Hope Runs Paperback

An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption

by Claire Diaz-Ortiz; Sammy Ikua Gachagua;

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What happens when a gap year American tourist & an orphaned Kenyan boy share a journey of redemption - heart-warming read

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Hope Runs

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Hope Runs tells the story of an unlikely pairing between a gap year American tourist and an orphaned Kenyan boy that resulted in a shared journey of redemption.

On the last leg of her thrill ride gap year, Clare Diaz-Ortiz planned to climb Mount Kenya before the flight back to her normal life in America. That’s where she met Sammy, in the orphanage she found shelter before her journey. That’s where her heart was captured by this loving community of children and volunteers. That’s where she decided to spend a whole year to invest in their lives.

This unique story is written in the first person and creatively jumps between the two main characters: Sammy and Clare. This creative interplay between two minds allows the reader to witness the growing bond between these two that would blossom into something special.

“Hope Runs is more than a book, it’s a monument to empathy. I’m grateful to have been able to eavesdrop on this private conversation, a retelling of a life as a way to connect Claire to Sammy first, then the rest of us to them.” – Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz.

Hope Runs by Claire Diaz-Ortiz; Sammy Ikua Gachagua was published by Baker in May 2014 and is our 16184th best seller. The ISBN for Hope Runs is 9780800723477.

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She went to Kenya to climb a mountain. But God had other plans.

When Claire Díaz-Ortiz arrived in Kenya at the end of an around-the-world journey, she decided to stay the night, climb Mount Kenya, and 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.

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 several 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.

Hope Runs is the emotional story of one American tourist, one Kenyan orphan, and how one day became one year that would change the course of both of their lives forever. It's about opening your heart to outrageous possibilities. It's about what it means to hope for the things you cannot see.

It's about how God can change your life in the blink of an eye.

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Page last updated 15th December 2014
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBaker (May 2014)
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4254136
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