Saturday, April 24, 2010

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

Book Description
Lucille O’Neal shares her public battles and personal struggles as a young, single mother of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal.
Lucille O’Neal would one day have it all, but not before fighting the public battles and personal demons that would threaten to shatter the very foundation of her life while taking their devastating toll along the way.
Over the past 16 years, Lucille O’Neal has become one of the best-known mothers of a celebrity athlete. But behind the scenes, the mother of four has her own story, at once heartbreakingly familiar in its pain and yet wonderfully inspirational in its outcome.
In this memoir, O’Neal candidly describes the pain of being an outcast and the stigma of becoming an unwed, teenage mother. Most interestingly, she candidly shares another side of fame and fortune—a side rarely revealed or admitted in public: her unexpected feelings of anger and resentment towards her son’s blinding success.

· Hardcover: 256 pages
· Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 30, 2010)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 159555307X
· ISBN-13: 978-1595553072
· Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
· Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces

My Review:
Usually I read Christian fiction, but sometimes I like to read an autobiography. Some people have such interesting lives. This is such the case with Lucille O’Neal’s book “Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go.” This book is very easy to read, with short chapters and very interesting. It would be easy to read it in one sitting if you had the time. “Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go" is the story of how a young single mother grew to become a college graduate and the mother of a NBA star, Shaquille O’Neal. I like one of her phrases From Mental Welfare to Mental Health. By using Mental Welfare Lucille means she didn’t get the kind of love she needed, resulting in lack of self-esteem & confidence. Mental Health is when she finds out who she is and that she is important and worthwhile. She struggled with poor choices and the abuse of alcohol. Lucille had Christian upbringing but it was presented to her in such a way that she strayed away from the faith in her teen years. Ms. O’Neal went through many things like death, divorce, illness of a child; alcoholism but has many happy things and times to enjoy. When we are at our lowest sometimes that is when we go running back to God. Ms. O’Neal went from having nothing to getting a Master’s Degree in organizational management. She is very close to her children and now has speaking engagements. Many of Lucille’s speaking engagements are on having a can do attitude. Very good book that I know you would enjoy having in your library.

About the author:
Lucille O'Neal is the mother of four children-Shaquille, Lateefah, Ayesha, and Jamal-and is currently the president of the Mothers of Professional Basketball Players Association. She is one of the founders and southeast director of the Odessa Chambliss Quality of Life Fund which raises money for nursing scholarships and education. After 28 years of being both a wife and a mother, O'Neal resumed her studies in the Adult Education Program at Bethune-Cookman University where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in June 2003. She recently completed her graduate program (Master's Degree in Organizational Management) at the University of Phoenix in March 2005. She is currently the proud grandmother of 14 grandchildren.

You can order her book from
Christian Books or
Barnes and Noble

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


Shonda said...

What a great review! I read that book too!

csthankful said...

This one sounds like a worth-while read. I would not have thought about reading it until seeing your review. Thanks much.

Prolucker said...

I love autobiographies! Thanks for another great review! (I know I'm late!)