Running for My Life is an exceptional story.
It is inspiring & stunning in its complex simplicity.
It is not so much a story about Africa and her conflict, as it is a story of resilience, kindness, redeemed humanity & faith.
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.
His honesty & simple storytelling-style is perfect.
As I read of hardship which is unimaginable, I was reminded of the value of perspective – how what we believe & how we perceive life, influences how we respond and live.
Lomong speaks candidly of Africa & America. It is fascinating to experience with him the immense differences between these worlds & the immense similarities in who we are, regardless of our wealth or poverty.
He paints a disturbing picture of the world we live in, while at the same time using bright colors to paint a beautiful landscape of how different this world becomes when single individuals are affected by Divine grace, in turn affecting the world with no more than what they consider commonplace.
As I put this book down I contemplate the pursuit of dreams, the intimate & incomprehensible involvement of our Divine Creator in individual lives & the difference my life can make, in a world desperate for hope.
You should read this one. It will affect your being.