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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Book Review: Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go by Lucille O' Neal with Allison Samuels

I recently was given an opportunity to read an review the book Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go by Lucille O' Neal with Allison Samuels. Lucille is the mother of NBA star Shaquille O' Neal and in this book shares the story of her struggles and disappointments as well as her favorite memories and accomplishments. She shares her many years of spiritual unrest and mental warfare and her return back to God. Her story shows that it is never too late to turn back to God and to turn your life around.

I think overall this was an uplifting story. Lucille's story shows that anyone can turn their life around. She has seen very different extremes in this life. She went from an unwed mother to an alcoholic mother of 4, then to a rich mother of a famous basketball player. Throughout all of theses different phases of her life, it was empty until she turned her life back to God.

There were a few things I did not like about this book. It is a bit repetitive. Several times the same things were written in much the same way. It is also very feministic. It is mentioned several times through the course of the book the unhappiness being "just" a wife and mother and being stuck in that position causing her unhappiness in life. I also disagreed with her position on divorce. She states in the book, "I put my happiness on the back burner and waited for God to give a sign when the time was right to leave my marriage." I believe this goes against what God wants for marriage and may wrongly encourage someone that divorce is OK.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for the express purpose of reading and writing a review and received no financial compensation for this review.

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