Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go by Lucille O'Neal

The life story of the mother of NBA star, Shaquille O'Neal, Lucille tells all in this autobiography. A light read inundated by Bible verses to supplement her journey. The book tackles a poignant childhood growing up in the house of her grandparents, away from her mother, a father with a verbal cripple, teenage pregnancy, drinking problems, financial struggles and an unfulfilled marriage that love just cannot support. In spite of all oppression, Lucille emerges triumphant as she tackles each problem when reunited with the God of her childhood.

I have to admit that I love the title - it's what lured me in the first place. It's an interesting enough read considering I don't know much about the personal lives of NBA stars nor of their families. Very comforting to know is how there are still people who don't let money or fame affect them in an adverse way. Lucille manages to convey her fun-loving, down to earth charisma with every chapter. I am not for divorce but her decision to pursue her desires after she was finally able to identify it, i.e. higher education (and keep pursuing it), even past the age of 40 is powerful for women of today, most especially single mothers. It serves as an interesting read but is not captivating as other autobiographies/biographies that I have come across.

Bottom line: I would borrow it from the library but I would not buy it.


I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part o their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program.

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