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“In Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go Lucille will take you on a 40-year journey from ‘mental welfare to mental wealth.’ You will laugh—you may cry—and in the process you will be encouraged, enlightened, and empowered.”

—Paula White, author of Dare to Dream: See Yourself as God Sees You

 As the mother of one of the greatest athletes of all time, her journey is exceptional; but her story reveals that she ...

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Overview

“In Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go Lucille will take you on a 40-year journey from ‘mental welfare to mental wealth.’ You will laugh—you may cry—and in the process you will be encouraged, enlightened, and empowered.”

—Paula White, author of Dare to Dream: See Yourself as God Sees You

 As the mother of one of the greatest athletes of all time, her journey is exceptional; but her story reveals that she is more than just “Shaquille O’Neal’s mom.”

Lucille O’Neal is a woman you know, a woman you understand. Perhaps your own journey resembles hers. O’Neal has been a rebellious teen, a single mother, a wife, a college student, a divorcée, and, above all, a woman of unique courage.

 Acquainted early in life with turmoil, O’Neal’s circumstances shaped her perspective and strengthened her resolve to overcome the challenges she would encounter later in life. She has endured poverty, rejection, abuse, addiction, and the illness of a child, yet today her faith and compassion for others are stronger than ever.  O’Neal writes candidly—and often humorously—about her years of spiritual unrest and mental warfare, and her return to the God of her childhood.

In Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go, O’Neal shares her struggles and disappointments against the backdrop of her sweetest memories and proudest accomplishments. After fifty-five years, O’Neal has gained the wisdom to recognize her wrongs and guide others down a different path. Her story is proof that it’s never too late for a new beginning.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781418584801
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 715,219
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    WONDERFUL MUST READ

    WOW!!!! What a read, this book is enticing,So griping to a mothers heart.Shaq is one of my beloved players ,my son adores him and so do I.My heart is full with pride to know that I can overcome adversity .Thank you for your honest ,and love that you put in this book.
    WONDERFUL A MUST READ

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Inspiring

    This book is a quick read because once you start you canot put it down. I am waiting for her to write another book!

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

    Not great, doesn't really hook you.

    It's the story of Lucille, who is Shaq's mom, and her growing up and what it was like being a single mom. Her parents were really strict and honestly, I would say abusive. But she just talks it off like it's no big. And that really irritates me because that kind of behavior isn't ok. Anyways. Although I didn't really enjoy the memoir myself- it would be very good for someone who fits the stereotypical un-wed, uneducated mother. While it's obviously worked out for her that isn't the case for everyone. And I guess when I read the book it made me feel like she was saying, "Hey- it's ok to have babies on your own with no education! You just pray real hard and everything will be great." And really? That's not a plan. That's a hope. I had a hard time identifying with this story but then again, I've never been in that situation. So I guess if I have to give it a 1-5 rating (5 being the best) I'd say 1. Only because I just couldn't stay engaged at all.

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  • Posted July 24, 2010

    "Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go" by Lucille O'Neal is a fast-moving glimpse of her childhood to her life today.

    "Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go" by Lucille O'Neal is a fast-moving glimpse of her childhood to her life today. Lucille opens her soul to us, being very honest, and holding nothing back. Most chapters open with scripture, God's true Word, serving as her encouragement. She describes growing up as a child, lacking self-love, resulting in a total lack of self-esteem and confidence, which she calls "mental-welfare". As a happy mother of four, she describes how the storms in her life have her so very humbled and grateful for where she finds herself today.

    Truthfully, I felt discouraged as I saw Lucille repeating her mistakes until I realized that I can look back and also wonder why it took me so long to learn. Thankfully, God is very patient, forgiving and full of grace. This book reminds me that the storms in life can bring us closer to God than we ever thought possible. I recommend this book to all readers who truly savor the moments they share with those they love.


