Thursday, November 17, 2011

Book Review: Running on G:What's Filling Your Tank? by Kimberly James

Running on G:What's Filling Your Tank?
by Kimberly J. James
Non-fiction: Inspiration/Autobiography
Received for Review
Pages: 274

Before I get into my review, here is the synopsis on goodreads:

Kimberly James chronicles her life and the intimate details of how her "mess" collided with the love of God to catapult her into her purpose in "Running on G: What's Filling Your Tank?"

This book tells her story of dealing with childhood trauma and difficulties throughout her adult life while delivering the message that no matter what life brings, we are the sole masters of our destiny and that even your pain has a purpose.

"Running on G" puts readers into James' shoes and thought-process as she evolves through many debilitating life experiences. Her message to her readers is that nothing is pre-determined. Through sharing her story, she proves to be a perfect example of how people can overcome any level of adversity and redirect the course of his/her life as long as they are able and willing to grow through the limitations of their ego.

The first chapter begins at the end of the book with an identity beautifully and authentically redefined through the evolution of a human soul. What is great is that the reader gets to be a part of that evolution and they too walk away feeling like anything is possible.

This book is written in a style that allows readers to feel as if they are reading a diary or a novel with no shortage of drama.

James hopes that her life experiences will give hope to others who face their own series of challenges and disappointments. Her goal was to give something back that will leave a legacy of hope and triumph, and hopefully improve the lives of others.

"Like me, so many are perplexed by their suffering and uncertain how to navigate through the fog" James says. "This work is much bigger than me. I wrote it purely out of obedience. It is the most painful yet rewarding thing I have ever accomplished."

My 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.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book follows an incredible woman's journey to faith and love in an intense, emotional, and thought-provoking way that will capture reader's attention from the get-go.

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.

In Summary: A beautiful tale of faith, love, overcoming the past, and recognizing God's hand in our lives. A book that portrays one woman's journey to triumph over the demons of her past and truly come to know God and be led by Him. A great novel that chronicles an incredible story of one woman.

The Wrap-up: This was one of the first nonfiction, autobiography type of book that I have ever officially reviewed. I have tried my best to represent this novel and hope that it came across clearly.

Thanks Kimberly for allowing me to review your book and for sharing your story.

Happy reading! Have any of you read this genre before? What do you think about this genre.


Danica Page

Up Next: Heartkeepers by N.R. Searcy


  1. Thanks Danica for reviewing Running on G. Kimberly has written a powerful and sensitive story that reveals her trials and triumphs. I believe that her story is going to touch many people.

  2. Bernard,

    You are most welcome. It really is an inspirational book. Thanks for commenting and leaving your thoughts.


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