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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 (103 customer reviews)

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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.


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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

From the Back Cover

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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6 of 6 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars really should be YA inspirational October 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Sabrina is hardworking and driven and thought she had her life all mapped out. As an Olympic hopeful, she thought God would allow her to use her abilities as her platform for future ministry. But when her plans are thwarted, she struggles with the bitterness of her broken dreams.

Brandy is hardly the kind of person that Sabrina would have anything to do with, much less coach. But it is through this reluctant relationship, and eventual friendship that God will draw Sabrina back to himself.

It would be hard to read this book without wanting to go out and sign up to run in a 5k - the author easily draws you into the world of running. But I can't help but think there was something missing, maybe a lack of spiritual depth. There seemed to be a lot of different tensions going on, but none of them were unpacked for the reader to a satisfying level. To sum it up I would say that this book read more like an inspirational book for a young adult.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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.
Published 1 month ago by Steph "Schlumpfine"
3.0 out of 5 stars Hopeful Message
This is my first book by Kathryn Cushman and it was enjoyable.

The story is about a young woman in college named Sabrina and a girl in high school named Brandy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bri
5.0 out of 5 stars chasing hope and finding it!
Have your dream ever been to run? Or to find acceptance and love from someone? Or maybe you are in the midst of dealing with a life changing and chronic disease? Read more
Published 1 month ago by CSexton
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!
Published 1 month ago by Terri A. Sweetland
5.0 out of 5 stars following God's plan
When God speaks, no matter the age, a person needs to stay the course to follow Him.
Would recommend to anyone.
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
WONDERFUL STORY
Published 1 month ago by Becky
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I loved the story about how dreams can change and how giving someone a little time can change a person.
Published 1 month ago by Book&Dog
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this
I stayed up way too late reading this book. such a great story. I also love how the dreams work together.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars chasing Hope
I really liked the story. I worked in a doctors office and we had a special young girl who had JRA. it was so hard on her but she didn't give up. It is such a horrible disease. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lou Jean Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting read, inspired me in not loosing hope whatever the circumstances may be.
Published 1 month ago by Eyedee
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