    *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

    Taking a Slow Walk with Lucille

    "I'm a living and breathing testament that life begins and flourishes at whatever age you become comfortable in your own skin and whenever it is that you fall in love with what you see when you look in the mirror each morning."

    I've been taking a slow walk through a book. I could have read it quickly - it's certainly not a complicated novel - but getting to know Lucille O'Neal was something I wanted to savor. In learning about her life, I have learned to happily embrace mine.

    In the book, "Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go," Lucille shares the story of her challenging childhood, teenage pregnancy, relationship issues, struggles with alcoholism - and overcoming faith in God. Yes, she is the mother of NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, but her book doesn't rest on his fame as her redemption. Lucille inspires women to look upward and move onward, no matter their circumstances. She shares, "Without a test, there is no testimony."

    Through her words, she has shown the beauty of a life lived fully. Her book evolves from autobiography to a passionate and convicting challenge - to dream big, step out in faith, and choose to live victoriously in Christ. Taking a slow walk with her through her journey from mental warfare to mental health - and mental wealth - is a good journey indeed.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

    Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go by Lucille O'Neal

    Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go is a motto that Ms. O'Neal got from a preacher in her church when she was a youth in the church. Since then, Ms. O'Neal, the famous basketball player Shaq's mother has lived her life by this motto. This book is a story of her life from childhood to the present. She discusses her life growing up without the influence of her mother, being raised by strict Christian grandparents, living through an unhappy marriage, and raising her children through all of life's ups and downs, and finally pursuing her dreams. This book was very easy to read. In fact, I was able to read it in two days. I found the story line interesting and easy to follow. I did not find the book to be very inspirational. Ms. O'Neal had alot of breaks in her life due to her son's wealth and fame. This isn't to say that she did not have her own personal drive to achieve her accomplishments without the help of Shaq, but she did have many financial advantages that ordinary people can not relate to. If you are looking for an interesting story line and a book that is easy to read, this might be the book for you. If you are looking for an inspirational story you can relate to, I do not think this is a good choice.

    Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

    Inspirational Memoir

    "Walk Like You Have Somwhere to Go" is a memoir of Lucille O'Neal's life. If you didn't recognize the last name, Lucille is the mother of NBA icon, Shaquille O'Neal. Lucille felt her life's journey could be of some spiritual encouragement to others and she decided to write this memoir.


    Lucille is very upfront and honest about her life before and after the fame and fortune of her oldest son, NBA star Shaquille O'Neal.


    Without giving away too much of the book, here's my review. Lucille shares her life story in a warm and conversational way. Lucille had a difficult childhood feeling unloved by family, feeling awkward amongst her peers, being a teen mom, and being in an unhappy marriage.


    After all that Lucille went through in the past she reflects back and sums up her past state of mind as "mental welfare". Lucille coined the term "mental welfare" as it applies to her life growing up with low self-esteem and a lack of confidence that stemmed from a love-less childhood. Lucille felt these were issues that millions of people faced daily, and she wanted to share her story.


    Lucille's life took a major turn when her oldest son, Shaquille, became a big NBA star, and she became caught up in the whirlwind while sharing in his fame and fortune, it brought out the worst in her. Lucille had feelings of resentment of his success and some surprising negative behaviors arose from her.


    This book was written with spiritual undertones, and Lucille lets it be known that when she was open to change and knew that God had a bigger plan for her life that's when she began her spiritual journey. I personally enjoy inspirational autobiographies and this was an interesting memoir.


    This book is an easy read, flows well, and will definitely hold your attention from beginning to end. What I got from this book is that money can't bring you happiness, but your continued faith in God can bring you the joy and guidance that you need on a daily basis.

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

    Book Review of Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go

    Recently, I read a book by Shaquile Oneal's mother entitled, "Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go: From Mental Welfare to Mental Health". It tells her life journey and overcoming great obstacles a long the way.


