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Chasing Hope (Tomorrow's Promise Collection Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Cushman
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Touching Story of Two Unlikely Friends.
The Power of Trust.
The Struggle of Pain.
And How, Sometimes, Following God Can Lead You to the Most Unexpected Places.

A talented runner determined to make the Olympics, Sabrina Rice had her dreams shattered by a devastating diagnosis. One forfeited scholarship and several years later, she's forged a new vision for her future that has nothing to do with running, which she's buried deep, intent on forgetting...

Until the day she sees Brandy Philip running across the college campus, easily outpacing security. Sabrina immediately recognizes world class potential, and it's all the more painful that it belongs to a troublemaking teen. When a chance encounter brings the two young women together, Sabrina realizes she's Brandy's best hope to salvage a life about to spiral out of control forever.

"A dynamic inspirational novel about having hope and finding strength...You'll laugh, cry and cheer with these characters as you read Chasing Hope. This one's a keeper!" -Fresh Fiction

"Cushman brings together two unlikely souls facing difficult obstacles, readers will be inspired as they rise to meet the challenges set before them. With strong
themes of faith and perseverance, Chasing Hope is sure to be a hit with fans of contemporary inspirational
fiction featuring strong women." --Booklist


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From Booklist

Readers will be humming the Chariots of Fire theme song as they turn the pages of Cushman’s latest present-day novel of a race well run. College student Sabrina Rice was an Olympic hopeful until a devastating diagnosis left her grappling with the pain of a crushed dream and a spiritual battle born of the realization that God doesn’t always behave the way we think he should. When her path crosses with a teenage graffiti artist fleeing the scene of her crime, Sabrina recognizes the girl’s potential as a runner. Brandy soon finds herself at Sabrina’s mercy when the court mandates extracurricular activity in lieu of juvenile detention. As Sabrina attempts to pass the baton to Brandy, both learn what it truly means to endure life’s marathons. As Christian-fiction writer Cushman brings together two unlikely souls facing difficult obstacles, readers will be inspired as they rise to meet the challenges set before them. With strong themes of faith and perseverance, Chasing Hope is sure to be a hit with fans of contemporary inspirational fiction featuring strong women. --Elizabeth Ponder

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A Touching Story of Two Unlikely Friends.
The Power of Trust.
The Struggle of Pain.
And How, Sometimes, Following God Can Lead You to the Most Unexpected Places.

A talented runner determined to make the Olympics, Sabrina Rice had her dreams shattered by a devastating diagnosis. One forfeited scholarship and several years later, she's forged a new vision for her future that has nothing to do with running, which she's buried deep, intent on forgetting...

Until the day she sees Brandy Philip running across the college campus, easily outpacing security. Sabrina immediately recognizes world class potential, and it's all the more painful that it belongs to a troublemaking teen. When a chance encounter brings the two young women together, Sabrina realizes she's Brandy's best hope to salvage a life about to spiral out of control forever.

"A dynamic inspirational novel about having hope and finding strength...You'll laugh, cry and cheer with these characters as you read Chasing Hope. This one's a keeper!" -Fresh Fiction

"Cushman brings together two unlikely souls facing difficult obstacles, readers will be inspired as they rise to meet the challenges set before them. With strong
themes of faith and perseverance, Chasing Hope is sure to be a hit with fans of contemporary inspirational
fiction featuring strong women." --Booklist

Product Details

  • File Size: 1257 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00FK8KNYU
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CIUJY7K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chasing Hope September 13, 2013
Format:Paperback
I fell in Love with Katie's books when I read her first fantastic book, A Promise to Remember back in 2007. She does not write fast enough for me. I can't wait for her next book to come out!
Chasing Hope is just as good as that one. I love a book about God putting two unlikely people together, and blessing them both.
God help both Sabrina and Brandy fight their way through the wilderness and he never gave up on either one of them.
Chasing Hope has an ending that with make you sit back and smile so big everyone around you will be wondering what you just read.
This is a fast read that you can not put down once you start reading it.
I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

On a side note I have read all six of Katie's books and they are all five star books. You should check them all out! I have them all on my bookshelf that's just how good they are.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, But Didn't Run Away With Me July 21, 2014
Format:Paperback
Fiction: Contemporary, Runner’s Fiction
Date Read: February 20, 2014
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 309

4 Stars

PG for mention of drugs and alcohol
Recommended to 14&up

REACTION:
First off, I fell in love with this book because of the cover, I thought it was beautiful and different. I like running, and figured the book sounded entertaining enough to be worth reading.

It was simple, well-written, and a somewhat unique idea. I haven’t read very many books about running.

