Running For My Life by Lomong

He was six years old when his childhood ended. Though still alive, the only life he had ever known stood out in front of the Sudanese church with tears running down their faces as he was roughly thrown into the back of a truck and driven away with the other ‘lost’ boys by a corrupt militia.

Running For My Life
By Lopez Lomong
Thomas Nelson
July 2012

This was 1991, the year Lopez Lomong’s life became nothing more than sleeping, eating and going to the bathroom in the cramped quarters of one small tent. They all waited in fear of what was to come next. When the soldiers noticed boys dying, they decided it was time to begin the training. That’s when they began to drag the boys big enough to hold a rifle out into the unknown.

It was time for Lopez to make his break. A few boys from his village, whom he referred to as his ‘angels’, came to him with their escape plan one evening, and before he knew it, they were all running for their lives.

Running in the wrong direction, the landed their selves in a camp in Kenya. But this camp was different, and he began to dream. Having been invited to watch an old farmers t.v. (something he had never seen before) with some older boys, he had the opportunity to see the Olympics. He saw Michael Johnson run, and he knew he just had to find a way to America. If he could not see his parents again, he would keep running. But this time for Gold.

Run along side as Lopez unfurls an incredible story of hope! Get a glimpse of the redemption he experienced when he began to dream.

I enjoyed this book! Of course, it is not written in the style of a seasoned author. But what you get is a man who wants to tell his story. And what a great story. I think it is always a pleasure to peek into a life that is vastly different than your own, to help you appreciate and better understand those around you. I would highly recommend this!


Heather Ring says that books are her plane ticket into another world, “I’d feel lost with out them. Reading is a part of me. However I am also an avid lover of the outdoors and pouring into my creative outlets. But I think my biggest passion, is spending time with my family and friends.”

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.