She went to Kenya to climb a mountain. But God had other plans.When Claire Díaz-Ortiz arrived in Kenya at the end of an around-the-world journey, she decided to stay the night, climb Mount Kenya, and 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.
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 several 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.
Hope Runs is the emotional story of one American tourist, one Kenyan orphan, and how one day became one year that would change the course of both of their lives forever. It's about opening your heart to outrageous possibilities. It's about what it means to hope for the things you cannot see.
It's about how God can change your life in the blink of an eye.
I was trying to think what I would say about this book and I think the best expression that sums it up, is "All things happen for a reason." This book confirms that time and time again, and the people featured in this book all believed God had a hand in what happened to them.
It is a feel good book, a true story told from both Claire's and Sammy's point of view. In Sammy's case he had a hard start to work, but through hard work and a series of situations things turned around for him. In Claire's case coming to Kenya was a life changing experience.
Stars out of 5 : 4 Worthwhile read and one that will educate you in how other people live and what they value.
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