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Running for My Life
One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games
by Lopez Lomong
Publisher:Thomas Nelson From TMD or Joining the Dots
Published:17 July 2012
Iíd like to start by saying I really wasnít that interested in reading this book and didnít think Iíd enjoy it much Ė boy was I wrong and am I glad that I was sent this book to review. Itís a well written first person voiced autobiography of someone I knew nothing about, US Olympic athlete, Lopez Lomong, that said though this is not a typical sports biography, in fact really it isnít a sports biography though sport factors strongly in it. Instead it is the gut wrenching story of a small 6 year old, violently stolen from his family to be a boy soldier, who through the grace and bravery of some other stolen children escaped and ran and ran and ran to what he thought would be his mother but was actually Kenya and a refugee camp. Itís a story of loss and wonder and small miracles and above all faith in adversity. Itís also the story of a journey to America, of a time of change and transition, of having one passion and realising that though that may be what we love itís not always what we are best called to and sometimes we have to change focus to be the best we can and what we are called to be Ė and this through the medium of an enduring love of soccer transformed to the wonder of running, something that Lopez certainly knew all about.
Itís an incredible witness testimony and one certainly worth reading, especially if you want a story full of faith, triumph and real commitment with an insight into the horrors of Sudan and child victims of war, but above all with the focus on the fact that nothing is impossible with God.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (07/11/12)