Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption by Claire Diaz-Ortiz & Samuel Ikua Gachagua

Sammy Ikua Gachagua had lost his father to illness, his mother to abandonment, and his home to poverty. By age ten, he was living in a shack with seven other children and very little food. He entered an orphanage seeing it as a miracle with three meals a day, a bed to sleep in, and clothes on his back.
When Claire Diaz-Ortiz arrived in Kenya at the end of an around-the-world journey, she decided to stay the night, climb Mt. Kenya, then head back home. She entered an orphanage seeing it as little more than a free place to spend the night before her mountain trek. God had other plans. 
Hope Runs is the emotional story of an American tourist, a Kenyan orphan, and the day that would change the course of both of their lives forever. It's about what it means to live in the now when the world is falling down around you. It's about what it means to hope for the things you cannot see. Most of all, it's about how God can change your life in the blink of an eye.

what a great story told from both points of view. An orphan, a runner, and a divine meeting. Within the first few chapters reading about Sammy's life and what he endured it seemed as if there was no hope for his hopeless situation but he seemed to remain positive despite the circumstances. Claire was uncertain as to what she wanted but the book goes on to tell how she and her friend Lara helped form Hope Runs and how they met Sammy and how they changed the life of so many orphans in that little Kenyan village. Such an inspiring read, especially reading about how Sammy had absolutely nothing and he goes on to attend College in the United States. I truly wish all parties nothing but the best for their future.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

What Follows After By Dan Walsh

In October 1962, Colt Harrison and his little brother, Timmy, hatched a plan. They would run away from their Florida home, head for their aunt's house in Savannah, Georgia, and refuse to come home until their parents got back together. But things go terribly, terribly wrong. Colt's mother and father must come to grips with years of neglect and mistrust in order to recover their beloved sons, their love for one another, and their broken marriage.
In this emotional story, Dan Walsh takes readers on a journey to rediscover the things that matter most in life--love, truth, and family.

 First of all, let me say how much I love Dan Walsh's writing! I first fell in love with his style with the novel "The Reunion" and I've been hooked ever since! I cannot describe the style, only to say he knows how to lay out a story, draw the reader in from the beginning and leave you sitting for a couple hours because you just have to finish what you started. This book is all about love, redemption, loyalty, trust, misunderstandings and so much more. I love how the book started off as present day in the first chapter then focused on previous events. There's so many lessons to be learned here as a parent myself, made me realize what my child is hearing and understanding and also as a spouse and in the need to trust my husband and pray for my husband and spend time together as well as with God. I'll be looking forward to future writings from Mr. Walsh!!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group


Not Who I imagined By Margot Starbuck

Do you feel like you're not good enough for God?
Despite the Christian gospel of unearned grace and unconditional love, too many of us still believe that we don't measure up. We might be able to convince ourselves that God's grace covers our past or ensures our acceptance in the future when we breathe our last and are jettisoned off toward heaven, but what about today? What about this moment?
With compassion and wit, Margot Starbuck asks the question, What if God receives me exactly as I am? She explores the unbounded love of God, showing uncertain followers a God whose face is open, kind, and gracious, accepting us just as we are. Right now.

Is it possible God can accept us just as we are? A Mom who forgot to pack her kids lunch and check to see if their faces were clean before they head out the door. A wife so caught up with pleasing her husband leaves the cake in for an extra 30 minutes. For such a mess as we are the author tells us yes, God loves us just as we are, mess and all. I love the humor contained in this book and it makes for such a lighthearted read on such a heavy subject, our souls and eternal salvation. Are we doing it right? Are we measuring up to God's standards? The thing is, God doesn't measure us by standards, he loves us just as we are, each one of us is perfect in our own way. Loved this book!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 
Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

The Fully Lived Life By Merry C. Lin

Do you feel yourself sleepwalking through life? Are you soul weary? Do you long to fully live? So how does one break free from soul depression? Respected psychologist Dr. Lin believes that only biblical truth can wake a sleeping soul to the full life Jesus promised. With her personal experience and powerful therapeutic principles, The Fully Lived Life details the emotional and spiritual steps to finding God beyond, and even in, the chaos of real life. Showing you how to see deeper into your life and relationships, Dr. Lin challenges and encourages you to: • Face the truth of recurring struggles • Stop sabotaging the rich rewards of true love • Begin the journey to the Rescuer’s heart When you finally slow down and take the time to listen to your heart, you will discover the very life you’ve been searching for—a life to the full.
This is not a read in one sitting book. You need to read, reread, absorb and rethink what you read. Apply the challenges to your life and you will find the little steps changing you life in ways you could never imagine. If you are at a point in your life where you feel "stuck" so to speak, that spiritual rut, you're not sure why God allows what he does, you begin to question spiritual things, the author will challenge you to go deeper within and encourage you to live your life as God as promised to you. Live more abundantly that you may feel the joy and peace He has bestowed upon us.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and author in exchange for an honest review."