excuse for not realizing my own dreams. And it makes me proud of my country, especially to see it through the eyes of this "lost boy" from Sudan.
Review Written by David Allan Reeves
Author of "Running Away From Me"