Book Review: Hope Runs

July 15, 2015


Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyon Boy, a Journey of Redemption
Claire Diaz-Ortiz
208 pages
kindle edition

From the Publisher:
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.


I found a book by Diaz at the library one week and decided to give it a try, I really enjoyed it (I posted about it yetserday).  In that book, she references this book, so I thought I would look this one up and give it a try.  

I enjoyed reading this book.  It was fascinating and easy to read.  I enjoyed hearing from both Claire’s point of view and Sammy’s.  (The chapters alternate).  Sammy’s chapters really opened my eyes.  This book really made me think about what little things and little decisions we make can have big consequences on our life and others.

I was hoping this book would have more about the running and the marathon that the children in the orphanage ran. I also would have liked more depth to the chapters when he comes to American and the years he spent in school here.

Overall I enjoyed it, I am glad I read it.  I would love to know where Sammy is now and how his life continues.

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