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Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games

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13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Best release of 2012. Every American should read this autobiogr

Best release of 2012.

Every American should read this autobiography of Lopez Lomong, a Lost Boy of Sudan who dreamed of becoming an Olympic runner for the United States.

Part of a large group of children rounded up and kidnapped from an outdoor church service by Sudan...
Best release of 2012.

Every American should read this autobiography of Lopez Lomong, a Lost Boy of Sudan who dreamed of becoming an Olympic runner for the United States.

Part of a large group of children rounded up and kidnapped from an outdoor church service by Sudanese rebel solders, six year old Lopepe (born in 1985) was taken under the wings of three bigger boys who had known his older brother. Together they escaped from the horrifying rebel encampment, running in the wrong direction for home. Eventually they crossed the border into Kenya, where they were put in a refugee camp. The bigger boys, whom Lopez calls his "angels" vanished, never to be seen by him again.

In the refugee camp food was limited and there were no school supplies. Lopez learned the rudiments of education, with teachers offering lectures and children writing answers in the dirt, using sticks as writing implements. Work, running, and soccer playing helped fill the long hours.

In the year 2000, several of the boys snuck out of the camp, paying a local farmer to watch the Olympics on a television powered by a car battery. Seeing Michael Johnson, the defending Olympic champion and world record holder in the 400-meter dash, Lopez developed a dream for his own future. He, too, would some day run in the Olympics for the United States.

Lomong believes it was God who led him to learn about the Olympics, and also helped him win an essay contest. The contest allowed him to be sent to America where he lived with a supportive American family, received his citizenship, earned both his high school and Bachelor's Degrees, and ran in the Beijing Olympics for the United States.

His youthful impressions of 9/11 and of Americans coming together as a people are very powerful, very moving, and extremely important.

"Running for My Life" is a very true story of a young man whose hard work and faith in God has allowed him to achieve his personal dreams.

We pray that his even bigger dreams of bringing pure drinking water, public education and medical services to Sudan also come true.

A must read. Excellent book. A superb person.

Kim Burdick
Stanton, Delaware

posted by KimRBurdick on July 8, 2012

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Highly recommend! Amazing story.

Uplifting, amazing story from a truly nice person. Most people I know have gone back and read it twice - it is that good.

posted by dragonflyNY on September 22, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Recommended - A really good read.

    Kidnapped at age 6 with all the children of his church, Lopez was taken to a rebel camp where the older boys were trained to be soldiers. Befriended by 3 older boys from his village he escaped from the rebel soldiers and ran for days. They end up in Kenya far from home and Lopez is taken to a camp for orphans. Ten years later, still in a refugee camp he eventually is sent to the US. where he is raised by foster parents. His story is moving and you won't want to put the book down. It is a true story that shows miracles can happen.

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