I wasn’t sure that I was going to like Running with Sherman by Christopher McDougall. The front cover indicated the book was all about the donkey pictured on the cover. But this book is about a lot more than the donkey, Sherman. And even Sherman’s story is fascinating.
Sherman was terribly treated and nearly dead when Chris and his wife, Mika, rescued him. It took a lot of work to save Sherman, but they did. And much of the story involves a very long race with donkeys through Colorado’s mountains.
Throughout the book, Chris tells us many more stories from an autistic young girl to a 20 year old college student who tries to kill himself. These two, as well as others in the book, turn their lives around by spending lots of time with farm animals, including donkeys.
Chris lives close to an Amish community, many of which become his close friends. And I enjoyed those stories too. I was especially inspired by the story of Zeke, the young man who had tried to kill himself. When Zeke’s mother sent him to Chris for help, Chris connected him with Sherman, and they became best buddies. I think Sherman saved Zeke’s life, and Zeke saved Sherman’s life.
There are so many interesting stories in this book that I can’t begin to tell you about all of them. But trust me, you’ll be fascinated by all of them, and you will love that donkey Sherman.
Chris McDougall was a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press and covered wars in Rwanda and Angola. And he has written two best-selling books, Born to Run and Natural Born Heroes. He lives with his wife, two daughters, and lots of farm animals in rural Pennsylvania, where every day seems to give him another great story to tell.