There were sweet moments, times when I wondered what would happen, and there was some great character growth in this story especially for Mel. It was entertaining and I enjoyed reading this book, but… It just isn’t a favorite. The ending was wonderful, I liked the main characters, and the realistic aspects to the story… I am just not wowed by it.

Sabrina and Brandy had a great relationship. It was realistic and bumpy, panning out well as the story pushed on. There are some spiritual aspects to this book; we see disappointment, growth, and change in our main characters’ relationship with Christ. The ending was one of my favorite parts, though I wish the story led up to the ending a bit more.

CRITIQUE:
It was not a waste of my time to read Chasing Hope. I liked the characters and the change of pace from some of the other books I’ve read, but it did seem to lack something as a whole to make it stand out. I wished there was a bit more development of the romantic relationship in this book as well, it seemed to jump quickly.

I would consider reading another one of Kathryn Cushman’s novels, but if I did not see even more improvement and growth in her writing, I do not know that I would bother finishing the book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars fun read December 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Though I loved that the book centered around running, I was a bit hesitant to read it because it was set in contemporary times. Sometimes contemporary Christian fiction [or even general fiction] can be dated, super quickly. But I was pleasantly surprised that this one wasn't, and I think that Kathryn Cushman may have even tried to keep away from that by not talking about technology or tv or movies or music. So, yay!
I really enjoyed watching the relationship between Sabrina and Brandy develop. Their grandmothers certainly had something to do with it, and so did Sabrina's faith in God, but the choice both made to pursue a relationship was explored really well.
One thing that I was not a big fan of was that the running/training aspect of this book was not at all realistic. Or, at the very least, it didn't match my experience at all. I've been a runner for nearly 16 years [gasp] and just felt the training details and race strategies were a bit contrived. Maybe my experience has just been different, but regardless, it just seemed a bit silly. Some aspects of running are spot on--like the need to train hard, work hard, and show up for competition. But the "training sessions" were just odd. And the fact that they took place at 5 am, outside in the dark, just doesn't seem safe to me. But regardless...
Sabrina, as a character, is very inspirational. She had a college scholarship for running and had Olympic dreams, but both were dashed due to uncontrollable issues [didn't want to spoil it for you]. Her character could have been blue, mopey, and sad... and while she IS those things at times, she is so hopeful and forward-looking. I love that. What a great ideal for what to do when life doesn't turn out like you plan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope Realized September 9, 2013
By Carrie
Format:Paperback
It's no secret I'm a huge Kathryn Cushman fan. Which means I also have high expectations for her novels.
Chasing Hope exceeded those expectations.
Sabrina was an Olympic-calibre runner whose career was cut short by a medical condition. She immediately changed focus and poured all her energies into her college major, determined to succeed at her new goal.
Brandy is an at-risk teenager trying to outrun her past and stay out of juvie.
Sabrina's grandmother convinces her to coach Brandy. Sabrina reluctantly agrees, never dreaming how her life will change in the weeks ahead.

Cushman does a great job giving two sides to an issue. Chasing Hope gives us both characters' perspectives on their own athletic abilities. Sabrina loved running and misses it so much that she avoids even watching college sports because it's a stabbing reminder of what she's lost. Brandy sees running as her ticket out of juvie and that's about it. They each grow to see that running is both more and less than an athletic endeavor.

As Sabrina struggles to finish her senior year of college with additional medical challenges, she takes the reader along her journey. We travel out of Egypt with Sabrina and the ancient Israelites. We cross the Red Sea on dry land. We thirst for God. I found myself holding my breath and flexing my legs during the running scenes and thirsty while Sabrina mused about three days without water.
Another reviewer commented that Chasing Hope didn't contain anything explicitly Christian that made it a Christian book. I disagree. I found faith woven throughout the book but so skillfully done that someone who says they "never read Christian fiction" could be converted to loving Inspirational novels.

Chasing Hope wins the gold! I loved it and highly recommend it.

**I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Done and done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book!
What a great book!

It helped me a lot to understand that no matter how much you want a certain dream to come true, there must be something you want more than that: the... Read more
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Kathryn Cushman is a fabulous author....I can't wait to read more from the Tomorrow's Promise Collection. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great. thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't give up
What a moving book to see two girls.struggling with different but similar issues and at the end they both ground peace.
Published 5 months ago by DonnaMarie De Leon
4.0 out of 5 stars Really heartwarming story that made you realize what true heart ...
Really heartwarming story that made you realize what true heart and dedication is and what it takes to get through life's unexpected obstacles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars chasing hope and finding it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars so, I'm not a runner....
I wasn't sure I'd like this, because I thought the focus on running might keep me from being drawn in.... Boy! Was I wrong!
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