Rating: Disclosure: Interestingly enough this is the first nonfiction book I've ever reviewed on my blog and I'm not entirely sure how to rate it. :) I've only read three other books in this Christian biography genre.
I'm going to give this a 4.5 out of 5 stars, because it was emotionally stimulating and was well-written. And I feel like this book is one that people could really enjoy and benefit from.
Kimberly starts her book by posing the question of who is the driving force behind your life. She then details her life and how God has always been there helping fill her tank.
Kimberly chronicles her life in a way that will draw readers in from the very beginning. A majority of her book details her struggles, financially, physically, and emotionally, as she tries to run her non-profit dance organization Dream in Color Foundation. She writes about her trials in a way that doesn't seem to be screaming for pity, but rather in a way that glorifies God and the hand He has had in her life.
Later in her book, Kimberly's focus in no longer on her dance but on overcoming demons that have haunted her since her childhood. She paints a vivid picture of the effect the abuse endured as a child has had on her life and her process to overcome what she called the "shackle of abuse."
I am a Caucasian who has lived a very different life than Kimberly, and yet I still felt connected to her life and to her story. This novel allowed me to understand what it means to be an African-American who grew up in a wonderful family, but one that has been plagued with abuse that can be tracked back to her ancestors who were slaves on plantations.
One of Kimberly's main worries in sharing her tale was that readers would judge her family. However, for me personally I just found her family to be a real family, who like any other family is plagued with real problems. Kimberly doesn't paint any person as a bad guy, but rather shares that everybody is good in the sight of God and has their own story to tell.
The writing in this book flows smoothly in a way that allows readers to really get inside Kimberly's head and explore what she is thinking and feeling. I found this novel to be inspirational, heart-breaking, and intensely personal. For readers who love nonfiction, biographies, and books that discuss finding faith and recognizing God's hand in the midst of adversity, Running on G will be a perfect fit for you.