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Chasing Hope (Tomorrow's Promise Collection #6)

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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 P...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 15th 2013 by Bethany House Publishers
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Jennifer Lane
Inspiring and Corny

When I saw the blurb for this new release, I loved the NA/YA sports angle and signed up to review it on my blog. This is a poignant story demonstrating the adage “When God closes a door, He opens a window.”

Sabrina is a college senior whose dream to run for Team USA in the Olympics fell short due to an autoimmune illness attacking her body. She is bitter about her loss, and angry with God for crashing her vaunted goal of becoming a missionary who spreads God’s word based on her...more
Kelli Standish
This story broke my heart, encouraged me, and moved me deeply, all at once.

Cushman has written a profound, redemptive novel that will speak to anyone who has ever struggled to find their feet after the death of a dream, anyone who has ever tried to keep going when everyone else has given up on them, and anyone who has ever lost hope when bad wins over good.

An absolute must read.

While I’m relatively new to Christian fiction, I’ve read more than enough of this genre to know what exactly I want from it, and what the perfect balance should be between preachy and a subtle message. Though Chasing Hope almost tips the scale in the direction of being too preachy, it still manages to hold on to that balance where readers can walk away feeling they’ve gained something positive to take with them from this book, instead of having the author’s beliefs forced on them. It took me a l...more
Women’s fiction with a pinch of romance is my favorite genre to read. But I admit I’m a snob about it. *wink* It has to be well-written with a great balance between the romance and the deeper, women’s fiction issues. Not every book can pull this off, but I’d like to think that “Chasing Hope” did a pretty good job.

Starting off, I would have almost put this novel in the “New Adult” category of fiction that is slowly but surely making an appearance on the book market, however, reading deeper into t...more
Lucie Fuentes
A beautiful story about broken dreams, second chance and the determination to achieve its objectives. Very positive and hopeful.

Through the journey of two young women, Sabrina and Brandy, the author speaks of mishaps that happen sometimes without explanation on the life road. How do people manage to get up, to make new plans when their dreams have been shattered. How they find in themself and their entourage the strength, courage and faith to move forward.

Sabrina was a very good runner with drea...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
"Chasing Hope" is an incredible novel, one that captured me from the first page such that I found it simply impossible to put down! Sabrina Rice is a unique character who stole my heart with her determination to succeed through the challenges in her life. Her struggles to hold onto her faith in the midst of pain and trials are ones that any reader will be able to relate to. I greatly enjoyed watching the relationship develop between Sabrina and the teenage Brandy, which not only makes for some h...more
What do you get when you cross an Olympic-oriented runner with a teenager who spends her time running from the law? You get a terrific story of Sabrina and Brandy. Sabrina spent her high school days making a name for herself as being a first-class runner and someone who is destined for the Olympics. Unfortunately, health issues cause he to give up her dreams. Enter Brandy who doesn't have a good history of making right decisions, except for how to run from the police. As a favor to the grandmoth...more
Sabrina Rice was a runner training for the Olympics until the unthinkable happened--she was no longer able to run. Now she has to find a new direction in her life but is having a hard time finding the answer to her question of why God would allow this to happen to her. One day while talking to hunky Koen Conner, she first spots Brandy Philip who is running away from campus security and she is fast! Later, Sabrina meets Brandy and is asked to help her out but has a hard time coming to terms with...more
I received this book from Goodreads First Reads competition. ...

this is not tye type of book I would normally pick up and read.. but I did enjoy reading it.... although I dont see this as a book inspired by God... its about doing what is right for you...I believe this book would of been much better if it hadnt been about faith in God
Kathryn Cushman has done it again; had my crying along with the characters in this book, feeling their defeat and cheering for their comeback. While the first couple of chapters were a little slow I found myself not being able to put this book down.

If you have ever found yourself having to walk away or give up something that you love and had to deal with the heartbreak of it all this book is for you.

The relationship between Sabrina, Brandy and their grandmothers was very deep and inspiring as...more
This was a book aimed at teens or young adults. It didn't resonate with me. I feel the plot was very formulaic and predictable. The writing style bothered me, as the character would intentionally not tell someone what was on their mind and these issues would just drag on chapter after chapter. I only gave this book 3 stars because the book had a happy ending. It tells the story of a running star (girl) who's dream is to run in the Olympics, but has her dream dashed when she get diagnosed with Rh...more
Heidi Kelsch
This book is amazing! It is so well written that it seemed like a true story - not fiction! I love stories about people coming alongside others and helping them, but this definitely topped them all. Endurance, perseverance, faith, hard work, determination, learning to dream again, listening for God's voice, helping others when you don't want to, looking beyond yourself and your pain; it's all in here! So many good lessons and truths are brought out in the midst of a heart-rending, tear-jerker, t...more

I really really really enjoyed this book! I've been sick with this pregnancy and haven't read a book in about 10 weeks. I sat down tonight and finished the entire thing!

