4.25.2014

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

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