Monday, August 20, 2012

Running For My Life

Less than two weeks ago I read this awesome book by Olympic athlete Bryan Clay. So when I went to choose a new book to review and saw another book written by a different Olympic athlete, I jumped on it! I got the book "Running For My Life" by Lopez Lomong and devoured it in just a couple of days.

This. Book. Is. Awesome.

Lopez's story is incredible. He grew up in Sudan and he tells stories of the war going on there, how he was kidnapped at the age of six and somehow, by God's grace, escaped the prison camp and made it to Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya. His stories of that life are amazing as well. So much goes on in other countries that we are so clueless about. You must remember, Lopez's story is from the late 1990's and early 2000's... not decades ago.

Lopez eventually got the chance to come to America to live. His foster parents (who did adopt him later) must be amazing people. I can't imagine the challenges they all had to overcome. I absolutely loved the stories Lopez told of when he first came to America. Let me share one... this is when he just landed in America and his parents have just left the airport with him:

"We pulled into a restaurant and walked inside. The smell of so many different foods nearly gave me a headache. We walked up to the counter. Up above were photos of everything on the menu. I had no idea what was what. So much food from which to choose! All the choices made my head swim. I just knew this had to be one of the nicest restaurants in all of America. Only later did I discover the truth about McDonald's."

Lopez has such a great personality that comes through in this book. He has an absolutely amazing God-given talent and such a heart for his country, Sudan. I think I could read this book over and over again. If you have a mission-minded heart you will love reading this book and it will certainly make you want to do something for the Sudanese.The book is well-written and so interesting. I now follow Lopez on Facebook and will continue to do so. I know he is going to do great things for America and Sudan.

And the best part - he gives all the glory to God as he does all these amazing things.

I highly recommend this book. I know I will be passing it on to friends and family. I haven't stopped talking about it since I finished it several days ago. Check him out on Facebook.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com 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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