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on 2 May 2014
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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on 15 April 2014
"... 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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