Sabrina Rice is a talented runner and Olympic hopeful when she's diagnosed with a life changing disease. She quits running and pursues other dreams until she meets a high school student with raw running talent. She's thrown back into the world of running and has to meet those feelings and heart ache she has never fully faced wh...more
Honestly, as I was about half way through this book, I wasn't too impressed. I was gonna give it maybe three stars at the most. Four if it was lucky. But as I neared the end, it all changed. As things picked up and the characters problems resolved, I was impressed. Then came the epilogue. Phew. I got to the end and I could not stop smiling. It was a perfect ending. Everything was brought full circle in the best way possible. So if you are debating reading this one, or are halfway through and con...more
Chasing Hope
by Kathryn Cushman

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Publisher: Bethany House
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

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...more
Not typically my type of reading genre, but I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. The blossoming friendship between protagonists Brandy Philip and Sabrina Rice was written with perfect timing -- never rushed nor drawn out. For me, that was the selling point of the novel.

A few things that bothered me along the way, though never greatly enough for me to put down the book forever, were the following: the seemingly forced embedding of God into the picture during the latter half...more
Annie Riley
This was the first novel I’ve read by Kathryn Cushman, and as usual when trying a new-to-me author for the first time, I was skeptical. The subject sounded interesting, but I wondered if the story would be. It was. I enjoyed it very much, and I’ll tell you why.

The voice Kathryn used drew me in with its lively feel. Sabrina was interesting, her past cleverly kept secret from the reader as well as the characters trying to uncover just what haunted her. Brandy ended up being one of my favorite char...more
Broken dreams. Heart ache. Does God see me and care about the things that bring me devastation? What does it mean when it says “All things work together for good”? I would venture to guess that all of us have at some time had our fondest dreams broken. And as such, we will be able to identify with Sabrina as she tries to overcome that desolate feeling, and maybe even with her as she questions whether God is there. As I read this in its entirety, I was able to look back at my own dark times and s...more
Chasing Hope by Kathryn Cushman | Book Review

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I normally don't really read Christian books, simply because I am not religious. However, when I read the synopsis I found that I was persuaded enough to read this book.

It already says so in the synopsis that this book is about Shattered Dreams and Second Chances. It's what persuaded me to read Chasing Hope and it's exactly what made me appreciate it so much. Sabrina Rice is a great character reall...more
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
Sabrina Rice was a runner from a young age until something stopped her. Now she lives with her Grandmother and attends a community college. This is where she spots Brandy, running from the campus security with a spay can of paint in her hand. Seeing Brandy brings painful memories back to Sabrina's thoughts, the feeling of sadness, loss, giving up on a dream that meant so much, and while those feelings are easily felt by the reader, we don't actually know what Sabrina has given up on and why.
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...more
Sarah K
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....more
I've seen a lot of Kathryn Cushman novels in various bookstores at different points in the recent future, and I'm always intrigued by the descriptions on the back covers of heavy issues told in an inspirational format that sounds entirely appealing to those of us who love a good story from the genre of Women's Fiction. So, when I had the opportunity to review CHASING HOPE through NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read more from an author who has always gotten me curious in the past.

In CHASING...more
Carrie Padgett
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 relucta...more
Evelyn Cox
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Seven years ago I signed up for my first marathon. While training for this marathon, I found a lot of correlation between a Christian walk and training. You can plan for something to go one way (in life or a training run) but once you get there, it may be completely different. Will you give up or push through. I will never forget our first ten mile training run. Every Saturday we had a group run but three of us came an hour after the rest of the team because of a scheduling issue with one of us....more
Cara Putman
It's been awhile since I've read a Kathryn Cushman novel. Her earlier novels tended toward women's fiction, and while I loved her writing, those stories don't grab me as much as others. Chasing Hope grabbed me from the first scene and didn't let go. Sabrina Rice had Olympic size running dreams, then life interrupted and crushed those hopes. Now she's a college senior looking for a job, and wondering if she can hear God since what she'd imagined for her future has been destroyed. Brandy Philip is...more
Kathryn Svendsen
Chasing Hope was my first Kathryn Cushman novel. I am now a dedicated Kathryn Cushman fan. This book was outstanding! Her characters were true to life, believable people. I think most people could relate to Sabrina on some level. Most of us have had a situation where something that was really important to us didn’t turn out the way we expected. She shows us that it is how we respond to it is what is important.

I think the best thing about the book is that it reminds us that we all have a purpose...more
Rebecca LuElla Miller
The Story. When Sabrina Rice was twelve she knew what she wanted to do with her life. Just as Eric Liddell had, she wanted to win a gold medal and use the resulting fame as a missionary to tell others about Jesus Christ. Ten years later, she's on a different tack, heading into the corporate world. Apparently at twelve, she'd misunderstood God's call because her hope for Olympic gold is a mere memory-one she tries hard to forget.

She'd done well to move past her dreams until Brandy Philip runs int...more
Kathryn Cushman writes a heart-lifting novel about two young women of wildly different circumstances and how they help each other return to hope. On the one hand is Sabrina, the senior college student who is trying to make the best of her life after her dreams of becoming an Olympic runner and missionary are crushed by health issues; on the other is Brandy, the teen who is throwing her life away for lack of any dreams after a childhood of neglect. Both were born with the same talent of running....more
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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.

Visit her Web site at ww...more
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