The endings are always the best part. Well, that's what I like to think. With just a few pages of Chasing Hope remaining I was on the verge of crying. If it wasn't for the fact that I was at school I would have probably bawled like a baby. I was eager to know how the story would end but I wasn't quite ready to let go of such an amazing book. I'm both happy and saddened that I have finally finished the book. It took me forever to read as I have been in between books.
Chasing Hope is the story of Sabrina Rice, a college student, who once dreamt of being an Olympic athlete as well as a missionary. She believed that it was God's plan for her life. She began training from a very young age to become the terrific athlete she was.
At the age of seventeen she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that affects her joints - making it painful to run. The disease shattered her dreams and she lost all hope. When she goes to college she heads for a different path, one that has nothing to do with running or missionary work.
One day as she is studying on campus, she see's a teenage girl running away from the security at an amazing speed. Sabrina see's so much potential that is being used for the wrong reasons.
Sabrina is later introduced to the girl, Brandy Philip, by chance. Brandy has always been a rebel and is currently standing on thin ice, any wrong move could land her in juvie. Brandy's grandmother begs Sabrina to mentor Brandy, after some careful thought Sabrina agrees to do so.
Their story is a whirlpool of, as the book states 'training, arguments, hangovers, illnesses, and eventually scholarships and triumphs.' Sabrina comes to realize that she may have misunderstood her calling. That maybe she was meant to be involved in running and missionary work. It just didn't come in the package she expected it to. Just like the when the Israelites turned around at the promised land because it was different to what they had in mind.
Chasing Hope is a total must-read. If you haven't already noticed, it is a Christian novel. The storyline is simply beautiful you will find yourself in a cycle of laughter and tears whilst reading. Well, that's what it did to me and when a book can make you feel something then you know it's extraordinary. The book also mentions South Africa so yes you better read it.
The book is Kathryn Cushman's seventh novel and it is very inspiring. It reminds us that the plan you have for yourself isn't necessarily the plan God has for. Maybe I wasn't meant to be a famous viner or a singer but there's something in store for me. Sometimes life is unfair and when obstacles seem to be coming from every direction you need to stop looking at the hard things and focus on your goal.