    Lucille share with readers how she became pregnant with Shaquille at just 17 years old. Her desire to provide a male role model for her son leads to life living in Germany as a military mother, and dealing with a troubled marriage and alcohol addiction.
    I especially enjoyed the stories of her childhood. She share her fond memories of her youth. Originally from the South, Lucille moved up North with her church going grandparents. This is where she first learned about faith.
    In this book, Lucille will share 40 scriptures that were key in helping her live life as an over comer. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a quick, motivational, and easy read.

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

    Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go~ A Review

    Wow. Another amazing read published by Thomas Nelson Inc and written by Lucille O'Neal. Yes, she is Shaq's mother. She chronicles her life born the 1950's living in the south. She tells us about her unstable childhood and getting pregnant in her late teens. She gives us court side seats as she shows us that God really does have a plan for us, it just may not be an easy road to travel down.

    I loved her candor in detailing her life. She is an inspiration and made me realize that we can overcome whatever adversity we are facing. Please pick up this book. You will not regret it.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go - Lucille O'Neal From Mental Welfare to Mental Health

    Lucille O'Neal is a proud mother of 4, one of them is the famous basketball player Shaquille O'Neal. In this book she talks about her life, about everything she learned from the circumstances and crisis that she has been through.
    It's a perfect book for parents, she talks very passionately about how she raised her children, now all grown-ups, about the different needs that every child has and the way the parent can relate to his child's needs. It's a perfect book for the girls that have started very early on this motherhood journey, with no support and encouragement from others maybe, because she reveals a lot of things that helped her on this tough journey that she walked as well. I also think is a great book for those of us who think that we are no longer supposed to dare dreaming big. She is a great example of courage perseverance for all of us.

    I liked this book very much. It's a well written biographic book. It's also very easy to read. It motivated me to dare dreaming big and be fearless about what others may think about my dreams. I learned I can do anything and go through everything, because I am a wonderful human being, created and greatly loved by my LORD.

    So ... Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go, because you DO HAVE!!!

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

    Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go by Lucille O'Neal

    In this book Lucille O'Neal, mother of NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal, shares the story of her life. Lucille's life today is a far cry from growing up in New Jersey where most of her extended family lived in a single house. In this book, O'Neal shares how she went from that house in New Jersey, to being a single teenage mother, an unhappy Army wife and finally how Shaquille became an NBA star and how her life has changed because of that. Throughout the story of her journey O'Neal shares her struggles, her faith and her heart.


    This book is easy to read, the tone is informal and conversational. While it was interesting to learn about Lucille's life, as well as Shaquille's, this book was not a riveting "page-turner." O'Neal does a good job of telling her story, conveying her thoughts and feelings as her life changed over the years, but this book is not a "must read" or a best seller. If you're interested in a quick read and learning more about Lucille or Shaquille's history, this book would be great for you, but don't expect it to be a life changing, awe-inspiring story.

    Disclosure of Material Connection:


    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

    Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go by Lucille O'Neal

    This book is about the trials and triumphs of Lucille O'Neal, mother of Shaquille O'Neal. It is not an ordinary story in that it tells of the highs and lows as the family struggled to get to be where it is today. Details not only their history but reminds us of the state of the country at the time. The story really touched me. It was not all positive or all negative. I came away with a deep admiration for Lucille as she overcame many challenges and obstacles - many of the challenges and obstacles mirror those faced by people today. She is a strong woman with a great outlook on life. She admits that times were tough but that she learned to rise above and do what she needed to succeed. Though the mother of a world famous sports star (who hasn't heard of Shaq) she is remarkably down to earth and comes across like someone you would like to get to know better. The family pictures tell a story all their own and brings the various people in her life to life. Putting faces to the strong personalities written about was a nice touch. I strongly recommend this book to women of all ages. You do not need to be a mother to appreciate this book but as a mother, you can empathize with her. A book I would read more than once.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

    Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans, I have for you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    I know that God is talking to me, before I went to bed last night I read Jeremiah 29:11. Woke up this morning checked my computer and ran across,"WALK LIKE YOU HAVE SOMEWHERE TO GO", by Lucille O'Neal. I read parts of the book on line will be purchasing it soon. When I read the same scripture she had written in her book I know there is a reason for every season.My mother's name is LUCILLE and my son is tall and looks like SHAQ, everybody calls him SHAQ. And, I said to myself there is a reason for this I don't know what God is telling me or all the plans He has for me, but it has something to do with this book. From what I've read so far it's so REAL and down to earth and tell it all like it is truthfully back in the DAY, to where the trials and tribulations and happiness, failures and success has brought you and your son so FAR. I love a real story that you can relate to. Thank GOD for you and SHAQ. Continue in the blessings that God has promised you and your family. Right now I'm, WALKING LIKE I HAVE SOMEWHERE TO GO thank you! LOVE SHIRLEY MOORMAN

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go By Lucille O'Neal (With Allison Samuels)

    Being related to someone famous, must be a very difficult thing, really!

    Irrespective of whatever you do on your own, you are always seen as "Person X's wife", or "Mr. Y's Mother", Or "Ms. Z's ex-husband". Moving out of this 'brand' is a near-impossible task. Not many have survived this.

    When I saw an autobiography of Lucille O'Neal, I immediately thought she got this assignment only because she is mother of a very famous basketball superstar, and we are forced to read her story just because her son's success as an excellent athlete.

    But pretty soon, Lucille proved me wrong. Its not her last name which is her claim to fame, But her life itself makes a very interesting reading. With co-author Allison Samuels' support, she has beautifully narrated it in a very gripping, inspiring, sometimes funny way.

    The most interesting aspect of the book, according to me is, Lucille explains the struggles she faced in detail, but she never points fingers at anyone. She talks about faith as her only companion during hardships, and also during greener pastures of her life. This attitude seems to be one of the important reasons why she survived such a difficult grill.

    I recommend this book for anyone who don't go by brand value, but are interested in reading honest, true, and inspiring story of a simple human being, and benefit from it.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

    Great For Uplifting Discussion

    "Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go: From Mental Welfare to Mental Health," discusses the life and growth of Lucille O'Neal. This autobiography explores the trials and mistakes of her life and the lessons learned. Lucille O'Neal wants to let people women know that it is never to late to change and enjoy life.

    "Walk Life You Have Somewhere to Go" was very inspiring. Each chapter represented a new challenge for Lucille and also a new level of growth. I truly enjoyed Lucille O'Neal's honesty. She looked her own flaws and mistakes right in the face and then used them to improve her life and enlighten others. The reader gets to feel what it is like to struggle as a military wife, while rasing a family and battling alcoholism.

    I never thought about what its like for a mother to send her son off to the NBA. I always assumed the transitions from college to the NBA were flawless and only considered the material changes. After reading her perspective on in the cultivating of an NBA superstar, I now have a new respect for athletes and their families.

    This book is great for people who enjoy inspiring stories, but also for those who want to take a look inside the childhood of NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

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    Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go

    The title alone would give me cause to buy this book. Lucille O'Neal lays her life on the line for all to see in this tell it all biography. In fact, her down-to-earth manner of writing is sometimes too painfully honest. She leaves out no committed sin but tells is like it is.

    I am not a basketball fan but this 'growing -up' story of both mom, Lucille and her famous son Shaquille, will inspire every reader.

    Lucille is an example of how to aim higher. Did you get that? No,we do not need to be content where we are!

    Lucille had her baby out of wedlock, conquered the welfare lifestyle and moved into self-supporting mode. She refused to accept the norm. Some of her decisions would not have been mine. However, she is so honest about her errors and mistakes that you just have to love her.

    She came from a harsh background into a life of late college degrees, honestly earned, not bestowed! She heads a fund raiser for Ovarian cancer. She is also the president of the Mothers of Professional Basketball Players Association.

