Thursday, April 1, 2010

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

Released: 2010

Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go is an autobiography written by NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal's mother, Lucille O'Neal. The book details Lucille's hardships through life from becoming a teenage mother to conquering alcoholism, and dealing with her son's rising fame; all the while relying on motivation and faith to help her. Lucille also introduces the term "mental welfare", which she uses to help describe her mental health condition as it progresses over the years.

Overall, Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go feels incredibly short in length, and I would have liked more specifics on how push comes to shove in terms of motivation and also how God plays His role. Lucille tells us about the EVENTS that lead to her life rejuvenation, but she goes into even less detail about her thoughts and feelings. Lucille quotes scripture throughout the book and we read a timeline of her life, but again, more bulk behind what drives her to do certain things would make the book infinitely more motivating.

I didn't find Walk Like You Have Somewhere To Go incredibly memorable and I found it to be very similar to other autobiographies written by celebrities. I recommend this book to fans of Shaquille O'Neal and to mothers of well-known media icons or celebrities.

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