Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong is a compelling story of how a “lost boy” from Sudan was kidnapped by rebel soldiers, escaped certain death, ran for his life, only to be placed in a refugee camp in Kenya, where ultimately he ran right into an unbelievable dream.
As Lomong is living to survive another day in the refugee camp as a teen, he and a group of boys have an opportunity to watch something most kids age had never seen nor heard about; the Olympics on a farmers black and white TV. During their brief visit, Lomong gets a glimpse of Olympian Gold Medalist Michael Johnson sprinting around the track, upholding the American flag after a victory. The dream was planted.
Through an unbelievable opportunity to go to America through a local Catholic Charity, Lomong is accepted and sponsored by a family in New York where he goes to live out what a “lost boy” could never fathom. They treat him like their own son, enrolling him in the local high school, he becomes a track star, and the dream continues to unfold until it is fulfilled when he makes the Olympic team.
This is a fantastic, well written story but more than that for me it was motivating and moving. If you want to see how one family can make a difference in not just one life, but several, Running for My Life will expand your capacity to do something with the compassion God gives us to move us into action. It is challenging and has caused me to ask the question, “What can I do?” On another note, My 15 year old son chose to read Running for My Life for his english class.
I received this book free from BookSneeze in exchange for my review, but it’s definitely worth buying!