Claire ends up in a Kenyan Orphanage for one night, Meets Sammy, Gods plan for both of their lives took over. It is neat to read a book with so much going for it. God bless both of them Please read this book
you will be blessed by it
I received this book from tbcn for my honest review
This is a beautiful and inspiring true story. Claire Diaz-Ortiz a privileged American tourist who is soul searching while traveling around the world with her friend Lara. They end their journey in Kenya and stay at an orphanage there. Sammy Ikua Gachaua loses his parents and he and his siblings end up at an Aunt's house living in poverty. Sammy and his brother are taken to the orphanage to live. Sammy thinks the home is wonderful and how lucky is he to now have three meals a day. After meeting Sammy and the other children Claire and Lara start a program to teach them how to be runners and form the Hope Runs Foundation.
The story is well written in a diary format with viewpoints from both Claire and Sammy. We learn that love, faith and hope can conquer cultural differences and impossible obstacles. Despite all the heartache and poverty Sammy seems so upbeat and thankful. Claire and Lara have helped him get a better education, a better life.
It is amazing how God can work in our lives if we let Him. His plan was to bring Claire and Sammy together and accomplish so much in their lives.
This is a quick read as I did not want to put it down. I would love to read more about Sammy. Recommend you read this book.
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Sammy our abandoned child/orphan is oil to Claire's inner tossing and turnings.
This true story is interesting.
Claire does a good job of portraying her inner chaos, and the â€˜Sammy Effect" in/on her life.
Claire needed this Sammy, and Sammy needed a Claire to prepare them for the Spirit Life journey they found.
Sammy's story is very revealing to me.
Sammy writes best about where he is, kinetically right now.
The earlier parts of his story are written, physically in a different location than the latter parts. Sammy's chameleon writing style based on kinetic location, is the best explanation on why Writing Fellowships are so important, especially to writers like a Sammy.
I found it amazing that Claire and Lara wanted Sammy to succeed along the routes they had/were taking. The young Sammy_I think he is meant to do more.
This is not undervaluing the tremendous opportunities that Claire and Lara knew to seek, because of their unique culture. Their culturally imparted knowledge, and experiences of opportunities, brought them to all the travels/projects/adventures the encountered in this book, and to Sammy. Knowledge is empowering, and Lara and Claire made use of theirs. The difference between Claire and Lara and so many others is the knowledge of possibilities, and the confidence of successful know-how. Lara and Claire fill the book with the willingness to risk-because they've have had a lifetime of successful risk-taking, even though the consequences of the risk(s) were more internal, than fiscal or social. They had seen successful risk-takers role-modeling the behavior before they bungee-corded.
I found myself wondering, do they realize how fortunately they were gifted by these opportunities. I found myself wondering if Sammy can take the tools of his school years and find the ones that fit the hands of the young Sammy.
I am interested in what else is happening in Claire and Lara's life, but I sense a movement into a more private phase of living.
Sammy should go, and write at least, three books. He should take his time, write in the location where the story needs to be heard, and tell the rest of us in his books. He'll know the stories, and then so will we.
Writing for Sammy should not be about earning cash, but about communicating the resonance that he hears in his heart.
I know Claire will help him with Marketing, and teach him how to, go on.
It was wonderfully sad that these three people needed something so much more. It is inspiring that they responded as generously from within as the place they were in, allowed. It was simply a happy moment each time the space and room for generosity and trust got bigger.
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.
-- Wonderful story of what God can do when we let Him move in our lives. I love how we move back and forth in the story between Sammy and Claire, I loved especially Sammy's story. As Americans, we really take for granted everything we have. I thought this story was just a story of adoption, I didn't know that they started a running program and that really made it over the top for me.
This story brought tears to my eyes and I will tell lots of people about this fantastic book. Too bad we all don't have these thoughts, each one of us, one by one.
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption is an inspiring memoir - a story about real people in a cross-cultural setting, a story about growing up, a story of how God brought two people together and both of their lives were all the richer for it. The events as told by both Claire and Sammy are woven together in a consecutive way that makes the narrative flow smoothly. Some parts seem a little long, but the candid and strong story make it an enjoyable memoir, well worth the read. I especially loved Sammy's writing as he gives voice to what growing up in Kenya was like for him.
Taking advantage of a free night's stay at an orphanage, Claire soon discovered that God had much more in mind and began a journey in relationship with one very special child named Sammy. Used to quick visits, Sammy wasn't initially welcoming to Claire and writes: "The typical visitor at Imani shows up without knowing anyone, volunteers a few hours, takes pictures, and then leaves. All without finding out who lives in the orphanage and who we really are as a people. It is terrible for us kids, and it makes us feel mad and hurt all at the same time."
Realizing the orphanage had a need for extracurricular programming and thinking they could train some of the older adolescents for the marathon along with them, Claire and Lara started a nonprofit organization named "Hope Runs" to support a running program. But this outreach wasn't necessarily without problems, and I appreciated the candidness of their writing. The end result is that Sammy works hard and eventually discovers his own calling: "No matter what, I know that my future career will have something to do with children. I am sick and tired of seeing kids sorrowful, and of being sorrowful myself, and I want to make sure that no other kids go through what I went through."
I want to end with some more of Sammy's thoughts, because I feel his words carry an important message for us: "Claire and Lara proved to be different. They came and they were who they are, and we saw it.. . . Instead of being visitors - different people - they became one of us, they became like sisters. It took some time, but eventually we failed to see their skin color; all we could see were the people behind the skin."
I enjoyed getting to know Sammy in Hope Runs and recommend this memoir to readers looking for a true-life story full of hope and promise.
Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.