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Friday, October 4, 2013

Chasing Hope by Kathryn Cushman (Book Review / Contest Giveaway)

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Chasing Hope

Chasing Hope by Kathryn Cushman 
Book 6: Tomorrow's Promise Collection Series
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: September 15, 2013
Format: Paperback - 320 pages / Kindle - 704 KB / Nook - 2 MB
ISBN: 0764208276
Genre: Christian Fiction / Women's Fiction

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by I Am A Reader. 

Book Description:

A Personal Drama of Shattered Dreams and Second Chances ...

A talented runner fully committed to Olympic dreams, Sabrina Rice's future was shattered by a devastating diagnosis. One forfeited scholarship and several years later, she has new goals and dreams that have nothing to do with running--something that's become far too painful to think on. Until the day she sees Brandy Philip running across the community college campus, easily outpacing security. Sabrina immediately recognizes world-class speed, and it's all the more painful that it belongs to a teenage graffiti artist. When a chance encounter brings the two young women together, Sabrina becomes Brandy's best hope for staying out of juvenile hall. Soon, Sabrina begins to feel an uncomfortable nudge that her new life is just about to be toppled...that God may be calling her to minister to this talented but troubled girl.

Book Excerpt:


A dozen men in ugly white outfits and weird haircuts ran barefoot along the ocean’s edge, moving faster, faster, faster, as the music swelled until it filled the entire theater. Sabrina Rice leaned forward in her seat, clutching her bag of popcorn tight to her chest. Her feet tapped against the sticky concrete floor, twitching with the urge to run alongside those men. And then she saw him. The man with his head thrown back, arms churning at his sides, and a strange sense of joy shining in his eyes. In that moment, her life made sense. In that moment, she found her hero.

It made no difference to her that this movie was over twenty years old, or that the revival theater was mostly empty, or that it would have been far more convenient to rent Chariots of Fire at the local video rental store and watch it at home—as only a few hours ago she had complained bitterly to her mother—or that she’d really wanted to go bowling with her friends today. For the next two hours, nothing existed but Sabrina and the runners on the screen, particularly Eric Liddell. And watching him, face toward the sky, drinking in God’s pleasure as he ran, that’s when she knew. With absolute certainty she knew what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. As she walked from the theater, she turned to her mother. “I am going to be an Olympic runner and I’m going to tell people about God, just like Eric Liddell. Maybe not China, though. I don’t think they allow that anymore.”

Mom threw back her head and laughed. It wasn’t one of those grown-up kinds of laughs that let a kid know how stupid they were. No, this was one of those “I’m so completely happy I can’t hold it in” kind of things. She reached down and scooped Sabrina into her arms and spun around in a circle. “Sounds terrific.”

Sabrina was so happy with her newfound purpose that she wasn’t really too embarrassed by her mother’s public display of affection—thankfully none of the kids from school were anywhere near this old movie theater. “Can we start training now? You want to go for a run when we get home?”

“I think that’s a grand idea.” And just like that, they became running partners.

Much to Mom’s credit, she never balked when Sabrina insisted that they go for a run every single morning, rain or shine. It didn’t seem to matter that Sabrina was only twelve years old and according to most grown-ups, “couldn’t possibly be serious about what she’s going to do with her life.” Even long after the point that Mom had to ride a bike to keep up, she was always there and ready.

Every single day.

At five in the morning.

Rain or shine.

For the next six years.

My Book Review:

Chasing Hope is the inspirational story about shattered dreams and second chances. Author Kathryn Cushman weaves a wonderful tale that follows the unlikely friendship and mentoring between Sabrina Rice and Brandy Philip. Sabrina was destined to be an Olympic runner, but when a life changing health problem was diagnosed, her Olympic dreams were shattered. With her dreams in the past, Sabrina changed her goals and was in her last year of college when her path crosses with Brandy Philip, a troubled teenage graffiti artist, who was outrunning the campus security. Sabrina realizes the potential in Brandy's running, and reluctantly agrees to coach and mentor the troubled teen. Coming together will ultimately change the course of both of their lives.

This is a story of letting go of the past and its disappointments, and recognizing that God always has a plan for you. It is the inspirational and heartwarming story of redemption, friendship, and helping others. You can't help but get drawn into Sabrina and Brandy's story, it is easy to relate to the problems that they faced in their lives. The author draws upon the reader's compassion and hope as Sabrina and Brandy's friendship developed, and as they learned to overcome the struggles in their lives and succeed to become better people. I loved the mentoring relationship between Sabrina and Brandy, it was such a positive and hopeful relationship that made me smile and believe that through inner strength, courage, determination, hard work and faith, you can rebuild and achieve success in your life.

Chasing Hope is a beautiful story that provides the reader with a positive outlook on life through faith, hope and belief in God's plan for you.


About The Author


Author Kathryn Cushman Author Kathryn "Katie" Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the author of five novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women's Fiction. She is also the co-author of Angel Song with Sheila Walsh. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California.

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Virtual Book Tour Contest Giveaway

Win A $25 Amazon GC or Paypal Cash

Tour Giveaway:

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 10/17/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the publisher. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Tour Schedule:

October 2nd 
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A Book Lover’s Retreat – Spotlight 
readalot – Review 
Beck Valley Books – Spotlight 
I Blog 4 Books – Tens List 
My Devotional Thoughts - Review 

October 3rd 
Every Free Chance Book Reviews – Spotlight 
Reviews by Karen – Review 
Peace from Pieces – Interview 
Blkosiner’s Book Blog – Tens List 

October 4th 
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Jersey Girls Book Review – Review 
Spellbindings – Guest Post 
Cuzinlogic – Interview 
Sarah’s Reviews – Tens List 
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October 7th 
Jennifer Lane Books – Review 
Deal Sharing Aunt – Spotlight 
Bookhounds YA – Interview 
Rose & Beps Blog – Spotlight 

October 8th 
Hott Books – Spotlight Mel’s Shelves - Review 
Rachel Winter – Review 
Cici’s Theories – Spotlight 
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October 9th 
Sweeping Me – Spotlight 
A Casual Reader’s Blog – Review 
Simple Wyrdings – Review 
WonderMom Wannabe – Review 
Mythical Books - Review 

October 10th 
Literary Time Out – Review 
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October 11th 
Shelf Full of Books – Review 
Taking Time for Mommy – Interview
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