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Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go Hardcover – March 29, 2010

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (March 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159555307X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595553072
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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 same. While the stories of her background are abundant, I personally was looking for more of the inspirational topics she was sharing at the speech. Maybe another book will be coming. In the meantime, though, this is a great narrative of an interesting woman's rocky life that if finally smooth.
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Awesome read. My family had the privilege of hosting a charity benefit dinner in our home where Lucille was the guest speaker. The other guests were students who are trying to change their lives, and she so genuiunely interacted with all of them. She is the real deal, and a woman of great faith.
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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 divisions. As a new mother in the 1970's of a son; abandoned by the child's father shortly after, I shared plenty of heartache and insecure feelings with Lucille. As a single parent, shuttling my little one between nursery school and grandparents' home, our home: we have similar experiences. As a determined woman determined to have a college education: well, yes you get it. Lucille O'Neal is one lady I'd be honored to share a meal, memories, thoughts with....in the grander scheme of the universe, we are sisters.
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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. She has truly walked the talk of spiritual perseverance. It was a great book told with a lot of heart and honesty. A good read!
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Beyond inspiring and heart renewing. You never know the footsteps of a complete stranger, yet reading this very "up close and personal testimony," allowed me a seat in the living room of "Big Lou's," antics, Lou's love for her mother, children and family. We know her as Pastor Lucille O'Neal; a sweetheart.
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