This book is about an African-American woman who is very proud of her roots, went through many joys and heartaches and came out on top because of her faith in God. She started with “mental welfare” as her son describes and emerged with mental health.
This woman is Lucille O’Neal, mother of the great basketball star Shaquille O’Neal. And I have to admit, that was the reason I chose to read this book. I was instantly drawn into this story because of the descriptive details Lucille shared concerning her life. She takes you back to the hardships of growing up as an African-American and also the difficulties of her dysfunctional home life. However, a Scripture begins every chapter and even though, through her life, Lucille ran away from God, I really like that she came back to him at the end through the love and prayers of her mother. She not only is Shaquille O’Neal’s mother, but she is woman of great courage and perseverance. I would recommend this book to anyone who feels they are in a state of “mental welfare” or to anyone who enjoys a true story of faith and hope.
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