There are two things that lately you will find appear on my blog on a fairly regular basis, the first being my recent love of running, the second being my strive to be grateful and appreciate each moment. Recently I was given the opportunity to review the book "Running for My Life" a book that not only fits into where my life currently is, but inspires me to strive to be a better person, to more aware of what I do have and how blessed my life really is.
From the book jacket:
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.
I devoured this book, in one sitting I went cover to cover. Lopez Lomong is an inspiration, and this book was a wake up call to me, I should be so much more grateful for every little thing that I have! The most awe-inspiring part of this book is not just his survival (which in and of itself is a miracle in many ways) but that he never once asks "why me", instead he accepts his life as it is and makes what he can of it. He lives out his life in a way many of us should strive for - without any sense of entitlement and working hard to earn what he desires, for himself and his country.
As a mom it is often hard to find the time to read, there are so many other things that take up our day, but I highly recommend taking a little time out and reading this book.
**I received a copy of Running for My Life from Book Sneeze for me to review, I received no other compensation and all thoughts are my own.