Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption  -     By: Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Sammy Ikua Gachagua
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By age 10, Sammy had lost his family to AIDS---so when he entered the safe haven of Tumaini Children's Home in Kenya, he saw it as a miracle. When world-traveler and Twitter innovator Claire Diaz-Ortiz entered the same building, she merely saw it as a place to spend the night. But God had other plans! A story of transformational friendship. Hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800722795
ISBN-13: 9780800722791
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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.

Author Bio

Claire Diaz-Ortiz leads social innovation at Twitter, Inc., and is the author of several books, including Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time. Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, she is a frequent international speaker on social media, business, and innovation and writes a popular business blog at www.clairediazortiz.com. She holds an MBA from Oxford University and an MA and BA in anthropology from Stanford University. She is cofounder of Hope Runs, a non-profit organization operating in AIDS orphanages in Kenya. Claire has been called a "mover and shaker" by Mashable, "the woman who got the pope on Twitter" by The Washington Post, a "force for good" by Forbes, and "one of the most generous in social media" by Fast Company. She has been widely written about in such publications as the New York Times, Business Week, The Washington Post, and Forbes. Find her on Twitter @claire.

Sammy Ikua Gachagua
was born in rural Kenya in 1992. After losing his family at a young age, he struggled to survive until he was placed in an orphanage in Nyeri, Kenya. In 2009 he received a full-ride scholarship to Maine Central Institute, granting him a rare US visa and the chance to begin his sophomore year of high school under the guardianship of Claire Diaz-Ortiz. He is an up-and-coming motivational speaker. Find him on Twitter @sammyikua.

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  1. Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book!!!!!
    July 10, 2014
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book keeps you interested from page one. The authors interweave their stories to make it easy to understand and enjoyable to read. Claire and Sammy come from such different backgrounds but are able to still give something missing to each other. Claire is a college graduate who is traveling the world. Sammy comes from an orphanage in Kenya. The book is a quick read. Make sure you have a few tissues handy just in case you may need them(I certainly did!).

    I recieved this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  2. Melbourne, fl
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Read and go change lives
    June 24, 2014
    Cathy Thelen
    Melbourne, fl
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a wonderful book of how we can make a difference in our world for the good. This book shows that age doesn't matter...it's our hearts reaching out to others that matter.

    I have been encourage by this book because it shows the ups and downs of making a difference in others lives. Lara and Claire I'm so happy that you pushed through to touch others with your lives. This is a great witness to other young adults you can do this and be successful. I pray that this book will reach the people of all generations to reach out to others whether locally or in a foreign country.

    I especially liked that Claire and Sammy each wrote alternating chapters. It gives us a look into each of your lives.

    Thanks for writing this book.

    I received this book from Book Network for my honest review.
  3. Decatur, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Run! Get this book! Focus On Hope
    June 23, 2014
    Janice Garey
    Decatur, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is wonderful in so many ways. It is inspiring in how it shows that persistence pays off in developing lasting relationships with people who are different from you. Many folks run away when they feel threatened by religious, economic or cultural differences. Claire Diaz-Ortiz is not afraid to venture out of her comfort zone. She lives life abundant by drinking up the joys and heartaches of deep felt relationships. She has tenacity to help where she sees the need and when she knows she has what it takes to make a world of difference. I loved reading about her search for more in life and seeing how she found it. She surrendered her heart to being a help to those who she wanted to show that there can be more to their lives. The children in the orphanage where she and her friend found themselves did not have any extracurricular activities. She and her friend established the Hope Runs program. They supplied shoes along with encouragement to the children. They all trained for a marathon. Near event time they were told some were too young to race. That was a heartbreaking moment for those who had trained so diligently and also for their trainers who felt they had let the children down by not reading the rules of the race thoroughly.

    I especially liked hearing about the effects of short term mission trips compared to long term commitments from the recipient's viewpoint. The orphaned children need and deserve committed adults in their lives rather than people who visit for a short time, give money and have a photo op. The children have already experienced great loss in not having their parents with them, and they don't really trust outsiders who visit with them and leave shortly afterward.

    Also, it was interesting to see how the children react to being given things when they have had so little. They want to use their running shoes only for dress up times to keep them nice. It becomes a challenge for the giver when resources are scarce and the choice must be made as to which children will receive an item or benefit and which ones will be left out. Resentful feelings often surface about not being chosen.

    I am so glad that this book is available for people to read and think about. It has opened my mind to possibilities of ways people can be helped. Instead of just going in and providing the basic essentials as so many missions programs do, this effort by Claire and her friend enriched the lives of the children on many levels.

    I received this book through bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review. In my opinion all people could benefit by reading this book. We need to think deeply about how we can help orphaned children in the world.
  4. Canada
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Moving and Inspiring
    June 20, 2014
    Jenna
    Canada
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    When I finished reading Hope Runs, I felt very inspired. Inspired to go out and do something for God, to help others, and make a difference in society. Hope Runs is a picture of how God can work in your life and the lives of others. We should never pass up opportunity to do something for someone else, whether it be buying them a cup of coffee to let them know you are thinking of them, or sponsoring a child in a third-world country - every single act of kindness goes a long way.

    A moving read, Hope Runs will encourage and inspire, and remind us all of the good we can do if we only say "Yes" to God's leading.

    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.
  5. Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God's Work in these two lives
    June 18, 2014
    ksnapier
    Lima, OH
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    God had plans for Claire Díaz-Ortiz and Sammy Ikua Gachagua. Neither one of them dreamt of how each life would influence the other.

    In the book "Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption" the story of these two people unfolds as they meet in an orphanage in Kenya. Through the connection that they feel for each other an organization was formed to help this orphanage and school implement and run a running program for the children. Sammy was one of these children. Through their time together each was able to help the other in ways that neither of them could predict.

    These two created a unique story where each tells their story in individual chapters throughout the book. It is interesting to see an action unfold from both perspectives. What a wonderful book, once I began it I did not want to put it down.

    I was given this book by the authors and bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
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