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Chasing Hope

(Tomorrow's Promise Collection #6)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  449 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 15th 2013 by Bethany House Publishers
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Jennifer Lane
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Kelli Standish
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.

Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
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
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Christian Fiction Addiction
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"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
Carole Jarvis
I always enjoy Katie Cushman's books, but I think this is one of her best. Well written, so relevant for us as Christians. Emotional, I was even in tears at the end, which is extremely rare for me. Highly recommended!

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Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Blog Tour sul mio blog October 8th
Review + Except + Giveaway

“Chasing Hope” è un libro che è entrato nelle cose da leggere solo perchè mi sono lasciata fregare dalla copertina, di cui mi sono innamorata appena l’ho vista, e capitando il mio post del blog tour di martedì, è in piena linea con il mio meme, creato in collaborazione con @Ilovereading del blog Petrichor, Cover Lovers. Insomma, una storia molto interessante, di seconde possibilità, sogni spezzati
Brenda Branski
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was a quick, easy read. The plot was fairly enjoyable, though predictable. However, I gave it only 2 stars because I really didn’t like the main character, Sabrina. I had a difficult time relating to her, and by the middle of the book I wasn’t even cheering for her anymore as she just bothered me too much with the constant pity party and not trusting the people around her enough to tell them what’s on her mind.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Liked how the main characters grew. also how it was a circular book - the end refer back to the beginning.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book! I love how it comes full circle. It is easy for us to let circumstances detract us from the path God wants us on. Getting rheumatoid arthritis was Sabrina’s problem. What is yours?
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good inspiring story.
Katherine Pederson
Sep 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Not my genre.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-cbd-kindle
Kathryn Cushman has a way of finding something unique to write. Not so much is setting or time period, but in subject and the way she handles it. This book is not different.

Sabrina and Brandy come from different backgrounds and have different struggles, but they need each other. They don't like each other, but they need each other. They have a rough road to friendship ahead of them, but what they learn along the way strengthens them individually and as friends.

I really enjoyed this one and reco
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.

Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2013
Cushman has wrote a really touching book with Chasing Hope. I haven't read anything like it to be honest was empowering to females of all ages. She creates a lineage of females who motivate others, and also don't constantly talk about their love lives every second. I also felt that the relationship between Koen and the lead character, Sabrina, was even very naturally handled. I would recommend this to people who like Christian fiction, and even others just looking for a good sports novel because ...more
Rebecca LuElla
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Michelle (Much Loved Books)
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Marissa Suddreth
Sep 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Chasing Hope
by Kathryn Cushman

Check out the review on my new website!

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
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Have you ever felt like you knew God's plan for you? Felt secure in your calling?

Then have you ever had that plan turned around so differently from what you imagined?

Sabrina Rice is going through this trying circumstance. A previous Olympic hopeful in running, Sabrina now suffers from a debilitating chronic disease preventing her from running. In her effort to "deal" with this loss, Sabrina drastically changes her career path and drops multiple pieces of her previous dreams.

Chasing Hope by Kathr
Sep 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: review, blog-tour
Rare to the “familiar” reading material that finds a place on my shelves, this book first inspired interest when I saw the cover – eclipsed in its lovely design was a kind of “pull” for would-be readers, not only was it pretty from an artistic angle, it also seemed to compel us to discover what was in-between that outer image – to, in a sense, give chase to what promised to be an emotional story. That is exactly what Chasing Hope turns out to be. It follows two young women – a 22-year-old colleg ...more
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sarah K
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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 w
Kathryn Svendsen
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-fiction, ya
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
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sabrina had it all going for her. Her talent in running had led to a full-ride at the University of Tennesse, and the Olympics didn't seem too far behind. Then something began to go wrong, and Sabrina saw her whole world falling apart. Struggling to find a new direction in life, Sabrina's grandma's friend asks Sabrina to take on her troubled granddaughter Brandy who also seemed to have a talent for running. As Sabrina and Brandy struggle to find common ground, they both find something even bette ...more
Tegan Vandenbosch
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sabrina Rice thought she was once destined to run in the Olympics and she thought she knew what God’s plan was for her life – run in the Olympics and then do missions work for God. When a life-long, crippling disease takes away her dreams and plans, she turns to a new dream: one that doesn’t involve running. Then she meets Brandy Philip, a troubled teen who has raw talent that could take her to the top. Brandy brings back painful memories that Sabrina had thought she had left far behind, but des ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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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

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