Hope Runs – a review

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I am so excited to have received a pre-release copy of Hope Runs.


As part of the Revell Reads Blog Tour Program, I received a kindle version.  And as part of Claire’s launch team, I received a hardcopy (with adorable Hope Runs shoelaces wrapped around it).  The following review is my own.

I highly recommend you read this book and definitely get the hardcopy.  It is a book that you will want to share with your friends and have them share with theirs.  In fact, if you order this week you’ll get not only $150 in freebies, but you’ll also be entered to win over $1,000 in prizes.  Check out information on Claire’s website.

Here is Revell’s official book trailer and author bios.

Hope Runs is a short and enjoyable read.  How inspiring this story was to me as I saw how God brings people together at just the right time.  Claire was simply visiting an orphanage in Kenya.  Well, sounds simple because I hear of many people traveling there.  But reading her personal story, as well as Samuels, was especially moving to me.  She felt the call to stay at the orphanage for a whole year after her short visit.  She started a running program for the children there, and later founded a nonprofit organization, Hope Runs.  Please note that the proceeds from this book benefit Hope Runs.  Why not buy a few extra copies for a good cause?

I especially enjoyed the back and forth story telling between Claire and Sammy.   I read a lot of Christian nonfiction and would have loved to see more of the part God played in both their stories.  But I felt Him there for sure.  I felt Sammy’s fears as he described them:  losing his parents, taking care of his siblings, not knowing where his next meal would come from.  Then his fears mixed with excitement as he traveled on an airplane for the first time to the U.S.  And I certainly felt God working in Claire’s life.  Who knew Claire was so famous?  When I came across this book on the Revell selection list, I was intrigued by the story.  I had no idea who Claire was.  I’m so glad to have discovered her as she typically writes business books which I don’t read.  This busy single woman, traveling internationally, listened to God’s calling to where he wanted her to be and what he wanted her to do.  How often we all miss this call on our lives.

As a reader, there will be lots of emotions evoked in reading this beautiful story.  Enjoy it!