Running for My Life

  • by Lopez Lomong
  • Narrated by Brandon Hirsch
  • 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Running for My Life is not a story about Africa or track and field athletics. It is about outrunning the devil and achieving the impossible: faith, diligence, and the desire to give back. It is the American dream come true and a stark reminder that saving one can help to save thousands more.
Lopez Lomong chronicles his inspiring ascent from a barefoot lost boy of the Sudanese Civil War to a Nike sponsored athlete on the US Olympic Team. Though most of us fall somewhere between the catastrophic lows and dizzying highs of Lomong's incredible life, every reader will find in his story the human spark to pursue dreams that might seem unthinkable, even from circumstances that might appear hopeless.

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What the Critics Say

"Lopez Lomong's story is one of true inspiration. His life is a story of courage, hard work, never giving up, and having hope where there is hopelessness all around. Lopez is a true role model." (Michael Johnson, Olympic gold medalist)
"This true story of a Sudanese child refugee who became an Olympic star is powerful proof that God gives hope to the hopeless and shines a light in the darkest places. Don't be surprised if after reading this incredible tale, you find yourself mysteriously drawn to run alongside him." (Richard Stearns, president of World Vision US and author of The Hole in Our Gospel)

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Interesting and Inspirational

STORY - This is a true story which begins with the kidnapping of a six-year-old boy (Lopez Lomong) from his family's church in Sudan. It ends with his graduation from college in the U.S. after competing as an American citizen in the Seoul Olympic Games. The story in between is sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes humorous, but the message is clear: If you set your goals high, work hard and believe in yourself and God, anything is within your reach.

I do not usually enjoy nonfiction, especially autobiographies, but this book was very enjoyable. After I finished, I found myself surfing the internet for more information about Lopez, his accomplishments and his charities. The story is never boring or overly detailed, but it is sometimes a bit slow. Nevertheless, I am glad I had a chance to hear it and receive its message.

NARRATION - Good job, but nothing special.

OVERALL - I recommend this book to anyone who thinks they might enjoy a good biography. I would actually rate this a 3.5 overall.
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- AudioAddict "I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!"

Innocence And Joy Prevail

While there is perhaps a bit of Lopez's life in the Killing Fields of Sudan, "Running for My Life" is mostly about dedication, faith, and joy. He's dedicated to do the best he can no matter what the situation. Through the book, the only thing that trips him up, really, are things in America that he can't believe exist. He's practically traumatized by a light switch that nobody shows him how to use, poor thing.
I was especially touched by how joyous and grateful he is for EVERYthing; he takes nothing for granted.
This is an inspiring journey, narrated with child-like wonder (which... okay, it's the weakest point of the book...). It'll make you grateful for all you have, make you wish you had the same faith he does, make you proud to be part of the human race when humans can be as inspiring as he is.
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- Gillian "SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-17-2012
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers