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Book Review: Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go

Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go is an autobiography from Lucille O’Neal as she struggles through many turmoil’s in life.  Her parents separated at a very young age and she was moved to several thousand miles away from her mom and didn’t understand for along time why.  The family dynamic was a strict and different one than most people were used to at that time.  As her life progressed she struggled with several self esteem issues and eventually ended up getting pregnant while still in high school.  Who knew at the time that she would be giving life to one of America’s basketball starts Shaquille O’Neal.  As the book moves on she deals with many of lives turmoil’s while being married to an army man that she later divorces after 28 years and three kids plus Shaquille later because she just has never felt that it was right.  Along the way she had lost God and towards the end of her time in this book she finds him again.  She always talked about him but just never put a lot of faith in him through her alcoholism, teenage pregnancy, moving constantly for her husband’s job and the loss of her mother.
My take on this book was that it was only worth 2 stars.  I was really excited to read this book but in the end I could barely even finish it!  I am one to finish any book I start no matter how horrible with the hopes that it will get better.  This did not!  I know it should have been a real powerful story and that’s what I was hoping for but the letdown was just ridiculous!
This book will not be staying on my shelf for very long.  I felt that while she started each chapter with a biblical verse, it seemed like it was more just for show.  She constantly referred to God in her book but it just didn’t ever seem to fit.  Almost like she thought she needed to put it to make readers think something was there.

One positive thing about the book though is that it has short chapters.  I am very picky that I must stop at the end of a chapter and with a two year old in the house it’s nice for it to only have to be five pages not forty.  

Many people are giving rave reviews and I know some personally that loved this book so I guess to each their own because so there are several types of readers out there. 

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”