From the minute I started this book, I was immediately hooked. It is absolutely amazing. Running for My Life by Lopez Lomong is a true story of a man who:
-Was kidnapped by soldiers at age 6
-Left to die in a hut with dozens of other boys
-Was rescued by a miraculous escape and literally "ran for his life"
-Ends up becoming a flag carrier and runner in the Olympics
Lopez's astonishing journey to America and his gratitude for small things we take for granted every.single.day will make you pause-for a long time. The amazing symmetry of meeting his Olympic hero--one he saw for the first time on a rented tv screen in Kenya--as he participates in his own Olympic games, makes Lopez's story of survival, grit and gratitude come full circle.
This is a story of reaching dreams, of miracles, of hard work and thanksgiving. This is a story that you won't forget and will stay with you long after you finish reading it.
-Locate Sudan and Kenya on a map. Learn more about the political situation of the time.
-Walk/run 18 kilometers.
-Examine what is in your kitchen garbage can. Would Lopez have found a meal? How do we treat and use the resources we are blessed with?
-Make a list of common, every day things you are grateful for.
-Why did Lopez not know the meaning of the word "impossible"?
-Lopez really struggled in school, but his mom never gave up believing in him. Is there something you struggle with? How do your loved ones help you?
-What dream do you have?
-Why did Lopez say that getting his college degree was a bigger victory than running in the Olympics? pg 220-221
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