    Wonder woman? No, just a gal like you and I who poured her heart into living.

    This would be a great book for all the sports moms out there. I am not one of those but I thoroughly enjoyed it just the same.

    Brenda Wood

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    Posted April 19, 2010

    Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go

    I recently read the book, "Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go" by Lucille O'Neal. I was attracted to this book by the title. The idea of walking like I'm going somewhere has encouraged me to confront issues more confidently and it actually helped me finish a recent 7 mile walk!

    "Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go" is the story of how a young single mother grew to become a college graduate and the mother of a NBA star. Ms. O'Neal and I have very little in common but that didn't keep me from learning a few lessons as I read about her life experiences.

    I found the writing style of the book to be very disjointed and at times difficult to read. I spent quite a bit of time having to stop and re-read passages from previous chapters in order to clarify the section I was currently reading.

    I think that this book would be enjoyed by young women who feel that they are stuck in their perceived limited life of single motherhood and who long for a different life. I cannot personally condone all of Ms. O'Neal's choices in life but it is her story and she has every right to tell it for whatever reason she chooses.

    Disclaimer: Thomas Nelson sent me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    Walk Like you Have Somewhere to Go

    Mrs. O'Neal doesn't pull any punches in the story of her first 50+ years on this earth.
    She discusses how, when her father and mother divorced, when she was quite young, her father took custody of the children, and with his parents, moved to Newark New Jersey. How, being a young woman who was nearly 6 feet tall at a young age, can cause you to have low self esteem, and and how she dealt with this. And how she coped, as she moved into her teens, including becoming pregnant at 17, and the young man skipping out, leaving her to deal with the pregnancy and raising of their child.
    Then, marrying, having 3 more children very close together, one of which was born prematurely.
    To make ends meet, her husband joined the army, and the difficulties in moving from place to place, feeding 4 children on a very limited budget, and how she coped by drinking.
    She shares her ups and downs, struggles along with the good things that happened along the way.
    The book is well written, easy to read, and you feel you know Mrs. O'Neal by the time you've finished it.
    I didn't always agree with her way of handling issues, but that didn't keep me from enjoying the book.

    I was provided a copy of this book to read and review by Booksneeze. The opinions expressed here are my own, and no money was paid for this review.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    Lucille O'Neal will get you walking like you have somewhere to go, too!

    What a refreshing view on the world! She starts her auto-biography from childhood, through her teen pregnancy with Shaquille, right up to the present day. Her trials and joys are laid out plain and clear & the writing, honestly, makes it easy to imagine her reading it aloud. I think I enjoyed that the most. It feels raw and unedited; real, I guess. She includes her favorite scriptures that helped her get through each phase of her life, which made the book all the more applicable to me on a personal level.

    I honestly couldn't put the book down! I had a day off of work yesterday and had every intention of being super productive. Au contraire! I read this book in front of the computer, while making dinner, instead of cleaning the house, etc. Lucille really draws you in, and her can-do attitude is contagious! I really enjoyed her take on education and motherhood. She mentioned how she thinks every generation has an obligation to pave the way for the next generation, in the name of human progression. I recommend this book to anyone who feels like they've got it bad. It really made me appreciate the opportunities I have and the family I've been blessed with.

    To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I have to mention that Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. Click for details.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go

    An inspiring story of a single black mother who waged against all odds to come out victoriously in the battles of life. It's a book that kept me awake all through the night. At some points you will actually tend to feel sorry for Mrs. Lucille O'Neal and at some points you will have your faith greatly encouraged. A book of thirty three chapters it's such a fast read. I particularly enjoyed Chapter two Life Aint Been No Crystal Stair. She's such a strong woman whose life will challenge other young women especially single mothers. The book will most likely attend to your emotional needs rather than your intellectual. It will lay a background for determination and dedication in case you've lost your package. I simply love the book and I think I will order for some gift copies for my friends. It's a must-read for everyone of them

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