Imagine a 6 year old child ripped from his mother’s arms during an outdoor church service.
He along with other boys from his community were taken away at gunpoint to a military camp and forced to become child soldiers in Sudan.
I have a 6 year old and the very thought makes me tremble.
But this child with the help of some older boys (he calls angels) runs away from the camp.
He runs for days and weeks. He runs for his life.
And spends the next 10 years surviving in a refugee camp along with thousands of other lost boys without parents or siblings. But he has God and his love for running and he thrives…..
His life takes an unexpected turn when he is 16 years old. I’ll give you a clue…it’s leads to the USA Olympic team. Running for My Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games is a riveting true story of one Lost Boy of Sudan who beat unthinkable conditions of danger, hunger and poverty to become a present-day US Olympian. This book will make you laugh as he tells of coming to America, it will make you cry as you read about him returning to Sudan as an adult. It will take your family on a journey that just might change their life. It has my family asking some pretty amazing questions right now.
I’ve never felt so strongly about a book (which is why I’ve mentioned it a few times). I urge you to read it for yourself, to your family. It’s the perspective change we needed this summer. It’s a heartbreaking, inspiring true story of courage and of a mighty God.
This book is written in an engaging way and my kids begged for more at the end of the chapter.
This is a God story.
This review is not compensated and I was not asked to write it. I simply loved this book and can’t stop talking about it. Part of the proceeds from Lopez Lomong’s book go to his foundation to help the people of Sudan.
I’ve also updated my list of 80+ Books to Inspire and Encourage Your Family (affiliate links used)