Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Running For My Life by Lopez Lomong

Running For My Life by Lopez Lomong is an amazing story of courage, determination and faith. In this memoir, the author recounts the terrifying experience of running for his life as he escapes captivity and flees to a refugee camp in Kenya. Life in the refugee camp is hard, but Lomong finds solace and purpose in playing soccer. Every day he runs around the camp (approximately 18 miles) so that he can earn a spot on the soccer field to play. He has no idea he is such a gifted runner. For him, running is a means to an end. If he runs, he can play soccer. 

After 10 years of living in the refugee camp, Lomong has the opportunity to come to America to live with an amazing couple who become his parents. As Lomong recounts his first days in America, you cannot help but realize how much we take for granted. Eventually Lomong begins running track and finds himself on his way to becoming an Olympic athlete. Over the next several years, Lomong finishes high school, becomes a US citizen, competes in the Olympics, finishes college and is reunited with his Sudanese family.

I loved this book. It was inspiring and full of hope. Because of faith, Lopez Lomong overcame some of the most difficult circumstances and is a role model to us all. 

I received this book free form the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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