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Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong

Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong is a book written by a lost boy of the Sudan who was kidnapped from a church service at age 6 by rebels. The book is a first hand account of Lomong’s life after he was taken from his family and follows him all the way to the year before the 2012 Olympics that we are watching today. The book is so well written that the reader feels as though they are walking barefoot next to a little lost boy trying to survive the terror of being alone in a rebel camp where there is little food and even less chance of survival with the brutal conditions forced on him and dozens of other boys. His life is a testament to God’s goodness and watch care.

Not long after his contact with rebels, Lopez found himself in a refugee camp where his time was spent playing soccer and running. It was there that Lopez was first introduced to the Olympics and his dream was born.

All the way through Lomong looked to his God and trusted that He was able to take his life and make something great out of it. Though he suffered many a hardship and too many lonely years, with God’s help he pursued a dream and maintained that his God was there to guide and protect him. His faith is amazing and quite the challenge to those of us who have easy, comfortable lives and still struggle to have the amazing faith that this little child had through out his life.

I highly recommend this book as well as recommend everyone watch his Olympic race August 8 as he qualifies for the 1500 as a fellow American. Lopez Lomong is a living miracle that could encourage anyone to pursue their dreams and make something of their lives regardless of the circumstances surrounding them. This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review by Booksneeze.com.

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