Friday, July 06, 2012
Book Review - Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong
Running for My Life is written by Lopez Lomong and is published by Thomas Nelson. It's the life story of a professional athlete - an Olympic track star no less - and a lost boy from south Sudan.
Lopepe (Lopez) Lomong was born and raised to the age of six in south Sudan. During the lengthy civil war between south and north Sudan, Lopez found himself dragged from his mother's arms while at a church service. He was thrown into a truck bed along with other boys and girls from his village by rebel soldiers who then took only the boys to a "training camp" for future soldiers. Where the girls went, Lopez did not know.
As boys died in an overcrowded tent, Lopez made friends with his "three angels." Lopez and the three boys escaped one night and ran for three days toward what they thought was their village. They were wrong. They ended up in a refugee camp in Kenya, just over the border. Lopez stayed in that refugee camp for ten years - until he came here, to the United States of America.
Today, Lopez Lomong is an Olympic runner for the United States and a professional athlete whose single goal transcends all that he has accomplished since he was abducted as a boy of six. He wants to help other lost boys and his own village in south Sudan. A portion of every book sold goes toward meeting that goal.
I have to admit that I was completely won over by Lopez's story. I found myself immersed in it and finished reading it quicker than most books I have read. I have come away with my own passion to do something - ANYTHING - for the cause of Christ. How will I run for my life?
**I received a copy of Running for My Life in exchange for my honest opinion. Opinions expressed are my own.**