Wednesday, May 14, 2014

"Hope Runs" by Claire Diaz-Ortiz & Samuel Ikua Gachagua

About this book:

  “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.

 Series: This book is an autobiography.  

Spiritual Content- Colossians 4:6; Bible reading; Claire says that “every visitor who is a good person is considered Christian by default, it has never occurred to anyone that Lara might not love Jesus. To this day she is a Christian in Kenya by assumption—mostly because she always goes to church and bows her head when everyone else does.”.   

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘h*ck’, a ‘d*rned’, and a ‘cruddy’; Sammy says, that in his childhood, he and his siblings would get whipped and beaten.

Sexual Content- In Kenya, Sammy has to be “circumcised” (a treatment to prevent HIV in young men; semi-detailed).

-Claire Diaz-Ortiz
-Sammy Ikua
                                         P.O.V. switches between them
                                              This story takes place from 1992 to present day.
                                                        196 pages

 Pre, New & Early High School Teens-

Older High School Teens (17,18+)-

My personal Rating- 
(and a half)

While a good book, I just did not find it very interesting. Yes, it was an amazing story, it was different from anything else I have read for BFCG. {{Just a warning to fellow Conservative Republicans, Sammy says B*rack Ob*ma is his hero.{Stars mine}}}
A nice book for older girls. 

See y'all on Friday for another review!


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell) for this review.

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