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Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption by [Diaz-Ortiz, Claire, Gachagua, Samuel Ikua]
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Claire Diaz-Ortiz is an author, speaker, and technology innovator who has been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by "Fast Company." Claire was an early employee at Twitter, where she still works, and over the years has been called everything from "a mover and shaker" ("Mashable") to a "force for good" ("Forbes"). She is the author of several books, including" ""Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time." She is a frequent international speaker and writes a popular business blog at www.clairediazortiz.com.
Claire holds an MBA from Oxford University and a BA and an MA from Stanford University. She is the cofounder of Hope Runs, a nonprofit organization operating in AIDS orphanages in Kenya. She has appeared widely in major television and print news sources such as CNN, BBC, "Time," " Newsweek," the" New York Times," the" Washington Post," " Fortune," " Forbes," " Wired," and many others. Find her on Twitter @claire.
Samuel Ikua Gachagua was born in rural Kenya in 1992. After losing his parents 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. After graduating from high school, he spent a year serving in Ecuador as a fellow for Global Citizen Year. He is an up-and-coming motivational speaker and can be found on Twitter @sammyikua.

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"One restless woman from America seeking--"something" . . . and one homeless boy from Africa seeking--"someone" . . . write a story that has your heart colliding with what you're looking for--right where you are."--Ann Voskamp, author of the "New York Times" bestseller "One Thousand Gifts"
""Hope Runs" is more than a book, it's a monument to empathy."--from the foreword by Donald Miller, bestselling author of" ""Blue Like Jazz
"This book isn't just a story, it's an invitation to love extravagantly. It's about relentless hope and tremendous love. Buckle up, you're about to be changed."--Bob Goff, Honorary Consul for the Republic of Uganda; "New York Times" bestselling author of "Love Does"
"Claire knows firsthand what it means to really give of her time and talent, and in this book she challenged me to do the same. My heart sings that there are people in the world like her."--Tsh Oxenreider, author of "Notes from a Blue Bike"
"Claire and Sammy invite us into their story with the comfortable familiarity of old friends, challenging us to see beyond the borders of what we thought life was supposed to hold and how detours are often the best storylines of all."--Lisa-Jo Baker, author of "Surprised by Motherhood"; community manager for (in)courage
"A beautiful story, beautifully told. This book is a timely reminder that love and hope can bridge continents and create family anywhere."--Shauna Niequist, author of "Bread & Wine"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12252 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (15 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #330,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have just finished reading the book called Hope Runs co authored by Claire Diaz-Ortiz and Samuel Ikua Gachagua.

This book is simply as the title suggests a book of hope.

Hope is entwined and running through this story.

It's a story of an Kenyan boy who is born into a hard life which is made a whole lot harder when he becomes an orphan.

It's a story of two women searching for purpose and finding it.

But it's also a book about how amazing God is.

When you least expect it someone comes into your life and makes a different.

This can be anything from a meal when you are hungry to a whole new life complete which education and a new family.

The book is well written from both the perspectives of Sammy and Claire.

I have personally loved working my way through Sammy's journey.

From a young boy to a young man.

About even with nothing he tried to give something.

This book is about kindness, is about caring.

About looking beyond yourself.

It's inspirational and definitely worth reading.

I hope we get to read more from Sammy because I honestly believe God has great plans for this man.

As for Claire and Lara the two amazing young women in this book.

I thank them for them for bringing hope to so many with Hope Runs.
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"... take as much juice from it as you can." Sammy - a boy who, despite his past, sees a better life for himself and wants to go after it. Claire - an adventurer who's done everything most of us could dream of: She's worked; studied; travelled ... Then, in a Kenyan orphanage, she meets Sammy. This true-life story could have been told in fewer words, but overall I enjoyed it. I learnt about cultural differences. I saw that when life throws up so many surprises, you live for the present and struggle to think ahead. "Hope Runs" brings home the importance of not just handing out money to people, but responding as Claire and Lara did - entering their world and becoming one of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Worthwhile Read 15 April 2014
By Arlene Pellicane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Claire and Sammy are two characters and real-live people who you will love getting to know through this book. It's an inspiring story of how life's greatest moments can come upon us when we are completely unaware. This book is easy to read and fun to talk about with family and friends. I enjoyed telling my elementary school kids about this American who met a Kenyan and how their lives were never the same. They loved when I read aloud the part of Sammy taking his first plane trip.

This is a delightful book that will enlarge your heart and help you to keep running towards your goals!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming and quick to Read - a little long at times 18 April 2014
By adayriddle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a memoir of that tells of the impact lives have on one another in the most unexpected ways. I will be honest that this book came at a time in my life when I am currently pulled in a million directions - or at least 6 (and that's just my kiddos) plus the pull of ministry (or so it feels) so it was at times difficult to focus on the book. Even still I was amazed at the power of how God's plans are always above what we could even dream up.

One American tourist visiting Africa is surprised by how her life is changed in just a moment - as God opens her heart to needy children - and one in particular. This book is unique in the fact that it is told from the view point of the author and the boy who's life changed hers. The two are forever intertwined by God's love and neither will ever be the same again.

This is one of those stories that is worth the read - if only to restore your view of society and the heart of mankind.

I would recommend this to others as well to read for the sheer heart warming feeling they will get from this story and the impact love has on the world.

I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish it wasn't so boring to read... 16 April 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Written by: Claire Diaz-Ortiz and Samuel Ikua Gachagua
Published by: Revell

I am always interested in reading memoir type books, and that is why I chose to read and review this one.

Hope Runs tells the story of a girl who loves to travel, and takes a trip to Kenya that ends up lasting longer than she had planned. Claire stays to help out at an orphanage, and finds herself feeling a parental sort of love for one of the little boys living there. This book shares their story through the perspectives of both Claire and Sammy.

Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy memoirs. Those whose lives have been touched by an orphan.

What I liked:

This book opens your eyes to another culture.

This book is written in first person, something that I find unique for a memoir type of book.

What I didn’t like:

Most of the chapters were a little long for me.

Parts of the book were boring and hard to read.

My conclusion:

Overall, this was a decent read, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had thought that I would.

I give Hope Runs 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Revell. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
4.0 out of 5 stars Running, A Kenyan Boy and Two Young Ladies 13 May 2014
By nzfastbunny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Hope Runs by Claire Diaz-Ortiz & Sammy Ikua Gachagua is the parallel stories of Sammy and Claire as their lives intersect in a Kenyan orphanage. Claire and her friend Lara were American travellers on the last leg of an epic round the world adventure whereas Sammy is a poor, Kenyan orphan with very little hope. Their stories are told in alternating chapters and it makes for an intriguing book.

The majority of the book is devoted to the charity that Claire and Lara set up to help the Kenyan orphans in the form of running supplies as well as other help. It documents the early interactions, struggles and successes as well as her particular friendship and mother-like relationship with young Sammy.

I found this book very interesting but it isn't what I expected. As others have said I thought it would be a straight adoption story but it is so much more with plenty of twists and turns. It is quite amazing what these two young ladies have accomplished with their running program in Kenya. As someone with an IT background, I found Claire's back story quite fascinating – early employee of Twitter and getting the Pope involved in the platform (not mentioned in the book). Her travelling adventures outside of her African work are also very exciting.

The narrator was very good as it was both easy to understand and read at a very steady pace. However it would have been great to have a male narrator doing Sammy's part of the story. This technique has been used on other audio books and worked really well.

This book would be great for anyone thinking of a missions trip to Africa or just as an interesting adventure about a Kenyan Boy and two American young ladies.

This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story but I wanted even more depth 26 Jun. 2014
By Mark Polino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Having been to Kenya and met boys like Sammy, there was a familiarity to many of the places described in the book. There's a terrific story in here, but I'm not sure that it really comes out in the book. Part of it felt thin. I wanted more depth somehow. Don't let that steer you away, it's good read, just not all I that I think it could be.
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